Top Ten Pedals of 2018

Top Ten Pedals of 2018

With the dawning of 2019, it’s time to look back on the effects pedals in 2018 that we absolutely loved. This past year was a great year for effects pedals, but these are the pedals that we kept coming back to. Without further ado, here are Pedals and Effects top pedals (in no order), of 2018.

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Red Panda: Tensor

Red Panda: Tensor

Pedals and Effects has nothing but love for Red Panda, we've featured just about every pedal they've put out! Kurt and the crew in Detroit are on the cutting edge and we always make a point to stop by when we're passing through on tour. So when we caught wind of something new brewing in the lab, we were super curious and we knew that whatever it was, it would be great. That time is now, and the next great Red Panda effects pedal is the sampling and time warping, Tensor. 

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Red Panda Particle

Red Panda Particle

The Red Panda Particle is easily one of my favorite effect pedals ever; it’s a granular delay/pitch shifting pedal but also offers so much more. When Jonathan Hischke first brought over Josh Klinghoffer’s Particle, we plugged it in and spent about an hour playing through it and looking at each other in amazement. The way this pedal manipulates your instrument’s sound is simply beyond words.

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Dr. Octagon Spring Tour Pedalboard

Dr. Octagon Spring Tour Pedalboard

The hustle never stops! Currently I'm about to wrap up the first leg of the Spring/Summer Dr. Octagon tour! Playing with the homies Dan the Automator, DJ Qbert and of course, Kool Keith has been a blast. We've been bumping subs each every stop of the tour, and I wanted to show you guys how I've been doing that, night after night.

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Show Me Your Pedalboard: Eric

Show Me Your Pedalboard: Eric

Today's Show Me Your Pedalboard entry comes from Eric from Dallas, Texas. Eric's board is a who's who of Pedals And Effects favorites! I had to do a double take of his board because I thought I was looking at mine for a second. Eric's rocking some of my favorite pedals from all eras of my career, it's like a Pedals And Effects greatest hits! The usual suspects are here plus some surprises, so let's dive in and see what's up with Eric's board:

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Demo: Red Panda Mixer

Demo: Red Panda Mixer

With Pedals And Effects, expect the unexpected! Today we're not necessarily checking out an effect, but a very useful tool that can be a catalyst in really exploring sonic possibilities. Today it's the Red Panda Mixer! The Red Panda Mixer made our "Best Effects of 2016" list, and is easily one of the most handy pieces of equipment to come through Pedals And Effects.

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Demo: Red Panda’s Raster Digital Delay

Demo: Red Panda’s Raster Digital Delay

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.

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Demo: Red Panda Bitmap

Demo: Red Panda Bitmap

One of the best companies in the boutique pedal game is Red Panda. They make interesting effects that sound like no other, and they are helping musicians reach new levels in sonic creation! Their designs are smart, their artwork is clean and their functionality is off the charts! The Bitmap is no exception and is one of the most useful and manageable bit crushers Pedals And Effects has come across.

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When in Detroit it's all about Red Panda!

When in Detroit it's all about Red Panda!

Detroit is known for auto-making, rock and roll and now pedal building! I was in Detroit last week on the Juliette Lewis summer tour, and one of the many benefits of touring are getting to visit a lot of awesome cities. For me touring also means I get to see people that I correspond with regularly online, but rarely get to hang out with. While in Motor City, I hit up Red Panda to see if I could check out where some of the most innovative pedals today are made.

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