Effector 13 Soda Meiser

Effector 13 Soda Meiser

Controls are Volume, Intensity, and Noise. Intensity is a knob that increases the octavia / scrambled-blender tone. Noise is a switch that turns on total sonic destruction (very lo-fi...) The more intense scrambled tone on this pedal has been compared to the Ampeg Scrambler, but different from the Scrambler, the Soda Meiser has OODLES of boost to really push your preamp, or other distortion/fuzz effects!!

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User Reviews of the Effector 13 Soda Meiser

  • Submitted by Ferox from Los Altos, CA (432 points) on Jul 1, 2009
  • Switch down makes some ho-hum fuzz. With the knob all the way to the left you get some nice lo-fi deepness, all the way to the right you get some nice high end. Switch up you get...
  • Good Points: Some really nice semi-ring moddy sounds when the osc switch is turned up. Makes for very dynamic feedback and great for chains/loops. Changes in the intensity knob vary from subtle to major. Small size.
  • Bad Points: Slight volume drop from non-osc to osc. Kind of rare, sometimes expensive.
  • Price Paid: US$85.00
  • Purchased At: Ebay
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  • Submitted by Iain David from United Kingdom (140 points) on Nov 8, 2006
  • I have the Soda Meiser Plus (essentially the same pedal but with the Choas mode accessed via a footswitch as opposed to a toggle). The standard mode delivers some lovely abrasive fuzz, especially with the texture knob rolled all the way to the right. There's some great upper octave concussion involved here. Personally i'm not too much of a fan of the Chaos mode: it cut volume and with a mic (my main use for it) it doesn't sound too exciting. Nonetheless, it's a another option and i've mananaged to find a couple of uses for it. All in all a worthwhile purchase.
  • Good Points: - Harsh raspy fuzz. - Quite a bit of textural variation in the fuzz tone. - Makes a mic feed back like an absolute dream.
  • Bad Points: - Chaos mode tends to cut the volume (but still cool for that kind of dead channel static sound). Perhaps this mode is better suited to guitarists.
  • Price Paid: US$0.00
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  • Submitted by Jaybear from Houston, TX (30 points) on Oct 18, 2006
  • I've got a new version of this, the Synth Mangler, which is 2 Soda Meisers plus oscillation and joystick control. It is very good, gives more of a ring mod buzz effect instead of fuzz depending on its setting. Overall good and noisy.
  • Good Points: Buzzy, fuzzy, and ring moddy
  • Bad Points: Sort of overpowers all other pedals in the chain.
  • Price Paid: US$0.00
  • Purchased At: devi gave me one
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  • Submitted by Ed from Malverne, NY (104 points) on Aug 21, 2006
  • Two modes: a warm, mellow fuzz, and a really insane noise/random explosion. In standard fuzz mode, this thing is pretty solid, adding a good amount of grit and distortion to any signal, and at higher settings really messing up any sound coming in into a stream of chopped-up glitchy fragments. On the chaos setting, though, it's even crazier, there's no predicting how the sound will react as you turn the knob -- cutting down to nothing, turning to muck, going momentarily clean and cutting through, just spitting out an overdriven burst of noise. Very fun to tweak, and entirely simple with the two controls (really only one as far as I'm concerned, since volume seems to need to be at top setting constantly for this to be any good). The only complaint is that at some settings this can suck a good amount of volume out of the signal -- although, true to the chaos theory, at other settings it actually acts as a pretty big boost. I mostly stick to the standard fuzz for dirtying up signals just a touch, but the chaos mode is a great addition for short bursts of crazier stuff.
  • Good Points: - nice thick "smooth" fuzz setting - totally crazy and unpredictable "chaos" setting - simple to use
  • Bad Points: - can sometimes suck volume down, though this can be solved easily enough with a boost or another distortion placed after it.
  • Price Paid: US$0.00
  • Purchased At: demo
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  • Submitted by ck3 from Portland, ME (390 points) on Oct 8, 2005
  • I recently acquired a close relative of this fuzz called the Soda Might. The artwork is Blue instead of red, and it contains VFM Harsh Fuzz circuit. The upper midrange response is much more intense than that of a VFM smooth (the circuit-type in the Soda Meiser) and there is less bass, but the noise mode is probably identical (based upon the No Fi Chaos Brown).
  • Good Points: It provides the characteristic static, spitty Effector 13 fuzz sound with just a hint of upper octave harmonics ... so it doesn't sound as cliche' as a standard, Hendrix-y octavia-type fuzz. The oscillation of the noise mode can be easily tempered with a buffer and/or noise gate to allow for more subtle coloration. The fuzz mode works well with a variety of instruments. Batteries and AC power provide different and usable degrees of noisiness.
  • Bad Points: The noise mode toggle switch seems to be less rugged than those on my former Noise Floor and Custom VFM Harsh. Even though it is a useful function, I would prefer a more gated noise mode vs. one that oscillates.
  • Price Paid: US$0.00
  • Purchased At: http://www.effector13.com
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  • Submitted by Marco from Brescia (134 points) on May 24, 2005
  • I have the one showed in the picture. The Soda Meiser has two personality: 1-great lo-fi analog fuzz; 2-with the noise switch on, a massive noise generator (it doesn't create only hum,as other dists). If you play an instrument into this, you will destroy your signal, more painful than a broken speaker. I love it 'cause a little switch can change the world...
  • Good Points: _good metallic enclosure, small size, Boss-type adaptor; -wild noise generator with the little switch; -good fuzz for cowards...
  • Bad Points: -bad points?!
  • Price Paid: US$75.00
  • Purchased At: e-bay
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  • Submitted by kinetic turtle from Oakland, CA (162 points) on May 21, 2005
  • This has become a very important pedal to me. The quick part, to get it over with is this: Yes, it's a fuzz, yes, it sounds awesome. Crunchy, creamy, very versatile. Very analog. Noisy. Pretty. Okay. But then, there's the "noise" switch that Devi put there just for us noisicians! I mean c'mon, it says "noise" for chrissake! Flipping that switch basically just opens up the pedal to accept whatever the hell interference may be there. Radio signals, power field hum, you name it. Whatever the hell is around. It's great, it's wild. It makes me happy. Oh yeah, watch out, the knobs are reversed. My unit is actually one where the knobs are on the right side of the pedal rather than on the front. It's a little annoying, but I'm used to it. It's kinda nice since the knobs are kinda touchy, so they never get moved this way.
  • Good Points: Solid construction. Pretty (mine looks like a coke can) THAT DAMN NOISE SWITCH IS AWESOME Mine went bad and Devi fixed in and returned it to me in less than a week.
  • Bad Points: Knobs are a little touchy, but that could be a good thing, too. Oh yeah, knobs are reversed.
  • Price Paid: US$99.00
  • Purchased At: eBay, from E13
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