Red Panda Bitmap Bit Map Bitcrusher Pedal – 2018 Edition

When I first heard about bitcrusher pedals, I knew I had to get my hands on one. If you’ve been researching bitcrushers, you’ve probably noticed that there are countless options on the market. This Red Panda Bitmap review will help you make your decision. Keep reading for more on the Bitmap’s features.


Things to Consider Before Buying the Red Panda Bitmap

Bitcrushers create a very unique sound, so make sure this is the right of the pedal for your music before you make a purchase. Since this device will create such a grainy sound, the Bitmap will probably be a good fit for you if you want to experiment with electronic, metal, rock, or punk genres.

If you want a more traditional sound, check out the “Alternatives” section in this review. If you’re new to delay pedals, check out this infographic.

Things to consider:

  • The effect you’re looking for
  • Your experience with pedals
  • Your budget (this is a higher end pedal)
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The Bitmap Pedal

The Bitmap is a bitcrusher pedal. This means your device will take your audio signal and cut it up into smaller grains to distort your sound. If I could describe the effect, I would use the words “static” and “fuzzy”.

Currently, the EarthQuake Bit Commander is the leading bitcrusher on the market, but I would say the Bitmap is just as high-quality. If you’re interested in creating video game type sounds, these extreme settings on this pedal may be ideal for you to experiment with.

Pros

  • Very unique sound
  • Relatively easy to use
  • Blend control to maintain bass

Cons

  • Less diverse features than other pedals
  • Less tone control in extreme settings
  • No MIDI control

Features

The Red Panda Bitmap pedal will reduce your bit depth from 24 bits down to 1 bit, with the lowest setting creating the grainiest sound quality. One of my favourite features of this product is the blend control that will allow you to maintain the integrity of your bass line.

Some effect pedals can muffle the bass tones to the point that you can’t even hear them, so it’s definitely a plus that you won’t experience this issue with the Bitmap. You can read more here.

The three knobs at the top of the Bitmap pedal will allow you to experiment with different bitcrushing effects. Beneath these three settings, you’ll have a “Level” knob which will control your output volume.

Like I already mentioned, the lowest settings will create the grainiest sound qualities. If you want to experiment with more subtle effects, try playing around with the Level knob to hear different intensities.

You can also use an expression pedal to further play with the Bitmap’s effects, so the possibilities are almost endless. If you’re new to pedals, you might want to take a look at this article before you read the Features section below.

Let’s take a look at the different features in more detail.

Mix

Crush/Rate

Freq

Social Proof

I’ve read countless reviews on the internet, and owners of the Red Panda Bitmap seem to be really happy with their purchase. In fact, some reviewers have said they feel this is the best bitcrusher pedal on the market and does well in performance settings. Here’s what other musicians are saying:

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source: www.bestguitareffects.com

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source: alt.pedalsandeffects.com

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source: www.bestguitareffects.com

This pedal is one of the best delay pedal in the Red Panda Pedal Series. You can take a look at our post for this brand here.

Alternatives

If you’re interested in a Red Panda effect pedal but want a more traditional sound, then you should consider the Context pedal. The Context has more traditional reverb settings, like Room, Hall, Cathedral, Gated, Plate, and Delay.


This pedal may be for you if you want many delays and mixing features. This device also has a “Favorite” setting to save your preferred settings for quick access.


This pedal is great if you want a small and affordable pedal with a warm sound. This device more user-friendly than the Bitmap, so it may be a good for beginners.

Image Credits: Amazon.com

Conclusion- Done

The Red Panda Bitmap is great if you want to experiment with different crush effects. With so many products out there, it can be hard to find a bitcrusher pedal that meets the company’s claims. Hopefully, this review will help you make your decision.

Tony Robbin
 

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