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Warm Audio’s dead-on homage to the Moog Moogerfooger MF-102 ring modulator is a source of everything from rich tremolo pulses to haunted bell tones and alien voices.

Very accurate reproductions of MF-102 tones and functionality. Deep and colorful modulation textures. Satisfying to use intuitively. Invites unusual playing techniques.

Finding precisely the same tone twice can be tricky.

$219

Warm Audio RingerBringer
warmaudio.com

5
4.5
4
4.5

When Moog released the Moogerfooger pedal line around the turn of the century, there were few musical devices I lusted after more. They were beautiful objects, built in the spirit and aesthetic of Moog’s legendary, lovely wood-clad Minimoog and other synthesizers in the company’s line. They also made amazing sounds and were, in every way, instruments in their own right. But they were pretty expensive for a young person minding their pennies, and since their discontinuation, prices for secondhand specimens climbed to ever more stratospheric heights. That exclusivity made the Moogerfoogers logical targets for Warm Audio, who excel at authentically replicating vintage circuits as well as the physical, tactile experience of working with them. And the new RingerBringer, Warm’s take on the Moog MF-102 ring modulator, is an experience indeed.

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Ambience is only part of the appeal in this delay of many modes and moods.

Deep and varied while being intuitive to explore. Abundance of polyrhythmic textures can transform simple ideas.

Deep and varied while being intuitive to explore. Abundance of polyrhythmic textures can transform simple ideas.

$239

MXR Joshua Ambient Echo
jimdunlop.com

4.5
4.5
4
4.5

Like any art movement that sticks around long enough, “ambient” music has come to mean many different things. As home recording grows more accessible, it’s become a popular vehicle for quiet, introspective creations that can come together in small spaces. And when the pandemic raged, ambient music exploded both as an outlet for confined creators and as a service for stressed folk that needed to chill out. Regardless of how the form evolved beyond the prophecies and concepts of Satie, Eno, and ’60s minimalists—and some manifestations have been truly vacuous—its expansion opens a lot of opportunities for pedal builders.

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Borrowing a few tricks from the Boss CE-2 makes this very evolved, sweet, and fat BBD chorus a modulation star.

Intoxicating modulations. Capable of great subtlety. Thoughtful, high-quality construction.

Maybe a touch spendy for a simple BBD chorus?

$219

Mythos Fates
mythospedals.com

5
4.5
5
4

Wondering how to get me to buy a pedal on looks alone? Well, Mythos’ The Fates chorus is a fine place to start. Blue Hammerite paint, chunky enclosure, Ampeg Daka Ware-style chicken head knobs—basically the stompbox equivalent of a clean, stock ’61 Ford Falcon. Yum. You know what else is tasty? The fat and creamy modulations from this unit.

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Excellent interface design enables this evolutionary unit to go toe-to-toe with multi-modeler titans.

Exceptional, and exceptionally intuitive, interface. Road-worthy build. Easy for modeler newbies to get started.

Many models exhibit trebly, fizzy tendencies. No amp capture capability. Less expansive user community than competition.

$1,699

Fender Tone Master Pro
fender.com

4
4.5
4.5
4

There are a few ways to think about powerful multi-modelers like the Fender Tone Master Pro. On one hand, they address 21st-century music industry realities—namely that everyone from wedding bands to high-profile touring acts can scarcely afford the techs and transport required to maintain and move heaps of gear. They are a natural fit for home recording, enabling a lot of players to make huge sounds in small spaces. Philosophically speaking, they also reflect the state—and possibilities—of a super-postmodern art moment, where every sound can be accessed, ingested, inhaled, scrambled, and reassembled in any way a musician’s whims and processing power may take them.

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This lightweight and compact acoustic amp will keep your guitar’s organic signal intact, and at a fair price.

Preserves authentic signal with accuracy. Wide dynamic range. Very portable. Affordable.

Balance between gain and master can be sensitive. Chorus effect is limited.

$299

Fishman Loudbox Micro
fishman.com

4
5
5
4.5


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