phaser pedal

So many varied ways to phase for days.

Sweet, distinct phase voice. Resonance, mix, range, and volume controls expand tone-shaping possibilities significantly. High quality.

Expensive.

$279

Spaceman Explorer
spacemaneffects.com

4.5
4.5
4.5
4

Spaceman effects tend to be cherished, treasured, and, in some cases, driven to insane resale market prices because they reliably sound fantastic. But Spaceman pedals are also rare creatures. And even its most popular pedals tend to come and go—often disappearing before real players can beat collectors to the punch. The analog, 6-stage optical Explorer phaser, however, is the unusual Spaceman pedal that is reappearing in the wild after a hiatus. It returns in a more compact enclosure. But this time out the Explorer offers access to six additional waveforms that build on an already expansive modulation vocabulary.

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Maestro's smooth, stylish PS-1 inspires a simple and unique vintage-voiced analog phaser.

Great digital approximations of the Maestro PS-1's smooth, distinctive voice. Open, airy tonality. Nice combo of transparency and distinctive character.

No ramping between speeds.

$149

Mojo Hand FX Mister-O Phaser Shifter
mojohandfx.com

4.5
4.5
5
4.5

Though enormous and limited by modern standards, the original Maestro PS-1 (created by Tom Oberheim in 1971) is the very picture of pedal design elegance. It's also one of the most swirlingly smooth phase circuits to ever exist.

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Deep functionality yields seemingly infinite phase colors.

Almost infinite phase-shaping power. Impressive build quality.

Controls can feel too sensitive and interactive at times. Steep learning curve.

$319

Thorpy Pulse Doppler
thorpyfx.com

5
4.5
3
4

One of the most satisfying developments of the boutique pedal age is the quality and attention to detail we see from the best small builders. Another benefit is the leeway for small-batch builders to play mad scientist and build for tastes and creative tendencies that fall outside the mainstream.

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