EarthQuaker Devices has been working on a new effect it’s decided to call the Swiss Things Pedalboard Reconciler. Due to be presented at NAMM 2019, this handy box of tricks could be perfect for all you effect pedal addicts.
EarthQuaker Devices Swiss Things Pedalboard Reconciler
The first Earthquaker Devices utility pedal combines signal routing with a buffered tuner output. It’s called Swiss Things and is designed to keep your pedalboard neat and tidy. It has two true-bypass effects loops. One loop is non-buffered and low-input impedance, tailored towards drive and fuzz effects, the other, buffered loop is intended for use with modulation and time-based effects.
But the fun doesn’t stop there. There’s also a useful buffered tuner output to keep your signal away from the tuner until required. Next to that is the Volume EXP jack, letting you avoid tone loss typical of using volume pedals. It does this by placing your volume pedal after Loop 1 and so not messing with the gain structure of your dirt pedals, which makes perfect sense to me.
Latching and/or Momentary
What makes the two loops especially useful is that the loops can be engaged via a pair of footswitches. Each one can be set to either latching and/or momentary, which means that you can duck in or out of the effects loop with ease. I really like that idea – this could be a useful tool on many players’ pedalboards.
And there is more
Then a third footswitch activates up to 20dB of boost, for when you need a little more oomph. You also get a handy AB-Y function with isolation transformers, a phase switch and a quiet output buffer as well.
Essentially, this little box of tricks makes complex pedalboard layouts a breeze and gives us guitar players more control. I like it!
RRP – USD 249