Bit reduction at its finest. The Bitmap is a gorgeously gritty crusher that – for Red Panda – is relatively straightforward pedal. Each dial has a significant impact on the sound. This tactile nature combined with the high-quality, rich effects makes it genuinely usable unlike so many pedals of the same ilk.
Red Panda’s Bitmap works wonders in triangle, square or random wave forms. Apply the Bitmap’s fizzling textures to lead melodies with a soft grip on the mix, or let things really bounce with the mod setting turned on and the crush turned up. It has the capability to bubble and pop of its own accord, all whilst gliding smoothly from note to note.
About Red Panda
The boffins at Red Panda are all about pushing the boundaries of what can be done with natural, organic sounds. Forget your classic Klons and mundane reverbs, here it’s all trailblazing new effects using digital technology. This opens up the door for what can be achieved using the likes of guitars, keys and drum machines.
Red Panda are a small company focused on design process lasting 12-24 months. They use automated manufacturing to improve the reliability of their creations. All electronics are fully assembled in the USA, while the enclosures are CNC milled and powder coated in Canada.
Here's what Red Panda say about the BitMap:
The Bitmap is a bitcrusher with fractional bit reduction and sample rate modulation. Adds the warmth and grit of classic samplers, while reducing your signal from 24 bits down to 1 bit. Our bitcrushing algorithm delivers maximum sustain without sputtering on staccato notes. Fractional bit reduction provides smooth changes and a broader range of sounds. Input and output gain controls work with all input signals and give you saturated distortion or dying battery fuzz sounds.
Sample rate reduction creates inharmonic overtones and aliasing distortion. Subtle reduction adds sizzle to drums and high-end buzz to guitars. Use extreme settings for 8-bit video game sounds. Tune to the root or 5th to twist scales into inharmonic melodies. It can also do sample-and-hold sounds to cover "analog bitcrusher" territory.
- Fractional bit reduction
- Sample-rate modulation
- Expression pedal input for sample rate (0-3.3V CV-compatible)
- Blend control to maintain bass or add subtle crushing
- Input gain switch to accommodate single or dual coil pickups and line-level signals
- Output level control for consistent volume, can also provide extra boost
- True bypass