Mr Black puts you in a TrancePortal with "breathtaking" shimmer echo guitar effects pedal

Boutique stompbox maker du jour Mr Black has unveiled its/his latest oddball creation, the TrancePortal shimmer echo, which it/he describes as thus: "I truly cannot find words to express the sound of this pedal."

Still, we can expand a little. The TrancePortal is a lightly modulated echo with "just the right amount of shimmer mixed in", spanning 20-650ms delay times. Three controls handle the ethereality: level, regen and time.

Mr Black is no stranger to shimmer effects - the Eterna Gold Modified is among the finest octave-shifted reverbs we've heard - but judging from the preview above, the TrancePortal explores new, weirder territory, while still retaining useful real-world features including true bypass switching and 9V battery/power supply operation.

If you dare to enter, the TrancePortal is available now for $179.95 from Mr Black pedals.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 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.