Malekko Charlie Foxtrot

Malekko Heavy Industry is a truly cutting edge Portland based company that manufactures both pedals and modular synths – they are such skilled engineers that none other than Roland asked them to create their Aira Series 500 line for Eurorack (chief engineer Josh Holley recounts how all that unfolded in this interview).

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When dealing with unusual effects, I always eventually say something like, “This pedal is not for everyone.” When it comes to the Malekko Charlie Foxtrot, I figured I should just start with this statement. Usually, what I mean by this is two things: one, I’m letting you know that you should look a little more closely at it. A lot of players just seem to want to be able to plug a pedal in and go, and if a pedal is a little off the beaten path, they just write it off as no good. I always encourage you to use your own ears and not just take someone’s word for what’s good or not, but that means you’re going to have to tweak some knobs and maybe read a user manual. Secondly, I’m trying to challenge you a bit, because I don’t care what kind of music you play, there’s probably room for you to do something more unique than what you’re doing – and that goes for me too. – Read the full review by Wade Burden on Volume 6, #1 issue of Gearphoria.

Here’s a selection of video demos for this pedal: