Pedals And Effects Top 10 Pedals of 2016

There were a lot of really cool pedals that made their debut this past year, but these are our top ten effects that (in our opinion) are a cut above the rest. 

Juan and Nick's top ten effects pedals of 2016 (in no particular order):

Photo credit: Earthquaker Devices

Photo credit: Earthquaker Devices

Avalanche Run by Earthquaker Devices:

Earthquaker Devices' first entry into DSP pedals is a huge success. The Avalanche Run is a great delay and reverb, with 2 seconds of delay time, an expression pedal out to control the multiple trail options, the sonic exploration is endless. There are lots of cool "hidden" features to be found in the pedal when you really dig in. 

Transmisser by Earthquaker Devices

The Earthquaker Devices Transmisser is more than just a reverb pedal. With a sweeping filter, this modulated reverb is incredibly unique. With the soft switches Earthquaker Devices uses now, you can and will spend hours upon hours discovering new sounds. 

(Okay so maybe the list isn't ten pedals exactly, there was a three way tie amongst these dope envelope filters.)

Spatial Delivery by Earthquaker Devices

The Earthquaker Devices Spatial Delivery isn't your ordinary envelope filter. You want Upward sweep and downward sweep controls? The Spatial Delivery has got it. A Sample and Hold  function for extra weirdness? Spatial Delivery has got that too. 

Fwonk Beta by Mr. Black

It's all in the name with the Fwonk Beta. Mr. Black hit the nail on the head with this one, this pedal brings the funk. 

Photo credit: TWA

Photo credit: TWA

WR-3 Wah Rocker by TWA

TWA revived the Guyatone Wah Rocker and threw in the kitchen sink too! Great for bass and guitar as you can flip between the classic Guyatone Wah Rocker and Bass Rocker circuits all in one with the TWA Wah Rocker. 

Radical Reverse Delay by Alexander Effects

This was a pedal that really caught us by surprise. This unique little delay has random echo, a granular function like those found in Red Panda pedals. Of course, as the name suggests it has super crazy reverse delays. Swells, psychedelic reverse trails, it's all here. Alexander Effects is a company we will definitely be keeping our eyes on.

Photo credit: Source Audio

Photo credit: Source Audio

Nemesis Delay by Source Audio.

The Nemesis delay can do it all, no really. Every single great delay and echo sound accurately modeled and all in one box. You want ring mod sounds, and a pseudo bit crusher? Nemesis has got that. The wizards over at Source Audio have made this pedal very 21st century friendly with MIDI, and a seamless way of creating, saving, sharing and uploading your settings. 

Luminary Quad Octave Generator by Walrus Audio

Now you guys know I love my octave pedals. As the name states, the Luminary Quad Octave Generator has four octave controls, -2, -1, +1, +2. The octave tracking is on point, the flutter function adds a chorusing effect. Add an expression pedal and you're flying high. Really cool harmonics and overtones from this pedal.

Whammy Ricochet by Digitech

This pedal is a lot more than just a simplified version of the Digitech Whammy. The Ricochet has got seven pitch options and you can set the rate at which the intervals rise and fall. The pedal also has additional momentary hold and latch functions too. This pedal is super musical and it can of course do the extreme octave jumps the Whammy is known for.  

Tonal Recall by Chase Bliss

Analog heart, digital brain is Chase Bliss' mission statement and it is super evident with the Tonal Recall. The Tonal Recall is an analog delay modeled after the lush echoes produced by the MN3005 chips. Vintage tape sounds, and modulated trails, with added tap tempo, and expression controls. Additionally there are a number of dip switches on the back that change the sound, and function of the pedal. Lots to dive into with this pedal, and there's nothing quite like it out there. This pedal is pure bliss.

Dream Sequence by Hologram Electronics

The Dream Sequence is another pedal that took us by surprise. It's a sequencer, it's got modulation, an arpeggiator, can do vibrato. Heck, you can adjust the brightness of the LED's. It's a very unique and out there pedal, and we love it. Another one that needs to be heard to be believed. 

Crazy 8 Tremolo by Stack FX

The Crazy 8 Tremolo is a cool musical, rhythmic tremolo with LFO wave control, waveform peak control, and a unique "multiplier" function which controls the speed of the LFO. I love tremolo pedals, and this one is going to be spending a lot of time on my board. 

Honorable Mentions

Warwick/Rockboard Flat Patch Cables

These flat patch cables have proved to be absolutely invaluable. They're bullet proof, real estate friendly and have amazing audio fidelity. I can't imagine building a board without these guys. 

Red Panda Mixer

It's simple, but very effective. The Red Panda Mixer is very multi-instrumentalist friendly, one board but you play guitar and keyboard? No problem. You can also use the Mixer as an effects loop, keep the dirt separate from the modulation etc. Set it, and forget it. The Red Panda Mixer is simple but most importantly reliable. 

Supro 1668RT Jupiter 1x12 Combo

This Supro combo amp has been a workhorse. We filmed all of our videos this year using this amp for guitar and it's been able to handle everything we've thrown at it. Crisp vintage cleans, great crunch and has headroom for days making it incredibly pedal friendly. 

Landscape HC-TT

This fun little toy has proved to be one of the most interesting noise makers to come out this year. Pop in a cassette, and get ready for time stretched, musical weirdness!