The new SolidGoldFX Lysis MKII is a fuzz that has been combined with a polyphonic octaver and filter, with an LFO to drive it. If you enjoy experimental fuzzy sounds, then this new pedal could be one to check out.
SolidGoldFX Lysis MKII
The Lysis MKII from SolidGoldFX is basically a fuzz pedal for players that like to experiment. The pedal features an onboard digital polyphonic octaver and filter, plus LFO. These, paired with an analogue FET Preamp and High Gain Fuzz, make it perfect for conjuring up all manner of weird dirt tones, if you so wish.
This new version comes in a white finish, rather than the previous dark black look of the original version. I think it looks better this way, as it is now a lot clearer to read, a huge advantage on darker stages.
The pedal has controls for Speed, Ramp, Blend, Fuzz and Level, along with Wave, Res, Voice and High Pass/Low Pass Filter toggles, an 11-position Mode knob, and a tap tempo switch.
The added LFO, together with the tap tempo footswitch, acts on the High Pass and Low Pass filters. You can use the Wave switch to choose either triangle, sine and square modes which, when paired with the tap tempo LFO, give you 33 settings at your disposal.
You also have a configurable set of internal dip switches that allow you to use an external expression pedal to control knob functions. This means you can control parameters smoothly in real-time with your foot, so it could be a very organic sounding fuzz/pitch shifting/filter if you need it to be.
Polyphonic Pitch Shifter
The LYSIS MKII has polyphonic pitch shifting which allows you to have octave down, octave down/up and super power chord modes. Unfortunately, the pedal is only mono, which is a shame, as it would have made it a really crazy effect to have around in stereo. But apart from this omission, the MKII has a lot to offer, especially if you like experimental fuzz tones.
Take a listen to some of the demo videos below to hear this sweet fuzz pedal in action. I personally think that it packs a lot in for the price and am sure I would enjoy it on my pedalboard.
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SolidGoldFX Lysis MKII Demo Videos
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- SolidGoldFX Lysis MKII: SolidGoldFX
- SolidGoldFX Lysis MKII rear panel: SolidGoldFX