Formerly Red House Electronics but now Native Audio - I've featured the Midnight Phaser on this site a few times now. It's still one of the few tap-tempo phasers out there, but slightly simplified from the V1 original. The original had 3 toggle-switches - Phase/Vibrato, Tap/Ramp and 2-Stage/4-Stage. While the new one only has one switch - Tap/Ramp for the second 'Control' footswitch and introduces a Mix knob in place of Volume - which sort of covers off 2 and 4 Stage Phase and Vibrato Modes through degree of Wet/Dry - with all-wet being Vibrato obviously, Besides that we have controls for Feedback, Depth, Rate/Ramping and Tap-Divisons/Slow (fast secondary setting). The former Volume knob is now an internal trim-pot - sort of set and forget, while there are 5 modes / waveform options on Ramping. When I last did the phaser overview if you wanted a compact tap-tempo phaser it was between this and the Wombtone, while there are now probably two more tasty alternatives. I still like this execution, but since getting the CTC Cyclone this moves further down the priority list.
TC Electronic seems to be on the rise again after the launch of its Plethora X5 which I still feel was a little rushed to market, while the brand new Ditto+ Mini is genuinely stellar at the best in its class. Ever since the Uli Behringer take-over of TC Electronic I've not really felt the same about this brand - also the departure of the well-loved figurehead Tore Mogensen. And while there have been a few more QA issues highlight of late - particularly with the larger format Looper and Delay pedals, TC Electronic is still a quality marque. The TonePrint is always going to give TCE an ace up its sleeve - while I have always felt that you should have been able to store more of those essential presets on the pedal. In fact in the case of the Helix you have Speed, Depth, Feedback and Mix knobs and a 3-way toggle for Vintage/TonePrint/Smooth modes. The TonePrint essentially allows to to programme in any type of phaser - so that is a hugely powerful feature - while the pedal stupidly has only one TonePrint available at a time! I've long felt that a number of the TC Electronic pedals needed a more modern update - with a selection of TonePrints more readily available. I had the option here of selecting either the Helix or the Source Audio Lunar Phaser and I went with the former - while I could really have gone either way - I'm just generally more familiar with the TCE pedals.
This is the 4th of the tap-tempo variants - and is a really interesting full-featured UK-made variety that I first covered in my overview of the CTC Cyclone launch. It contains no less that 16 different wave-shape modes in a 2 x 8 format - with the central toggle switch selecting between Band A and B. Other than that you have 6 knobs - Centre Shift, Tap-Divisions, Rate, Feedback, Voice (Dry/Wet Mix) and Mode rotary selector. This is one of the very best value phasers here for what it delivers - including the second tap-tempo footswitch. This still remains in my top-tier Phaser acquisitions list - and is currently going for an even more appealing £130. In this last rotation it was really a 3 way between the Cyclone, Phase 99 and this one - and for a while it could have gone either way - but I somehow felt the strongest affinity for the Cyclone. I will probably get one of these eventually anyway!
What is the phaser effect in audio? Phaser is a modulation audio effect whereby a series of peaks and troughs are produced across the frequency spectrum of the signal's EQ. These peaks and troughs vary over time, typically controlled by an LFO (low-frequency oscillator), to create a sweeping effect known as phaser.
This super powerful phaser plugin deserves a top spot on this list and a whole other article to discuss its full potential (in addition to actually testing it out). To learn more, please check out the MeldaProduction MPhaserMB user manual.
Typical filter frequency and feedback controls allow the adjustments necessary for a variety of phaser effects. The feedback can be positive or negative, and the built-in high-pass filter can eliminate phase-shifting the low end. These parameters can be controlled manually or via the built-in LFO (with customizable waveform, phase position, tempo-sync or absolute rate). 2b1af7f3a8