May 5, 2020 at 10:10 am #86247IOSEPHVSParticipant
I just picked up an NOS Next Step Pan pedal, which is really four pedals in one. My Stereo and Super Pulsars obviously have some panning capabilities, and the Echo setting on my Cathedral allows for a stereo ping pong effect on the delay, but I wanted something that gives more direct panning control. The NS Pan pedal offers a way to swirl one input signal across the stereo field on the fly – left, right, and any point in between. The Pan doesn’t stop there. It also functions as a mono (left in – left out) or stereo (left/right in – left/right out) volume pedal. Where the Pan really shines is in its ability to blend/morph two input signals into one output signal, e.g. the Deluxe Electric Mistress is one of many pedals that has both effect and dry outputs. Plug each of these signals into the inputs on the Pan, and you can now blend/morph between your dry and flanged signals. Now place a Big Muff Pi pedal between the DEM and the Pan and you can blend/morph from a clean flanged signal into a non-modulated fuzz or vice-versa. The possibilities are virtually endless. For a real-world example listen to “Yours Is No Disgrace” by Yes. At around 5:55 Steve Howe’s acoustic guitar sound morphs into a nice overdriven electric guitar. Mr. Howe probably relied on the studio engineer to accomplish this with two different guitars, but the Pan makes the concept simple to achieve. The NS Pan is a discontinued product, but they are still available from authorized dealers with a little searching. I paid $69 for mine, and while it won’t be used a lot it is a great addition to the audio toolbox. Also, the Next Step pedals are “built like a tank,” with no moving parts.
Regards.May 11, 2020 at 12:08 am #126060UnkHcaParticipant
I love my Next Step Pan, but there are times when I would like to be able to park it in the heel down position, or halfway. If EHX put the guts of this thing into a standard pedal, I would buy it tomorrow. Maybe even tonight.June 4, 2020 at 8:09 pm #126146IOSEPHVSParticipantQuote:I love my Next Step Pan, but there are times when I would like to be able to park it in the heel down position, or halfway. If EHX put the guts of this thing into a standard pedal, I would buy it tomorrow. Maybe even tonight.
The Next Step Slammi can be calibrated for either heel-to-toe or toe-to-heel operation. The Pan manual doesn’t state anything about reverse calibration, so I wonder. The Next Step Expression has a Reverse button. Either would have been great options for the Pan.June 6, 2020 at 5:50 pm #126156UnkHcaParticipant
For what I mostly use it for (panning the output of one pedal board to two other pedal boards) I can reverse it by simply swapping left and right outputs. Tough to do on the fly, of course and it still doesn’t let me park it midway, although to be honest, I don’t really need to do that very often.April 26, 2022 at 4:29 am #190256Eric GeeversParticipant
The idea is great, or was great. But indeed it should have a middle position as the starting point (and that wouldn’t work in the next step concept. I’m still tempted though.
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