NAMM 2020: Anasounds has released one of the weirder pedals this NAMM, the Spinner, named after the kid’s toy. It’s an expression pedal that’s meant to be used with the brand’s Sliver and Ages tremolo stompboxes – compatibility with other pedals is, according to Anasounds, coming soon.
A rotary wheel that resembles a fidget spinner sits on the pedal’s enclosure. By kicking it, the wheel rotates at a rate that you can set beforehand. Magnets mounted to the underside of the wheel interact with a sensor, conveying information to the circuit. This overrides the regular tempo of the tremolo, and the speed of the tempo can be quickened or slowed down depending on how fast the spinner rotates.
Additionally, there’s even a killswitch mode that creates a stuttering effect that’s synchronised to the spinner’s revolutions.
While there are no buttons or knobs on the Spinner’s front, three trim pots inside give you control over thresholds and acceleration/deceleration rate.
The French boutique pedal builder is known for its mechanical, analogue – yet innovative – approach to effects. One of its newer stompboxes, the Spring Reverb, for instance comes with actual reverb tanks in three interchangeable sizes. We reviewed the device last year, calling it “an imaginative way to integrate the most essential old-school guitar effect into modern guitar rigs”.
More info at anasounds.com.