Walrus Audio Mako Series ACS1 vs Strymon Iridium: which should I buy?
Walrus Audio’s Mako Series ACS1 arrived on the scene in January 2021, seeking to knock Strymon’s Iridium off its perch and become the go-to amplifier and cabinet simulator for pedalboards.
The boutique units certainly have plenty in common and are excellent problem-solvers during an era in which direct guitar tones have become paramount, so we decided to put them to the test in a head-to-head shootout.
In this video, Guitar.com chief editor Chris Vinnicombe presents an overview comparison of both pedals, then you’ll hear how they perform in a full band arrangement.
In addition to their onboard Fender, Marshall and Vox amp and cabinet simulations, you’ll hear how the ACS1 and Iridium respond to a Klon and Tube Screamer, along with digital spring reverb and tremolo effects courtesy of a Milkman F-Stop. The guitar used throughout is a 1969 Gibson ES-330.
Check out the video here:
Looking for deep dives and detailed specifications? Read the Guitar.com reviews of the Strymon Iridium and Walrus Mako Series ACS1.
Looking for further options for direct guitar recording? Check out our rundown of 15 of the best direct recording boxes for guitarists.
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