I posted a full review of BIAS Pedal back in October 2015. BIAS Pedal is Positive Grid’s iOS music app that allows you to design your own distortion pedal in much the same way that BIAS Amp allows you to design your own guitar amplifier. Yes, for the non-guitar playing iOS musician fraternity, this might all sound a bit nerdy but the idea is not a million miles away from the modular synth apps that allow you to build your own synth designs.
OK, so you might have to have a certain amount of OCD and attention to detail disorder to go along with your guitar playing habit for BIAS Pedal to appeal but, under iOS at least, as BIAS Pedal is a free download to try – with IAPs required to unlock each of the various pedal categories full feature sets (including the ability to save and transfer the models to BIAS FX) – in order to try what’s of offer, initially at least, you don’t have to worry too much if those tendencies just represent a mild interest rather than an obsession. Used on an iPad, this is not software that’s going to break the bank….
Anyway, while initially launched with just distortion/overdrive pedal available, Positive Grid added a Delay pedal design option in December…. and, as of yesterday, a further update – v.2.2.0 – has now added a Modulation peal IAP. Again, you can try all the design features each IAP offers before deciding whether to purchase and ‘unlock’ the save/export features. I have to say that, like the distortion and delay options, the new modulation options sounds great and, as soon as I can spend a bit more time with it, I’ll post a full review….
Of course, BIAS FX has also been updated – and remains an absolute steal at UK£9.99/US$9.99 – to support the new pedal type. And, of course, the company are also creating a bit of a stir with their various hardware products amongst the guitar playing community, including the hardware version of BIAS Distortion.
OK, so with BIAS Pedal, Positive Grid might have created something that is a niche app but it is fun to use and capable of some great sounds. If you want to take your guitar tone-geekery to the next level then the free download of BIAS Pedal is most certainly worth exploring :-)