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Today we’re rewinding time with the VCR by JHS Pedals. The VCR is a collaboration with JHS Pedals and Ryan Adams with his PaxAm Studio, aimed at giving a wealth of options in one enclosure. Each letter in the VCR’s name stands for one of the channels of the pedal, with each channel getting its own toggle switch. These toggles are individually activated to provide a combination of effects that’s switchable with a master bypass footswitch. The V stands for Volume, which loads a dynamic Boost circuit into the signal path. Using a discreet circuit, the Volume channel thickens up any signal you feed into it, and you might never turn it off. The C channel is a lush chorus effect that sounds like a vintage BBD-equipped ’80s chorus. Instead of rate and depth knobs, the VCR’s Chorus has one knob that controls both rate and depth, with rate increasing and depth decreasing when dimed and the opposite controls when backed off. The R channel holds a hall-type reverb that has been tuned to match Ryan’s exact specifications, from tone to decay time. The single knob controls the reverb level from light ambience to haunting echoes. Seven different combinations of effects can be achieved by piloting the toggle switches, and each effect has been expertly configured to ensure they stack extremely well with one another. A lo-fi switch on the back of the VCR decreases the signal’s fidelity for some serious generation loss. And just like all JHS pedals, the VCR is made in the USA using a fine assortment of components.