Boasting an expansive array of wondrously swirly textures, the new Minifooger Flange is a titan of tone. Top that off with a sleek and sexy silver and black aesthetic and a friendly price tag and it’s almost a no-brainer. So if you’re already a Moog fan or just an analog purist looking for a bucket brigade-based flanger, look no further—the MF Flange is within reach.
I get it—four knobs on a flanger isn’t anything new. In fact, you can find other flangers on the market today with five or more controls. But being a Moog, there’s just something about the design that begs you to keep exploring—even when you’ve got a sound you really like.
The range of the Rate knob is huge. H-U-G-E. At its minimum, a single up-and-down cycle takes about 40 seconds. When cranked up, it has the helicopter chop you’d expect, but I’ve never played a flanger that could go so slow. And sometimes slow is exactly what you need.
The Time knob is really the heart of the beast though. Combined with the Depth and Feedback controls, you can go from milder shades of killer-with-a-clean-amp flange to completely whacked-out warbles and metallic drone textures that, fast or slow, might just inspire you to let the pedal do some of the heavy lifting in your next song.
And if finger-fiddling the Minifooger Flange (say that five times fast) isn’t enough, in true Moog fashion, you can connect an expression pedal to sweep through the delay frequency range remotely.
The MF Flange offers two distinct voicing modes available via a micro toggle switch on the top of the box marked Type.
The lower position subtracts feedback from the input signal mixer and output dry signal, creating a more vocal sound. In the upper position, feedback is positively summed with the input signal and dry signal, producing a more traditional flanger sound.
Of course, more moderate sounds are available, too, and might be exactly what you’re looking for if you’re after something besides the ordinary, run-of-the-mill flanger tones everybody else is using.
What we like: Twisting the knobs on this thing is just such a fun experience. If feels like all the tones are in there, but you have to find just the right settings to unlock them. Plus, this flange machine has stereo outputs.
Concerns: If you’ve read much of my stuff in Tone Report, you’ve probably figured out that I’m a big fan of pedalboard-friendly pedals—so part of me wants to complain about the size of the MF Flange. Yes, it certainly lives up to the Minifooger name compared to a standard size Moog pedal, so it’s a moot point.