Is it possible to create one pedal for all your David Gilmour tones? Some have tried but Jam Pedals’ impressive Pink Flow is perhaps the most elaborate attempt. Here’s my review.
I’ve done a couple of Jam Pedals reviews over the years. Including the Rattler (possibly the best sounding Rat clone on the market) and, the Red Much Big Muff. Check out this video from The Pedal Show and their recent visit the factory.
The Pink Flow is basically a multi effect unit, containing the circuits of several of Jam Pedals’ offerings. All of these can be bought separately as stand alone units.
None of the circuits, or pedals, are specifically based on David’s gear, apart from maybe the Red Muck, so the question is, is the Pink Flow capable of cover the classic tones?
The circuits are housed in a sturdy enclosure, with true bypass switching and it runs on 9V Boss style negative tip adapter. The unit is packed with features, including a send/return loop (placed after the gain effects) for adding more pedals, tap tempo for the delay and internal trim pots. See JamPedals.com for more.
The first effect is actually a reversed wah circuit for those unique seagull screams heard on Echoes. A cool detail!
The Dyna-ssoR is a powerful compressor based on the qualities and sound of the classic MXR Dynacomp and Ross compressor. It’s transparent, with a very smooth attack and considerable output. Like the stand alone version, the Dyna-ssoR is very quiet. David used the Dynacomp on and off between 1977-1994.
Next is the Tubedreamer based on the TS808. Now, David is not a guitarist associated with the Tube Screamer, he preferred more mids scooped overdrives like the Power Boost and Tube Driver, but the Tubedreamer has a much more open character compared to the 808/TS9.
What I especially like about it is the added low end and the slightly more gain. Definitely one of the better sounding and more unique TS circuits out there.
The Red Muck should be well known among Gilmour fans. It’s based on the early 70s triangle and 90s Civil War Big Muffs, with a very smooth almost overdrive-like character and a hint of mids. The circuit also feature a switch for a second clipping stage.
Although perhaps best suited for David’s 90s Pulse tones tones, the Red Much can easily cover most of the fuzz and Muff tones from all eras.
The Waterfall is a chorus/vibrato fully capable of producing a wide range of chorus tones, including the lush sounds of the Boss CE-2 David used between 1981 and early 2000s.
The Waterfall can also do a pretty convincing rotary effect although the Ripple phaser is perhaps a better choice.
The Ripple is based on the often overlooked MXR Phase 45. This is a 2-stage phaser, with a beautiful and subtle character. Kind of like a mix between a UniVibe and Phase 90, fully capable of covering David’s classic Dark Side of the Moon and WYWH tones.
If you’ve never played a Phase 45, then do yourself a favour and get a Ripple. You’ll never look back!
The last one on the board is the Delay Llama. This is a true analog delay, with a warm repeats and that slightly dirty decay. It’s got a maximum time setting of 600ms, which isn’t enough for some of David’s longer delays but definitely enough to cover the classic Binson sounds of the 70s, Animals and Wall.
The Delay Llama feature tap tempo, hold function and input for an expression pedal. A toggle switch allows you to choose bypass off or trails.
In the video I’ve tried to cover as much tones as possible and the Pink Flow definitely touches all eras, with a nice mix between the 70s and 80s in particular.
The Pink Flow offer a wide selection of great sounding effects and I can definitely see myself using it as a convenient alternative for a bigger board. Perhaps for a fly-in gig.
I really don’t miss anything, at least not for its purpose. I’ve had great fun exploring this unit and recording the track for the video.
Still a more transparent overdrive or booster would make it even more complete and versatile. You can of course add this through the send/return loop. I’d also add a digital delay for stuff like Run Like Hell, Another Brick in the Wall etc where a dark analog delay wouldn’t quite do.
So, is this really something you need? Well, if you’re looking for something convenient, with great sounds and have the money, then the Pink Flow is definitely something to consider.
It’s expensive but most us spend a lot more on pedals and guaranteed pedals that doesn’t stay on our boards for long. You get a lot here and not least Jam Pedal’s flawless quality.
If the Pink Flow is just a bit too much then be sure to check out the Red Muck and Ripple.
See JamPedals.com for more.