A fantasy comic/stompbox
pairing may seem a bit odd, but in the case
of the DigiTech Lyra ($220 retail/$149
street), it’s really not that big of a stretch.
Lyra is the main character in the Eternal
Descent comic series, and when she’s not
doing comic book related activities, she
plays in a metal band. The Lyra is based on
sounds from DigiTech’s RP1000, the same
unit that Eternal Descent creator/guitarist
Llexi Leon used to record the last Eternal
Descent album. The Lyra sports seven presets
that are tweakable via Level, Gain,
and FX Mix, the latter of which brings
in more or less modulation, delay, and
reverb wash for each preset.
The Lyra is fun to play and fun to play
with. Clicking through the presets you find
crystalline chasms of echo, trippy ultracompressed
textures, ethereal shards of
scooped distortion, doomy low-octave
tones, searing shred overdrives, and lots
more. Although the Lyra excels at overthe-
top sonics—it is based on a fantasy
comic after all—the FX Mix control provides
ample control over the zaniness,
allowing you to dial out the crazy reverbs
(some of which are quite scary sounding)
and freaky flanged warbles if you want to.
Some of the Lyra’s coolest sounds were
the gated clean tones that swelled into the
notes when picking lightly. This coupled
with delay (although you can’t adjust the
time, only the level) makes for some neat
textures. With its cool graphics and cinematic
effects, the Lyra is a blast to futz
with. It’s easy to use and a few of its tones
are wonderfully unique.
Kudos Cool modern shred tones and
ethereal effects textures.
Contact Digitech; DigiTech.com