Pedals and Effects is coming at you with something a little different! Rather than do a fuzz wars like we normally do, Nick suggested we gather some new fuzz pedals with that aren’t your typical fuzz pedals. This four pedal lineup has unique quirks, and features that you might not expect. If you’re anything like us you’ll love just these just the same.
Death by Audio ‘s Absolute Destruction is the perfect mix of simplicity and weirdness. Looking at it, it’s unique in that it has a two old school Electro-Harmonix style slider and a single knob. (We have to acknowledge the arrow pointing to the output jack, keeping it straightforward for everyone). One slider controls the gain, and the other overloads the signal. Yep, you read that right. Push the signal far enough and you get these crazy reverse “gate” sounds. It’s like a swell, but not quite.
The Fuzzrocious Playing Mantis is a combination boost, drive, distortion pedal with a a built in oscillator. Each “side” of the pedal can be activated independently or at the same time making for some really interesting combinations. The built in oscillator/tone generator allows for all kinds of crazy pitch, glitch-y and synth tones, which can be combined with the fuzz. The pedal itself kind of operates a little like a modular synth unit so there’s plenty to dive into, and we barely scratched the surface.
Coming all the way from Bombay, India it’s the Baron Samedi by Animal Factory Amplification. Once you navigate the themed control names (Life, Death, Burial, Voodoo and Rum) you can get some great lo-fi, synth tones from this pedal. You can make a lot of cool sub-octave sounds with it! There are even instructions from Animal Factory, on how to open it up and modify the pedal even more. If you’re into opening things up and digging into the guts of the pedal, you’ll love the Baron Samedi.
If you’re looking for blues licks, you’ve come to the wrong place! Pedals and Effects is all about weird, unique applications of pedals and we love it. If you’re reading this, we know you love it too. Until next time!