AI designed effects pedals inspired by video games… the results are intriguing

Pedal website Pedal Haven used AI tech Midjourney to generate pedals inspired by games such as Dark Souls and even Animal Crossing.

Would you use a Minecraft inspired pedal? Hot on the heels of our attempt to use AI to design guitars inspired by film directors, the folks at Pedal Haven have used AI technology to imagine what a range of pedals inspired by video games could look like.

The pedal news and review site followed Guitar.com’s lead by feeding AI art platform Midjourney some prompts about a selection of popular video games and has shared the results on its website. Take a look at the AI pedals below:

Dark Souls

Pedal inspired by Dark Souls with cathedral print
Image: Pedal Haven / Midjourney

Pedal Haven imagines this one would be a fuzz pedal. It depicts what looks like a cathedral, showing that the tech has clearly grabbed inspo from the games’ architecture.


Pedal inspired by Minecraft, with colourful tree design
Image: Pedal Haven / Midjourney

This one, the brand says, could be an overdrive – inspired by the block-y textures of Minecraft, this pedal features four obscure shaped dials with a tree print.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Pedal inspired by Animal Crossing with cartoon-y nature landscape print
Image: Pedal Haven / Midjourney

Don’t let Tom Nook see this one, the entrepreneurial racoon would definitely want to sell it for at least 1,000 bells. This pedal features some bizarrely placed dials and buttons, and even has an ominous lever towards the bottom. It features some of the colour schemes from the wholesome game, but isn’t too similar to its actual aesthetic. Pedal Haven says this one could be a Klon clone.

Super Mario 64

Super Mario inspired pedal which features a castle design
Image: Pedal Haven / Getty

“Surprisingly, it was somewhat difficult to get the AI art generator to create anything that looked remotely like a Super Mario-inspired pedal design” says PH. “After a few attempts and trying different prompts, it gave us this castle-adorned pedal design.” This one also features some nonsensical dials and gibberish text, as AI appears to struggle to generate words near the dials.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Legend Of Zelda pedal with dark emerald colours and gold triforce design
Image: Pedal Haven / Midjourney

This one might be the most impressive so far, Midjourney has definitely nailed the dark green aesthetic and iconic Triforce with the artwork here.

Designs were also generated for Fortnite, World Of Warcraft, Spyro The Dragon, and more. Take a look at the full article here.

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