Vintage Guitar - March 2018 - open - 132
VG APPROVED GEAR
Mu-FX Phasor 2X
astermind effects mad scientist Mike
Beigel is back with another re-creation
of a classic Musitronics effect.
The Mu-FX Phasor 2X is a time machine
back to the bad old '70s that includes several
smart upgrades which make the future look
a little bit brighter.
In case you weren't paying attention
back in '72, Beigel was one of the brains
behind Musitronics Corporation, where
he unveiled the beloved Mu-tron III that
proved we all needed an envelope filter when
we didn't even know what one was. By '78,
Musitronics was history, but in 2012 Beigel
sparked Mu-FX to build new and improved
versions of his classics with the same DNA
and musical mojo.
Beigel was also the inventor of one of the
first (and best) phasers. Mutron's original
Phasor arrived in '74, followed by the humongous Bi-Phase and Phasor II. Today, they're all
cherished boxes - and all elegantly expensive.
Beigel refers to his new Phasor 2X as a
"modern vintage analog refinement" of the
original. That's a reasonable explanation,
but there's more to it than that.
The "2" in this box's name tells us that
this new version houses two Phasor IIs in
one unit. It also adds savvy modern features
such as four- and six-stage phasing, multiple
independent controller modes, stereo output, and the possibility of real-time control
by way of the optional Mission MU-XP2
expression pedal (other expression pedals
work with the Phasor 2X but may not be
as perfectly calibrated).
The circuitry is all-analog optical and
made in the U.S. on dual circuit boards.
It's rock-solid and beautifully crafted,
inside and out.
Plug in, and your instant reaction to
that whoosh will be wow! The phaser
sound is warm and full, sexy and rich.
The dual phasers can't be combined
in series, but you'll forget about
wanting this feature when you
understand what the pedal can do.
You can dial in the separate
four- and six-stage decks to create
completely different wave patterns -
then quickly switch between them with
the tap of your toe. And for each deck
there is a three-position toggle letting you
switch between rate of phasing, sweep, and
expression-pedal control. This versatility
allows you to move from Waylon Jennings'
tough outlaw rhythm sound to Jimi's sensuous "Little Wing" flights of fancy to Pink
Floyd's industrial-grade modulations and
The Phasor 2X keeps alive Beigel's Space
Age love of dials and toggles, so much so that
you sometimes feel like you're piloting a rocket
ship. Here, the wealth of independent controls
allows you to shape those sounds to the edges
of the phaser universe. And don't forget the
With just a little bit of Sweep dialed in, you
can get sweet, Uni-Vibe-like modulations - a
sound simulating a spinning Leslie speaker.
Or, opt for resonant waves that provide
almost a flanging effect. Yes, it may be a
cliché, but with the Phasor 2X, the limits
are truly a function of your imagination.
As with many of Beigel's boxes, he chooses
to run the Phasor 2X on higher voltages for
a purer sound. It requires 200 milliamps of
12-volt power, and there's no battery option.
A 12-volt wall-wart adaptor is included.
If you haven't tried a Mutron or Mu-FX
pedal, know that Beigel is one of the ultimate
mad scientists when it comes to gear. There's
no true comparison in control, ability, and,
ultimately, sonic tone. This is love at first
swoosh. - Michael Dregni