New Gear Review: StompLight Lightshow Pedal

StompLight is a personal lightshow pedal that “lives” down on the floor either on your guitar pedal board or on its own. Its “clamshell” cover opens up to reveal an array of powerful LEDs that project a bright and colorful lightshow back up and on you. There are five, programmable lighting modes for creating unique effects all controllable with the unit’s footswitches.

There is the Color Wheel Mode that freely-runs cycling through color variations; it has both adjustable speed and brightness. The Solid Color Mode makes a good backlighting effect flooding the stage with Ice Blue, Rasta Green, Purple People Eater and Demon Red colors.

Microphone Mode uses a built-in microphone and works like a color organ to dynamically respond to the different volume levels and frequencies that your instrument produces. Instrument/Mixer Mode allows you to plug in an electric guitar, bass, keyboard, microphone or mixer output into a -inch input and generate exciting and responsive lighting.

Another turn on is the Stroboscopic Mode—a classic strobe effect with adjustable speed and brightness that’s great for dance parties, raves and haunted houses.

The StompLight Lightshow pedal comes housed in a steel enclosure and includes a 12-volt DC wall-wart power supply. It sells for $429 MSRP.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com