Ultimate Pedal Effects Special: Distortion Pedals
Here at Mixdown we wholeheartedly believe that there’s a pedal out there for every guitarist. A stompbox soul mate, if you will. That’s why we have fought tooth and nail – day in and day out – to put to together the most comprehensive, toe-tingling and tone rich pedal effects special for this month’s issue. From pummelling distortion that leaves you gasping for air, to the purest of sweet delays, our writers have sourced the cream of the crop. Here are our top distortion picks!
Ultimate Pedal Effects Special: Delay Pedals
Here at Mixdown we wholeheartedly believe that there’s a pedal out there for every guitarist. A stompbox soul mate, if you will. That’s why we have fought tooth and nail – day in and day out – to put together the most comprehensive, toe-tingling and tone rich pedal effects special for this month’s issue. From pummelling distortion that leaves you gasping for air, to the purest of sweet delays, our writers have sourced the cream of the crop. Lets kick it off with the best in delay pedals.
Zoom A3 Acoustic Guitar Preamp & Effects
Zoom have been giving us great quality guitar effects for some time now. They have not missed out on releasing the demand for good quality modelling of amps and effects in their multi-effects pedals and have delivered an ever growing and developing range of pedals to meet the needs of all guitarists and bass players. And that is where Zoom stands out from any other effects pedal manufacturers; they don’t leave anyone out, including acoustic guitar players. The A3 from Zoom is the latest in their range of acoustic guitar modelling in a pedal. Just because you choose to play an acoustic shouldn’t mean you miss out on the variety in tone that electric guitar players are privy to.
Catalinbread Sabbra Cadabra
Following their recent tour here in Australia, there has been a lot of press surrounding Black Sabbath. There seems to be a lot of guitarists looking around again for some way to capture ‘that’ sound that Tony Iommi made so famous. You could go a long way with buying different guitars, a host of various pedals and even a Laney amp or two in order to achieve this, and still fall short of the mark. There are always so many uncertainties when trying to piece together a certain sound from a range of devices, so that is why it is best left to the experts. In this case, those experts are the team at Catalinbread who have come up with the Sabbra Cadabra pedal. It may be a bit of a mouthful to pronounce, but it certainly delivers the goods in Sabbath tone in just about any setup.
Klon KTR Overdrive
In this line of work, from time to time you come across an instrument that amuses you. Klon’s KTR Overdrive is the successor to their famed Centaur Professional Overdrive; a pedal that amassed such critical acclaim, that the good folk over at Klon felt it was necessary to reference it in the next incarnation of the unit. The topside of this unit doesn’t have any labels or instructions. It simply reads “Kindly remember: the ridiculous hype that offends so many is not of my making.” A clever nod to the dizzying heights, and inevitable lows that come with going through the hype cycle, but enough about the gags, there’s a pedal here to review!
Carl Martin Andy Timmons Signature Compressor Limiter
Carl Martin continues to give us some great pedal designs that are well thought out and offer tonal options and audio solutions that guitarists actually want. That’s why he was happy to seek suggestions from Andy Timmons in the newly designed format of the ever-popular Compressor/Limiter pedal.
TC Electronic Spectracomp
Compression is one of those effects that you don’t miss until you have to live without it. Or, to flip the equation a little bit, one of those effects that you don’t realise you need until you try it. On paper, the role of a compressor is clear: it lowers the volume of loud sounds and raises the volume of quiet ones. This keeps everything in a nice musical range, helping you to fill out a mix and making sure your quiet notes aren’t too quiet.
Mooer Mooergan Organ Simulator Pedal
The first time I came across an organ simulator pedal, I was seriously taken aback by just how cool and how clever of a concept it was. Over the last couple of years, there have been a number of variations pop up from a couple of manufacturers. While they’ve been great, they’ve all been a little on the expensive side. Now those guys at Mooer have gone full steam ahead to create a pedal of such ilk that isn’t about to empty your back account. Introducing Mooer’s latest release, the Mooergan organ simulator pedal.