Up until now, pedal-obsessed musicians who wanted a range of effects were short on options. The most basic would be to find a multi-effects processor or take out a second mortgage to buy a host of pedals and chain them together. A second option appeared via TC Electronic’s TonePrint series, which allows for USB-uploaded, self-designed effects — though you’d still need to buy separate pedals for different effects families (reverb, delay, overdrive, etc.).
Enter: The OWL Programmable Effects Pedal.
Now up on Kickstarter, the OWL (open ware laboratory) seems able to bring effects designing down to a universal level, offering a fully open-source and open-hardware pedal that requires no proprietary tools or hardware-specific knowledge. The Rebel Tech team, which is in charge of development for the OWL, designed the pedal with USB capability, a C++ framework, and patch-testing simulator software, which means that anyone patient enough to mess around with the code will likely come up with some pretty rad noises.