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:
Two new pieces of gear from Roland/Boss caught my attention at summer NAMM.
First, the CE-2 Waza craft version, aka CE-2W, is an all analog updated version of the sought after Chorus pedal from the 80s. It sports the regular CE-2 mode but also a CE-1 mode, a vibrato mode, and it has got stereo outputs which the original CE-2 didn’t have. At the time, it prompted Boss to release the CE-3 which did not encounter the same success but was stereo.
Secondly, Robben Ford, who is known for using one of the most elusive and probably expansive amps out there, a Dumble Overdrive Special, has collaborated with Roland to produce a “Tone Capsule” for its Blues Cube series of amps. This capsule gives the Blues Cube a Dumble type of sound which is very accurate according to Robben Ford himself, despite it having no tube at all. I must say the sort demo on this video sounds pretty good, but then it’s Robben Ford playing…