The Fender Runaway Feedback Pedal is a natural feedback simulator that lets guitarists create feedback-type sounds easily and at any volume. Developed as a collaboration with Softube, the feedback effect can be added and controlled simply by adjusting the controls and engaging the "expression pedal" which responds to vibrato, bends, slides and tremolo. Controllable harmonic content and "wet only" signal options add great tonal flexibility to a pedal that encourages creativity, experimentation and fun.
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NOTE: This is a duplication of the review I posted earlier on the Sweetwater.com site.
Since I've been using a Fractal Axe-FX Ultra for recording - going directly into a mixer - I really, really miss feedback. So, with high expectations, I ordered this pedal and received it yesterday. I used it last night for about 4 hours and have it reasonably well sussed.
Expectations are at the root of most disappointment, so I'll plead guilty to lofty preconceived notions about how the Runaway pedal would work. I'm not blown away, but, neither am I bummed. Within it's limitations, it does deliver quite acceptable feedback. It's not as controllable as real coupled-system resonance (normal acoustic) feedback, but is will wail aplenty once you have it dialed.
- It will only work with single notes which are well struck/plucked/hammered or pulled-off. Apologetic picking is not rewarded with the same reliable results.
- Notes not firmly held to the end of their value (sloppiness) can result in a synth-like glitch which are not cool.
- Finger grease (vibrato, milking etc.) is respected to an extent but too much pitch change doesn't seem to track as well as it might
- Some settings will get you a portmento effect (a glissando or slide) into the next note assuming you hold the pedal toe-down (feedback ON) as you fret.
- The effect is NOT polyphonic - a major disappointment for me (see expectations above). Chords will not oscillate in the incredibly cool way they do in the acoustic world.
Even with these caveats, when contrasted to what the pedal DOES do, you are still left with a very cool addition to what the universe of 'modeling' has not even begun to offer us until now.
I found that by the end of my first night with the product, I had managed to incorporate it seamlessly into 2 new song structures which good potential. In short, I was not longer thinking about how to use the pedal but was simply putting it to use!
Conclusion: if you work in the digital realm and have been missing feedback - or have never experienced how cool it can be - get this pedal, learn it and thrive… It IS good.
dbfish owns this item
A friend has the Boss Booster/Feedbacker which is very nice but you have to keep your foot down to get the feedback going. So I was hoping this was going to be the same kind of feedback but set and forget. I wanted feedback laden guitar on a leash. While it's a great pedal it is not exactly what I hoped.
On the plus side, if you just want some weird tones (fifth up and/or octave down) with what you're playing and don't care where they happen it's great - it's interesting to have feedback entwined with a clean sound.
BUT this is a simulator in a pedal - it doesn't facilitate feedback, it fakes it using Softube's plug-in. It only works on clear single notes. Chords and raggedy playing leave it stumped. It takes time to decide when there's a clear note and then comes in. So it's like a reverse sound that backs up into your note. Hence the total wet switch gives you something like a reverse sound but is really more of a volume swell. (Where's my pedal steel?) Also - it is generating the tone, it's not really the sound of your amp and guitar feeding back - if you're a tone meister you're not going to dig it. But putting it before your distortion pedals will can muddy up it's tone and sounds more natural.
All in all I don't regret getting the pedal. I'll get it making enough good noises to warrant the investment. However the rest of the industry would have put an iPhone cable into it so I could load whatever plug-in I wanted. Zoom, IK Multimedia and Digitech are way out in front here. And I am wondering if I shouldn't have a look under the hood - maybe there's some pots in there I can tweak?
geektard owns this item
I bought this after seeing the youtube review, and haven't been disappointed. It is easy to adjust and has great tone. Though I have a boss GT-6 multi-effects unit, it was well worth buying this pedal, as it's much easier to set up and control than going through the multi-effects unit's feedbacker. My only criticism is that it's a bit pricey, but I'm glad I bought it.
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