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Is the new Walrus Audio MAKO M1 the only modulation pedal you'll ever need?

There was a lot of talk about Universal Audio's first foray into pedals last year; namely its reverb and delay units, but for live potential we were dazzled by the Astra Modulation Machine and its very accurate recreations of classic chorus, flanger, phaser and tremolo classics. But now it seems that UA and Strymon before them have serious competition in the market with Walrus Audio's M1 Modulation Machine.

The latest in its Mako series of pedals, the M1 already trumps the Astra on presets; nine here vs the Astra's one, with 128 in total available via MIDI. 

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(Image credit: Walrus Audio)

Elsewhere, there's six studio-quality algorithms with chorus, phaser, tremolo, vibrato, rotary and filter. These can be degraded and warped with the Lo-Fi control.

The M1 is available now for $349 / £319 . Check out Yvette Young performing a bespoke song she wrote for the M1 above. 

Rob Laing
Rob Laing

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.