Glou-Glou Steak – sounds like some long-lost art rock band from the 1970s. In fact, it’s a “dual-voice distortion station” that with a whole heap of ways to twist and tweak your sounds. Could this be the most stackable, tweakable, mad, crazy, all-in-one dirt box on the market?
A 100% analogue pedal, Glou-Glou Steak crams two separate Distortion channels into one box. Each has a distortion module, a pre-distortion band-pass filter and a post distortion low-pass filter. But on top of all that, it also has Analog Octaves, Modulation and Oscillation. Oh, and each channel can also be fed with a built-in transistor fuzz. This unit has so many possibilities to sculpt and tweak your dirt tones it will take you some time to find all your favourites.
Control your dirt
The two distortions both have a soft/hard mode, and Glou-Glou states that the two channels can be fed by a dry signal or by a transistor fuzz for Fuzz tones. The onboard Octaves can be set to Square, -1 Oct, -2 Oct, +1 Oct. The filters have Freq, Mod and Peak settings that you can play with too.
Plus, you have an onboard LFO which can control the modulation of the filters! The LFO has two internal speed settings, Slow and Fast. The speed can also be controlled by a envelope up, envelope down or an external expression pedal. The Mix control also allows you to blend the distortion with the dry signal.
Listen and learn
My advice: listen to the official video demo below and then head on over to the product link and read up on the the full specification. This is a monster of a dirt box with seemingly limitless possibilities for distortion and drive tones. Yes, it’s expensive compared to other fuzz boxes but for the money, it gives you a hell of a lot of great tools in one compact pedal. It’s all a bit mad, but I love it! I still don’t fully understand how it’s all supposed to work, but I really want to try one out. It reminds me a bit of some of those ’70s Frank Zappa tones where he would blend modulation and dirt tones, which for me is a good thing.
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RRP – USD 470