What "Makes" a Lo-Fi pedal is it's ability to recreate a recording "gone wrong" in real time.
Mid-Fi Electronic's "For Parts or Repair" the recording medium is tape. Dropouts refer to sudden momentary losses in sound. In real world conditions this can be caused by something as drastic as a tape splice or as subtle as dust.
"Wow and Flutter" are deviations in pitch caused due to fluctuations in tape tension caused by faulty playback mechanisms.
I sort of think of this pedal as like a hardware version of some of my favorite tape plugins, though a little less functional. great fun to put after a reverb pedal for really nice tapey reverbs. The dropouts are a little drastic in my humble opinion so I docked a star, but its otherwise a great pedal, built like a truck and nothing else like it.
Is it ok to like a brand new pedal that sounds broke? Yup! It’s the right amount of sound destruction you have been looking for to get your lofi vibes in full effect (pun intended). The drop outs are a great feature that help seal the deal for me. This is a truly special pedal.
Mid-Fi Electronics has created the most beautiful Lo-Fi pedal in For Parts or Repair. This magic box has all the real-time sun-drenched tape sounds and more. The full spectrum is available, from a barely noticeable degradation to a "the dog ate my cassette tape" sound... this pedal does it all beautifully. If you love that nostalgic wow and flutter, you can't go wrong with For Parts or Repair.
So much of "finding yourself" in adulthood is simply getting back to what you loved as a child...and For Parts is a metal cased dollop of that goodness that you'll want to spread on everything.
It's happy sadness sauce for clean parts and maniacal laughter dust for filthy riffs.
The analogue backlash is reaching maturity, as pedal builders galore are creating similar time-travelling tools for us noisemongers. So why choose this one?
Mid-fi have created a luddite, basic, laggy, scruffy, destructive box that has just plainly and simply nailed it. I know because I'm a mug for endlessly trying to make my modern guitar rig sound like a Howlin' Wolf record...or Nirvana rehearsal tape. I have a grand total of 12 pedals designed to recreate "tape warble", "vinyl warping" or "analog dropout" like some sort of lo-fi addict (yup, that one too). And I sold 9 of them all within a week of getting this little beauty.
There is a very real organic and honest detail here that I just can't be without it...on fuzz, OD, modulation, reverb, delay or loops...in fact the issue I now have is I may need a 2nd as it sounds amazing going INTO those pedals as much as it does effecting their outputs.
This pedal destroys all the massed opposition because it is honest and real (the way a ZVex Lo-Fi Looper destroys a Chase Bliss Blooper). It's just got the...ugh...mojo.
Get dirty, dropout and wow and flutter until the cows come home. You won't be disappointed!
Very cool! I use this to help simulate the old 4track tape vibe. Love it!
Demo Tape Fuzz that MID-Fi makes is another one of my all time favorite pedals. It’s perfect for carving a nice lo-fi/warm sound. Doug is awesome and easy to work with so it’s a no brainerrr