Donner’s effects pedals have become among the more interesting ways you could spice up your pedalboard at a reasonable price. For example, Donner Jet Convolution Flanger is among the most capable flangers on the market in the affordable segment. It is impressive what you can get for a bargain price.
One thing that you notice right away when looking at Donner Jet Convolution is that there’s plenty going on in a tiny pedal. Just like Boss has their trademark chassis design, so does Donner. They went with that mini format and are always surprising us with how much performance they are capable of fitting in there. The main features of the Jet Convolution flanger are its true bypass and the two available modes. First mode is the normal mode where the pedal acts just like any other flanger out there. Filter mode is actually what your manual mode would be. However, instead of integrating manual control in some secondary way, Donner has made it a mode of its own. If you are big on using flangers without that automatic sweep, this could prove to be a pretty big deal. Overall, Jet Convolution is one tough little pedal.
When it comes to controls, Donner has found middle ground between complex and simple. Usually when you are dealing with affordable effects pedals, the majority is going to lean towards simple control layouts. If nothing else, then because those are easier to produce. The controls on this Donner are great. You get a large Rate knob in the middle of the pedal, with smaller Color and Range knobs above it. All of these are fairly intuitive to use. That still applies when you have to make quick adjustments on stage.
The pedal is fairly responsive to any changes and provides decent feedback. The only questionable part of this setup is the bypass switch. To be honest, it works extremely well, but you don’t often see true bypass in pedals of this price. Either way, if it works, who are we to complain?
Performance wise, Donner Jet Convolution packs a fairly good flavor. The best way to describe it would be to call it a classic flanger. Donner probably could have taken things towards a more modern sound profile, but that would make it just another dull pedal in the end. This way, you get a somewhat authentic flanger that is ridiculously inexpensive. In manual mode, Donner Jet Convolution turns into a whole different beast. It is very stable in a sense that it tracks very well.
The main question is whether or not you would want to use this on stage. In our opinion, Donner Jet Convolution flanger is fit for this type of use. However, it is worth keeping in mind that it brings some limitations in terms of what it can do. What matters the most is that core performance is there.
Simple, compact and surprisingly effective flanger pedal that might just surprise you. Bang for the buck, Jet Convolution brings a lot of value and some rather practical solutions. As a matter of fact, its controls layout is extremely practical, especially compared to some more elite models available on the market.