Every month, we’ll compile a few lists of gear that’s fresh out of the oven. Here’s one devoted to pedals.
1ZVEX 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.
2Fender 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.
3Matthews Effects Astronomer V2
The latest version of this reverb stompbox adds three new algorithms, including a shimmer mode.
4Keeley 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.
5LunaStone 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.
6Beetronics 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.
7Mattoverse 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.
8Westminster 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.
9Danelectro 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.
10Pigtronix Philosopher’s Tone 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.
11Old Blood Noise Endeavors Alpha Haunt
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.
12Walrus 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.
13Rockfabrik Effects 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.