Poly Effects is a company that’s working on taking the stompbox format into the future, betting on the idea that touchscreens will one day replace 3D “triggers.” The concept is bold and opens up possibilities precluded to knobs, like, for example, the ability to easily change two parameters at once through a bi-dimensional grid, or to have the player interact a more playful user interface – think Teenage Engineering OP-1.
As a plus, those daring to play electric guitar barefoot would benefit from the possibility of using their tows to control their effects, although – admittedly – the visualization of such thought is not very appealing (and as anti-rock’n’roll as it gets!).
At NAMM 2019, the builder showcased two prototypes of pedals identical in shape but different in substance (and color). They are called Digit, a 4 channel delay and reverb pedal, and Morph, a digitally controlled analog multi-effect featuring Drive, Compression, Filter, and a Sequencer. The two pedals will be able to interact with each other via CV or their own Ethernet connection.
We can’t find any information on them online yet, but luckily Owner/Designer Loki came to our NAMM 2019 Stompbox Booth to show us what these devices can do – and we took a video of it, streaming below.