The new Dreadbox Raindrops is a Hybrid Delay/Pitch Shifter/Reverb pedal that works well on both guitar and synths. This is the latest compact pedal from the company and promises some interesting effects.
Billed as a “Hybrid Delay/Pitch Shifter/Reverb” pedal, the new Dreadbox Raindrops has a lot of things going on within one unit. It has multiple delay stages and also uses different chips for each effect. Then users get to choose between 3 different play modes.
Dreadbox states that it covers everything from “simple short echos, to long, dirty and lo-fi delays and from simple pitch-shifting bursts to extensively lasting reverbs”, which covers a lot of ground and so we can assume it will be great for experimenting with. As with most Dreadbox releases, this should be a fun, organic experience for musicians to tweak and play with.
Delay, Pitch Shifter, Reverb
The hybrid circuit with multiple delay stages and ICs is the heart of this pedal, and what makes it stand out from the crowd. In the typical Dreadbox style, the control interface is relatively simple.
There is a large Time knob for setting the overall delay time between 50 ms and 1 second with tap tempo. Then the Mix knob sets the dry/wet balance of the effect.
Feedback sets the number of repeats and finally, there is the Control knob. This last control works differently and depends on which algorithm you choose, and the Mode switch position.
It will then control different parameters depending on which mode you are in. The three-way Mode switch can be set to Modulated delay, Pitch shifted delay or Lush reverb. There is a preset memory for each of the algorithms, and finally an On/Off switch for stomping on.
As the pedal was designed for both guitar and synths, it has stereo inputs and outputs. Which makes it a great tool for the studio, as well as live work.
For me, the strength here is that stereo operation, plus all those algorithms/modes in one unit. I really love all my Dreadbox gear and it is lots of fun to use in the studio, so I’m guessing I’ll want to try one of these as well.
The Dreadbox Raindrops is due out in September 2022, so you should start to see it very soon.
MSRP – EUR 229
- The Raindrops is a stereo effect pedal: Dreadbox
- Delay, Pitch Shifter, Reverb: Dreadbox