Mooer Micro Pedals & Pedal Board Review - 20/02/2014
For many years stomp boxes have come
in many shapes and sizes but most seem to conform to the standard
format and size set by mainstream manufacturers.
However in recent times, a new format
leading to micro pedals has arisen. Measuring approximately
one by two inches this small footprint gives musicians quality
effects in a miniature package.
This could be useful for many reasons,
for example for those who travel frequently, play in places
where space is a premium , or even for those wanting to maximise
the number of pedals on their existing board.
Moving on today we reviewing Mooer’s compact micro pedal board populated with the following
The Blues Crab, Flexboost, Mod Factory, Orange Phaser
and the Echolizer.
Each pedal is built around a sturdy
metal chassis, with a solid on/off switch and the usual input/output
quarter inch jacks.
Controls are located on the top half
of the pedal and are adjusted via plastic knobs. The pedals
are so small that batteries are omitted altogether (although
this could be useful in some situations) but a DC input socket
is provided to supply standard 9 volt power to the device
via a standard power supply with a daisy chain adapter.
Thanks to the true bypass feature the
pedal is transparent when not in use
The pedals seem well built and laid
out for easy use. The only two things I would change however
would be to make the small control knobs slightly bigger and
to change the text colour on some of the units to something
with a higher contrast to make it a bit easier to read in
low light situations.
The Blues Crab, as its name suggests is a classic style
overdrive pedal mainly for classic rock, blues and similar
styles. The gain control in the centre provides
various levels of drive from smooth and slightly overdriven
to a more raucous overdrive. “Level” provides
the relative effect volume and “Tone” shapes
the EQ. I tried the pedal with a Blues Junior valve
amp and was very pleased with the results.
From clean it can provide a good crunchy
overdrive and if your amp is already overdriven it can
take this overboard for solos and heavier passages.
The purpose of the Flex Boost is simply
to give one more volume and drive on you current amplifier
without colouring the sound. This can be especially
useful when you cannot saturate you amplifier but require
an overdriven sound.
Controls provided are “Gain” to
adjust the amount of boost, bass to EQ the lower
frequencies, Volume adjusts the relative effect
volume, and Treble adjusts the EQ on the higher
Testing on a Blues Junior proved various
stages on gain available and on a Marshall
The pedal can provide everything from
a relatively clean boost, to overdriven sounds normally
associated with a saturated valve amplifier
This tiny pedal incredible boasts 11
modulation type effects. These are;
envelope phaser, chorus, tremolo,
stutter, vibrato, univibe, auto wah, touch wah and and envelope ring modulator.
The effects are based on
a DSP chip but sound authentic enough as to emulate
a dedicated pedal.
As to controls the main
knob selects the desired effect, “Level” provides the relative
effect volume, “Rate/Sens”
adjusts the effect rate (speed) or sensitivity.
“Level/Tone” adjusts the relative effect volume,
or shapes the EQ. These two controls are chosen depending
on the effect selected. Finally the “Depth” control
adjusts the range of the effect.
The effects vary, but one can definitely
find a place within their own personal sonic palette
to use these effects, as most are quite similar to the
sounds they intend to emulate, others are an approximate
facsimile of the same. Also note that with some of the
effects there is a volume loss as to the original signal.
A handy guide to all the effects and
parameters is stamped on the side of the pedal.
Moving on the next effect on our board
emulates a famous phaser pedal
both in its orange colour and name.
Controls on this pedal are simple; one
knob controls “Speed” which is self-explanatory
and a switch is provided labelled vintage or
modern. This presumably gives us the sound of
the original 70s phaser or
it’s more modern contemporary counterpart.
The effect quality is very high and
convincing. It also mixes well with the Blues Crab or
Flexboost for heavier passages.
Last but not least we have the Echolizer. This pedal provides an analogue like delay of up
to 600ms. On controls the large knob labelled “Time”
adjusts the delay time, the “Echo” control adjusts
the relative level of the effect and the “Feedback”
control adjusts the number of repeats.
Testing the pedal reveals sounds that
are truly usable and analogue like with repeats that
fades out for example and get darker as they decline
as on a tape echo.
The effect also mixers well with overdrive
and distortion if you wish to add a further dimension
to your solo’s and riffs.
Pedal board and Carry Case
Housing the pedals Mooer has provided for our review, the Stomp Plate mini pedal board and carry case. This
consists of a lightweight but strong aluminium structure
with plastic ends. Velcro is used to stick the pedals
onto the board, which are then connected with Z-type
quarter inch connectors for audio, and supplied power
via a 9-volt “wall wart” and a multiple connector daisy
chain. The whole arrangement fits in a convenient padded
The whole arrangement works very well,
and the only “problem” I foresee is the power cables
are not tied to the board in any way, this could be
easily solved with a few cable ties to secure the cables.
Also checkout the M5 Firefly pedal case with is a rigid hard case
with moulded spaces for the pedals and routing within
the case for audio and power cables.
This is the first instance in which
micro pedals like these have been tested at the gear-review
HQ and we are very impressed. The pedals are well built, sound
good and are definitely usable as a micro pedal board or to
complement your existing setup.
By Ernest H Slade
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