Way Huge launches the Atreides ‘analog weirding module’, a wild slider-equipped fuzz synth

Way Huge Atreides
(Image credit: Way Huge)

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Way Huge has unveiled the latest in its lineup of wacky pedal designs, the Atreides ‘analog weirding module’.

Officially launched by Josh Scott on the JHS Pedals YouTube channel, the Atreides is a heady combination of fuzz and synth.

And with a name inspired by ’80s sci-fi flick Dune and tones based on the Electro-Harmonix Mini Synthesizer keyboard, the Atreides is designed to be, well, weird indeed.

The pedal offers controls for the envelope trigger (Sensitivity and Range), fuzz (Bright – aka tone – and Fuzz), Rate for the onboard phaser, and Sub.

There are also internal switches to adjust the phaser feedback, as well as to set the sub-octave to one or two octaves down.

Scott compares the pedal to MXR’s cult classic, the Blue Box – albeit a far more versatile incarnation. To us, it sounds like just the ticket for gnarly Jack White sub-octave fuzz tones. Count us in.

The Atreides is available very soon for $199. It’s so new, it’s not even on the Way Huge website just yet, so we’d advise you check the JHS Pedals video above for more info.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.