What does true bypass mean?
True bypass means that when the pedal isn't engaged, the pedal effect is bypassed without any additional noise or signal added. The down side is, it can sometimes make an audible click noise. The true bypass’ promise of pure, unfettered tone seems like a great thing, so why would we ever want anything else? In the face of many older-style effects pedals that sap your tone even when “off,” true bypass is indeed a revelation.
But most good contemporary non-true-bypass pedals use a buffer—a small, unity-gain preamp stage— to condition your guitar signal and help it survive the rest of its journey through the circuit, and the rest of the way to the amp, without level or tone loss. A poor buffer can deplete the signal in and of itself, but a good one can potentially help your tone make it to the amplifier sounding truer, bolder, and more like its original self than it would by passing unbuffered down a long guitar cable.
Do these pedals click audibly when recorded or through an amp?
Some do, it comes down to the voltage difference between the pedal being on or off. You can check out different posts where this is explained in more depth.
All of our Rowin pedals are true bypass, meaning there is definitely the chance to "pop" or click. For the lowdown on schematics and difference between true bypass and buffered, check out this extremely detailed post here.
In terms of hearing the click when you press the button - yes, at least when they are very new. These pedals are affordable - meaning the manufacturers chose quality yet hard-push 3DPT buttons, saving them - and us - around $10 per pedal RRP. If your amp is loud enough this will never be a problem.
What do you use for shipping?
We use only sustainably recycled packaging, with the help of r3 packaging in NZ, 100% recycled paper and paper-based tape. If plastic is used in the packaging, it will be reused. We hope our customers will recycle the soft plastics used if we use any, but try to stay away from them as much as possible, knowing most packaging ends up in the bin.