The Nexi Phaser (PSR-01) pedal is from Nexi’s Vintage Analog Protection Squad and, like the other 13 Nexi pedals in the line, it runs standalone as any 9-volt guitar pedal or plugs right into any of the eight slots on the Nexi’s Solution Pedal board. While plugged into the Solution, Nexi pedals get their audio and power from its own DSub-9 connector mounted underneath.
The Nexi Phaser is a throwback to simpler times; it has just a single control for the speed of the effect as it sweeps through the peaks and dips. In true analog fashion, the guitar signal is delayed through several stages and then recombined with the original signal to produce the sweeping, inside-out effect.
Cranked up fast, the Nexi Phaser creates the swirling, rotary speaker effect perfect for a funky rhythm guitar part. Slowed way down, we got beautifully subtle and pretty pad-like chording sounds for a ballad. We found it very easy to find the sweet spot—there are so many! As with all the Nexi stomp pedals, the super large stomp button makes each of them easy to find and trigger on/off on the Nexi Solution Pedal board. Awesome.
The Nexi Phaser PSR-01 sells for $110 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