Best Multi-Modulation Pedals

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Updated on March 1st, 2022

A Buyer’s Guide to the Best Multi-Modulation Pedals

In the audio realm, “modulation” is an umbrella world that includes all those effects that rely on a Low-Frequency Oscillator (aka, LFO). This electronic device gradually changes, at a customizable speed, a parameter inside a device that affects your audio signal, creating a sweeping, swirling effect. Even though the “L” in LFO seems to imply slow movements, these oscillators can also operate at rather high frequencies, delivering choppier, more frantic effects.

Types of Modulations

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Best Multi-Modulation Workstations (Stereo + Large Case)
Best Stereo Compact Multi-Modulation Workstations
Best Mono Compact Multi-Modulation Workstations
Best Multi-Modulation Pedals with Dual Engine

Best Multi-Modulation Pedal Workstations (Stereo + Large Case)

The pedals in this list are the top of the modulation line and give the player access to deep editing features to control every detail of each of the many modulation effects they offer. All DSP based and Stereo, these devices sport a larger footprint that allows them to include several controls, presets, extra routing and external control options like Midi and Expression Pedal.

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Best Compact Multi-Modulation Pedals with Stereo Outs

If a compact size and Stereo out are your priorities, this is the list for you. These pedals are a lot more streamlined than the ones in the Workstation list, but offer as many effect options with fewer knobs and features.

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Best Compact Multi-Modulation Pedals with Mono Out

An overwhelming majority of guitarists use their pedals exclusively with their mono amp. If you belong to the category, why waste money on a stereo pedal? In this list, you’ll find some great mono option delivering all kinds of modulation effects.

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Best Multi-Modulation Pedals with Dual Engine

The stompboxes in this list are a modern reinterpretation of the multi-mode modulation pedal and, thanks to a dual engine, they let you either blend two different modulation effects for new textures or quickly switch from one to another.

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Relevant Videos

Here’s a video shootout featuring many of the best multi-modulation pedals included in this article.

See also our list of the Best Chorus Pedals and Best Modulation Pedals for Synths with CV In.

By Brandon Stoner and Paolo De Gregorio