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.
TC-HELICON DITTO MIC LOOPER
Everyone seems to be going looper mad at the moment. There is a huge range of pedals available to get your guitar and bass loops going on the fly in order to bring some added creativity to your gigs, but what about the singer? Why is it that guitarists seem to get all the cool toys to play with? That is exactly what the team at TC-Helicon were asking a while back, and now they have responded with the very slick and very cool Ditto Mic Looper. Now your vocals can become more than just the one.
TC-HELICON PLAY ELECTRIC VOCAL EFFECTS PEDAL
Vocal effects and harmonies can really add to the professionalism of a live performance, but they’re hard to implement, especially for the singing guitarist. It’s difficult to get harmonies happening between band members sometimes: bad monitor mix, one or more vocalists having an off night – and that’s before you start to think about how this will all actually sound to the audience, which is the most important thing. TC-Helicon has tackled this problem head-on with the Play Electric, a floor-dwelling device aimed at giving the singing guitarist two things: interactive control over the creative execution of their vocals, and control over the quality of the final sound as heard by the audience.