Saying our band is a big fan of Moog would be a serious understatement. We've got 7 pieces of Moog gear in our rehearsal space! So when Moog announced their new line of Minifooger pedals, I knew I had to check them out.
I love outlandish almost alien guitar sounds. A ring modulator is probably the apex of that. Ever since I heard Take The Veil Cerpin Taxt by The Mars Volta the Moog Ring Mod pedal was on my wish list. The only thing that held me back was the size! I've already got several Mooger Fooger pedals on my board and to add another one with a much more limited use seemed a bit excessive (even for me). This new much smaller version was the perfect solution. The Moog sound I love in a pedal board friendly enclosure. In addition it doesn't require special power like the Mooger Foogers do. Just a standard 9v like a boss pedal. You can even use a battery!
This thing sounds awesome. Lots of the reviews I've seen describe it as the most musical Ring Mod. I'd have to agree. It can sound alien, but you can also dial in really cool pitch-shifter type sounds. The Freq knob dials in the frequency of the effect and the ability to control it with an expression pedal opens it up. In testing I've found that it sounds even better with distortion going into it. Something about the harmonic content added in distortion makes it shine.
Like every Moog product I've ever seen it's built like a tank. It's missing the cool wood paneling the full sized Mooger Foogers have but it makes up for it by being remarkably small. I was actually surprised when I opened it up and took it out of the box. Sure it isn't "mini pedal" small, but compared to the original it's tiny.
Overall I'm wicked excited for this pedal. It's going to be a great addition to the board. Now we've got 8 Moog products!