Walrus Audio Melee Wall of Noise: Shoegaze pedal with a joystick?
Shoegaze distortion and reverb meets joystick control
Walrus Audio Melee Wall of Noise is a pedal with built-in joystick control. Combining distortion and reverb into one noise-making machine. Perfect for ambient drones and weirdness?
Walrus Audio Melee
The new Walrus Audio Melee “Wall of Noise” looks interesting, as it is bright pink and it features a joystick control. It could be considered a hipster stompbox, or just a nice compact creative tool for studio and stage alike.
Combining reverb and distortion puts it in Shoegaze territory and ambient drone/noise music. Though, it isn’t exactly My Bloody Valentine in a pink box.
The Joystick controls distortion (up-down) and reverb portion (left-right) which makes it a tweakable effect and might be fun in the studio if you fancy a waggle to see what happens. Though using it live, I could possibly stomp on it and snap it, so be careful where you place it.
Elsewhere, it has a standard volume knob control and three mini-toggle switches: Tone, Decay and D>R / R>D, i.e. the effect order.
Plus, Modulation can be added to the wet signal by holding down the bypass switch and moving the decay toggle switch.
The bypass switch can be used as a momentary. Press and hold the sustain switch to ramp up the reverb trails. Release it and the trails will ramp back down to wherever the decay switch is currently set.
The sustain switch can latch in all three programs. Press and release the sustain switch to capture and sustain the current reverb decay.
MSRP – USD 299 / EUR 355 *
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- Melee with joystick: Walrus Audio
- Waggle that joystick: Walrus Audio
That’s a very strange combination – a pedal with a joystick controller !
There’s no protection in between the pedal switches and the fragile joystick – so a lot of them will break due to contact with the player’s shoes …
What will come next ? Probably a pedal with a ribbon controller … or maybe with a short antenna usable in the ‘theremin’ way ?
A ribbon controller should be used in a table-top device … maybe even in a EuroRack module – but for sure not in a floor-based effect device.
The joystick thing has been done for years. Nothing new to anyone involved in boutique effects. I think this is a more useful implementation, though. Devi Evr did it on the hyper, Mengler, and walrus may have done it on the Janus before that, I don’t really remember. And if you want to use a joystick in the middle of a song, write a song with a pause long enough to get down and use it. Who cares?