We received some great new Micro Series pedals from Mooer Audio. Mooer Audio is an energetic and technological innovative company, dedicated in researching, manufacturing and marketing electronic musical instruments and audio equipments, by applying the state-of-the-art technology into their products. They have developed a variety of products in electronic musical instruments, ranging from Synthesizer, sound and audio processors, and digital audio effects etc, relying on their strong and efficient research & development team, most of them have deep accomplishment in the area of music and musical instruments and have many years of accumulation in synthesizer technology, wave table synthesizer technology and digital audio effects technology.
Sounds like these people have a true handle on digital music tech. Its no wonder. These Nano sized pedals feature some explosive features. Today we will review these pedals and give a real test to these tiny giants. We tested a couple of amps and guitars to get a true sound comparison. The pedals we will be featuring are the Black Secret Distortion, the Ninety Orange Phaser, and the ElecLady Analog Filter/Flanger pedals.
Mooer Micro Series Pedals are a great way to squeeze extra effects onto your crowded pedal board. They’re tiny, but offer a full sound with rich tone. The Mooer BLACK SECRET Pedal is a distortion pedal with two operating modes: Vintage for a warm, smooth sound and Turbo which offers more than twice the output of the Vintage mode. True Bypass Operation.
The Vintage setting replicates some great vintage overdrive tones and can even get into some of the more grittier hard rock tones when pushing the distortion up. The turbo setting is exactly what it means: Twice the output of the vintage. It did not sound unnatural and you can make more modern rock tones to edge ripping metal tones in this setting. The filter knob is more like a presence or treble boost/reduction than an true EQ.But what about bypass. These pedals feature true bypass circuits and will help keep your original guitar sound original.
On a scale of 1-5, 1 being not so good and 5 being spectacular, this one gets a 4. You are getting 2 modes of distortion out of one micro pedal. For a 1/3 cost of many other competitive pedals on the market, this one truly takes the cake. So if you are looking for a flexible distortion pedal to give you many distortion tones without taking up a bunch of space on the board, look here
The Mooer NINETY ORANGE Pedal is a true analogue phase effect with the characteristic smooth, warm tone these units are renowned for. It offers two modes: Vintage for a warm, psychedelic tone and Modern for a richer, deeper tone.
Right off the bat this thing reminded me of the MXR Phase 90. You know what else…it pretty much is. Vintage Mode offers classic and timeless phase shifter sounds used on many classic recordings. Kick it into Modern and the sound really fills up the rest of the void.
The fact that you can choose between modern and vintage phaser tone is great as you would usually need two different pedals to do the same job. I may have found a new modulation pedal to add to my setup!
The Eleclady is one of the best sounding Mooer modulation effects, especially at moderate settings it produces a warm chorus effect and with the color and rate you can easily obtain that metallic flanging effect, just like the original can. It may not sound as lush and analog as the Electro Harmonix pedal, it does sound very convincing and even a bit more stable and easier to dial in. Rate knob controls rate of modulation. The color knob blends well with a clean signal. The Eleclady is not all that when coupled with a with distorted signal, it just works best for cleans, nonetheless when paired with a dirty tone, it is capable of producing some nice swooshes as well as a jet flanging effect. As the Eleclady is a great clone of the Electric Mistress, as it even has a couple of the less desirable side effects of the original. The Filter mode sounds pretty closeto the old school Deluxe Electric Mistress…gritty, dirty, noisy. The Range knob act like an EQ provided less clear or more clear depending on what you want.
Mooer pedals feature 1-1/4 inch in and 1-1/4 inch out and a DC input. These pedals are not powered by a 9V battery as there is no room in this housing and will require a power supply for use, sold separately.
We have more to show you in our next segment. In part 2 we will share more on some of the Mooer pedals we are have in stock. Be sure to check out Ant Hill Music if you have any questions. Until then…play on!