Universal Audio expands its Guitar Effects lineup with 4 Compact Effects Pedals

Universal Audio has expanded its guitar effects lineup with four compact stompboxes offering studio-quality compression, reverb and tape echo emulation.

Universal Audio has introduced 4 new compact effects pedal that are slimmed-down, more compact, and yet still present players with top-quality sounds featuring UAFX’s superlative processing power and UA’s analogue modelling tech.

These UAFX pedals are smaller, more affordable, with simplified controls, and include the new Orion Tape Echo, 1176 Studio Compressor, Heavenly Plate Reverb and Evermore Studio Reverb single-footswitch stompboxes.

The Orion gives guitarists the rich, three-dimensional effects of a thoroughly emulated vintage tape echo.


Key Features:

  • Authentic emulation of a vintage Maestro Echoplex EP-III tape echo in a compact stompbox*
  • Perfectly captured analog preamp for fat, boosted tones and effects
  • Selectable Mint, Worn, and Old tape types for added color and texture
  • Wonk control for modulated repeats and vibey tape splice sounds
  • Selectable true/buffered bypass, preamp on/off

The Orion Tape Echo is priced £199/$219.

The 1176 Studio Compressor delivers the same punchy, expressive tones of the world-renowned hardware, in a compact stompbox.


Key Features:

  • Authentic emulation of the 1176LN Limiting Amplifier in a compact stompbox
  • Single, Dual, and Sustain modes for decades of classic guitar effects
  • Input, Output, Attack, and Release settings true to original 1176 hardware
  • Ratio knob includes infamous “all buttons in” mode for squashed, gritty textures
  • Parallel compression mode, true/buffered bypass

The 1176 Studio Compressor is priced at £189/$199


The Heavenly Plate Reverb gives you the sound of the 1950’s German-made studio reverbs responsible for decades of classic recorded guitar tones, in a compact stompbox, with Universal Audio’s tasting notes describing the ambience as “dense and moody”.

There are three core sounds to choose from: Vintage Bright, Vintage Dark, and Modern Full. Pre-delay, EQ, Mod and Rate controls present a fuss-free platform for dialling in your sound. The Mod Rate can be changed from slow to fast via the slider at the pedal’s top, and again there is the option to run this true bypass or in Trails mode.


Key Features:

  • Authentic emulations of three vintage studio plate reverbs sourced from The Plant Studio
  • Selectable Vintage Bright, Vintage Dark, and Modern Full plate settings for endless reverb textures
  • Mod, Pre Delay, EQ controls for detailed effect sculpting
  • Selectable true/buffered bypass, analog dry through

The Evermore Studio Reverb gives you the grainy ambient trails and mesmerizing modulations of the iconic late-’70s vintage digital hardware, in a compact, elegantly crafted stompbox.


Key Features:

  • Authentic emulation of a vintage digital studio hardware, in a compact stompbox
  • Bit-for-bit emulations of iconic Room, Small Hall, or Large Hall programs
  • Vintage-correct Bass, Mid, and Treble decay controls
  • Mod control for lush, grainy “early-digital” textures
  • Selectable true/buffered bypass, short/long pre delay, analog dry through


Both the Heavenly Plate Reverb and Evermore Studio Reverb are priced £199/$219, and they are available now. Find out details on the Universal Audio website.



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