The new Red Witch Binary Star is the latest analogue-style offering from the New Zealand based pedal company. The effect combines delay and modulation into one elegant little pedal. Red Witch has a reputation for making some stellar stompboxes, and this new one looks like it won’t disappoint either. Let’s take a closer look.
Red Witch Binary Star
Red Witch describes its new Binary Star pedal as a “celestial time modulator” with “a near-infinite number of sounds”. It’s a bold claim for sure, but given the company’s history of delivering delicious sounding stompboxes, there shouldn’t be much reason to doubt it. The delays include slap-back and long repeats whereas the modulation effects include chorus, vibrato and pitch-shifting.
Controls include Universe, Replicate, Mix, Velocity and Depth. The toggle switch on the left will increase or decrease overall delay time, whilst the right-hand toggle switch chooses between warm and bright tonal variations.
The Universe knob increases delay time as it is turned clockwise, but begins to reduce delay time in the last stages of the sweep. Replicate controls the number of repeats in longer delay settings or the resonance of shorter delay settings. Mix blends the wet and dry signals, whereas Velocity controls the rate of the modulation. The Depth knob adjusts the depth of the modulation and works interactively with the Universe knob.
The Binary Star can be used in both mono or stereo modes. When in stereo, the wet and dry signals are split into two outputs, perfect if you have a dual-amp setup. Each Binary Star pedal comes with a handwritten number and signature from Red Witch owner Ben Fulton.
“The best sounding delay we’ve released, hands down. This pedal offers all the things you’d expect from a great delay unit – but there’s so much more to what it can do.” Ben Fulton
You can hear the new Binary Star in action in the demo video below. It sounds quite organic and I like the textural sounds in the short video.
RRP – USD 249.99