Chilean manufacturer DSM Noisemaker has recently been making some noise about its new pedal, OmniCabSim Mini. It’s designed to save you carrying around your power amp and speaker; just bring the preamp pedal of your choice and off you go. And it costs much less than its big brother…
The name gives you a pretty good idea of the idea behind this pedal. OmniCabSim Mini is a speaker simulation with power amp emulation in pedal form. Designed to serve both guitar and bass players, it comes in a mini-format housing. Other companies would probably call this “Nano” or “Micro”.
There’s some heritage here, too. It’s a small version of the company’s deluxe pedal. Sure, smaller housing means fewer functions. However, I’m not sure what features from the big version I would actually miss. The Mini has controls for texture, resonance, level and amp gain. Little levers let you select the box simulation, choosing between stack, combo, fridge (4 × 12, 1 × 12, 8 × 10 bass). Two additional switches control between Ground/Lift and Cab/Thru on the XLR-DI-Out.
Incidentally, you can use Amp-Gain to set the “sag” of the emulated power amp. Add in your own preamp pedal and this should sound like a full-blown amp. Sonically, the overdrive is based on the peculiarities of tube amps, its maker says, with focus on the clipping and compression behaviour.
The regular price is 169 USD, but there’s a special “launch” price of just 135 USD. It’s shipped directly from the manufacturer in Chile, so be prepared for shipping/customs costs.
The pedal will be available from the 20 November.
RRP – Introductory pricing USD 135 then back up to USD 169 plus shipping and taxes