REVIEWED: MOOER OCEAN MACHINE DUAL DELAY REVERB AND LOOPER PEDAL
With over 25 years and 30 releases under his belt, Devin Townsend has cemented himself as a legend in the progressive rock/metal world. A common thread across all of his work has been his use of expansive reverb and delay. It’s clear as day when you listen to any of his projects that these effects are an integral part of his signature sound. With that sound in mind, Mooer Pedals have stepped up to the plate and come out with the Ocean Machine, Townsend’s signature delay, reverb and looper pedal.
REVIEWED: MERIS MERCURY7 REVERB PEDAL
For those in the market for a top of the line reverb pedal that'll have your creative juices flowing for days, the Meris Effects Mercury7 offers a world full of lush ambience where the only real limitation is your own creativity.
Reviewed: JVB 500 Digital Tuner
Where would guitar players be without the humble starter pack? I remember being 11 or 12 years old, wandering into the local music retailer and gawking like a noob at the seemingly limitless racks of axes. Having only taken up playing (read: hacking away at ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ ad infinitum) less than a year prior, the majority of these dream machines were as vastly out of my price range as they were my skill set. At the very top of the aisle, however, sat several ubiquitous, irregular trapezoidal boxes that housed everything a young player could ever need to instantly metamorphose into Kurt Cobain; that is until the idea of a pedalboard taps your shoulder. Alongside the cheaply made Strat copy comes the first battalion, light infantry of rock: the padded gig bag, nylon strap and of course, the ever-important tuner.
REVIEWED: BOGNER LYNDHURST COMPRESSOR PEDAL
The first impression of the Bogner Lyndhurst Compressor upon taking it out of the box is the smooth and classic aesthetic, almost like a vintage bit of outboard studio gear. The metallic casing and knobs gives it a nice amount of weight and feel and there is a beautiful tension as you dial in settings. The knobs are also big enough to tweak with your foot when standing, which I find useful in a live situation when bending down for tweaks is awkward.
REVIEWED: TC ELECTRONIC PROPHET DIGITAL DELAY
Some of the most iconic delay sounds of the 80s and 90s were created with the help of immersive digital delay, and the prophet has this in spades. From tight, reverberating snapbacks to long-reaching and mesmerising swells, this pedal will have you covered. An essential tool for players looking to add a touch of ambience to their playing, the Prophet offers nothing but a pitch-perfect recreation of your original guitar tone. That means no colouration, no tricks, just an honest to goodness method of fattening up your sound while staying true to the source.
REVIEWED: TC ELECTRONIC SKYSURFER REVERB PEDAL
There’s nothing that goes better with guitar than reverb. From the classic spring reverb sounds that we all know and love, the hall and plate studio sounds that evolved with technology — it’s a subtle but essential effect for all guitarists to explore. TC Electronic’s Skysurfer aims to present a one-stop-shop of basic reverb sounds that’ll prove an asset for any player looking to add width and depth to their sound.
REVIEWED: ELEKTRON ANALOG DRIVE DISTORTION PEDAL
Elektron’s Analog Drive aims to offer a one-stop shop for all of your distortion and overdrive needs, conveniently packaged within one stompbox. With eight unique drives to play with and refine, it’s a fully fledged solution to not just emulate the tones you know and love — but to craft something that’s specific to you.
Reviewed: Positive Grid BIAS Delay Pedal
Delay is a crucial effect in so many ways. It can help place your guitar sound in a spatial context to help it sit within—or stand out from—a mix, or it can be used as a more overt, ear-catching effect. Alternatively you can go The Edge approach and use it as a rhythmic component of the riff itself. Positive Grid understands that your delay is what you make it, and that’s not just marketing speak (in fact, I just came up with that and I think I’ll hang onto it). BIAS Delay lets you actually design thousands of custom delay pedals from scratch.