A classic ’70s phaser is resurrected—again!
There have been plenty of phasers over the decades, but only one Phasor. Until now, anyway.
The original Musitronics Phasor was created by stompbox visionary Mike Beigel in 1974. It was a simplified version of Beigel’s earlier Bi-Phase—a dual-oscillator device beloved by many players and producers. Phasor had only simple depth and rate controls, while the later Phasor II added a feedback control. (Phasor II’s existence means my “only one Phasor” sentence was a lie, but hey, why should facts get in the way of a snappy intro?)
Now, 43 years after Phasor’s debut, we have Phasor 2X from Mu-FX, the new brand launched by Beigel himself in 2014. Vintage Musitronics designs are the company’s focus, although the new versions feature savvy refinements and expansions. Phasor 2X is a great example: It’s basically two Phasor IIs in a single enclosure, with the option of real-time control. (Expression pedal not included.) Meanwhile, it adds such cool features as stereo output, 6-stage and 4-stage phasing, and multiple controller modes.
Phasor 2X resides in Mu-FX’s “mini mu” housing, which reprises the bold colors and bi-level, folded-metal enclosures of old Musitronics designs, but with a modest 5.75" x 4.25" footprint. It’s smaller than an original Phasor, and way smaller than the unwieldy Bi-Phase. It’s an all-analog optical circuit assembled on dual circuit boards using small, surface-mount components. (In my experience, these SMD parts usually sound identical to their larger, through-hole equivalents.) The pots, switches, and jacks are board-mounted, yet everything feels reassuringly solid thanks to a well-engineered layout and rugged enclosure.
Phasor 2X requires 200 milliamps of 12V power. That means you can’t run the pedal from standard 9V power supplies, though a 12V adapter is included. There is no battery option.
A Two-Tone Effect
The dual phasers (one is 6-stage, the other 4-stage) can’t be combined in series. Instead, the circuit enables switching between two contrasting sounds. Each phaser has identical rate, depth, and sweep controls. You might, for example, dial in a slow, subtle sweep on the 4-stage side, and then toggle to fast, deep 6-stage pulsations. The dual outputs permit panoramic stereo effects at any setting. (My demo clip is stereo.)
Each channel has a 3-position toggle. One option is your basic LFO. A second position overrides the rate knob for controlling the LFO speed with an expression pedal. The third setting switches off the LFO so you can set the phase position by foot. It really is like having two separate phasers, each with real-time control.
That ’70s Swoosh
No joke: This sounds like a phaser from the Gerald Ford era. Tones are tactile and immersive. The sonic range may surprise you: Slow, shallow settings with modest feedback conjure Uni-Vibe like sounds, while high-resonance sweeps have a flanger-like edge. Between the two phasers and the control options, you can access a large palette of tones with merely a foot-tap and a pedal sweep.
Controlling the LFO rate with a pedal is fun and musical. (It’s particularly bitchin’ when you alter the rate over sustained chords.) The other pedal mode—setting the phase position by foot—yields head-spinning spatial effects, as heard 02:04 into the demo clip. It’s easy to create faux-tape phasing of the “Itchycoo Park” ilk.
Just one caution: Different expression pedals have different tapers. For example, on the Dunlop DVP4 I connected, most of the action occurred at one end of the treadle’s throw. Prepare to audition multiple pedals—or consider the MU-XP2 pedal, purpose-made for Mu-FX by Mission Engineering. (We didn’t have one to test, but it’s reportedly calibrated to work with Phasor 2X’s expression circuit.) Mu-Fx offers the phaser, the pedal, and the required TRS cable as a $479 bundle.
As its name promises, the U.S.-made Phasor 2X provides two fine-sounding ’70s-style phasers in one reasonably compact package. You can toggle between two contrasting “presets” and animate your performances with real-time control. The tones are wide-ranging. The phasing effects sound fabulous in both mono and stereo. The build is solid, and the visuals are pure retro fun. This is a whoosh that wows.
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DiMarzio, Inc. announces the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses.
DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses. The new Relentless P and Relentless J series pickups feature the Relentless cover designed in collaboration with Billy Sheehan.
As with the Relentless pickups, we removed all the hard edges from the standard P Bass and standard J Basspickups, and added an arch to the top of the pickups to bring the sensing coils and pole pieces closer to the strings. These improvements increase the dynamic range and make active circuitry unnecessary.
The Relentless P and Relentless J pickups incorporate Neodymium magnets and produce 70 percent more output than traditional passive pickups, and they’re dead quiet due to the incorporation of metal covers and foil-shielded cables. To dial in (or fine-tune) the individual string output, the Relentless P and Relentless J include eight adjustable pole pieces. These pickups also have a broad magnetic field so you can even bend notes without volume dropout.
DiMarzio’s extra shielding makes the Relentless P and Relentless J better for both recording and stage performances. We’ve mounted them onto robust .09375” thick circuit board base plates to eliminate the annoying protruding mounting screws — ultimately creating a more comfortable and consistent foundation to rest your fingers on.
The new Relentless P steps beyond the traditional P-Bass sound and can only be described as massive. It has more of everything: more volume, beefier lows, a growling midrange, and crispy highs with better individual string definition.
The Relentless J incorporates a new invention, (patent pending) parallelogram-shaped coils, offering an expanded mid-range punch, snappy highs, precise lows, and a new dimension to the sound of the Relentless series pickups.
Relentless P and Relentless J pickups will breathe new life into any bass, increase playability, and work well for any style of music from Motown to metal.
DiMarzio’s Relentless P, Relentless J Bridge, Relentless J Neck, and Relentless J pair are made in the U.S.A. and may now be ordered for immediate delivery.
Suggested List Price for the Relentless P is $169.00 (MAP $119.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Bridge and Relentless J neck is $155.00 (MAP $109.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Pair is $296.00 (MAP 209.99).
For more information, please visit our website at dimarzio.com.
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About Mystery Stocking
Each year, Premier Guitar likes to put out these mystery boxes as a part of bringing some fun to the holiday season. Remember, this is supposed to be a fun holiday treat! If the contents of this box will ruin your holiday, deplete the last of your bank account, or end your ability to see the good in humanity, it may not be for you.
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Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
Origin Effects introduce the new M-EQ DRIVER mid booster & drive pedal. Based on a vintage Pultec studio EQ, this unique pedal offers a range of mid-focused tones, from a subtle mid boost to thick, resonant overdrive. Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
A choice of three mid-range frequencies ensures that you can boost just the right part of your guitar signal and, when pushed harder, can elicit a range of saturation from a classic “mid-hump” overdrive to fierce “cocked wah” distortion. Thanks to the Adaptive Circuitry, the high-end roll-off of the Cut control is reduced as the pedal cleans up. This allows for a smooth transition from warm overdrive to bright clean tones in response to playing dynamics or guitar volume knob changes.
Introducing... M-EQ DRIVER || Mid Booster & Drive
Built-in the UK to the highest standards, the M-EQ DRIVER continues the Origin Effects tradition of vintage, studio-inspired tones in modern guitar pedals. The Origin Effects M-EQ DRIVER is available now from Origin Effects dealers worldwide.
RRP: 259 GBP (Inc VAT) / 319 USD (Ex TAX)
For more information, please visit origineffects.com.