The new M1 High-Fidelity Modulation Machine is the second MAKO pedal Walrus Audio has announced in a week. It follows on from the revamped D1 V2 delay we saw get released on Tuesday. This latest addition to the series will have all your modulation needs covered.
Walrus Audio MAKO M1
With studio quality Chorus, Phaser, Tremolo, Vibrato, Rotary, and Filter settings, along with 9 onboard presets or 128 accessible via MIDI, the new Walrus Audio MAKO M1 High-Fidelity Modulation Machine covers a lot of ground. The pedal has a well laid out compact format, and includes the ability to degrade, warp, and space out your modulation effects by using the Lo-Fi knob.
Even though the pedal is digital, it emulates analogue-style modulation effects, and this ability to warp them using the aforementioned Lo-Fi control should be a lot of fun. There are 3 Types available for each effect, giving you 18 different modulation effects in total. You use the Rate and Depth controls for all the basic modulation settings throughout, and then Tone, Symmetry (in stereo mode) and the X-Parameter with a dedicated X-parameter for every effect type.
Then the Tweak controls offers Shape (LFO), Div (subdivision) and Type (Effects Type). Here are all the effects on offer:
- Chorus: Classic, Double Chorus, Tri-Phase
- Phaser: Mild 70s style Phaser, 2 Notch Phaser, Uni-Vibe o Trem
- Traditional Tremolo, Harmonic, Pattern Sequencer o Vibe: 60s style Vibrato, Record Player, Tape (flutter)
- Rotary: Full, rotating horn, rotating drum
- Filter: Lowpass, Highpass, Bandpass (LFO or dynamic)
Players can press and hold the TAP/SKIP to momentarily engage a “skipping” effect, which is a bit like a needle skipping on a record player. Or, if you press and hold the switch, you can engage the effect, which will automatically repeat the last few milliseconds of audio until it is released.
Just like the D1 V2 released earlier, this pedal will run in both mono or stereo, and should be well suited for more complex rigs. Plus, we also have the ability to do USB firmware updates via www.walrusaudio.io. Power requirements are a 9VDC with 300mA minimum. So it should sit nicely on most pedalboards setups.
The Theory of the Mobius
Overall, on paper, this looks to be a very versatile modulation pedal with a good range of effects. But will it hold up to the Strymon Mobius, which is getting quite old now, but is still the current popular do-it-all modulation pedal? We’ll have to wait and see what players say once they get their hands on them.
RRP – GBP 319/ EUR 369 /USD 349