12 new pedals and effects units: January 2019

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

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

1Electro-Harmonix Sovtek Deluxe Big Muff Pi

Electro Harmonix Sovtek Deluxe Big Muff Pi

For this new pedal, Electro-Harmonix has combined the versatility of the Civil War and the Green Russian Big Muff with the dynamic controls of the Deluxe Big Muff Pi. It may be a tad complex, but it’s one of the more comprehensive drive units we’ve seen in a while.

2Death By Audio Total Sonic Annihilation 2

Death By Audio Total Sonic Annihilation 2

Fans of the original Total Sonic Annihilation may enjoy this update. The pedal is also built around a controllable feedback loop, but with a new active boost circuit, this one has a wider range of applications than its abrasive predecessor.

3Mad Professor Loud’n Proud

Mad Professor Loud'n Proud

Put simply, this unit is an amp-in-the-box pedal that’s designed to emulate the classic drive tones of a vintage four-input Marshall amp – the very same tool that the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Yngwie Malmsteen used.

4Fuzzrocious Heliotropic

Fuzzrocious Heliotropic

As its name suggests, the Heliotropic was created to reproduce the grizzly basslines of Failure’s Heliotropic and Another Space Song. While it was designed with bassists in mind, this one will also inject some doom and gloom into your guitar tone, too.

5Crazy Tube Circuits Falcon

Crazy Tube Circuits Falcon

This is another stompbox that takes its cues from amps – namely, the ’55 Tweed Deluxe and the ’61 Brownface Princeton. Using JFET tech, the brand has managed to capture the sound, feel and behaviour of these amps in a sleek stompbox.

6Rocket Surgeon Ice Caves Ambient Reverb

Rocket Surgeon Ice Caves Ambient Reverb

This boreal-themed pedal was designed to recreate the reverberations heard in an icy cave. As you descend into its ’verb labyrinth, the pedal will take you from haunting delays to self-oscillating madness.

7Dirty Haggard Audio DH-2 Death Fuzz

Dirty Haggard Audio has entered the fray with the DH-2 Death Fuzz, which is inspired by the rare made-in-Japan Shin-ei Companion FY-2. The brand’s first pedal, however, features a handy noise gate that solves the FY-2’s notoriously loud noise floor.

8Electro-Harmonix Flatiron Fuzz

Electro Harmonix Flatiron Fuzz

The Flatiron Fuzz takes after the iconic RAT2 distortion pedal. It’s an op-amp-powered fuzz/distortion unit that features vintage appointments, including a late-70s style drive circuit and symmetrical hard clipping.

9Joyo OMB Looper/Drum Machine

Joyo OMB Looper/Drum machine

If you’re a one-man-band, this one’s definitely for you. With its 40-minute looping capability and host of drum effects – covering multiple genres including pop, rock, Latin, metal, and more – this pedal is the only bandmate you’ll need.

10Joyo Cab Box

Joyo Cab Box

As you can tell from its name, this stompbox is Joyo’s attempt at a cab modeller. It’s a fully customisable virtual amp loaded with 20 cab emulations, and has tube power amp presets and dedicated mic’ing settings to boot.

11Collision Devices Black Hole Symmetry

Collision Devices Black Hole Symmetry

The Black Hole Symmetry is a three-in-one stompbox featuring fuzz, reverb and delay effects. These can be engaged individually or combined to produce deep, spacey tones.

12Joyo Aquarius Multi Delay & Looper

Joyo Aquarius Delay Looper

Joyo’s Aquarius Multi Delay & Looper is a talented little unit that hosts a bunch of features, including eight delay presets and a looper. Apart from the standard effects, this stompbox can also generate lo-fi repeats and glitchy reverse trails.