13 new pedals and effects units: February 2020

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.

Line 6 POD Go

line 6 pod go

Don’t let the Line 6 POD Go’s small footprint deceive you – it features over 300 amps and effects culled from Line 6’s Helix, M-Series and legacy libraries. This multi-effects unit uses the same modelling engine found in the Helix as well, and can run up to six simultaneous amp, cab and effect blocks, while also accepting third-party IRs.

Teisco Interface

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Teisco Interface

Teisco has expanded its pedal collection with its first-ever utility pedal, the aptly named Interface. The Interface is a miniature USB audio recording interface that features two mono inputs and two stereo outputs. It features independent gain and volume controls, a sample rate of 44.1kHz, a bit depth of 16 bits, offers true bypass switching, and supports USB-C connections. The Teisco Interface also supports major DAWs such as Cakewalk by BandLab, Cubase 10, GarageBand 10, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools 2018 and Reaper 5.

Fender MTG Tube Tremolo

Fender MTG Tube Tremolo

The Fender MTG Tube Tremolo relies on a genuine NOS 6205 preamp tube for its authentic tube-driven tremolo modulation. The all-analogue pedal – designed in collaboration between Fender and Bruce Egnater – features a three-knob layout for controlling output level, overall tremolo rate and presence. A three-position toggle can also be used to switch between three tremolo modes, while the additional Wave knob can be used to blend between different waveforms instead of choosing just one.

RedBeard Effects Honey Badger

Redbeard Effects Honey Badger
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RedBeard EffectsHoney Badger octave/fuzz allows users to blend between a combination of -2 and -1 octaves for an out-of-this-world fuzz experience. The octave effect is also footswitchable, allowing users to switch between the two tones at the drop of a hat. Other features include a 100 per cent analogue signal path and true bypass switching.

Gamechanger Audio Light Pedal

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gamechanger audio light pedal

Gamechanger Audio claims that it has released the “world’s first optical spring reverb system” with the Light Pedal. The device features both cutting-edge technology and old-school know-how, using infra-red optical sensors to capture the sound of an actual spring reverb tank enclosed in the pedal. The brand claims that this allows the pedal to “harvest the full timbral and harmonic range of a spring reverb tank”.

ThorpyFX Field Marshal

ThorpyFx Field Marshal
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The Field Marshal is ThorpyFX’s take on the classic Lovetone Big Cheese and features a unique tone/gate bypass. A toggle switch allows users to either include the gating feature in the secondary bypass footswitch or exclude it from the circuit entirely. The Field Marshal also features four knobs: volume, tone, fuzz and balance.

Rainger FX Minibar

rainger fx minibar pedal

Ever heard of a liquid analyser pedal? The mad scientists at Rainger FX have achieved the impossible: to design an overdrive pedal that analyses liquid properties for its sound. Filling the Minibar with different types of liquid (e.g. water, beer, coffee), results in a different tonal profile, which means there are endless options for users to experiment with.

Anasounds Spinner

Anasounds Spinner

 

AnasoundsSpinner expression pedal is named after the Fidget Spinner and bears a startling resemblance to the kids’ toy. Kicking the spinner-shaped rotary wheel activates the effect which quickens and slows according to the speed of the spinner’s rotations. It’s designed to be used with the French boutique brand’s Sliver and Ages tremolo stompboxes, though other compatible pedals are rumoured to already be in development.

Keeley Electronics Eccos

Keeley Electronics' Eccos
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Keeley Electronics has married a vintage-style flanged tape delay with a fully-featured loop station, resulting in the Eccos. The dual footswitches, when in looper mode, allow users to record, play, reverse the current loop, halve its speed, or trigger ‘play once’ mode, all with the press of a switch. Putting it in delay mode changes the footswitches’ functions to offer either true-bypass switching or tap-tempo for fine control over the tape delay.

Catalinbread Epoch Boost

Catalinabread Epoch Boost
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The Epoch Boost takes the success of Catalinbread Effect’s Epoch Pre a step further by placing the entire preamp stage of the Echoplex EP-3 in a standard rectangular pedal enclosure. It also features an internal voltage amplifier that runs the pedal at the original 22 volts, without the need for specialised power supplies.

Origin Effects RevivalTREM

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Fans of the classic Fender ‘Brownface’ amps will appreciate the RevivalTREM’s ability to recreate their favourite tones at a fraction of the price. Origin Effects has voiced its overdrive-cum-tremolo pedal to take after vintage Fender Deluxe Reverbs of the 60s, right down to the true bias tremolo. Users can tailor the RevivalTREM’s modulation to their preference with the switchable sine and full wave LFO shapes, speed multiplier switch and speed and intensity controls.

Magnetic Effects Dual Drive

Magnetic Effects Dual Drive
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A Tube Screamer + Rat combo is perhaps one of the most classic dirt box combinations out there, and Magnetic Effects has managed to distill both into one handy pedal. The Dual Drive is a limited-edition offering that features TS- and Rat-style circuits that have been modded for asymmetrical clipping. The pedal can also operate at 18V for a punchier sound with more headroom.

Death By Audio Rooms

Death by Audio Rooms
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Death By Audio’s Rooms is not your typical stereo reverb pedal. Instead of pristine echoes and trails, the pedal’s six algorithms deliver glitchy and strange modulations, such as an odd gated reverb and an ambient reverb combined with a bandpass filter. The pedal also features an ALT footswitch, which engages a secondary set of controls that the player can shift between instantaneously.

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