The Jetter Red Square delivers two unique voices that evoke American- and British-style tones in a practical, powerful, and great-sounding little box.
Pedals that claim to cover vintage overdrive from both sides of the Atlantic are about a dime a dozen these days. The appeal is obvious, of course—who wouldn’t want to be able to move from the sound of a cranked Deluxe to a Marshall plexi with the flip of a switch? But it’s not an easy trick. The range in dynamics and tones between those two worlds might be as wide as the old Pond itself.
Jetter Effects’ new Red Square makes no claims on precisely nailing the sounds of those revered classics, but it uses the tones of the company’s Red Shift and Helium as a jumping-off point to deliver two unique voices that evoke American- and British-style tones in a practical, powerful, and great-sounding little box.
The Tone Equation
The guts of the Red Square are put together with care. The superb soldering and clean circuit board are Jetter hallmarks, and the pedal is completely handbuilt in the U.S.—right down to cutting the enclosures and etching the circuit boards.
The Red Square has the operational feel of a two-channel amp, and it’s extremely simple to operate. The Red Shift and Helium channels can be operated independently (they use the same control layouts as the standalone Red Shift and Helium pedals), but they can also be combined for more gain and power, or for more detailed overdrive tones with lower-gain use. The Red Shift side uses a trio of knobs—volume, gain, and tone—and is voiced for fluid-like gain with a very smooth attack. If the harder-rocking tones of a vintage Marshall are more of your thing, the Red/ Shift switch kicks in a gain stage that tones similar to an aluminum-panel Super Lead.
Though the Red Square delivers smooth, American-style purring overdrive and silky highs as easily as it does beastly sounding British rock tones, cascading the channels makes it capable of laying waste to a crowd in ’90s hard-rock style. There are lots of pedals that dish out drive just as hard as the Red Square can, but not many that do it with such exquisite articulation and detail.
The Helium side is transparent and smooth. With a Gibson SG out front, the Helium side’s low- and mid-gain settings will bring out a lot of overdrive color in a clean Fender-style amp. And the effect was particularly pronounced coming from a loud and (naturally) clean ’65 Twin Reverb. With the Jetter’s volume knob set to match the bypassed volume, small adjustments to the gain control really enhanced the Twin’s personality—especially the tight low end and glassy highs. And it also does a fantastic job of thickening up the amp’s crisp attack and accentuating the effects of pick dynamics. Maxing out the gain control yields a warmer, rounder overdrive, which is great for digging into articulate, Leslie West-inspired leads with a neck pickup.
The Red Shift side has a very different feel. The voicing is a tad darker and the overdrive is more compressed. The sustain is impressive, and bent notes—especially those above the 12th fret—ring out for what seems like eternity. The Red Shift also features the same rich and woody attack qualities as the Helium circuit. Its overdrive tones get burlier, with a slightly fuzzy edge, as the gain control reaches 3 o’clock, so it’s best to keep it below this threshold if you need a clearer tone. Flipping the Red/Shift switch kicks the unit into high gear, with a considerable boost in volume and high mids, along with more grit that barks and roars very much like a Super Lead—think Jimmy Page’s lead tone on “Since I’ve Been Loving You” from How the West Was Won. At full blast, however, it’s best to be careful when combining it with the Helium side, unless you’ve got a penchant for fuzzy overdrive. You can manage the presence by easing up on your attack, but the Jetter’ best tones in this mode come from pulling back the gain controls until the midrange is at its clearest, using the Helium side to determine punch and volume, and then using the Red Shift side to determine how saturated and aggressive the tone is.
Pound for pound, the Red Square delivers one impressive smorgasbord of overdrive tones. It’s simple to use and easy to get clear rhythm and lead sounds, as long as you don’t push the gain to the extreme—but even then it brings some really incredible fuzzy overdrive that will please players who like creamier tones. It’s also affordable, coming in at $150 less than if you bought both of the effects that inspired it separately. Metalheads probably need not apply, but vintage tonehounds who enjoy cranked American and British overdrive will relish the unique twist on these sounds.
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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.