This is the coolest pedal you can’t find a use for:
It brings the sonic territory a guitar can cover to a totally different place…it’s just that that place can never be on stage. Well, I shouldn’t say never. Like in American Tail. (Okay, now there’s a reference that can’t be hipster-cool, retro-cool, indie-cool, underground-cool, or even dorky-cool. But seriously, go watch the opening title to that thing and tell me those violins don’t make you want to re-tone your rig.) I have used this pedal live before, and for untimed stuff, it can create some very sonically interesting sounds. However, as it’s doing that, it is robbing your original tone. And the timing sequence is so odd and cool in this pedal, that in order to get it to stop sounding messy, it really needs to dictate what you play. So I can see this thing being an amazing tool for keyboards, or to lay on top of a sequencer, or in the studio. Somewhere where you are creating a song, and that song is based on what the Murf is doing. It really is a self-centered pedal in that way; very difficult to have it add to music in a good way. You think you’ve done it, and then when you listen back you go, ‘Oh. That was cool, but it probably would’ve sounded better without the Murf.’
Now there is a new Midi Murf out, and the rumour is that it is much more controllable and usable in live situations. Hopefully, as that one is even more expensive, and it’s difficult to justify expensive pedals on your board that take away your main tone and that, even if you are okay with that, you can really only use a-tempo, use it once every couple months, or dictate every song with it. Now again, if you’re in the studio and you’re planning to base songs off of this thing, then awesome. And I’m guessing that’s what Moog was probably going for. The incredibly tinny buffer though, and buffer that is only on when the pedal is engaged…I’m not sure what that’s about. That’s the reason I sold the original Murf I owned. And then I bought one again. Sold it. And again. There is something very wrong with me. Or maybe, very very right. (No, it’s the other one.)
And if the Murf were three times as small, and cost about 4 times less, then maybe you could justify keeping on your board in a parallel looper to try to take care of the tin in the dry signal, as a pedal you turned on for ambient step filtering every once in a while. But as it is, that’s a lot of pedalboard space and money for a step filter…that could be spent on delays. Well…more on the current delay backlash from guitarists who badmouth their ‘unoriginality’, but yet still use them, in the next couple days.
(I gotta be honest…Bridget may have possibly been my first crush as a kid. And Bridget’s the one on the left. I did want to be Tony, but only because he’s kissing Bridget. And he had a cool New York accent and could get cheese out of trap just by tapping it with his ultra-cool Brit cane. Why in the world am I quoting a cartoon? Oh ya…this is why:
…For those of you who are into it, that’s James Horner…of musical fame from Braveheart, Enemy at the Gates, Titanic, A Beautiful Mind, etc. And for the rest of you…yes, I did have a heavy metal arrangement of this song worked out for my high school hair band ‘Requiem Mass.’ And yes, that was really our name.)
So there’s my Murf review. I’m very curious to see if they fixed the buffer issue on the new Midi Murf; but I’ve yet to see one for sale used. And it needs to be used so that I can resell it…because knowing me, chances are, I will. And for what it’s worth the Moog MF103 phaser is the most brilliant phaser I have ever played, and makes almost no difference in your dry signal. So…maybe the Murf was meant to do this, as like for use as a filter/studio preamp? Or keyboard preamp? At least you could use it that way with the new Midi Murf as then you can midi select back to preset one all the time as your base tone, leave the Murf always on, and then you’ve got a preamp, too…providing you like the sound of the preamp.
This has been a rambling, unrhythmic post, with not a lot of use. Hey, kind of like the Murf. Alright, that was just bad.