red panda

A feature-filled pitch-shifting delay meant for maximum weirding.

Wide-ranging and unique functionality. Envelope settings and momentary switches lend extreme interactivity.

Steep learning curve. Stereo input/output is only via TRS stereo cable.

$299

Red Panda Raster 2
redpandalab.com

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You could call the Raster 2 a delay pedal with a pitch shifter and modulation, but that would set up inaccurate expectations about the pedal’s sound and function. Instead, like many modern algorithm-driven glitch pedals, the Raster provides a way of interacting with sound. In that way, the Raster 2 is as much synth as tone augmenter.

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Though capable of chaotic violence, this granular delay is also ingenious, inspiring, and endlessly fun.

 

Ratings

Pros:
Many cool tones—and the means to control them. Fine sound quality. Good price.

Cons:
Definitely not for-everyone.

Street:
$299

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