The UwU Virtual Pet Buffer is a Tamagotchi in a guitar pedal

The UwU Digital Pet Buffer is a Tamagotchi in a guitar pedal


I am not gonna fake I’ve figured you, the Engadget reader, out. Making an attempt to foretell what’s gonna get your little nerd hearts all a flutter is sort of a crapshoot. However, I am fairly assured {that a} Tamagotchi in a guitar pedal is true up your alley. Floor Management Audio confirmed as much as NAMM 2024 with the UwU digital pet buffer pedal.

Now buffer pedals are concerning the least thrilling piece of drugs you should buy in your pedal board. In all probability even much less so than a tuner. However, in the event you’ve bought a very massive board or lengthy cables, a buffer can dramatically enhance your tone. Mainly all it does is take the sign coming in and provides it just a little enhance so you do not lose valuable excessive finish to tone suck. Like I mentioned, not thrilling.

What UwU does isn’t any totally different, besides that it has a Tamagotchi-style digital pet and a handful of mini-games inbuilt. As you play, your new pedalboard buddy dances and good points expertise factors. Because the little cat like creature good points expertise it evolves over 30 ranges with distinctive animations. As for what occurs when you cross that 30 stage threshold, nicely, the corporate hasn’t determined simply but. However there may be nonetheless time to resolve that because the pedal is not set to start out transport till March.

If merely having a brand new little digital pal in your board is not sufficient whimsy for you, the UwU additionally has three mini-games inbuilt. There’s Lengthy Cat (a snake clone), Fishy Blox (vaguely Tetris-like) and Neko Invader. The tiny monochrome OLED and small buttons aren’t precisely excellent for taking part in video games (and neither is hunching over a pedalboard I’d add), nevertheless it feels true to its inspiration in previous cellphone video games.

The Ground Control Audio UwU virtual pet buffer pedal playing 'Fishy Blocks' at NAMM 2024.

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In case you’re sitting there questioning, “why?” Effectively, first off, why not? Secondly, to maintain you enjoying, clearly. Discovering the time and drive to play or apply guitar might be robust. Particularly in the event you’re teen with a busy life of additional curriculars or, like me, a busy dad of two with a demanding day job. The UwU provides you a motive to play past simply figuring out you need to. Carving out a couple of minutes every single day to play will preserve your lovable little UwU glad and wholesome. Frankly, if I had one among these after I was youthful and stubbornly clinging to my perception that I did not have to know music idea or method, possibly I might be a more adept guitarist.

After all none this is able to matter if the UwU was a crappy buffer. But it surely’s bought 18v headroom and would not colour your tone in any respect. It is even tremendous tiny, so discovering room for it on even essentially the most crowded of pedalboards should not be too troublesome.

The UwU digital pet buffer is on the market now for preorder immediately from Floor Management Audio for $139.

The Ground Control Audio UwU virtual pet buffer pedal on a pedalboard next to the Ground Control Audio Bread Oath Overdrive.The Ground Control Audio UwU virtual pet buffer pedal on a pedalboard next to the Ground Control Audio Bread Oath Overdrive.

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