Universal Audio Galaxy ’74 Tape Echo & Reverb, Del-Verb Ambience Companion and Max Preamp/Dual Compressor review – downsized pedals, era-defining sounds

The UAFX range expands with a Space Echo emulation, reverb and Echoplex-style delay in one pedal, and an all‑encompassing compressor

Universal Audio UAFX 2023 guitar pedals
(Image: © Universal Audio)

Guitar World Verdict

Although some guitarists may prefer additional controls on the pedals themselves rather than via a mobile app, there's a sense of purpose and as astonishing level of sound quality that make these UA units worth considering.


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    Excellent sound quality.

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    Defined roles.

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    Mono and stereo operation.


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    Mobile app needed to access some facilities.

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    No onboard presets.

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    No MIDI or expression pedal facility.

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    No supplied adaptor and 400mA needed.

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Following the first six pedals in the UAFX range, Universal Audio has introduced three more pedals based on the company’s extensive plug-in range.

The Galaxy ’74 Tape Echo & Reverb, Del-Verb Ambience Companion and Max Preamp/Dual Compressor all have the same physical twin-footswitch format of previous models with options for mono and stereo usage.

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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.