What a weird pedal. And honestly, that's a great thing. The Way Huge Atreides is a synth/fuzz/sub octave/envelope filter/phase shifter pedal (yes, it does a lot) with its name and concept inspired by sci-fi novel Dune character Paul Atreides. In practice, the tonal characteristics are a heavy nod towards the 1980s Electro-Harmonix Mini Synthesiser keyboard, which was used most notably by Van Halen.
The all-slider interface is quite unique for a pedal this size and absolutely changes the way you approach the Atreiedes over other synth stompboxes. Way Huge have gone way big on the late '70s-into-'80s aesthetic in both style and sound.
There's loads of fuzz on tap and loads of old school space-y noises to explore. Things get wild with the Atreides if you push the settings to the max.
Sense and range are the two controls altering the envelope filter and give you either compressed or open textures. Bright is akin to a standard tone control, and volume oversees the master volume. The fuzz in the Atreides is intense and gives you a vintage adaptation for modern experimental uses. Rate sets the phase shifter; there's also an option to tinker with the feedback control inside the pedal. Sub adds the sub octave for even greater presence with another internal trim pot to select either one or two octaves down.
- Inspired by 20th century sci-fi and EHX synth
- Fuzz, sub octave, phase shifting and envelope filter effects
- Sliders to adjust each parameter
- Internal switch sets sub at one or two octaves down
- Internal pot adjusts phaser feedback
- Runs on 9V DC