Farm Pedals’ new Fly Agaric is an interesting new take on the classic phaser pedal. Having listened to the demos, this thing seems to have some seriously sweet phasing tones and plenty of trippy textures on tap.
Farm Pedals has had this pedal in various ‘beta’ versions for quite some time, but now the company seems to have arrived at its magic formula and finally released the final incarnation. Don’t be fooled into thinking this a simple two-knob phaser, though. This little purple pedal is pretty potent.
The Fly Agaric is a phaser/vibe with a decidedly vintage voicing. It has a four-stage phaser and two independent LFOs (which I love) each with their own dedicated rate/speed control. Each of the controls can then be tripped out with the left footswitch which reverses the direction. This makes for some nice textural cross-phasing sounds.
The demo video below, taken from the 60 Cycle Hum YouTube page, gives a nice overview of what the Fly Agaric can achieve. As a lover of phase pedals, I was impressed by its organic sounding tones, plus that interaction between the two LFOs.
Farm Pedals is a company working out of… a working farm! For most of the year, the Farm Pedals crew toil as vegetable farmers in western Maine. Check out the second video below to see a snippet of the farm. I have to admit I had not come across this company before, but looking through the home page, it appears they have loads of interesting pedals on offer. This is the kind of phaser I really enjoy using and I can see it being popular with players hunting for a vintage-flavoured modulation pedal, as it has bags of character.
With true-bypass switching, a 9-Volt centre negative power and a powder coated casing that looks built to last, this pedal has a lot going for it. It’s also pedalboard friendly, which is a bonus. A very nice little boutique phaser, in the true sense of boutique.
RRP – USD 185 /GBP 152.72 plus GBP 12.38 shipping