Did I Mention These are from MXR?
Let’s talk MXR for a few. They’ve been busy little beavers, so to speak, building a bit more than just a dam. Rather their four new effect pedals – two for guitar and two for bass – are ready and available to give you the edge your tone has been aching for for exactly X years now (give or take Y). Their catalog has welcomingly introduced the M89 Bass Overdrive, the M83 Bass Chorus Deluxe, the M237 DC Brick, and the M222 Talk Box.
So let’s hit the ground running and see what these pedals have to offer us.
The Guitar Pedals
M222 Talk Box
The M222 Talk Box is a new spin on a timeless classic effect much in vain of the ones made famous by Peter Frampton or Stevie Wonder. It’s been updated for the demands of the modern musician and contains its own amp and speaker driver, volume, tone, and gain to controls to better shape the output signal to your liking.
Housed in a damn resilient metal chassis to survive the test of gigging time, the M222 is a smaller pedal that features true bypass and includes an 18-volte power supply and an 8′ surgical tube and mic stand clip so you send your voice into the signal… or pump your stomach if that Taco Bell’s not settling as well as you were hoping.
The M222 Talk Box is available for $169.99.
M237 DC Brick
Ok, so this pedal is a tad inaccurately labeled under the guitar effects. This is actually a power supply to help keep your pedals (both guitar and bass) loaded with the surges of energy they need to better help you keep your neighbors up all night. With twice the power capabilities of the original DCB10 Brick this model has eight 9-volt outputs and two 18-volt outputs, each with a designated red LED light that will shine in case there’s a short in the line, and still retains the overload protection to keep your gear safe. Also included is an AC adapter and all the cables needed to power up your pedals.
The M237 DC Brick is available for $119.99.
The Bass Pedals
M89 Bass Overdrive
The M28 Bass Overdrive is the kind of pedal that knows how to get things for a guitarist. Things like a nice tube-like grit for your tone or a clean signal blend control that blends a pre-set EQ clean signal with your overdriven signal that complements the volume, drive, and tone controls. And part of what makes a pedal great is not just hearing it, but not hearing it when you don’t want to. For that reason alone the M89 comes equipped with true bypass so you don’t have to hear the Bass Overdrive when the little LED light isn’t blinking.
The M89 Bass Overdrive is currently a tad elusive. It’s not quite available just yet so pricing info is still in the dark.
M83 Bass Chorus Deluxe
Closing out this four-way with MXR is the M83 Bass Chorus Deluxe. This new modulation effect features analog bucket-brigade technology (a technology that’s oddly more self-explanatory than you’d think. See below for more) to give you a full watery chorus or a metallic flange effect. The petite pedal doesn’t hold out on controls. It features bass and treble EQ controls, intensity, rate, and width controls for the modulation, and X Over and Flanger switches for the character of the modulation. And with a bit of finesse you can garner a full stereo sound out of the M83 as well.
Just to quickly cover the curiously titled bucket-brigade technology it’s a form of circuitry named after the archaic form of fire fighting. Hand a bucket of water down a row of firefighters to throw on the water. As the bucket travels down the line water inevitably spills out. The technology is essentially designed to have a similar effect as the metaphorical name. As the signal carries through from one capacitor to another there is a bit of loss in frequency.
The M83 Bass Chorus is available for $169.99.