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.
TC Electronic Distortion Pedal Family
There is definitely something in the air in Sweden that makes their designers so good, particularly when it comes to innovation. While the rest of the world wallows in the ‘form following function’ entry-level principles, the nation that filled the world’s houses with flat pack furniture has delivered on this stereotype so many times that it’s getting to a point where we’re going to have to ask them to leave some of the good ideas for the rest of us. TC Electronic is a shining example of the aforementioned ingenuity. They already lead the new breed of pedal peddlers by the time they bought out their Tone Print equipped models, a change which propelled the rocket of tonal possibility farther into the stratosphere than ever. It seems like every time they bring out a new pedal it instantly becomes that year’s must-have.
Mooer Reverie Reverb
If necessity is the mother of invention then surely competition is the father; there’s nothing like having David come along to rattle Goliath’s cage I say. Ever since Mooer Audio burst on the scene a few years ago with their extensive range of affordable, small footprint clones of big name effects pedals, they’ve not only driven their own engineering forward exponentially, but simultaneously forced the hand of a lot of the big guys, ensuring that they never get too big for their boots.
Ernie Ball Music Man Expression Series Overdrive and Ambient Delay Pedals
They say necessity is the mother of invention, and that behind every great idea is a thousand failed experiments. These two precepts have arguably fuelled the vast majority of twists and turns that the history of the humble stompbox has taken.
KEELEY Super Mod Workstation Pedal
With the Mod Workstation already released you may be wondering what the deal is with the ‘Super Mod’ title. Well in the first part it refers to Mod as in ‘Modulation’ – as in Chorus, Trem, Phaser and the like – and the Super hints at the fact that there’s a little more Mod on-board; two banks of eight effects all up to really let you create some modulated goodness.
Catalinbread CSIDMAN Glitch/Stutter Delay
As conjurers of sonic behaviours and characteristics, Catalinbread are able to infuse in each of their pedals an important sense of worth and value. In this vein, many of the manufacturer’s most recent pedals have recreated past sounds and technologies with a focus on specific traits and mannerisms. It’s this very path that has lead the innovators at Catalinbread to create the CSIDMAN Glitch/Stutter Delay – a stompbox that equips the clarity of a digital delay with the glitch-like imperfections of portable CD player – making it possible for everyone to pull off a Jonny Greenwood glitch-solo.
Keeley Electronics The Dark Side Effects Pedal
Ever popular, constantly designing and refining, and somewhat resurgent in terms of new products, Robert Keeley and his team have landed another success in the form of their ‘Workstation’ pedals. Keeping the pedal form factor but combining more than one effect, they’ve proved a tuneful solution to covering a few pedals in the one unit. Taking a Pink Floyd style bent with this particular pedal, the aptly named Dark Side features some Gilmour-esque type effects and a few extra-hip features to stretch your imagination.