Electro-Harmonix has joined forces with Police electric guitar legend Andy Summers to create a new flanger pedal, appropriately named Walking on the Moon.
It's a fairly straightforward unit that – in both sound and looks – harkens back to the glory days of the Police, and their domination of the pop charts. You can hear the stompbox in action below.
At the heart of the Walking on the Moon pedal lies a trio of control knobs – Color, Range, and Rate. Rate, as you might imagine, sets the speed of the modulation (from "slow, smooth filter sweeps to jittering vibrato," EHX says), while Range adjusts the lower limit of the flanger sweep.
The Color control, meanwhile, adjusts the intensity of the flanger effect – from “subtle chorusing effects to classic jet woosh sounds.“
Another feature of note is the pedal's Filter Matrix mini-toggle, which removes the LFO from the circuit, thereby creating more of a fixed filter effect. The pedal also boasts dual (Dry and Flanged) outputs.
“This beautiful shimmering – which sort of made the sound bigger and more glamorous – became a sort of characteristic of my guitar sound," Summers said of the pedal in a press release. "A big part of my guitar sound at that time in The Police was the flange sound, which we have here today in this great new pedal.”
The Electro-Harmonix Andy Summers signature Walking on the Moon flanger includes true bypass switching, and a 9V adapter, and is available now for $129.
For more info on the pedal, visit ehx.com.
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