Totally Wycked Audio has five new mini stomp pedals that are ultra-compact and super-affordable. All feature lightweight, extruded aluminum cases that are a perfect fit for crowded pedal boards or carrying in your gig bag. I like the quality build, ruggedness and the true bypass switching that stays out of the way of your tone chain.
I tested all five starting with the Distortion SC-01 model. With its Marshall-style distortion, the SC-01 makes a good “inter-pedal” effect for jumping up the sound with almost clean gain to full, fry-level distortion.
SC-02 Overdrive is a classic tube-amp overdrive with both Warm and Hot modes: totally different soundscapes with clean gain all the way up to crunchiness. The SC-03 Echo has up to 600 milliseconds of delay. It’s a super quiet and clean analog echo unit with a Wet/Dry and Feedback controls.
The SC-04 Chorus pedal has a good range of depth and speed/rate control and a separate Dry/Wet knob. All the lush, vintage-style chorusing is here in a very small package.
SC-05 Metal is an ‘80s-style, high-gain distortion with Lo/Hi Boost switch. There are loads of tone and sound shapes juggling between the Distortion knob, the three Boost switch positions and the master Tone control. It sounds good even when I record it direct with no amp.
All pedals require a 9V power supply connection and each sells in a range of $89 to $99 MSRP.
By Barry Rudolph
miniBio: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. http://www.barryrudolph.