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.
Carl Martin Purple Moon Vintage Fuzz n' Vibe Effect Pedal
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.
Carl Martin Dual Injector Twin Boost Effect Pedal
Volume and tone are to musicians what hydrogen and helium are to scientists. They are the two most basic, alchemical ingredients from whence we come to know our world, the alpha and beta of our language and the Adam and Eve to the 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.