Reviewed: TC Electronic Echobrain Analogue Delay Pedal
As far as delay sounds go, most guitarists fall into one of two camps. The first being those who want crystal clear digital sounds, and the latter who are chasing a bit of warmth or grit. TC Electronic’s EchoBrain is designed with those players in mind, offering a classic all-analogue bucket brigade design that’ll keep your repeats nice and toasty — perfect for recreating the vintage tones of the 60s and 70s.
REVIEWED: MOOER TENDER OCTAVER PRO PEDAL
Mooer have certainly made a name for themselves in the world of miniature effects pedals, but what happens when they want to deliver a larger version? In this instance, a bigger housing was required, essentially just to fit more stuff in there, yet the team at Mooer still managed to deliver a unit that is not much bigger than most single effects pedals on the market. Mooer can offer more, but just because it needs to be bigger doesn’t mean it needs to be big. The Tender Octaver Pro is the result of the developers at Mooer building on the popular Tender Octaver pedal, but with so much more control and added sweetness, you’d swear it needed to be bigger to fit it all in there.
REVIEWED: THE RADIAL SWITCHBONE V2 600 ABY/C SELECTOR
When I look at the length and breadth of Radial Engineering’s extensive catalogue, one thing comes to mind – here is a broad spectrum of what are essentially life hacks for the professional musician. Their most widely proliferated product by far is their ever-reliable series of DI boxes, the little green things on the floor that sound engineers covet, and they have ventured far into the realm of effects with some of the creamiest distortions and drives on the market.
TC ELECTRONIC RUSH BOOSTER PEDAL
As part of TC Electronics’ ‘Smorgasbord of Tone’ series, the Rush Booster Pedal, like its brothers and sisters in the range, is designed to offer a simple and classic sound and functionality. A good booster pedal is a tool that most guitarists will find a need for in their arsenal, helping to push your signal when needed, whether it be to control variation between songs, between sections, or simply for a desired tone.
MOOER DRUMMER MINI PEDAL
Mooer dropped into the world of pedal manufacture a few years ago without much hullabaloo at all. Their first wave of units, a checklist of super cheap clones of the most popular pedals on the market in tiny enclosures, caused shockwaves to tear throughout the industry on both sides of the exchange.
SONUUS WAHOO WAH/FILTER PEDAL
If there is one thing the digital age has in abundance it is options. Take social media for example, you can now manually choose your specific worldview from the comfort and safety of your own home. For the music world this has meant an extreme expansion of possibility, people are making afro-punk in the leafy, south eastern suburbs while Scandinavian kids make dustbowl Americana. Stylistic choices are no longer localised and it is now possible to switch from one instrument to another on a dime.
Reviewed: Carl Martin Purple Moon Vintage Fuzz n' Vibe
Where would we be today without some of the wacky stuff they managed to pull off in the ‘60s? You’ve heard the story a million times before; blues begets rock n’ roll begets teenage rebellion begets illicit substance abuse begets unperturbed sonic exploration. It’s all as trite and affected as a high school production of Hair, but there’s no denying that the ripples of such fierce experimentation are still washing kids down the rabbit hole to this very day (Attn: Kevin Parker).
Reviewed: Carl Martin Dual Injector Twin Boost
Volume and tone are to musicians what hydrogen and helium are to scientists. They are the two most basic, alchemical ingredients from which we come to know our world, the alpha and beta of our language and the Adam and Eve to our grand story of ourselves. It’s not often in the course of reviewing gear that you come across something that uses those two things alone in an attempt to eek out a place for itself in the grand scheme of things. Few builders dare to distill their craft back down to its very essence, so when they do it becomes quite a sight for sore eyes – or ears as the case may be.