"We wanted something smaller, easy to use, no Bluetooth app, no hidden menus – just turn knobs, make noise, play guitar…" Watch Yvette Young blow our minds with the new pedals from Universal Audio

Yvette Young plays while Paul Riario looks on
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"It's your choice: do you want great fidelity or do you want garbage?" Universal Audio's James Santiago is talking us through the company's new effects pedals. "I love garbage-y, weird, almost vibrato-like wow and flutter effects." This new range of pedals based on classic gear, he says, has "all the charm and all the defects that we like about those machines."

As we reported a few weeks back, Universal Audio's move into hardware continues, with the company unveiling four of its cheapest effects pedals to date: reverb, delay and compression units in the form of the 1176 Studio Compressor, Orion Tape Echo, Evermore Studio Reverb and Heavenly Plate Reverb, with each one tipping its hat to the sounds generated by classic gear.

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Scott Rowley
Content Director, Music, at Future plc

Scott is the Content Director of Music at Future plc, responsible for the editorial strategy of online and print brands like Guitar World, Guitar Player, Total Guitar, Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog, Guitarist and more. He was Editor in Chief of Classic Rock for 10 years and, before that, the Editor of Total Guitar and Bassist magazines. Scott regularly appears on Classic Rock’s podcast, The 20 Million Club, and was the writer/researcher on 2017’s Mick Ronson documentary Beside Bowie