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Keeley turns to the Dark Side for Pink Floyd-inspired multi-effects pedal

David Gilmour is a guitar icon, not just for his playing, but also his immense, pedal-loaded tone - something Keeley has sought to capture in its new Dark Side Workstation multi-effects pedal.

The Dark Side pairs an analogue fuzz with a 24-bit DSP engine, which handles delay, rotary, uni-vibe, phase and flange tones.

While the fuzz promises more transparent 1977 Big Muff-style sounds, the delay section offers 12 syncopated multi-head echoes with various filter settings, as well as expression pedal control.

Modulation, meanwhile, offers the ability to blend the pedal's flanger and rotary, and uni-vibe and phaser effects, all of which are voiced to Floydian sonic specs.

What's more, you can insert effects between the fuzz and modulation/delay section via a TRS jack, too.

My oh my. We like the sounds of this very much indeed.The Dark Side is available from 9 September from Keeley Electronics for $299.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is editor-in-chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He's spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, and a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.