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13 new pedals and effects units: July 2018

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13 new pedals and effects units: July 2018

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

ZVEX Super Duper 2-in-1 Concert Bass Mod

ZVEX Super Duper 2-in-1 Concert Bass Mod

For those keen on invoking Sunn O)))’s sludgy apocalypse, ZVEX’s new Super Duper 2-in-1 mod seeks to emulate the low rumble of the legendary Sunn Concert Bass amp.

Fender Full Moon Distortion

Fender Full Moon Distortion

Fender’s trailblazing re-entry into the world of pedals has brought us this feature-packed stompbox. It’s a beastly, high-gain distortion that’s full of sound-sculpting options. Make no mistake: This is a metalhead’s machine.

Matthews Effects Astronomer V2

Matthews Effects Astronomer V2

The latest version of this reverb stompbox adds three new algorithms, including a shimmer mode.

Keeley Aria Compressor Drive

Keeley Aria Compressor Drive

The pedal combines Keeley’s renowned Compressor Plus and Red Dirt Overdrive into one dual-footswitch stompbox. The drive and compressor sides are arranged in series, and you can change the order via a mini toggle switch.

LunaStone Boost 18

LunaStone Boost 18

Here’s another utilitarian boost pedal that’s small enough to fit into any setup. It’s completely fuss-free and promises 18 additional ‘tube-like’ dB.

Beetronics Royal Jelly

Beetronics Royal Jelly

The Royal Jelly is an overdrive/fuzz blender with a swarm of controls. It has two identical channels, running in parallel, and an extra “Buzz” switch to amplify the high frequencies.

Mattoverse Inflection Point

Mattoverse Inflection Point

Built for guitars, basses and synths, the Inflection Point is a vibrato/tremolo that’s versatile enough for sounds both mild and wild. It even has a reverb section and offers a further ten dB of boost.

Westminster Geneva Amp Sim

Westminster Effects Geneva Amp Sim

This DI box/preamp brings plenty of the Vox AC30’s beloved sparkle to the table—and it can also be used as a standalone overdrive unit.

Danelectro Cash Cow

Danelectro Billionaire Cash Cow

There’s nothing retro or vintage about this distortion pedal. It’s all about crunchy, heavily saturated and high-gain sounds that metalheads will adore for pinch harmonics and chunky riffs.

Pigtronix Philosopher’s Tone Germanium Gold Micro

Pigtronix Germanium Gold Micro

The update to the Philosopher’s Tone compressor adds germanium diodes that let you dial in a layer of dirt to your tightened-up signal.

Old Blood Noise Endeavors Alpha Haunt

Old Blood Noise Endeavors Alpha Haunt fuzz

You’d be hard-pressed to find a fuzz pedal with as many adjustable parameters as the Alpha Haunt. Gate, compression, low-pass filter, an active three-band EQ… there’s all that and more on this versatile dirt box.

Walrus Audio Emissary Parallel Boost

Walrus Audio Emissary Parallel Boost

Slash your way through the mix with this versatile boost pedal. It has two blendable circuits: one’s a clean JFET-style boost for the upper frequencies, and the other’s a mid-boost that targets either the 800Hz or 1kHz band.

Rockfabrik Effects Mind Abuse MKII

Rockfabrik Mind Abuse MKII

Here’s a three-mode distortion pedal that’s designed for articulate, high-gain and transparent tones—ideal for metal and hard rock players.