Looking for Skindred Guitar Tones in a Box? This Pedal Might Be for You
Reggae-metal guitarist Mikey Demus and ThorpyFx's Adrian Thorpe help create a dirt pedal dripping with tonal possibilities. The PG Redbeard Effects Red Mist MkIV review.
Recorded using a Schroeder Chopper TL into a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe IV miked with a Royer R-121 feeding an Apogee Duet going into Studio One with no EQ-ing, compression, or effects.
Clip 1 – Bridge pickup, gain at 1 o’clock, volume at 11 o'clock, bass at 11 o’clock, mids at 9 o’clock, treble at 1 o’clock.
Clip 2 - Gain at 7 o’clock, volume at noon, bass at 11 o’clock, mids at noon, treble at 1 o’clock.
Clip 3 - Gain at 2 o’clock, volume at 11 o’clock, bass at 11 o’clock, mids at 3 o’clock, treble at 1 o’clock.
Excellent EQ controls. Loads and loads of gain. Apparently runs on … high-end beard oil?
Very touchy gain control. Low-gain settings are still a bit … gainy.
Redbeard Effects Red Mist MkIV
Ease of Use:
Don’t let the MkIV label fool you. Although this is the fourth iteration of Redbeard Effects’ Red Mist, it’s available publicly for the first time. Born out of a collaboration with Skindred guitarist Mikey Demus and Adrian Thorpe of ThorpyFx, this rock-solid dirt box is an impressive medium-to-high-gain circuit with a wickedly powerful EQ section. According to Demus, the Red Mist isn’t an upgraded clone of some sought-after vintage pedal. That may be true, but I definitely heard some sonic touchpoints of yesteryear.
The Red Mist has a ton of gain, so careful with that volume knob when you fire it up. Even low-output T-style pickups transformed into chunky, gruff fire-breathers when the gain sneaked past 1 o’clock. With that much gain, an active EQ setup is almost a necessity. Each control can add or subtract up to 6 dB, which really helps dial out any low-end demons or tame the high-end shrills. With my brighter guitars, I found that the gross sizzle in the high end was pretty much non-existent with the Red Mist. Even at more saturated settings, the treble had a thickness to it. If your board is already sporting a few low-gain pedals, the Red Mist could be a valuable addition.
Test Gear: Schroeder Chopper TL, Fender Modern Player Jaguar, Fender Hot Rod Deluxe IV