I won’t name names, but my first multi-effect pedal was over-sized, noisy and cryptic.
If I had lost its unique power supply, I would've instantly sidelined the pedal to paperweight duty. To save a setting, you needed to pat your head while holding down a button until your neighbor’s garage door opened or the red light blinked twice, whichever happened first.
Mooer has released the Mod Factory, which packs 11 effects into a micro-pedal design. With only one switch, four knobs and a chart explaining everything on the side of the pedal, it seems almost too easy. The effects are Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Envelope Phaser, Tremolo, Stutter, Vibrato, Univibe, Auto-wah, Touch Wah and Envelope Ring.
Besides Stutter and Envelope Ring, the names are self-explanatory. Stutter is a tremolo-style effect that reminds me of Tom Morello’s kill switch or when you rapidly toggle your pickup selector. Envelope Ring is a ring modulator.
The Mod Factory uses a 32-bit DSP chip to create its sounds. Let's breakdown the four knobs: First there's the center white dial, which is used to choose from among the pedal's 11 effects. The three smaller knobs are Depth, CTRL 1 and CTRL 2. CTRL 1, depending on which effect is on, can operate Speed or Sensitivity. CTRL 2 acts as either a Tone or Level.
As I said, everything is labeled right on the sides of the pedal. The pedal works with any 9-volt negative-tip power supply.
In the four clips at the bottom of this review, I play a quick demo of each effect, starting with Chorus and ending with the Envelope Ring.
Clip 1: Chorus, Flanger and Phaser
Clip 2: Envelope Phaser, Tremolo and Stutter
Clip 3: Vibrato, Univibe and Auto Wah
Clip 4: Touch Wah and Envelope Ring
Street Price: $98
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