Parent article: Best Guitar Pedals
Updated by Bobby
Recently updated on May 20th, 2021
Added the three Mako series pedals from Walrus Audio, the ACS1, D1, and R1. Thanks to Dan in the comments.
For those who follow Guitar Chalk, you might have noticed we've written some content focusing on MIDI foot controllers and how they can improve our guitar rigs. As we've been writing about and researching this topic, we thought, "Hmm, wouldn't it be handy to have a list of all the guitar pedals that support a MIDI connection." In most cases you have to find them by reading each spec sheet, as there's usually no option on retail websites to sort by MIDI ports.
In response, this list is simply meant to be that sorting mechanism.
It's not a review, recommendation or ranking.
It's just a place where you can find all the guitar pedals with MIDI ports in one place, for browsing and comparison.
What this list assumes
This list assumes that you already know the purpose of (or perhaps own already) a MIDI foot controller. It also assumes you're aware of how they work and interface with your pedals or processors.
For more information on how to set up a MIDI foot control, I'll refer you to the following articles:
- Using a MIDI Connection to Control your Strymon Pedals
- Reverb Pedals with MIDI Compatibility
- Pairing a MIDI Foot Controller with your Stompboxes
Where can I get MIDI cables?
MIDI cables are easy to find at pretty much any music retailer or even anyplace that sells electronics. Amazon has plenty of different lengths to choose from, so here are a few options you might want to consider.
Multi-Effects Guitar Pedals and Controllers with MIDI Ports
MIDI guitar pedals will most often come in the form of a multi effects stompbox. This is because the MIDI technology is more applicable to pedals with a wide range of functionality. In fact, it's highly recommended that you use a MIDI foot controller with pedals like these, simply because they're too complex to work without an external control system.
As a consequence, we're not crazy about multi effects pedals that don't provide MIDI ports. Line 6, DigiTech and Boss are some of the most popular manufacturers that make it happen.
- Line 6 M5 Stompbox Modeler
- Line 6 M9 Stompbox Modeler
- Line 6 M13 Stompbox Modeler
- Line 6 POD HD500X
- Rocktron Utopia G200
- Line 6 POD XT Live
- Boss GT-10B Bass Multi-Effects Processor
- Rocktron Utopia G300
- EHX 45000 Guitar Looper
- Boss GT-100
- Headrush Pedalboard
- Rocktron Utipia B300 Bass Multi-Effects Processor
- Seymour Duncan Andromeda Dynamic Delay
- Yamaha DG Stomp (discontinued, available used)
- Rocktron Cyborg Series (discontinued, available used)
- Chase Bliss Audio (boutique builders)
- Source Audio SA163 Universal Expression Control with MIDI
- Source Audio SA170 Programmable EQ
- Roger Linn Design AdrenaLinn III Multi FX Pedal with MIDI
- Mod DUO from MOD Devices
- GigRig G2 MIDI Controller
- Fractal Audio MCF-101 MIDI Foot Controller
- Fractal Audio FX8 MARK II Multi-Effects Pedalboard
- Fractal Audio AX8 Amp Modeler + Multi FX
- Fractal Audio Axe-FX II XL+ Preamp/Effects Processor
- Two Notes Torpedo C.A.B Simulator
- Selah Effects Scarlett Love Overdrive V3
- Poly Expressive MIDI Foot Controller (Kickstarter Campaign)
- Alexander Pedals Syntax Error
- Line 6 Helix
- Musicom Lab EFX Pedal Switchers (MK-V)
- RJM Mastermind Programmable Pedal Switchers
- WMD Geiger Counter ProSonuus Voluume
- Free the Tone Programable Analog 10-Band EQ
- Future Impact Bass Guitar Synth Pedal
- Two Notes Torpedo Studio
- Two Notes Torpedo Live
- Two Notes Torpedo Le Clean
- Two Notes Le Bass
- Mooer Preamp Live
- TC Electronic G System
- Fender Mustang Floor (no longer available)
- Boss MS-3 Switcher
- TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3
- TC-Helicon VoiceLive 3 Extreme
- Line 6 HX Stomp
- Roger Linn AdrenaLinn III
- Mooer GE 300
- Chase Bliss Audio Condor
- EHX Super Switcher
- Empress Zoia
- Boss EQ-200 Graphic Equalizer
- Boss RC-10R
- Source Audio SA249 C4 Synth
- Source Audio Soundblox Pro Poly-Mod Filter
- Source Audio Soundblox Pro Bass Envelope Filter
- Source Audio Soundblox 2 OFD Guitar MicroModeler
- Source Audio Soundblox 2 OFD Bass MicroModeler
- Source Audio Soundblox 2 Stingray Multi Filter
- Source Audio Soundblox 2 Manta Bass Filter
- Pilot Wave MIDI Effects Sequencer
- Montreal Assembly 856
- Chase Bliss Audio Preamp MKII
- Source Audio EQ2
- Walrus Audio Mako ACS1 Acoustic Simulator
- Airstep Smart Multi Controller by XSonic
Ambient Pedals with MIDI Ports
Ambient effects typically include delay, echo and reverb.
Delay, in particular, is often multi-faceted and complex in that you can have multiple types of delay and a variety of parameters to control those different modes.
TC Electronic, Pigtronix and Eventide have built some of the most intense and feature-rich MIDI-controllable delay pedals on the market. In fact, Bobby did a full Pigtronix Echolution 2 Ultra Pro review providing a clear picture of what a MIDI-compatible delay pedal can do.
- Boss DD-500 Digital Delay
- Source Audio SA260 Nemesis Delay
- TC Electronic Flashback Triple Delay
- TC Electronic Alter Ego X4 Vintage Delay
- Korg SDD-3000 Programmable Digital Delay
- Pigtronix Echolution 2 Filter Pro Multi-Tap Delay
- Strymon Timeline Multidimensional Delay
- Alexander Pedals Super Radical Delay
- Pigtronix Echolution 2 Ultra Pro
- Empress Effects Reverb
- Eventide Space Reverb and Beyond
- GFI System Specular Tempus
- Source Audio Ventris Reverb
- Meris Mercury7 Reverb
- Meris Polymoon Delay
- Mooer Ocean Machine Reverb, Delay and Looper
- Moog Moogerfooger MF-104M Delay
- Stone Deaf Syncopy Analog Delay
- Alexander Pedals Quadrant Audio Mirror Delay
- Strymon Volante
- Boss DD-200
- Source Audio SA247 True Spring Reverb
- Red Panda Particle V2 Granular Delay (via USB)
- Alexander Pedals History Lesson V3
- Walrus Audio Mako R1 High-Fidelity Reverb
- Walrus Audio Mako D1 High-Fidelity Delay
Modulation Pedals with MIDI Ports
The reason you don't see quite as many modulation-focused MIDI pedals is that modulation effects (chorus, phaser, flanger, tremolo, etc.) are largely handled as multi-effects units, like the Line 6 M series.
However, Eventide and Strymon both make solid modulation boxes, where Strymon is probably the most complete of the two.
- Source Audio SA242 Gemini Chorus (via USB)
- Source Audio SA240 Mercury Flanger (via USB)
- Eventide ModFactor Modulation Effects Stompbox
- Strymon Mobius Multidimensional Modulation
- Boss MD-500 Modulation
- Alexander Pedals Wavelength
- Stone Deaf Tremotron Tremolo
- EHX Mod Rex Polyrhythmic Modulator
- Boss MD-200 Modulation
- Source Audio SA241 Lunar Phaser
- Source Audio SA243 Vertigo Tremolo
- Source Audio Soundblox 2 Orbital Modulator
- Wampler Terraform Modulation
Distortion Pedals with MIDI Ports
The TC Electronics NOVA system is primarily an analog overdrive modeler, which is why we put it in the distortion section, despite the fact it has other effects included.
While you'll find the odd "boutique" MIDI controllable distortion pedal, the market is mostly isolated to the TC Electronic lineup and the multiwave distortion from Source Audio.
- Neunaber Neuron (newly added)
- Positive Grid BIAS Tone Match Distortion Pedal
- Source Audio SA140 Soundblox Pro Multiwave Distortion
- Source Audio L.A. Lady Overdrive (via USB)
- TC Electronic NOVA System Analog Overdrive/Distortion
- TC Electronic NDR-1 Nova Drive
- Decibel 11 Dirt Cloud Analog Distortion
- Elektron Analog Drive
- Ramble FX Kismet Overdrive/Distortion
- Two Notes Le Crunch
- Two Notes Le Lead
- Strymon Sunset and Riverside
- Chase Bliss Audio Brothers Gainstage
- Boss OD-200 Hybrid Drive
- Source Audio SA245 Kingmaker Fuzz
- Source Audio SA246 Aftershock Bass Distortion
- Source Audio Soundblox Pro Multiwave Bass Distortion
- Source Audio Soundblox 2 Multiwave Bass Distortion
- Source Audio Soundblox 2 Multiwave Distortion
- Jackson Audio Golden Boy Drive
- Jackson Audio Broken Arrow Overdrive
- Jackson Audio Bloom Preamp
Octavers and Pitch Shifting
Like delay, octave and pitch-shifting pedals are often complex and have a lot of different parameters which makes external MIDI control extremely helpful.
The familiar players are here, with a few extras from ZVEX, EHX and Hologram Electronics.
The DigiTech whammy pedals would all go here as well, including the newer models.
- Electro-Harmonix HOG2 Octaver
- Eventide PitchFactor Harmonizer Guitar Multi Effects Pedal
- ZVEX Super Singtone II
- DigiTech BWhammy Bass Pitch Shifter
- Hologram Electronics Dream Sequence Programmable Rhythm and Octaver
- Eventide H9 Max Harmonizer
- Boss SL-20 Slicer Audio Pattern Processor
- DigiTech Whammy Pedal Reissue with MIDI Control
- DigiTech Whammy DT
- Merris Ottobit Jr.
- Moog MF-105M MIDI MuRF
- Moog MF-108M Cluster Flux
- Red Panda Tensor Time Warp Pedal
- Becos TS8-MS MIDI Overdrive
- Riff-Step DigiTech Whammy Enhancer
- Meris Enzo
- Meris Hedra
- Source Audio SA248 Spectrum Intelligent Filter
- Microcosm Hologram
Anything to add?
There are plenty of boutique pedal makers and manufacturers who make MIDI compatible guitar pedals that we just haven't heard of.
There may even be some mainline offerings we've missed.
However, this is a running list that we intend to update as time goes on.
In that regard, we could use some help. So, if you know of a MIDI-controllable pedal, drop us a line in the comments, along with a link to the pedal's manufacturer or sales page and we'll include it in the writeup.
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