Free The Tone Cosmic Wave CW-1Y Multiple Filtering Delay review

It might be small, but Free The Tone’s latest pedal has all the facilities to comprehensively shape the sound of your delay trails

Free The Tone Cosmic Wave
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

If you want the ultimate control over the sound of your repeats, this compact powerhouse will provide it. With delays from the traditional to the (yep) cosmic, this would be a versatile sonic asset for any pedalboard.


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    Compact size.

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    Myriad parameters to adjust.

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    Tap tempo.


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    No issues, but it may not be for you if want something that’s more ‘plug in and play’.

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The Cosmic Wave retains the sound quality of Free The Tone’s Flight Time and Future Factory delays but in a much more compact pedal. Despite its small footprint, though, it still manages to fit in a pair of footswitches plus mono and stereo operation, and MIDI and expression pedal inputs.

What you’re getting is a pedal with pretty comprehensive control over the character of its repeats via the application of multiple filter functions.

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.