RPS Effects’ newest offering, the Arcade Machine, is a hand made PLL-based analogue synth and harmoniser pedal. It re-synthesises your guitar signal as a square wave to produce rich synth tones with harmonies. And it comes packaged in a nice, brightly coloured box.
RPS Effects Arcade Machine
The Arcade Machine from RPS Effects basically turns your guitar into a synthesiser. Along with the re-synthesised guitar signal, the pedal can go one and two octaves down, one and two octaves up, or an interval of your choosing. It is all analogue and will make your guitar sound like a weird mono-synth. PLL-style synths tend to handle mono fairly well, but if you want, you can occasionally make it glitch by attempting to squeeze an extra note in!
The pedal gives you access to all the intervals in a 12-tone scale. This can be set using the knob in the centre, or via an external expression pedal input that can choose the interval selection for you. This can also be accessed via Control Voltage, so you can use CV to potentially sequence and control your harmonisation.
Vibrato is available across all of the voices and has controls for Depth and Rate. This should allow you to go from subtle pitch warbles to full on glitchy synth tones.
If you like the more experimental and extreme guitar tones, I suggest you check out the official demo video below to hear this pedal in action, as it has a lot to offer.
RRP – USD 265