Boutique Romanian maker announces 10 days to go before taking orders for its stellar new Pro Stella Compressor. It features no less than 9 dials and 4 toggle-switches covering - Ratio, Threshold, Attack, Gain, Tilt-EQ, Release, Mix, Saturation, Level, Knee-type, Side-Chain Filter, EQ Pivot, and Auto/Manual Timing. This needs some head-to-head benchmarking, but it looks mightily impressive on the surface!
Wren and Cuff’s forthcoming Muff-Style Fuzz features no less than 20 tone-sculpting dip-switches alongside dual pairs of Germanium and Silicon Transistors - which can be switched. There are supposedly around a million combinations possible here! And I as an avowed pedal-tweaker and fuzz fan definitely have this one under consideration.
After being first introduced as a prototype at NAMM 2017 the Foxpedal Quiver Harmonic Tremolo has spent some significant time in development - with a particular emphasis on getting the Midi connectivity correct. You get tap-tempo, 5 sub-divisions, 5 waveforms, and 10 onboard presets - looking to ship this Spring.
Alexander updates probably their most popular delay pedal to-date - the Radical Delay. You get 6 modes all with a significant range of signal degradation / lo-fi-ness. The six modes are Mod (Modulated), Bend (Pitch-shifted), Dual (Dual-tap delay lines), Rev (Reverse/Tape stop), Arp (Chiptune arpeggiation), and Dyna (Sensitive Dynamic delay) - and all the usual NEO features.
Eventide’s first new pedal in a very long time is the pedal version of its EuroDDL Eurorack Delay. You get a dual footswitch medium enclosure pedal with one multi-assignable, 6 control dials and lots of options - including 5 onboard presets. Looks like a very capable proposition, albeit its mono output limits its usefulness in my own stereo rig.
Most beloved of Luthiers and Guitar Techs - Peterson has long been the tuner of choice for Guitar Setups and Intonation. This latest pedal takes all that stroboscopic tuning know-how and melds it with a very modern form factor - should compete nicely with pedal leaders Boss, TC Electronic and Sonic Research.
This is yet another really neat take on the fuzz style which combines an envelope-filter style modulation on top of the fuzz distortion. It is essentially a miniaturisation of TWA’s well-loved Dynamorph pedal. I really like this one and it goes onto the wishlist - TWA are currently taking pre-orders on their site.
Adrian Thorpe’s first modulation pedal is a collaboration with Dan Coggins of Lovetone fame. The Chorus/Vibrato is delivered via entirely analog circuitry and with the usual ThorpyFX flair. The pedal has 5 controls - Depth, Rate, Blend, Volume and Treble - it’s bound to sound great, but I would have loved to have seen a separate tap-tempo footswitch.
Mad Professor’s sort of companion to the 11 mode Kosmos Reverb is an 11 mode all-analogue Chorus, Double Chorus, Flanger, Flanger-Chorus and Vibrato multi-modulator - based on a BBD Circuit. Will be properly announced and demo’d at NAMM for a full release in March.
Demon Pedals have opened up pre-orders for probably my current favourite Dumble-style overdrive pedal. You get a full roster of dials and clipping switches for maximum versatility - and early demos are great. It’s a touch pricey, but goes to the top of that category wishlist - I will look to add in the new year.