EarthQuaker Devices has gotten the NAMM ball rolling with the Swiss Things Pedalboard Reconciler. The first utility pedal from EQD, this compact signal routing interface is touted as an elegant solution for noisy and cluttered rigs.
The interface has two true-bypass effects loops. Loop 1 is unbuffered and caters to drive-based effects, vintage pedals, and most pedals with a low input impedance. Loop 2, on the other hand, is a buffered route that better suits time-based and modulation effects.
Both loops can be engaged via a pair of footswitches, which feature EQD’s Flexi-Switch technology. This allows for “latching- and/or momentary-style switching to be used with any effects pedal on the market”, according to the brand. A third footswitch activates up to 20dB of boost, whose gain you can tweak.
Additionally, Swiss Things comes with a buffered tuner output. Connecting your tuner to this – rather than placing it in your signal chain – keeps you in tune without any loss of tone.
Adjacent to the tuner output is a Volume EXP jack. Hooking your volume pedal up to this helps to resolve volume pedal-related tone loss. And as another neat feature, the Swiss Things places your volume pedal after Loop 1 – this lets you adjust volume without affecting the gain structure of the dirt pedals in that FX loop.
Wrapping up the Swiss Things’ features are an AB-Y function (with isolation transformers), a phase switch and a quiet output buffer with plenty of headroom.
The Swiss Things lists for $249. More information at earthquakerdevices.com.