Cool Gear Alert: MXR EVH5150 Chorus

Some of my favourite recorded chorus sounds are courtesy of one Mr. Eddie Van Halen. Whether using an actual chorus pedal or setting his Eventide harmonizers to a slight pitch-shift, Eddie’s given us a lot of great chorus sounds over the years. And now you can get ’em too with the new MXR EVH5150 Chorus pedal, based on Eddie’s chorus unit from the early 80s (think Diver Down).
What I really like about this pedal is that more than any other chorus pedal on the market, this one is totally optimised for your rig regardless of whether you prefer chorus going into your amp’s preamp or in the effects loop, with three input level and two output level settings to make it play nicely with the rest of your gear. It has mono or stereo output, controls for Tone and Intensity, and a Volume control (not something you usually see on a chorus). It’s interesting to note that there’s no Rate control for the chorus, and as Pete Thorn notes in the video below, this is a little more static like the sounds Eddie got with his harmonizer until you really crank up the intensity.
This one was announced at Summer NAMM a few days ago and isn’t on the market just yet but I can’t wait for it to hit the streets.

Earthquaker Devices Pyramids Stereo Flanging Device

There’s a big hole in my heart. It’s shaped like a flanger with trigger mode, and there just aren’t enough of them on the market. Or at least there wasn’t until now: Earthquaker Devices has just announced the Pyramids Stereo Flanging Device. It has five presets, eight flanger modes, tap tempo, tap subdivision, a multifunction Modify control, positive and negative Feedback and a variable Mix control, which is something you don’t see on a flanger every day. But most excitingly for my Zappa-loving ass, it has Trigger Up and Trigger Down modes. 

From the press release: 

Pyramids “Activate” footswitch features EarthQuaker Devices’ exclusive Flexi-Switch™ technology. This relay-based true-bypass switching platform allows for momentary or latching operation, making it easier than ever to engage the effect to bedazzle individual notes or phrases! For standard latching operation, tap the footswitch to activate the effect and tap again to bypass. For momentary operation, simply hold down the footswitch for as long as you’d like to use the effect. Release the footswitch to bypass.

Pyramids eight flanger modes are:
Classic: delivers the “classic” (duh) jet-plane liquid-silk flanging sound we all know and love. In this mode, Pyramids recreates the studio-quality sounds of old-school ADT (automatic double tracking) as heard on timeless recordings by those fabulous mop-tops from England (you know which ones) and on the most ripping double-tracked riffs to come from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
Through-Zero: provides authentic tape-style flanging without all the calibration, biasing, demagnetizing of heads, and so on that a real tape machine – two of ‘em, actually – requires. Use Through-Zero Mode to achieve intensified, swirling, dramatic phase cancellation and comb-filtering effects in stereo!
Barber Pole Up: infinitely sweeping upward flanging effect with no discernable beginning, middle, or end creating an “endless circular staircase” effect derived from the Shephard Tone auditory illusion popularized in television, video games, and film.
Barber Pole Down: infinitely sweeping downward flanging effect with no discernable beginning, middle, or end creating an “endless circular staircase” effect derived from the Shephard Tone auditory illusion popularized in television, video games, and film.
Trigger Up: In this mode, Pyramids provides an infinitely upward sweeping flanger that restarts the flange cycle with each new pick attack or by pressing the Tap/Trigger footswitch.
Trigger Down: In this mode, Pyramids provides an infinitely downward sweeping flanger that restarts the flange cycle with each new pick attack or by pressing the Tap/Trigger footswitch.
Step: sweeps up and down in stepped increments, producing a rhythmic flange effect similar to an arpeggiator and/or sequencer on a synth instrument.
Random: sweeps up and down in random intervals, creating a chaotic flange effect similar to a synthesizer or envelope filter’s “sample & hold” function.
To accommodate any input source, Pyramids includes stereo input and outputs which allow for a variety of routing options onstage or in the studio. Routing possibilities include:
Mono in / Mono out
Mono in / Stereo out
Stereo in / Stereo out
In addition, Pyramids’ Trigger Up/Down modes allow for Side Chain Flanging, in which an external control source (drum machine, sequencer, CV) may be used to trigger the flanger while you play another instrument! In this configuration, the primary instrument is routed through the Right Input and Right Output while the control source is patched into the Left Input. Also, Pyramids’ Manual control may be modulated in all modes via expression pedal (sold separately).

Jim Dunlop Geezer Butler Cry Baby Wah!

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I don’t know a single bass player who has plugged into a wah wah pedal and not immediately played Geezer Butler’s N.I.B. intro licks. Geezer knows what he wants from his wah sound, and now he’s got it in the form of his new signature Jim Dunlop Cry Baby. It has several very stageworthy features: you bring it out of bypass simply by putting your foot on the pedal; you can set the effect ring-out time (ie: how long the effect remains engaged after you return the pedal to its heel position); and there’s an internal Q control. Rotate it clockwise for a narrower frequency range and more pronounced wah effect or counterclockwise for a wider frequency range and subtler wah effect. 

Order yours from Musicians Friend.

NEXI Industries Phaser

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PRESS RELEASE: Amsterdam, The Netherlands (June 20, 2017) — True to its name and purpose, the Phaser pedal for electric guitar has progressed through various musical phases, and across many stages, over the past few decades. Simple in delivery, NEXI Industries’ Phaser (PSR-01) represents the next stage for this effect pedal, with a plug-‘n-play design that makes compatibility a breeze—just like the effect’s signature sweeping and swooshing. Read More …

SUMMER NAMM: BOSS Waza Craft CE-2Q Chorus

 

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Summer NAMM Show (Booth 923), Nashville, TN, June 20, 2016 — The new Waza Craft CE-2W Chorus is a premium analog pedal made exclusively in Japan to proudly honor the 40th anniversary of BOSS effects. Introduced in 1976, the CE-1 Chorus Ensemble was not only the first BOSS effects pedal, but also the world’s first chorus effect in pedal form. Three years later, the CE-2 Chorus brought this original BOSS effect to the iconic compact pedal lineup, where it’s been represented ever since. Celebrating 40 years of BOSS innovation and craftsmanship, the Waza Craft CE-2W brings the sounds of these legendary pedals together in one stompbox with enhanced features. Read More …

Seymour Duncan & CME Release Forza Overdrive

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The Forza Overdrive is here! The Seymour Duncan 805 Overdrive is one of my favourite pedals ever. I use it pretty much every day. And through my work with Seymour Duncan I was lucky enough to watch it go from a few different prototypes through to the finished pedal. The new Forza is a fresh take on the overdrive pedal, with a more open voicing than the 805’s strong mids. It’s more even-toned and ‘brown’-sounding. It’s available exclusively through Chicago Music Exchange. Here’s the press release. Read More …

Mooer Devin Townsend Ocean Machine Pedal

Mooer Devin Townsend Ocean Machine

Mooer has just unveiled the Devin Townsend Ocean Machine signature reverb/delay/looper pedal. Below is a little demo posted by Bart from Effects Database, recorded at Musikmesse on the weekend. There are two delays (one has digital delay, echo, galaxy, rotary, tri-mod, liquid, tremolo, reverse and mod-inverse, modes while the other has digital, real, analog, tape, mod, lofi, tube, dyna and filler modes – or does it say ‘filter’? Trying to squint here!). The reverb types include room, hall, plate, phaser-verb, flanger-verb, filter, reverse, spring and mod. There’s also a Shimmer control for octave effects. Can’t wait to hear this thing underneath Devin’s feet!

You can find more info on Effects Database here and on Music Radar here, and I’ll keep you posted as soon as I get full info!