2014 gears of the year elected by PG(Premier Guitar) --- Lofi Machine 2014/12/5

Micro Series pedal Lofi Machine, designed by Mooer Audio, has become one of the 2014 gears of the year elected by PG(Premier Guitar). Premier Guitar is an American multimedia guitar company devoted to guitarists and has an editorial staff composed of experienced musicians.



2014 GEAR OF THE YEAR

Hordes of great guitars, basses, amps, stompboxes, and accessories come through our doors this year, but these specimens caught our eyes, ears, and wallets with their exceptional performance, tone and value.



BY THE PREMIER GUITAR STAFF

A year’s worth of gear at Premier Guitar adds up to a whole lot of wood, wire, silicon, germanium, aluminum, and steel. It also makes up a whole universe of musical possibilities, which is what strikes us as we look back on the Premier Gear Award winners for 2014. From luxurious acoustics to ridiculously buttery-sounding amps and furiously frantic vintage-style fuzzes, there are almost infinite sounds to be extracted from this roster of favorites.
As always, you’ll see the full spectrum of manufacturers represented, too---from garage circuit tweakers to industry giants. And apart from the beautiful sounds that you’re likely to extract from these instruments of expressions, that diversity among builders might be the thing that makes this industry so fun and special. We all share the joy, ecstasy, emotion, and rush of creation that music brings. And from these 43 award-winning guitars, pedals, amps, audio interfaces, and accessories, we expect y’all will brew up more than a little magic in the years to come. Happy music making, and enjoy the ride.



Mooer LoFi Machine
(July 2014)


Whether you’re trying to cover for the keyboard player you never could recruit or looking to enhance your guitar tone palette with more demented and synthetic textures, the LoFi Machine delivers a whole lot—especially for its size. Reviewer Shawn Hammond got a kick out of everything from simulating electric pianos to generating quasi-Nintendo video-game textures, and the wee size and price means it won’t break the bank or crowd your pedal board.


Bummed your band can’t find a keyboardist with vintage tonal sensibilities? Want to inject your tunes with 1980s Atari or Nintendo bleep-bloop-bloop action? The LoFi Machine puts both at your disposal in a space the size of a roll of quarters.
Operation is ridiculously simple: The further you turn the bit knob, the more it imbues your signal with a digital character by reducing sampling depth (5–16 bits), while the tiny mix and sample knobs govern dry/wet ratio and sample-rate reduction (60–31,250 Hz), respectively, and a 3-way toggle optimizes EQ response for synth, guitar, or bass. Subtlety is kinda antithetical to the Machine’s being, so I preferred max-ing mix, though turning sample all the way down helped fundamentals cut through without too much digital background clutter. Set the bit knob between noon and 3 o’clock, then fingerpick moderately overdriven chords for deliciously vibey Wurlitzer 200 or Rhodes electric-piano sounds. Or, summon ominous Metroid vibes or whimsical Super Mario Bros. sounds with bit settings past 3.



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