Eden’s newest modulation box for bassists makes easy work of dialing in smooth and subtle effects.
In the Who’s Who of classic bass amplification, Eden is certainly a mainstay for many players. Best known for their rugged cabs and heads, Eden has diversified by expanding into the world of effects pedals as the company has grown over the years. Building on the success of pedal creations like their CaliforniWAH, WTDI, and I-90, Eden now brings us the AstroFlange—a flanger that tweaks the I-90 chorus template and provides flexibility in an easy-to-use package.
The AstroFlange features Eden’s familiar box design, with stout knobs and a steel chassis, and, like the I-90, a quartet of dials governs the delay shifting sounds. At the far left-hand side, the velocity dial adjusts the speed of the flanging effect. Next up, the height of the flanging effect is manipulated via the aptly labeled altitude control.
Third in line is the low-cut dial, which controls how much low end is impacted by the effect. And lastly, the effect-level knob provides the means to mix the unaffected signal with sounds generated by the AstroFlange. Powering the pedal requires a 15V power supply, which comes included.
What’s in a Name?
Before delving into the positive aspects of the AstroFlange, it should be mentioned that the characteristic sounds of a flanger—typically whooshing, jet-engine-like timbres—were not necessarily present. The delay time of the AstroFlange is longer than other flangers in its class, so to my ears, it instead provided sounds more commonly associated with chorus pedals. With that in mind, I simply focused on its sonic capabilities.
I experimented with the Eden pedal in my home studio by placing it between a Fender American Professional Precision and a Bergantino B|Amp paired with a Bergantino HD112 cab. Setting the velocity and altitude dials in their lower ranges (around 9 o’clock) delivered smooth, subtle modulations that gave the P Bass a Darth Vader-esque quality. Maxing the dials completely clockwise produced predictably warbling sounds, but not as throbbing or nauseating as some other pedals in this category. Players who experiment with organ-style chording and bebop lines will likely appreciate how the AstroFlange produces this fun effect.
As a bassist, seeing a control labeled “low cut” could be a bit concerning. The dial, however, actually became my favorite feature of the pedal. Instead of diminishing lows, it focuses the effect by delivering fullness and emphasis relative to the positioning of the velocity and altitude knobs.
Using the same P Bass and Bergantino rig (along with an additional Bergantino HD210 cab), I put the pedal to work at a rock jam to test it in a mix. When I tried dialing in a Duff McKagen-esque tone for a take on Guns N’ Roses’ “You Could Be Mine,” I found the effect was a bit too subtle to be heard over the aggressive ensemble. However, employing the AstroFlange for moodier music made for a cool, tonal complement. During a performance of the Police’s “Walking on the Moon,” I maxed the velocity control, set the altitude at 9 o’clock, and dialed the low-cut knob to around 11 o’clock. This provided a spacy vibe for Sting’s well-known bass line that served the song nicely.
The AstroFlange represents another solid addition to Eden’s growing family of pedals. While it doesn’t exactly perform as its name might indicate, the stompbox produces smooth, modulated sounds that are easy to shape. At $150, its price puts it in about the middle of the pack, so it won’t bust the bank by adding it to your pedalboard. If you’re an Eden disciple, a player seeking a controlled chorus-like pedal, or both, a look at the AstroFlange is worth your time.
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Flare is a dual-function pedal with a tube-like booster and a 1970s-style ring modulator effect that can be played separately or together.
Flare’s ring modulator is based on the iconic tone of the original Dan Armstrong Green Ringer. This vintage classic was made famous by Frank Zappa who loved the unusual modulations created by generating a harmonic octave over notes. Messiah’s version offers two control knobs: a “Sparkle” tone attenuator and output Level control. Its taupe-gold body, purple and green knobs and stick-figure rock ’n’ roller holding up a flame convey an appropriately rockin’70s vibe.
In a unique twist, Messiah’s Flare pairs the ringer with a warm tube-style boost instead of a fuzz. Flare feeds the booster into the ringer for an extra punch, while preserving the Green Ringerspirit. The ringer side also turns any fuzz into an octafuzz, and it has the ability to quiet signal background noise fed through it.
The booster side features a single Boost knob to control the MOSFET circuit, making it very tube-amp-friendly with a warm, organic boost and gain of up to 32dB.
The pedal is a distinct improvement over the 1970s pedal that inspired it. “Most ringer pedals don’t track well,” Tom Hejda, owner of Messiah Guitars. “The player can’t rely on repeating the same effect even with the most consistently played notes. We carefully matched the components, so our ringer follows your every move, producing that slightly dirty octave you expect on demand.”
Messiah developed this vintage octave pedal with flexible features so that people who love that messy, dirty Zappa-esque sound can get there with ease but there’s also something for those who have not fallen in love with fuzz or the Green Ringer alone. Flare offers an array of sonic options while retaining simplicity in the controls.
Each Flair Pedal Includes:
- 3 control knobs: Boost, Sparkle, and Level
- Two effects – Ring Modulator and Boost – can be used together or separately
- Space-saving top side jacks
- Durable, cast aluminum alloy 125B enclosure with fun artwork
- Easy to see, illuminated True-bypass foot switch
- Standard 9V pedal power input
Flare Pedal Demo
Messiah Guitars pedals are designed with an explorative player in mind. Like their custom guitars and amplifiers, Messiah’s pedals are hand-crafted in Los Angeles for a long life with guaranteed quality.
Flare retails for $199.00 and can be purchased directly at Messiah Guitars or you can hear it in person at Impulse Music Co. in Canyon Country, CA.
For more information, please visit messiahguitars.com.
This feathery little guy is a joy to play because of its incredibly quick response to your right hand - much faster and more expressive than your typical auto-wah pedal.
If it looks like a duck, acts like a duck, and QUACKS like a duck, then it must be a duck. That's how we came up with the name for our new envelope filter. This feathery little guy is a joy to play because of its incredibly quick response to your right hand - much faster and more expressive than your typical auto-wah pedal. Trevor explains how this is possible in the launch video, as well as gives a demo on Le Canard’s operation.
The attack control determines how quickly the filter responds to the envelope, and the decay sets how quickly the filter releases afterward. The range controls which frequency spectrum the filter does its magic on. Add to this relay-based full-bypass switching with failsafe, and you've got one crazy little quacky beast. It is so expressive that you'll want to give up on your rocker-wah forever.
The MayFly Le Canard envelope filter features:
- Super fast responding envelope follower. Touch it and it jumps!
- Range control to dial in the character of the filter
- Attack control to control how fast the filter moves on that first touch
- Release control to control how slowly the filter slides back to baseline
- Full bypass using relays with Fail SafeTM (automatically switches to bypass if the pedal loses power)
- Cast aluminum enclosure with groovy artwork
- MSRP $149 USD ($199 CAD)
Introducing the MayFly Le Canard Envelope Filter
All MayFly pedals are hand-made in Canada.
For more information, please visit mayflyaudio.com.
Outlaw Effects introduces their next generation of NOMAD rechargeable battery-powered pedal boards.
Available in two sizes, NOMAD ISO is a compact, versatile tool that offers the convenience of a fully powered board plus the additional freedom of not having to plug into an outlet. NOMAD ISO is ideal for stages with limited outlet availability, quick changeovers, busking outdoors, temporary rehearsal locations, and more.
NOMAD ISO builds upon the legacy of the ultra-convenient and reliable NOMAD rechargeable pedalboard line originally launched in 2018. The brand new NOMAD ISO editions feature eight isolated outputs (1 x 9V DC, and 1 switchable 9V/12V DC) for even more versatility and clean, quiet power. With an integrated lithium-ion battery pack boasting 12800mAh capacity, NOMAD ISO can fuel a wide array of pedals, and will last over 10 hours* on a single charge.
Each NOMAD ISO pedal board includes adhesive hook & loop pedal-mounting tape, eight (8) standard DC connector cables, and one (1) reverse polarity DC cable, giving you everything you need to build your ultimate "off-the-grid" rig. A rugged, road-ready padded gig bag with shoulder strap is also included, to safely protect your gear while you're on the move.
NOMAD ISO S
NOMAD ISO S: MSRP $309 / MAP: $249
Dimensions: 19 ¼" x 5 ¼"
NOMAD ISO M
NOMAD ISO M: MSRP $349 / MAP $279
Dimensions: 19 ¼" x 11"
More info: https://www.outlawguitareffects.com.