For starters, the updated Context comes with three new reverb algorithms: granular, reverse and spring reverb. This is on top of the existing reverb modes, namely Room, Hall, Cathedral, Gated and Plate, bringing the total to eight. The pedal also now comes with modulation, which can be controlled via the Mod knob that replaces the previous Damping control.
The Context’s delay feature can now be used across all reverb modes, and is further enhanced by the secondary Trails footswitch. Engaging said footswitch will allow the delay effect to decay naturally instead of being abruptly cut off. Other features include a compressor and expander, allowing players to take a more dynamic approach to the effect, play harder for more reverb and softer for less.
The other significant change to the new Context is the addition of a Shift feature. Using the Shift button, players can access a second layer of controls with the existing knobs. For example, the Decay knob can be used to tweak the amount of delay feedback when the Shift mode is engaged. There are also two new mini-knobs on the control panel, Hi and Lo, which control frequency damping.
The new Context reverb pedal also features stereo input/output, USB MIDI for storing presets, and an output for expression pedals.
The Red Panda Context is now available for pre-orders at $299 and is expected to ship late April. For more information, click here.