Review: Eventide's Rose pedal offers a world of tones and textures

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When Eventide introduced its very first effect pedals - the Factor series - back in 2007, the company established a new standard for stomp boxes that many competitors are still catching up to. The revolutionary H9 Harmonizer, the follow-up to the Factor Series, came out in 2013, and it’s taken Eventide another six years to introduce its next and most recent pedal, the Rose. Unlike most other pedal manufacturers that deliver several new stomp box models every year, Eventide seems to release new pedals only when it has a bold statement to make.

Although the Eventide Rose may seem like a relatively modest and somewhat simple delay pedal compared to the incredibly advanced H9, it actually takes modulated delay effects to an entirely new level of complexity and expressive capabilities beyond any delay pedal ever offered before. Rose combines analog circuitry for filtering, mixing and feedback with a sophisticated digital delay line that provides delay times from 10 microseconds to 50 seconds to create incredibly intricate effects with rich, highly musical tone and texture. As a result, Rose delivers classic delay effects, as well as new sounds that competitors certainly will be trying to duplicate over the next decade.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.