This video review of Red Panda’s Raster with Dan Elkan and Nick Reinhart is one of my favorite videos we've done on Pedals And Effects. This pedal is so deep, I knew I had to ask pedal wizard, Dan Elkan, to help me really do this insane digital delay, justice. What I love about this video is that Nick comes in like a guy who hasn’t played through the pedal at all. Then Dan comes in and, in a highly detailed approach, shows Nick what is so fantastic about this pedal.
The Raster is a digital delay with a pitch shifter integrated into the feedback loop. This feature allows you to achieve harmonized delays, reverse delays, chorus, arpeggios, infinite descents, chaotic self-oscillation and other walls of sound. Think Kevin Shields meets the Fripp/Belew era King Crimson but with some other sounds that may have jumped out of your Atari or OG Playstation.
Dan meticulously goes through any pedal he really loves and excavates every musical aspect of effect’s ability. Nick is more like myself, where we get excited on a few sounds and blast through the pedal. Dan is also a very musical guitarist, I have seen Dan in the studio carve out the most beautiful sounds. Check any YouTube’s of Dan on tour with Broken Bells and you'll see what I mean.
Not to worry, there are bass examples at the end of the video though this pedal would do wonders on keyboards, drums, vocals…you name it. I recommend you buy this or, (as you tell from the video, all the love we have for all things Red Panda), the Particle (on a Pedals And Effects best of list) Bitmap or Dan’s favorite, the Context reverb.