REVIEWED: MAD PROFESSOR AMPLIFICATION 1 DISTORTION/REVERB PEDAL
Distortion and reverb – it's a tried and tested combination that's as old as rock itself. For most guitarists, it's the bread and butter starting point for any strong tone. Mad Professor's 1 pedal offers up an easy way to get close to Van Halen's legendary 'Brown Sound' the was born from a modified '60s-era Marshall stack that became a hallmark of the group's sound. Brash, full of mid-range grunt and power; it's undeniably one of the most iconic sounds of the classic rock era. However, unless you're keen on carting around a 100-watt head and cab to your next gig – logistics might get in the way of you coming close to a full-throttle Halen sound. And even if you did, how on Earth are you going to get your amp loud enough to start hitting the sweet spot? That, my friends, is where the 1 pedal comes in. Inspired by the group’s legendary first album, you’ll be shredding up a storm in no time.
Reviewed: Zoom AC-2 Acoustic Creator
Acoustic guitar can be a tricky one to handle in both live and studio situations. Capturing the intricacies of an acoustic instrument together with having a constant reliable level, whilst still sounding how you want can be harder than it seems. And what’s the answer - Mics? DI? Pedals? Effects? There is no one real solution but Zoom’s latest offering, the AC-2, aims to help with your choices a little.
REVIEWED: TC-HELICON TALBOX SYNTH PEDAL
Of all the tools in the modern guitarist's arsenal – and as we all know, we've got heaps – no one has quite cracked the ability to transfer synth tones to our six-stringed instrument of choice. However, TC-Helicon's Talkbox Synth Pedal gives it a solid effort, and for the most part succeeds.
REVIEWED: CATALINBREAD SFT VER. 2 AMPEG FOUNDATION OVERDRIVE PEDAL
The SFT is one of Catalinbread’s many Foundation Overdrive series effects pedals. These pedals are designed to emulate the circuitry, dynamics and tone of history’s greatest tube amplifiers. Based off Ampeg amplifiers, the go-to brand of for guitar heroes B.B. King, Keith Richards and Josh Homme, amongst others. Unassuming in its blue and white housing, this two-in-one pedal houses some monstrous tones and a wide range of dynamic nuances.
Reviewed: Line 6 Helix LT Guitar Multi-Effects Processor
Once upon a time there were only two truly limitless things: time and space formed the X and Y-axis of all experience. More and more I think we’re starting to reach a point where ‘options on digital modeling units’ could be added as a third Z-axis. We’ve come a long way from early multi-effects units, which were basically individual pedals sutured together like some cult horror film. The digital age has propelled an exponential expansion not only in the way we think about what’s on our chains, but the scope of their capability. Line 6 was one of the first companies to harness some of the power of possibility and they’ve distilled everything they’ve discovered so far into the new Helix LT.
REVIEWED: BOGNER OXFORD FUZZ PEDAL
Taking the Bogner Oxford Fuzz effects pedal out of the box, the first thing you notice is its clean and concise design aesthetic. Like the Bogner compressor, and I assume across the whole range, it has a professional feel and touch, but would have really appreciated rubber feet to stop it getting scratched up when used on hard surfaces.
REVIEWED: T-REX NEOCOMP COMPRESSOR PEDAL
Whether you're looking to fatten up the sound of a single-coil guitar, add some girth and warmth to a more brittle instrument or dial in some squashed funk or country tones, the T-Rex NeoComp will get you into the ball park for a wide range of classic compressor tones, while taking up minimal pedal board real estate. And while this pedal is primarily designed for live use, you'll find it's more than just a one trick pony – proving its worth as a vocal compressor, and particularly working well with acoustic guitars.
REVIEWED: MOOER OCEAN MACHINE DUAL DELAY REVERB AND LOOPER PEDAL
With over 25 years and 30 releases under his belt, Devin Townsend has cemented himself as a legend in the progressive rock/metal world. A common thread across all of his work has been his use of expansive reverb and delay. It’s clear as day when you listen to any of his projects that these effects are an integral part of his signature sound. With that sound in mind, Mooer Pedals have stepped up to the plate and come out with the Ocean Machine, Townsend’s signature delay, reverb and looper pedal.