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Red Panda Completes V2 Range Revamp with smart new Edition of its Raster Pitch and Frequency Shifting Digital Delay

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I’m a huge fan of Red Panda’s output - I love the V2 form-factor and extended feature sets of its 5 core pedals. In fact I should really own more - while the only one I’ve thus far acquired has been the V2 Particle Granular Delay.

 

At this year’s virtual Winter NAMM Red Panda introduced their new and improved Bitmap Bitcrusher - which is fantastic and category-leading, and this week for Summer NAMM they have updated their remaining Raster Digital Delay to V2 format.

 

One thing that attracted me to the Particle - besides its enhanced feature set - was the inclusion of 4 onboard presets. I observe that only 3 of the 5 pedals have the same type of 4 onboard presets - the Bitmap, Particle, and now Raster. While each of these pedals has a quite individual control topology.

 

These pedals feature smart Stereo In/Out via TRS Y-Splitter Cable - which isn’t necessarily ideal for me - but very doable. If I recall properly - that feature was only possible on the Particle with a later firmware update.

 

Generally though - all of these have significant merits - that size of enclosure is just ingenious - sitting half-way between Compact and BB-enclosure status.

 

I believe the Particle Granular Delay and Tensor Tape Effects / Time-Stretcher are the two perennial bestsellers here. The Particle was my second fully stand-alone Granular Delay after the Montreal Assembly Ct5 - and I definitely want each the remaining ones here. Where each of those is a bona fide leader in its respective genre - and particular at its size of enclosure. Of these slimline medium-enclosure editions the Particle still comes first for me - followed by the Bitmap Bitcrusher, Tensor, Raster and then Context.

 

Obviously I have plenty of Reverb pedals already - so the Context is not necessarily to[ of my priorities list - but it’s still a very cool edition. My next reverb is likely the CXM 1978, then the the Walrus Audio R1 - and then possibly the Red Panda Context. Still so much to do!

 

Most likely the next Red Panda for me is the Bitmap, then Tensor.

 

I really like the look of the Raster too - while it’s a slightly lesser priority for me at the moment. Essentially a fantastic take on those Rack-style Digital Delay units, with some really smart pitch and frequency shifting, wave-shaping and modulation.

 

Each of these pedals has between 7 and 15 controls, and most have 4 onboard presets, with 127 available via MIDI.

 

Here follow further details on each - starting with the brand new Raster. The visual has been somewhat symmetrically / aesthetically arranged! :


Raster 2 Pitch and Frequency Shifting Digital Delay - $299

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Alas no demos yet - will update as soon as something materialises, while the new edition looks undeniable cool - with no less than seemingly 15 controls - while there is no manual out yet either - so tricky to verify how everything works exactly!

 

Red Panda describes its new V2 Raster as :

 

"The Raster is a digital delay with a pitch and frequency shifter integrated into the feedback loop. Forward or reverse delay can be shifted once or have continuously shifted repeats. It delivers a wide range of sounds including modulated and harmonized delays, reverse delays, chorus, arpeggios, infinite descents, chaotic self-oscillation, and continuously evolving soundscapes."

 

The Raster's Controls (6 knobs + 9 switches/buttons) are - Shift, Feedback, Delay, Blend, Rate / Wave-shape, Depth / Wave-shape, Modulation Type, Preset / Save, Direction/Loop, Wave / Alt, Range / Divisions, Momentary / Latching / Tap-Tempo, Momentary / Latching / On/Off.

 

Raster Key Features :

  • 1600 ms stereo delay time in three ranges
  • 3200 ms forward delay available via editor
  • Micro pitch shifting and detuning
  • Tuned pitch shifting, +/- 12 semitones
  • Phase and frequency shifting
  • Repeats shifted once or continuously
  • Reverse delay
  • 7 modulation waveforms, envelope, and reverse envelope
  • Most parameters have left/right controls for stereo delay
  • Parallel, series, or ping pong structure
  • Tone control
  • Stereo input/output (TRS)
  • Soft touch bypass switch with selectable momentary, latching, or mute output
  • Shift footswitch momentary, latching, or assignable to tap tempo
  • Assignable expression pedal, remote switch, remote tap, or MIDI port
  • Full MIDI implementation with additional parameters (USB or TRS)
  • MIDI clock synchronization
  • Presets (4 on front, 127 via MIDI)
  • Web-based editor for editing presets and accessing hidden parameters
  • Designed and assembled in USA
  • Requires a 9V 250 mA center negative power supply (not included)
  • RRP - €299

Bitmap 2 Bitcrusher with Fractional Bit Reduction and Sample Rate Modulation - $299

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Red Panda's Bitmap 2 Bitcrusher is likely my next Bitcrusher pedal - whenever that happens - while I'm still in the market for an EHX Mainframe, and earlier version of Iron Ether Frantabit - oh and probably the mid-size WMD Geiger Counter.

 

For its size no other pedal provides more Bitcrushing features - with all kind of really smart secondary processing. This will certainly happen one of these days, while it's not quite at the top of the priority list currently.

 

Controls - Mix, Crush, Frequency, Filer, Rate, Drive, Preset / Save, Envelop / Destruction Destination, Waveform / Shape, Envelope Modulation, Aux / Tap / Preset, On / Bypass.

 

Key Features :

  • Fractional bit reduction from 24-bits down to 1-bit
  • Sampling rate reduction from 48 kHz down to 110 Hz
  • Sample-rate modulation with triangle, square, and random waveforms
  • Adjustable wavefolding and waveshaping functions
  • Mix control to maintain bass or add subtle crushing
  • Envelope control over sampling rate or mix
  • Drive control to accommodate single or dual coil pickups and line-level signals
  • 4-pole lowpass filter
  • Stereo input/output (TRS)
  • Soft touch bypass (momentary or latching), user replaceable
  • Aux. footswitch assignable to tap tempo or preset selection
  • Assignable expression pedal, remote switch, remote tap, or MIDI port
  • Additional parameters via MIDI (USB or TRS)
  • MIDI clock synchronization
  • Presets (4 on front, 127 via MIDI)
  • Web-based editor for editing presets and accessing hidden parameter
  • Designed and assembled in USA
  • Requires a 9V 250 mA center negative power supply (not included)
  • RRP - $299

Context 2 Reverb inspired by 80's Rack-Mount Reverbs - $299

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Even though I have number of preferred Reverb Workstation pedals - including the Strymon BigSky, Boss RV-500, Source Audio Ventris. EHX Occeans 12, and Strymon NightSky, And in terms of my priorities I'm likely getting either the CXM 1978 or Walrus Audio R1 next - with likely the Context coming after that. Unless Boss finally consents to release its long anticipated RV-200.

 

Controls - Blend / Balance, Pre-Delay / Delay Time, Decay / Feedback, High-Frequency Damping / Dynamics Ducking, Low-Frequency Damping / Dynamics Threshold, Mode : Room / Hall / Cathedral / Gated / Reverse / Plate / Spring / Granular, Modulation / Rate, Shift.

 

Modes :

  • Room
  • Hall
  • Cathedral
  • Gated
  • Reverse
  • Plate
  • Spring
  • Granular

While most similar Reverb Workstation contain 11 or 12 algorithms / Modes - this still has a finely tuned number of 8 algorithms - including rarer varieties - Gated, Reverse, and Granular. So a really decent balance of algorithms - also with plenty of controls available including all those shift+ secondary parameters. As is common with all these pedals - the Context Rever is priced at RRP $299.


Tensor Live Reverse and Tape-Stop Effects, with Pitch-Shifting, Time-Stretching and Hold functions - $299

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This was actually Red Panda's first pedal to take the new V2 format which all others have now finally been updated too. This is a perennial favourite along with the Particle as two of Red Panda's all-time bestsellers. It carries a series of Tape Effects - including Stop and Hold, Directional / Speed, Time-Stretching, and Pitch-Shifting. It's certainly down on my acquisitions wishlist - but not yet a significant high level priority.

 

Controls - Speed, Time, Pitch, Blend, Hold / Looping Mode : Overdub / Record-Replace / Next (Dual Buffer), Hold Loop Direction : Forward / Alternating / Reverse, Randomization, 2 x Momentary / Latching.

 

Key Features :

  • Tape speed from reverse to stop to forward
  • Realtime time stretch up to 4:1
  • Loop time compression and stretch from 1:4 to 4:1
  • Pitch shift from -2 to +2 octaves
  • Intelligent randomization
  • Overdub, replace, and dual buffer (next) loop modes
  • Forward/alternate/reverse loop direction
  • Additional looping functions via remote switch or MIDI
  • Momentary or latching foot switches
  • Assignable expression pedal, remote switch, remote tap, or MIDI port
  • +5.5 dBu maximum input level (adjustable to +8 dBu)
  • Stereo input/output (TRS)
  • MIDI (USB and TRS)
  • Web-based editor for editing presets and accessing hidden parameters
  • Loop sampler functions (retrigger / stop / one shot) via MIDI or remote switch
  • 31 presets via MIDI or remote switch
  • Expression pedal assignable to any knobs
  • Improved MIDI scaling for speed, time, and pitch
  • Kill dry mode (always mutes dry signal)
  • Designed and assembled in Detroit, USA
  • Requires a 9V DC 250 mA power supply (not included)
  • RRP - $299

Particle 2 Granular Delay and Pitch-Shifting Pedal - $299

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This is my first and only Red Panda Pedal to date - and sort of shares rotational duties on slot #37 with the Boss DD-200 which tends to be the mainstay. Occasionally going in on slot #34 too. This is everything a modern granular delay pedal should be - and the 4 onboard presets are a major aspect of its appeal - alongside those finely calibrated 5 Delay and 3 Pitch-Shifting Effects.

 

Controls - Blend, Chop / Freeze, Delay / Pitch, Feedback, Mode : (Delay) Density / LFO / Reverse / Pitch / Randomization / (Pich) Detune / LFO / Density, Parameter, 4 onboard Presets / Save, Tap-Tempo / Freeze Footswitch, On/Bypass Footswitch.

 

Key Features :

  • 3 pitch modes: detune, density, LFO
  • 5 delay modes: random, density, LFO, random pitch, reverse
  • Modes can be combined for control over all grain parameters
  • Adjustable grain size and density
  • Pitch shift +/- 1 octave
  • Delay 0-2.5 seconds
  • Feedback with adjustable lowpass filter
  • Auto-freeze/stutter with adjustable threshold
  • Tap tempo/momentary freeze footswitch
  • Independent tap divisions for delay time, grain size, grain density, and LFO
  • Soft touch bypass (momentary or latching), user replaceable
  • Stereo input/output (TRS)
  • Assignable expression pedal, remote switch, remote tap, or MIDI port
  • Additional parameters via MIDI (USB or TRS)
  • MIDI clock synchronization
  • Presets (4 on front, 127 via MIDI)
  • Web-based editor for editing presets and accessing hidden parameters
  • TouchOSC template for iOS and Android
  • Designed and assembled in USA
  • Requires a 9V 250 mA center negative power supply (not included).
  • RRP - $299

Final Thoughts

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These are all fantastic and formidable pedals - particularly at this format of enclosure size. I will certainly be adding a few more to my collection - with the Bitmap likely next as mentioned.

 

I have preferred choices to the Context - although that is still hugely impressive, but will likely be the last of these that I add. These will mostly go in on slot #34, and occasionally on slot #37 in place of the Boss DD-200. Certainly very easy to fit into the pedal-chain - note the need to use TRS Y-Splitter Cables for Stereo Input / Output.

 

Do you have any favourites of your own here? And which if any are you considering to acquire next.

 

All pedals are typically available direct from the Red Panda Webstore - while batches sell out quickly, and the Raster has yet to materialise for pre-orders.

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