Eric Dahl reviews Hotone Audio’s Skyline and Press Series pedals The Hotone Audio company name was familiar to me but I had never seen them in person until my friend and Nashville Jazz musician, Denny Jiosa, introduced me to their products at Winter Namm. Hotone sent me three of their Skyline Series stomp boxes to review and one of their Press Series pedals. The Skylines consisted of the Blues Driver, Chromatic Tuner and the Modeling Tape Delay – while the Press was the Vow Press.
The Skylines are easily recognisable by their small size, chrome protective barforthe knobs and a large light up knob in the front of the pedals that controls the gain or delay time. Due to their size, battery power is not an option but they all have the plug in for 9V DC adapters with centre negative. I secured all four Hotone pedals to a Pedaltrain Nano board and powered by a Pedaltrain Volto for testing. The Tape Eko unit offers solid state, tube or reverse echo, along with feedback, mix and delay time controls it had a warm effect.
Chromatic Tuners are a must on any pedal board and the Hotone can act as a mute for switching guitars and the bright led screen is easy to read on the stage. The Skyline Blues Overdrive provided low gain grit or heavy breakup depending on the gain knob setting. I’m a fan of the Fat switch to add more bottom end to overdrive also.
Similar to the Skylines, the Vow Press pedal is smaller than your typical volume/wah pedal but it provides a choice between wah, volume, or wah/volume combined. Being a wah snob I was surprised by the full tonal sweep and vintage tones it dealt – ideal for rhythm or lead.
All of the Hotone pedals reviewed delivered the goods and in a size that will fit any pedalboard. Look for a review on their innovative Xtomp pedal when it releases also.