A phaser that delivers lo-fi grit and warm glitches but keeps you in your comfort zone.
Easy to achieve classic phaser sounds. Envelope controlled settings are interactive and fun. Intuitive controls.
Some settings can become overwhelming in 8-stage mode.
Paradox Effects Carmesí
I'll admit to being a luddite when it comes to phasers, and I know I'm not the only one. All the great vintage models have only one or two knobs and great players have managed to do so much with so little for so long. Why change now? Isn't it kind of nice, when so many pedals have so many options, to have one effect that leaves us with little to think about?
When the Paradox Effects Carmesí arrived, I looked at its six knobs and two buttons and wondered if I wanted this much control. Why couldn't the folks at Paradox have made all of the decisions for me, wrapped up its functionality in one or two sleek knobs, and let me go on enjoying my willful ignorance? In the spirit of adventure, I took the metaphorical red pill, and I am happy to report that my eyes have been opened.
Paradox Effects are a Tijuana-based company whose pedals usually offer a tweaked take on traditional effects. Before I could dig into this pedal, I headed over to the Paradox site to translate the control names, which are in Spanish, before I could wrap my head around the controls.
Although the sight of all these knobs induced option anxiety, the controls are actually quite simple. The phaser has a vintage-like voice that is controlled by resonance, intensity, and velocity (rate) controls. These controls are all intuitive to use. There's also an "enfoque" knob, which controls a low-pass filter. I found this useful for tone sculpting, but a little subtle for my taste.
There are separate level controls for wet and dry output, so it's easy to dial-in very precise blends. Both of these knobs have heaps of gain on tap too, which is one of my favorite features of the Carmesí. This gives the pedal the flexibility to deliver thick synth-y modulations as well as heavily boosted lo-fi grit, which had my amp delivering irresistibly dirty, hypnotic desert blues phase sounds.
At high resonance levels, the pedal can sound almost like a synth as it begins to self-oscillate.
Subtle Sounds and Interactive Glitchiness
An LED-illuminated push-button control enables selection of 4- or 8-stage phasing. In 4-stage mode the signal is a little cleaner and attack is more even. In 8-stage mode the sound blossoms throughout the frequency range, which makes attack a little less precise, but makes the phase thicker. At high rate settings, the 8-stage setting can overwhelm the organic signal—which is cool if that's the goal. The 4-stage setting is easier to wrangle, so it's nice to have both settings at the push of a button.
The "sendero" button completely changes the character of the Carmesí by activating an envelope-controlled sample and hold function. With "sendero" on, the pedal is capable of glitchy unpredictability and interactive weirdness, though it impressively retains the warm, classic character found in other settings. At high resonance levels, the pedal can sound almost like a synth as it begins to self-oscillate. At more conservative levels, it offers a responsive, vocal-like modulation that I returned to again and again.
Carmesí is full of classic tones, lo-fi dirt, glitchy oddities, and everything in between. The controls are easy to understand and quick to navigate. There a plenty of phaser purists out there, but I'd encourage them to jump in and give the Carmesí a shot. This pedal has plenty of outlandish tones to offer, but it won't push you too far outside of your comfort zone when you want to stay traditional when you want to keep it simple.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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)
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