Electro-Harmonix wants to bridge the gap between analog and digital music production with its Big Muff Pi hardware plugin, a mashup of effects pedal and audio interface. The $329 device is said to function like a standard digital audio workstation plugin (), although you can route your guitar tracks through the Big Muff Pi’s true analog circuitry, which preserves harmonic distortion. It is the real deal and not a software emulated version of the classic pedal.
The unit uses the circuit design of the 1973 Violet Ram’s Head Big Muff, albeit with some tweaks to deliver true stereo audio. Electro-Harmonix says the unit, which is available nowfeatures Tone Wicker and Tone Bypass, as well as 10 footswitch-accessible presets.
The company claims the device, which can also be used as a standalone pedal, should easily integrate with DAWs like , , , and . The device can be operated as a 2-in/2-out USB audio recording interface, allowing you to record tracks without the big muff effect active.