The Raster 2 builds upon its predecessor, adding stereo outputs, longer delay times and MIDI compatibility while maintaining the responsiveness of the original. It also pairs with a web-based editor for customising presets and accessing a few “hidden features”.
Up to 1,600ms of stereo delay and 3,200ms of forward delay are available on deck, with reverse, parallel, series and ping pong options available. The Raster 2’s quirkier tendencies manifest with pitch shifting – up and down by semitones or finer detuning – along with seven different modulation waveforms.
According to Red Panda, the Raster 2 is capable of “extreme sonic mayhem”, whether its ring modulated sounds, inharmonic shifted delays, chaotic self-oscillations or constantly shifting soundscapes driven by feedback. It certainly seems like a pedal that yearns for hours of experimentation.
MIDI controllability brings more flexibility to the device with parameters on top of ones available on the interface being able to be adjusted by an external controller (or DAW). There’s also MIDI clock sync onboard for linking up with other instruments, performance software and more.
Rounding off the Raster 2 are a tone control that shifts from warmer to brighter sounds, four presets onboard or up to 127 via MIDI.
The Red Panda Raster 2 is expected to ship around late summer or the early fall 2021 and will be priced at $299 each.
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