January 2019

Reviews: Effects

Quick Hit: Rainger FX Dr. Freakenstein Dwarf Bass

June 12, 2017
This mini-but-monstrous bass fuzz and its manipulative assistant make for one dynamic duo.
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Quick Hit: Way Huge Russian-Pickle

June 8, 2017
Way Huge uses more midrange to recast the ’90s Muff mold.
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Quick Hit: Carl Martin Greg Howe’s Lick Box

June 4, 2017
The famed jazz-fusion guitarist lends his name to a 3-channel stomp that does far more than amped-up shred.
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Quick Hit: TWA Hot Saké

May 19, 2017
Forget Klon clones—this handbuilt stomp serves up an intoxicating variety of drive and dirt with uncommon EQ flexibility.
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Electro-Harmonix Blurst Review

May 12, 2017
This fun and multifaceted filter goes way beyond wah.
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Strymon Riverside Review

May 10, 2017
A hybrid JFET/DSP gain machine invites creative, unorthodox playing and defies preconceptions about digital distortion.
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Quick Hit: Cusack Music Orthrus

May 9, 2017
Two legendary circuits serve as inspiration for this high-gain overdrive/boost combo.
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Bass OD/DI/Preamp Pedal Roundup

May 8, 2017
We test four versatile and feature-laden bass stomps from Gallien-Krueger, Providence, Two Notes, and Tech 21.
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Quick Hit: Boss EV-30 Dual Expression Pedal

May 5, 2017
A clever foot controller that saves space and enables sonic insanity.
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Mooer Ocean Machine Review

April 26, 2017
“Ocean” is the perfect metaphor for the watery soundscapes you can create and manipulate once you combine the four effects.
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Quick Hit: TC Electronic Rusty Fuzz

April 24, 2017
A budget route to big silicon Fuzz Face-style flavors.
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Quick Hit: Jonny Rock Gear Moby Depth

April 16, 2017
Montréal builder Jean-René Gosselin serves up a convincing spring reverb emulator with some intriguing twists.
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Spaceman Titan II Review

April 13, 2017
A deviation from fuzztone convention brings explosive and inspiring results.
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Quick Hit: Emma Electronic Okto-Nøjs

April 10, 2017
The tasty combination of octaver and fuzz is taken to new highs—and lows—with this Danish design.
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Quick Hit: LunaStone The Pusher

April 2, 2017
This rock-solid boost offers more than its one-knob setup might suggest.
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MXR Phase 95 Review

March 24, 2017
Chewy-to-subtle phase effects abound in this flexible, compact new modulator.
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EarthQuaker Devices Space Spiral Review

March 8, 2017
Digital delay and modulation mix to create uncommon echo concoctions.
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Quick Hit: Nexi Industries ’70s Distortion

February 27, 2017
A distinctly modern design meets the iconic tones that defined classic rock.
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Joe Gore Gross Review

February 24, 2017
We explore an almost infinite distortion generator that beckons you to experiment.
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Quick Hit: BAE Hot Fuzz

February 23, 2017
Tone Bender- and Rangemaster-inspired circuits unite in one mean, malleable box.
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