Meris Ottobit 500 Series Bit Crusher
To be honest, I had not heard of Meris until I received this item earlier this month. But I am now glad to have come across this small audio design company form California. This brand is striving to deliver a difference in their products and bring something new to audio creativity. And I have to say; the Ottobit certainly does just that.
Mooer Pedal Controller L6
We’ve all met that guy at shows. He shows up with all expensive, heavy-duty flight cases and full stacks on trolleys at a 100-seat venue determined to make proper, ear-splitting use of the ‘one of each’ collection he has on his enormous pedalboard. Lo and behold but doesn’t the idiot only actually use one or two overdrives properly and fumble over the rest of his stompboxes like a rube! ‘What do you give the player who has everything?’ You ask yourself. Well the answer is control; the answer is the Mooer PCL6 Pedal Controller.
ISP Technologies Theta Pro DSP
A long time ago, in a galaxy far away... called the mid 90’s... there was one effect unit that every teenage kid in a Metallica/ Korn/Tool t-shirt that was plucky enough to pick up a guitar more than twice was absolutely POSITIVE would make them sound just like their heroes! That generation’s Holy Grail was the now infamous and much maligned Boss ME-50 and, as much as those big blue bastards have come to furrow the brows of Dumble worshiping purists everywhere, there is absolutely no doubting the influence they continue to have to this day. It is owing to that ancestry we bear witness to ISP Technologies’ Theta Pro DSP.
Ultimate Pedal Effects Special: Miscellaneous 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. So go forth, find your perfect match, and head down to your local distributor.
Zoom G5n Multi-Effect Processor
Having seen the development of the Zoom range of guitar effects over the years, it has been great to see the ideas all fall into place – one by one – to end up with a flagship unit like the one that landed on my studio floor this month. Those of you who have used Zoom products before will know that the effects are always top-notch, delivering quality in audio and modelling at any stage in their current range. What the G5n does is bring together the best of the best and combine them into a user interface that is designed with picky guitar players in mind. It is not just a set of pre-set patches, it offers the user to the options that individual pedals do, but with far more variety and versatility.
TC-Helicon Perform V
The latest installment in DIY vocal effects from TC-Helicon goes back to an older design concept of theirs, and places the effects unit and all of its controls right at your fingertips with a very compact, stand mounted design. The Preform V is a fairly simple unit on the surface; one that doesn’t make you look for a user manual in order to get it up and running, but it still has plenty going on under the hood.
Singular Sound BeatBuddy
BeatBuddy comes from the I Can’t Believe Nobody’s Done This Before files: it’s the first guitar pedal drum machine, giving you hands-free control of your beat while you’re rocking out. It was initially funded via an IndieGoGo campaign which reached $30,000 within the first 30 minutes and went on to be super mega successful. It’s now distributed in Australia by Innovative Music, and I couldn’t think of a better group of folks to bring this particular pedal to Aussie players.
ALESIS SAMPLE RACK DRUM MODULE
Many of you may be familiar with the Alesis Sample Pad, I have road-tested it before in the past and had a great deal of fun with it. Well, Alesis have now released the Sample Rack, essentially a rack mounted version of the Sample Pad, but without the pads. What you get in place of the four pads found on the Sample Pad is eight trigger inputs for use with any electronic drum kit or an acoustic kit fitted with drum triggers.