Definitely after Fender had invited us earlier to the Stratoverse, it was his turn Wampler Pedals to bring us to Metaverse. But here it’s not a virtual world but the last pedal to think about Brian Wampler which came out after several years of development. The Wampler Metaverse is a digital pedal but remains a relatively compact format, in the order of a standard double pedal (114 x 95 x 56mm), as it carries not only 11 vintage and modern delays but also many functions: selection of full stereo or mono and MIDI control with the required connectors, 8 pedal presets and 128 via MIDI or even a dedicated port to control parameters via an external expression pedal.
Instead of screens and scrolling menus, Wampler opted for a relatively simple and self-explanatory interface. We first select one of the 11 delays and then make the settings via the Delay button to adjust the delay from 25ms to 2000ms, Feedback specifying the number of repetitions, and Tone with more or less serious frequency range / acute. You can also add modulations according to the selected delay, and the Mix button doses the mixture Dry signal and Wet, but it can also act as a Master volume by deleting or adding 6dB. On the back the Trails selector determines if the pedal is operating in True Bypass or Buffered Bypass.
The Bypass button is used to activate or deactivate the selected effect but also when disabled to access secondary functions such as rhythmic subdivisions, Tape or Ethereal mode depending on the type of Delay that is active. The Tap Tempo button adjusts the fly delay and also allows you to select a preset with your toe (green LED after a long press). You can also do this with the tip of your finger via the center Preset/save button which is also used to save the machine settings.
But we can’t store a computer because the Metaverse doesn’t have a USB output. So it’s also impossible to make future updates, which is a bit of a shame for a digital pedal … And even more surprising is that for any purchase of a Metaverse pedal, its equivalent of the plugins offered (AU and VST3 formats cost $ 49). We would like to be able to export the presets from one format to another. Another drawback, it’s not 1 Metaverse plugin but 11 that need to be loaded 1 in 1… A bit of fatigue, should be accepted, but if you get overwhelmed by the sounds that are in this Wampler Metaverse, it’s definitely worth it. . The price is announced at $ 350 with a 5 year warranty for this pedal made in the USA.
List of 11 Metaverse delay algorithms:
- ANLG Analog delay inspired by Boss DM2
- wet for a delay + modulation like that of Way Great Aqua Puss
- BBD for the Bucket Brigade Delay that brought us back to Electro Harmonix Memory Man
- JET with an analog delay mixed with the modulation of a flanger
- The DOC taken from Wampler The Doctor with other forms of modulation
- ETF for Wampler Fake Tape Echo which will not only add chorus but actually produce the sound with a tape delay
- ETH for the delay part of Wampler Ethereal with even a 2nd layer of delay to bring an extra dimension to the sound. Too bad the reverb part isn’t in the game …
- MOD this is the “cleaner” digital version of the JET setting with the addition of a digital delay flanger
- SPC brings a mix of Space Echo and Master Echoplex with their characteristic self-oscillations
- foam carries a multi-track tape delay inspired by Binson Echorec
- DIGI to copy digital delay TC Electronics 2290 Dynamic Digital Delay
More information on the Wampler Pedals website