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.
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.
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.
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.
Hotone Xtomp spec:site
- Hotlone's XTOMP pedal and accompanying iOD App: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad_Li0mxkSk