At just around $60 (USD) the Sonicake Sonic IR might be the cheapest effect pedal out there with an XLR output and a USB input, and in all likelihood also the most affordable cab simulator pedal.

This mini stompbox comes pre-loaded with 11 Cab Models (9 for guitar and 2 for bass) listed in the image below.

Sonicake Sonic IR preloaded cab-models

However, it is possible to load custom IRs (Impulse Reflection) via the USB connection., including ones created using other instruments like acoustic guitar or – dunno – violin, for unusual results.

Attention, this device does NOT do amp simulation, cab only.

“Yes, but how does it sound?” we hear you saying. You can judge for yourself from the videos below. We added it to our article about the best Amp Modeling Pedals & Cab Simulators.

Sonicake Sonic IR, Builder’s Notes

? Simple & Efficient Impulse Response Loading tool for simulating all kinds of Speaker Cabinets.

? 11 on-board Classic Guitar/Bass Cabinet Simulations with Volume Control.

? Super easy way (Drag and Drop operation) for Managing IR Files (recognized as a USB Disk).

? XLR Balanced Output for plugging into Mixer or Audio Interface or PA System.

? Working with 9V Center Negative Regular Pedal Power Supply(not included).

Power: DC 9V 5.5 x 2.1mm center negative, 200mA
Dimensions: 93.5mm ( D ) x 42mm ( W ) x 52mm ( H )
Weight: 270g
IR Processing:24bit, 44.1kHz, 1024 points
Signal to noise ratio:100dB
Frequency Range:20Hz~20kHz

SONIC IR is a simple and efficient cabinet simulator delivering 11 selected classic guitar/bass cabinet models. You can load your own IR files. Two outputs jacks are suitable for different usage scenarios.