In 2014, Livid came out with Guitar Wing, which we covered in Guitar Moderne. We were impressed with the possibilities of controlling effects parameters right from the face of the guitar, unchained from pedals and standard hardware controllers. The downside was that the unit can be difficult to fit on your instrument and makes a large visual statement that may or may not be to your liking. On the upside, it is very versatile and, streeting at a little over $100, reasonably priced.
The folks at GTC have come up with an alternate device that debuted at NAMM a couple of years ago. As hearing anything at NAMM is an exercise in futility, we were glad to come across a video that clearly demonstrates the enormous possibilities of their Revpad. Smaller than the Guitar Wing, it comes with its own hardware multi-effects and can also send MIDI to external effects. On the strength of this video, the effects sound great and the Revpad seems nearly as versatile as the Guitar Wing. At around $1000, it is pricier than the Livid product, but when you factor in the cost of the laptop and/or external hardware effects you would need to add to Guitar Wing, they seem comparable values. What do you think?
Up to 8 effects per preset
8 parameters can be controlled simultaneously
Up to 200 available presets
Controls External Gear, MIDI devices and VST plugins
Fits any amplified instrument such as guitars, bass guitar and violins
The Revpad system consists of one base unit and one black colored controller.
Additional Black and White colored controllers can be purchased separately
Revpad Effects include:
Overdrive, distortion, compression, fuzz, boost, filters, pitch, chorus, wah, delay, flanger, reverb with hold, gate, harmonizer, vibrato, tremolo, looper, dive bomb, slicer, and more