A piano-style sustain pedal not just for guitars? It's not a looper, nor a delay or a reverb pedal? It doesn't work or sample sounds like any other sampler or looper available?
There's a lot of ways to describe what this fantastically creative effects pedal isn't. But it's more tricky to sum up what it actually is without a video or two. To that effect (sic) you'll find a couple in this article. But first, we need to acknoledge the brilliance and ingenuity of Plus Pedal from GameChanger Audio which in essence samples your guitar (or any instrument, yes it could be a synth!) and loops it while cutting off the attack. This then provides a sonic backdrop while you continue strumming, noodling, playing whatever it is you're playing over the top.
The results are nothing short of stunning. So without futher ado, let's dig right into the official press release now that the final verison of Plus Pedal is ready to lauch. And don't foget to give those videos a proper watch. You won't regret it. The Plus Pedal is NOT like any other looper pedal you've come across...
PLUS Pedal is an exciting new effects unit that offers piano-style sustain and sostenuto functions for all types of melodic instruments, including woodwind, brass, string and bowed instruments, and, of course, guitars and bass.
The concept for PLUS Pedal was introduced at the 2017 Winter NAMM Show by GAMECHANGER AUDIO and, with its potent mix of innovation, bold design, and real playability, it instantly won the hearts of many journalists, artists and countless online supporters.
Here’s a brilliant clip with the guys from That Pedal Show – notice the look on Dan’s face.
Right after its Winter debut, the PLUS Pedal became available on pre-order via www.pluspedal.com, and now, six months later we are back at NAMM to celebrate the end of a successful crowdfunding campaign and to launch the final version of PLUS Pedal into the music market.
The PLUS Pedal is not a looper, nor a delay or a reverb pedal – it is a whole new type of effect based on a new, patented algorithm called Real-Time Sampling.
Real-Time Sampling records your instrument as you play and lets you selectively stretch out any note/chord into a continuous loop, using just the original signal from your instrument.
The result is an incredibly warm and super realistic sound that is also responsive to vibrato, bends and all types of harmonics.
This “stretching machine” enables you to create impossible voice-leading arrangements and switch to playing lead melodies on top of sustained chords instantly – unlike, say, with a Looper or Sampler.
There are also a whole ton of variable settings and multiple layer controls that will force you to explore completely new territories – such as combining up to 5 different notes or chords in real time, or building deep multi-layered drones using the WET only mode, just like Kurt Rosenwinkel is doing in this video.
Another really cool feature is the PLUS Pedal’s built-in effects loop that lets you assign any other effects pedal to the sustained channel only. This, combined with its two separated outputs, makes PLUS Pedal open field for experimentation with multiple signal chains, dual amps, additional effects units, etc.
In a sea of boutique overdrives, overpriced delay boxes, and all sorts of multi-colored fuzz – PLUS Pedal is truly a breath of fresh air.
That is because the PLUS Pedal is much more than just another stomp-box – it is a powerful extension of your instrument that will transform your approach to playing rhythm and lead, as well as open you up to a whole new world of experimentation, drones and soundscape design...
As one customer so eloquently put it:
Finally a pedal that looks and feels like an actual instrument, not just some gimmicky toy…
It is also a fantastic tool for aural training and practising improvisation. Instead of memorising which scale shape fits over what changes – the PLUS Pedal focuses all of your attention on listening to the tonal relationships between the chord and the notes you play on top.
We believe that PLUS Pedal will change the way music is played and composed and we can’t wait to start shipping PLUs Pedal to shops around the world.
Just like the Wah Wah or Whammy did in their time – the PLUS Pedal brings a whole new approach to the effects industry – and we believe it has the potential to become a truly iconic piece of gear.
This device is sooooo cool. Amazing possibilities lay ahead.
/Jon Carin, guitar and keyboards (Roger Waters, Pink Floyd)
Oh and did we also mention how good it looks?
There is no other effects unit out there that looks quite like the PLUS Pedal, and the hand-made brass foot-pedal is simply a joy to look at and to play…
I think a lot of people - basically, everyone who has even heard of it at all - is excited about your device. It's a completely brilliant idea, it seems to me one of the most insightful and useful designs I've ever even heard of ... for anyone who has ever had the pleasure, especially as a young child, of sitting at an acoustic piano and experimenting with the sounds of the strings and the pedals, and dreaming with sound, your pedal is going to be completely irresistible.
/Tim Hillman, Plus Pedal pre order customer
PLUS Pedal – the world’s first real sustain pedal for all melodic instruments!
Price: $279.00 pre-order ($349 thereafter)
Shipping: July 2017