Hologram Electronics has launched the Microcosm, a multi-effects unit that makes use of various granular sampling, looping and delay effects to provide a wealth of different sounds.
The core of the pedal is the 11 different available effects: three microloops, three granular effects, three glitch effects and two multi-delays.
The nature of each effect is based on the same idea, but with a differing approach. The micro loops take a (relatively) long sample of your playing, modulating it and moving it around in different ways, depending on the specific effect.
The granular portion of things chops your sound up even finer – using tiny snippets of your playing to create even stranger ambiences.
Multidelay is a little more straightforward – functioning as a regular delay, but with different interlocking repeat patterns.
Finally, the glitch section of things uses the granular sampling engine in a slightly more destructive way, creating more synthetic, choppy sounds.
Also available is a stereo reverb, pitch modulation, a 60-second stereo phrase looper and a freeze function, which can create a ‘sample-and-hold’-style effect. Loops and effect patches can be recalled using 16 user preset slots.
Check out Hologram’s demo video below:
Preorders for the Microcosm are open now. The unit lists for $449. Find out more over at hologramelectronics.com.