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2021GPXFulltonePlimsoulMKII700.jpg

The new version of the Plimsoul has been housed in the same new type of enclosure as the recent Queen Bee Fuzz which I have and love - including of course top mounted jacks and easier access to the insides. It also seems to have borrowed the 3-way Bass Boost from the Queen Bee - set in its centre.

 

While the main knobs are exactly the same - they are just differently sized and labelled. We used to have Level, Sustain, Hi-Cut and Stage 2 - but those exact controls correlate with Volume, ...

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Line 6 Teases Forthcoming Extended Switching HX Stomp XL

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The amount of different versions of Helix is now almost getting to pandemic levels - with Line 6 offering up yet another variant - in the guise of the HX Stomp XL.

 

The stats for this really could not be any simpler - as what you are getting is essentially the exact same HX Stomp Unit - with largely all the same functionality and screen - but with 5 more footswitches - for more Stompbox mode switches, and the ability to select up to 4 different Snapshots.

 

All the ports on this ...

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Rat Distortion / ProCo Teases Lil' Rat Mini Edition

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Actually more correctly - one of the dealers has announced a diminutive version of the Rat 2 pedal - containing the exact same circuit - with the now usual OP07DP opamp chip in place. I’ve been waiting for the Rat Distortion Website / Webstore or Instagram Page even to publish the final details - but those have still to materialise.

 

We know near enough everything we need to - courtesy of a YouTube demo by ACT Lighting - as below. The unit Is only 2 inches / 51mm wide - which is ...

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Source Audio Announces Limited Run for its Brand New Ultrawave Multiband Processor

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Final details are still somewhat scant at the moment - while it seems to be clear that the Ultrawave is some sort of revival and update of the old Soundblox 2 Multiwave Distortion. Where the signal is split into several different frequency bands which are individually processed, clipped, gained up and modulated - and then combined to spectacular effect.

 

How you can manipulate these different bands is really quite extensive and yields elaborate variants of Tremolo, LFO Wave Shaper and ...

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Supro have earned a fine reputation for delivering streamlined / simple, but undeniably fine sounding analog pedals. The range currently stands at 4 - which means that the only one I have to date - the Supro Fuzz - has been discontinued!

 

Supro is probably best known in this category for its Harmonic Tremolo - which is still many players’ favourite of that type. While I typically prefer my modulations to come with a little more added smarts - including tap-tempo for instance and/...

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I’m not sure how happy Strymon is going to be here as Walrus Audio seems to have near enough copied their Iridium Pedal formula - blow-for-blow - they’re even priced at the exact same $399 level!

 

And while there are some slight differences - most of the advantages seem to lean towards the ACS1 - obviously smaller footprint - and a little more surface-accessible functionality.

 

The differences in real terms are quite small - but it’s neat on the ACS1 in ...

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Greenhouse Effects Delivers Innovative Dual Switching Roots Fuzz

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I’m actually quite a fan of Greenhouse Effects, even though I don’t have many to my name yet. In fact my sole representative to date is the doomy Sludge Hammer Fuzz which I really enjoy.

 

On this occasion Greenhouse Effects have delivered a really cool take on a sort of Muff-style fuzz - as indicated by the control topology of Volume, Tone (Dark>Bright), and Sustain. So far all very ordinary - while if you hold down the footswitch for 200ms or longer you get to switch ...

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Jackson Audio's Modular Fuzz Looks to give you Maximum Versatility from a single Fuzz Unit

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It is with a heavy heart I report that this will be the last Jackson Audio feature I include on this site. I had intended doing a full in-depth review of the unit and all 6 Plugin Modules. And in pursuit of such I tried to request some degree of accommodation / discount to help make this happen. After all $480 / £480 all in is a very significant outlay, and Guitar Pedal X is entirely self-funded. It’s quite normal in this industry to engage in a fair and equitable value exchange - ...

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EarthQuaker Devices Releases the Divine Astral Destiny Octal Octave Reverberation Unit

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Upon first seeing this pedal it calls to mind both the Strymon NightSky and Walrus Audio Slö to a degree - both of which offer somewhat similar Octave and Shimmery Reverb delights. The Astral Destiny is very obviously very much dedicated towards adding in floaty textures above and below the baseline. It’s actually a pretty straightforward and elegant reverb by and large - and extremely successful in delivering those floaty cosmic / ambient tones.

 

The Control Topology could ...

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Walrus Audio Delivers Beautifully Calibrated Mako Series R1 High-Fidelity Stereo Reverb to Match its D1 Delay

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There’s no question about it - Walrus Audio has delivered a killer reverb in every which way - and which properly challenges the bigger reverb workstations. This is a darn fine bit of engineering to get all this magic to fit within a compact enclosure. I dare say this is even more impressive than the Mako D1 Delay - certainly for my tastes.

 

I’m almost instantly smitten after having viewed just a couple of demos. My current thinking is that this could be a great rotational ...

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Line 6 Teases Forthcoming Extended Switching HX Stomp XL
"I've got the HX Stomp. It was on my board before "...
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Rat Distortion / ProCo Teases Lil' Rat Mini Edition
"I think for Lil' version they won't use knobs at "...
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Source Audio Announces Limited Run for its Brand New Ultrawave Multiband Processor
"Yeah i was talking sound-wise and not control-"...
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Source Audio Announces Limited Run for its Brand New Ultrawave Multiband Processor
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Source Audio Announces Limited Run for its Brand New Ultrawave Multiband Processor
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Source Audio Announces Limited Run for its Brand New Ultrawave Multiband Processor
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Source Audio Announces Limited Run for its Brand New Ultrawave Multiband Processor
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