Source Audio's One Series range covers all the needs of today's guitar and bass players. In any quality line up, you need a flanger type modulation pedal, for Source Audio, it's called the Mercury! Inside this very pretty brushed aluminum case with a shimmering color hides a rich modulation machine!
Source Audio uses the same platform implemented with the Nemesis, the Ventris and others… to create this superb and overpowered machine capable of delivering a whole variety of sounds ranging from the most dramatic Flangers to psychedelic Choruses.
The assembly is perfect, the compact format and the handling very intuitive. Inside, there are high quality PCBs. At Source Audio it's not joking, the brand wants to be at the forefront of audio technologies, the architecture used offering computing power and processing quality that very few brands benefit from.
The Mercury Flanger Audio Source is: 3 types of on board modulation, 3 presets, stereo in & out which, as we will see below, is incredibly flexible. You can also increase the power of the pedal tenfold by using the Neuro Mobile application which is full of additional settings and possibilities.
In concrete terms, it's an ultra-complete modulation pedal! It's not just an ordinary versatile flanger pedal. Imagine, through the Neuro app, you can access a huge collection of effects, load choruses, vibes, plus additional flangers with extensive parametric EQ capabilities, stereo routing options, and advanced internal features.
For example, you can combine several effects (any type of modulation) in series or parallel, split the signal on each output and send each effect engine to a specific output. Nothing prevents you from having a Classic Flanger on the right and a Chorus on the left. Impressive!
OK, but how does that sound? In standard configuration, the pedal incorporates a Classic mode for fans of original MXR Flanger(s) à la Van Halen, very dense and thick. We also have a Thru-Zero mode, a "super-sonic" Flanger that offers a very 3D effect, the one allowing to cross the dry signal and the wet signal, to obtain an explosive effect when they are at their point of intersection. . Shadow mode, offers modulation with increased resonance with a very marked sweeping effect.
We particularly appreciate the very responsive and precise settings of the pedal which allow you to really sculpt your sound. The effect is deep, it does not crush the attack and retains a nice transparency so as not to distort the original signal. Whichever way you tune the Mercury, it remains a tool of exemplary musicality.
Different depths, different scanning ranges are accessible, for even more creativity, thanks to the additional controls available in the application. The effect is very organic, lush and deep. It can be tuned with precision and retains great detail and complexity across the entire spectrum.
The Source Audio Mercury Flanger is a veritable Swiss army knife for flanger and modulation fans. The concept is formidable, the flexibility enormous, the possibilities almost infinite via the application, and its sound signature particularly additive. All for one of the most attractive prices!