NAMM 2024: “This pedal facilitates an alchemical dance”: Pigtronix’s Philosopher’s Tone 2 is the sequel that looks set to top the original – adding footswitchable grit to the world-class compressor pedal

Pigtronix Philosopher’s Tone 2
(Image credit: Pigtronix)

NAMM 2024: It’s rare a sequel is superior to the original when it comes to the movies, but fortunately that’s not the case in the pedal world. Either way, Pigtronix might have cracked it with the follow up to its “alchemical” optical compressor and sustainer, the Philosopher’s Tone. 

The Philosopher’s Tone 2 adds a new footswitchable grit channel to the compressor pedal (making the most of original’s grit dial setting, similar to the firm’s Philosopher’s Twin spin-off), alongside a choice of silicone or germanium clipping.

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Matt Parker
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Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.