NAMM 2020: Pour wine, beer or water into the Rainger FX Minibar pedal to change distortion tone
NAMM 2020: Rainger FX may just have the weirdest – and thirstiest – pedal at NAMM. The Minibar is a “liquid analyser pedal” that you’re meant to pour any type of liquid in to change the effect.
The mini distortion pedal is completely silent until liquid is poured into a tiny watertight container that’s mounted on the enclosure. The Minibar then analyses the qualities of the liquid to change the character and EQ of the drive – these include the opacity of the liquid and its conductivity.
Rainger says that water-based liquids produce similar levels of gain, while “a few drops of red wine or coffee [tone] down the high-end and add bass”. The company even tried Jagermeister and Coca-Cola – the former creates a “great dark drive” while the latter a “nice mild overdrive with plenty of lower mids”.
Most liquids, according to the brand, create bandpass tones that are wide open and with plenty of harmonics.
More info at raingerfx.com.
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