The Red Panda Particle is my new favorite effect pedal; it’s a granular delay/pitch shifting pedal but also offers so much more. When Jonathan Hischke first brought over Josh Klinghoffer’s Particle, we plugged it in and spent about an hour playing through it and looking at each other in amazement. The way this pedal manipulates your instrument’s sound is beyond words. The Red Panda Particle is a mangler, delay, pitch shifter, sampler, bit crusher all in one and I haven’t even listed everything else it’s capable of being! It chops your signal into small grains, using the techniques of granular synthesis in real time. Results range from radical pitch and delay modulation to shimmering repeats to stutter/glitch sounds.
I’ve been using my Red Panda Particle ever since the nice people at Red Panda sent me one; my ZAVALAZ bandmate, Dan Elkan does some incredible things with it as well. He uses it in such a musical way to bend and shape his guitar’s signal into sounds that are truly trailblazing. He is a textural magician and the Red Panda Particle is going to be on our new ZAVALAZ record for sure.
I had just finished this video (below) of my Red Panda Particle, then Nick Reinhart from Tera Melos came through 5starr Sound Labs so I got a little footage of him messing with it, too. Check out what this pedal sounds like with guitar and bass.
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