This review was published during Soundmit 2020, virtual eddition.
The Dust Collector from Finegear was an incredibly interesting product to review. Straddling the line between ‘effect unit’ and ‘sonic experimentation playground’ is something that the folks at Finegear are apparently quite comfortable doing. You really have to both see and hear this device to fully grasp what it does, so I put together a quick video tour.
There are 5 different and discrete effect processors to work with and they range from modulation to tape saturation. The unit itself is built like an absolute tank, and it’s clear that the folks at Finegear know that musicians are going to want to take this thing apart and get their hands inside it.
There is direct physical access to 2 of the effects (I won’t spoil it here, check out the video to see it in action), and they are not gimmicks at all - you can really make some freaky things happen with this unit.
You can use this as an insert with your audio interface / daw setup, but I think it really shines with either a modular setup or synth with CV control. If you fall into any of those categories, The Dust Collector is worth a look, for sure.
Price: 400 euro / $466 USD
Pros: Sturdy build, discrete access to each effect, physical access to 2 of the effects is incredibly fun to utilize, rich phaser section, CV control allows for some really freaky sound design
Cons: I wish the effects could chain together without cables