After hearing so much about Wampler, I bought a Pinnacle a few months back. Wampler’s offering is of course not limited to drive pedals and it carries the whole gamut of effects. The Pinnacle is a “brown sound” pedal meaning it aims at reproducing Eddie Van Halen’s tone.
It’s capable of much more though as I am trying to show in this video. I especially like its amp like compression, it even gets Clapton-esque in position 2 or 4 on a Strat. I go through all the settings in this demo and give an example of how well the pedal stacks with some tasty delays or reverbs coming from my also newly acquired Eventide H9 (more about this amazing piece of gear in another post).
Benoît from Coda Effects started tinkering with pedal circuits a while back and his passion has led him to develop two original circuits. The financing of the production of the kits or assembled pedals is the subject of a crowdfunding project on ulule: https://www.ulule.com/codaeffects/.
The Dolmen Fuzz is a Big Muff inspired pedal with tons of sonic options such as a mid control and a clipping switch to alter the compression:
The Montagne tremolo is an analog Tremolo driven by digital technology which allows for things like a Tap Tempo or six waveforms including a random one!
Novelty is rare in the world of effects if I judge by the number of “Fuzz Face Clones” that seem to be released every day.
Hologram Electronics is a new company which is off to a ripping start with a pretty interesting pedal, allowing guitarists to create “sequences”. There is a handful of pedals exploring the concept but the Dream Sequence seems very polished, to say the least.
As Ryan Schaefer from Hologram Electronics puts it: “It’s based around a pattern sequencer and ADSR that does octave up/down pitch shifts. It comes with 24 pattern presets, and you can create your own via MIDI or on the pedal itself when put into pattern recorder mode. It also has a digitally controlled analog drive and tone section at the output, so those settings (as well as all the others) can be saved as part of a preset. It also has a “hold” section, that’s similar to a “freeze” type effect, sampling a note and sustaining it indefinitely. You can feed that into the pattern sequencer and create all kinds of drones in addition to arpeggiator style effects. You can also record/play back the knob movements of the shape (ADSR), drive, and tone controls.”
Demo right here (but be warned, you’ll want one after seeing this):
There is a lot of boutique pedal manufacturers nowadays but not that many explore the digital side of things, I mean how many Fuzz Face clones do we need?
Source Audio have been releasing a steady flow of digital pedals over the past few years and the Lunar Phaser caught my ear. It has a pretty interesting stereo sound that seems to magnify the guitar tone. Also, it can be loaded with Flanger and Chorus tones through the Neuro Mobile App, making it a 3 in 1 pedal really: