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Reviews: Effects

Universal Audio OX Review

March 26, 2018
A direct-recording tool that’s 50 percent load box, 50 percent modeler, and 100 percent awesome.
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Quick Hit: Red Hawk Effects Raven Review

March 22, 2018
A Brazilian take on ’60s Fuzz Faces serves up some gorgeous germanium and silicon sounds at an incredible price.
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Quick Hit: Neunaber Iconoclast

March 19, 2018
Space constrained? This compact simulator delivers many realistic speaker sounds for practice, performance, and recording.
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Matthews Effects The Chemist Review

March 15, 2018
Clever switching options and multiple modulation and octave textures make this compact pedal a sound laboratory.
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Cusack Music Tap-A-Delay Deluxe Review

March 6, 2018
A compact digital delay stuffed with unusually creative echo-manipulation tools and a delectably analog voice.
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Quick Hit: Mythos Pedals Chupacabra Review

March 5, 2018
The fine line between overdrive and fuzz is brilliantly blurred in this inspired take on the sound of vintage Texas boogie.
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Miura Guitars M2 Review

March 2, 2018
This no-frills, simple-to-use bass compressor makes it a breeze to incorporate the effect most low-enders really shouldn't be without.
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Yellowcake Lida Machine Review

February 22, 2018
A double-headed filter pedal full of compelling tones.
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Nanolog Audio The WaveFunction Review

February 19, 2018
Not your dad’s diode-clipping distortion.
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Quick Hit: Seafoam Pedals Lighthouse Review

February 16, 2018
Tiny-but-mighty tweaking options make this way more than just a boost.
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Orange Fur Coat Review

February 13, 2018
A classic octave fuzz design revived.
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Dunlop Geezer Butler Cry Baby Review

February 12, 2018
A rock-bass pioneer gets one of his signature tone spices bottled up in a new wah pedal.
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Chellee Compy Review

February 9, 2018
A Ross/Dyna Comp variant with all the mods—and a remarkably low price.
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Electro-Harmonix Green Russian Big Muff Review

February 5, 2018
The famed pedal builders revive a legend that delivers authentic Sovtek sounds at a rock-bottom price.
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Quick Hit: Lehle Mono Volume 90 Review

February 1, 2018
Seventies sneaker vibes meet 21st-century fidelity and flexibility in this quality German design.
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API TranZformer LX Review

January 11, 2018
A pair of top-shelf studio weapons are transformed into one DI pedal that gives bassists formidable tone-sculpting power.
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Boss MD-500 Review

January 8, 2018
Classic Boss stompbox effects in a progressive package.
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Quick Hit: SoundBrut DrVa Review

January 3, 2018
A Swedish outfit’s debut op-amp drive and “Varitone”-style MOSFET boost serves up a refreshing array of lush-to-sick sounds.
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EarthQuaker Devices Data Corrupter Review

December 29, 2017
Monophonic guitar synth? Pitch-tracking octaver? Noise box from Hell?
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Quick Hit: MXR Booster Mini Review

December 28, 2017
Two types of boost in a tiny box mean big, colorful, and varied drive tones.
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