Hotlone's XTOMP pedal and accompanying iOD App  ·  Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad_Li0mxkSk

Hotlone's XTOMP pedal and accompanying iOD App  ·  Source: http://xtomp.com/gallery/

The new Hotone XTOMP claims to give players three hundred guitar effects in one pedal. Powered by an accompanying iOS or Android app, the pedal has onboard controls and a direct Bluetooth link to your mobile device for control and editing.

App power

The unit currently offers 300 different effects, and there’s a possibility more will be added in the future. The FX are loaded onto the XTOMP via the accompanying mobile app. You can run the app on either an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or Android device. The two devices then communicate via Bluetooth, you can use this to load and edit the various different models of well-known effect pedals to the XTOMP pedal.

Comprehensive Dynamic Circuit Modeling

That’s a bit of a mouthful, so Hotone abbreviate it to CDCM. It’s their proprietary modelling algorithm which allegedly makes the effects sound as realistic and dynamic as possible. Of course they throw all these phrases around and I suspect a lot of it is marketing jargon. However, if you can get a reasonably realistic recreation of some well-known effects pedals, then it could be a valuable tool for trying out new stuff when you have a limited budget.

Control

The Xtomp pedal itself is very clean looking and made from zinc alloy. The front panel’s six knobs have halo LED lighting to show you where the dial is set and also another halo LED to show you when the single foot switch is engaged or bypassed.

On the top panel there’s a USB port for firmware updates and a power supply input as well. The 9V negative-centre power supply is optional, which is a shame as it would have been better to include one in the price in my opinion. The pedal also features stereo inputs and outputs, so could be used with keyboards, singers, guitars or basses. So possibly a useful studio tool with that flexibility.

 

Hotlone XTOMP pedal iOS Android App Bluetooth Apple

Hotlone’s XTOMP pedal and accompanying App

Virtual effects pedals

It’s an interesting idea and one that could save players a lot of room, money and give them lots of choice. Will it be popular with the masses? Well, the proof will be in the quality of sound, availability of effects and also future updates.

The world is now full of virtual effects and so its a pretty hard market to break into. Companies like Line 6 and TC Electronics for example have been making modelling effects for many years and some you can edit with apps.

RRP $249.99

Hotone Xtomp spec:site

The XTOMP app is available for free from the Apple iTunes Store or Google Play Store.


by Jef
  • Angus Baigent

    Of course it would also be interesting to see if this can be realistically used live, or if it will disintegrate if you even try to take it near a stage. not sure if I want to entrust my guitar sound to a bluetooth connection.

    • Robin Vincent

      I’ve got a Digitech iStomp which is the same idea for a quarter of the price. It worked fine, I use it as a delay pedal, but you really need three to give you some options. It’s discontinued now as no one really took to it – I don’t think many will take to this either.

      • Angus Baigent

        iStomp, such a ridiculously named product. Probably ahead of its time, though, by the sounds of it…

      • Gabriel Mejia

        the reason the istomp was discontinued is because if you updated your apple device the pedal no longer worked with it,
        also they hurt product sales by deciding to take the proprietary route and only made it compatible with handheld apple devices,
        zoom also screwed up by doing the same thing with the MS-100BT.
        and neither product is compatible with macs, windows pc, or android phones.

        I would have bought one but i wasn’t about to waste $100+ on an apple product just to use either pedal.

      • Gabriel Mejia

        the reason the istomp was discontinued is because if you updated your apple device the pedal no longer worked with it,
        also they hurt product sales by deciding to take the proprietary route and only made it compatible with handheld apple devices,
        zoom also screwed up by doing the same thing with the MS-100BT.
        and neither product is compatible with macs, windows pc, or android phones.

        I would have bought one but i wasn’t about to waste $100+ on an apple product just to use either pedal.
        as for the xtomp i don’t think many people are going to purchase the product because it doesn’t include a power supply and for $200 you would expect the product to come with a power supply.

  • Darth Weiner

    At $250, it seems like a deal when you compare it to the price of the H9.

  • rdMark

    Ummm…the article should point out that the Xtomp “will eventually contain 300 effects”. I just counted it at 141 as of 01/25/17.