Wampler has just announced a brand-new multi-modulation pedal called Terraform. And it certainly packs in a swathe of modulation effects that should cover all your bases and then some. Will it take the crown of “Best Multi-Modulation Pedal” from Strymon’s Mobius?
Wampler’s Terraform “do-it-all” modulation pedal crams in an absolute shed load of modulation into its relatively compact format. As a digital multi-effects device with 48 kHz sampling rate, 24 bit audio and 56 bit processing, it kind of reminds me of my Strymon Mobius* pedal, which up until now, for me, has been the king of multi-modulation pedals.
11 modulation effects are available:
- Envelope filter
- U Vibe
- Car swell
- Harmonic tremolo
All algorithms have been programmed in-house from scratch and Wampler tells us they’re inspired by old and new classic effects from the history of guitar pedals. The desired modulation effect is selected with a thick potentiometer on the left side. The Rate, Depth, Blend, Variable and Volume parameters are immediately available for fine adjustment.
Tap Tempo & Exp
I really like that there are no annoying sub-menus. So this pedal should be easy to navigate. Of course, a tap tempo control was a must have, making it easy to use in a band scenario. Plus you have the expression pedal input, so you can play with parameters live as well.
Presets and MIDI
All settings can be stored in 8 memory locations and can also be accessed externally via MIDI .
Wampler has integrated several signal routing options. You can choose to play in true stereo with all its creaminess – or in mono. There’s some clever routing shenanigans here that give you more options to put the selected effect in the right place in the signal chain. Wanna put the Auto-wah in front of the amp and Chorus in the effect loop? Thanks to the pre/post mode, this is not a problem. Nifty.
A competitor for Strymon’s Mobius?
The Mobius is getting quite old now, as one of Strymon’s first forays into recreating classic modulation pedals. On paper, the Terraform and the Mobius are quite similar, so it will really all come down to the sound quality, build quality and ease of use. Price-wise, they are close, athough the Mobius is slightly more expensive. The Wampler could win out on price alone.
Take a listen to the videos below and let us know what you think.
RRP: EUR 329
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