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).
TC Electronic has been announcing new pedals all day. They are no frills, toneprint-less, mostly analog (save for a reverb and a delay) models. Pretty much every effect is covered: chorus, phaser, flanger, compressor, overdrive, distortion, metal distortion, delay, reverb…
I haven’t seen any retail prices yet but according to TC, these will be priced very competitively.
Here is the Grand Magnus distortion in action, it sounds pretty good!
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!
While researching about Tremolo pedals, I stumbled upon this video where Gerry Leonard (David Bowie, Suzanne Vega) demonstrates how he uses a multi-effect units. He is a very atmospheric guitarist and I think this is an inspiring use of effects: