Seymour Duncan’s new analogue phase effects pedal, the Polaron, generates its phaser sounds with analogue components. But it also uses digital control, giving you a lot of options as well as the ability to store presets. And this thing seems to have a lot to offer, covering just about any conceivable phase-shifting requirement. If you’re looking for a “one-stop phasing shop”, this pedal should be on your radar.
Seymour Duncan Polaron
The Polaron is billed as an “Analog Phase Shifter”. It should be mentioned that while the sounds are generated in an analogue environment, there’s digital modulation and control at work, too.
The six control knobs on the front are labelled Sens, Depth, Rate, Stages, Reso and Tune. There are also two foot switches, one for bypass (and LFO/Envelope) and another for presets (and Tap/Pole). Already you get a sense that there are lot of functions on offer here.
From Auto Wah to Rotary
In terms of sound, the analogue-digital combination should enable almost everything that one hopes for from a phaser effect: Auto Wah, Rotary Speaker (Leslie), Talkbox, Flanger, Phaser. Depending on the mode, it wobbles (LFO) or follows the velocity (envelope). Incidentally, the phaser section is variable in the number of stages – going from 2 to 16 – which is a very welcome feature.
The ENV mode uses your pick attack to control its response, which Seymour Duncan says gives you a “dynamic, interactive phase experience”. It’s also worth noting that this pedal has user-storable presets to let you save your favourite settings, so you can go back to your favourite tones later.
Check out Brett Kingman’s video below. It gives a great overview of this pedal has on offer. I think the Polaron offers a lot of variety for the price and could be a great addition to your pedal board. Pricing is expected to be around EUR 249 and we should see them shipping soon.
RRP – EUR 249
- Seymour Duncan Polaron: YouTube/Brett Kingman
- Seymour Duncan Polaron with an analogue signal path, controlled using digital technology: Seymour Duncan