T-Rex Magnus Multi-Effect
T-Rex introduces the Magnus multi-effect pedal, featuring five effects - Overdrive, Distortion, Delay, Reverb and Boost.
It comes with classic T-Rex effects, packed in a single unit that looks like multiple stompboxes sitting side by side in a straight line.
Instead of the typical multi-effect pedal that utilizes graphic displays, Magnus has a more analog look with just knobs and footswitches on its interface.
Each of the four major effect types come with four independent knobs for shaping your tone, this makes adjustments as straightforward as a typical all-analog pedalboard. The spacing of the controls and labels make it very easy to monitor your settings, and also gives the pedal a clean and uncluttered look.
The first effect on the chain is the Overdrive. It gives you control over the gain via the overdrive knob, and it comes with the typical level and tone knobs. The addition of a blend knob allows for more tonal palettes, you can use it to your preferred mix of effected and un-effected sound. T-Rex describes the Overdrive section as being "tubey", mimicking the characteristics and nuances of an overdriven tube amp.
The Distortion section comes with four controls that let you set the gain(via the distortion knob), level and tone. The Distortion knob lets you dial-in the right amount of gain that you prefer, of which T-Rex describes as "dirty and sweet". For added versatility, the fourth knob (presence) will let you tweak the voicing from British to US gain styles.
The Delay effect is based on the T-Rex Tap Tone delay pedal. It runs parallel to the guitar signal, and comes with up to 1 second of delay time, and a tap tempo switch located on the master control section. Controls include knobs for adjusting delay, feedback, time and tone. The tone control functions as a high-cut filter, which will let you dial in both modern and classic delay sounds.
The Reverb section comes with four reverb types - Spring, Room, Hall and LFO - and you pick the reverb type via a dedicated knob. The LFO type behaves like a subtle chorus effect. Other essential controls include knobs for adjusting the amount of reverb and decay. Like the delay section, the reverb effect comes with a tone knob and runs parallel to the guitar signal.
Completing the Magnus effect section is the Boost switch, which you can use to increase your volume up to 20dB. Other features include the Bank control for storing and using up to 10 effect settings, and a built-in tuner.
Expected street price for the T-Rex Magnus is $399.99. More details will soon be available at T-Rex Effects.
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