10 new pedals and effects units: November 2019

Our favourite new stompbox announcements, releases and rumours of the past month.

Every month, we compile a few lists of gear that’s fresh out of the oven. Here’s one devoted to new guitar pedals.

looperEYE

It may seem bizarre, but looperEYE is a looper pedal without any footswitches. According to the Glaswegian company that created it, looperEYE LTD, the design “keeps things simple and doesn’t lose sight of the fun side of looping”. Instead of switches, the pedal features a camera that tracks your foot’s movement in an arc in front of the pedal. Each quarter of the arc represents a virtual footswitch with various functions like start recording, overdubbing, undo etc.

Neunaber Halloween Neuron

The Neunaber Halloween Neuron
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If you’re hung up on Halloween, Neunaber’s spooky-themed preamp unit is still up for grabs. Apart from the cosmetic updates, the pedal retains all the circuitry from the standard Neuron pedal. It provides extensive EQ control, and has an integrated compressor and noise gate. In terms of controls, the Neuron has six knobs – five of which have an alternate function – and two footswitches.

Mooer E7 Synth

Mooer E7 Synth
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The E7 synth is a seven-patch synth pedal that comes with saveable presets and an arpeggiator. These patches are based on Mooer’s flagship multi-effects unit, the GE300. Despite its compact form factor, the E7 features a comprehensive set of controls – including knobs for Mix, High Cut, Low Cut Speed and Attack – to tailor your synth sounds to perfection.

TWA Side Step

TWA's Side Step
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The TWA Side Step is an independent low-frequency oscillator. It’s designed to open new doors for your pedals, provided they support an expression or +5V control voltage connector. How the Side Step modulates your signal depends on what pedal it is connected to. For example, if you hook it up to a Solid Gold 76 Plus, the filter aspect of the latter pedal can be set to oscillate according to the Side Step’s rate knob or the tap tempo setting. More info on its operation here.

Joyo Atmosphere

The Joyo Atmosphere
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As you can probably tell from its name, Joyo’s new Atmosphere pedal is a ’verb unit. It features nine styles of digital reverb, ranging from standard options like spring and plate, to left-field ones like Comet and Forest. Controls on its faceplate include a nine-way selector, mix and decay knobs, as well as a Trail switch. The latter allows your reverb to continue ringing out after disengaging it.

Strymon Iridium

strymon iridium
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Strymon’s new pedalboard amp modeler sent gearheads into a frenzy when it was teased on Instagram. The Iridium is touted to deliver authentic valve amp tones and “unprecedented impulse response speaker cabinet realism”. Key to these is Strymon’s new ‘Matrix Modeling’ technology which was designed to capture the subtleties of three classic amps: Fender Deluxe Reverb, Vox AC30 and Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959.

Limited-edition Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster

Seymour Duncan Pickup Booster
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If you’re a fan of Seymour Duncan’s legendary clean booster, this limited-edition matte black version might interest you. Apart from its monochrome enclosure, this version remains true to the original, featuring up to 25dB of flat-EQ volume boost with a three-position selector switch for selecting different pickup resonances. Position 1 voices single-coils like vintage humbuckers, Position 2 voices them like modern humbuckers, while the middle position is a neutral one.

Solid Gold FX 76 Plus

The Solid Gold 76 Plus.
Image: Solid Gold FX

If you enjoyed Solid Gold FX’s 76 Fuzz, the 76 Plus is right up your alley. With the new iteration, Solid Gold has introduced an independent wah-like filter to the mix. Governed by a bevy of controls, the new inclusion unlocks a tonne of sonic potential including triangle and sawtooth waveforms to two-, three-, and four-step sequences.

Deep Space Devices Radio-Bright

The Deepspace devices Radio-bright
Image: Deep Space Devices

The latest pedal out of Deep Space Devices’ corner is the Radio-Bright, which combines a ring modulator with a delay effect. On the bitcrushed ring modulator side of things, the pedal features frequency, rate and intensity knobs. The delay effect is governed by delay time, mix and feedback controls. The delay circuit also has a secondary momentary footswitch that ramps up delay feedback and pushes your sound into a sea of oscillation. Taking your foot off this switch returns feedback to the primary setting.

JAM pedals Double Dreamer

The JAM pedals Double Dreamer
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For the Double Dreamer, JAM pedals combines two of its strongest overdrive units: the Tubedreamer and the Lucydreamer. Controls for both overdrive circuits remain unchanged from the originals. The left side, Tubedreamer, features level, gain and tone. The right, Lucydreamer, has the same, but adds a mix knob for wet/dry functionality. The Double Dreamer also features a central footswitch that kicks your tone into high-gain mode.

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