Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Pain Braiser

I think I've spent longer on this pedal than I have any of my other ones. I figured a phaser, like most, would be easy as hell to bend. I knew I'd be able to find a run that would make the cycle of the phase shifting feedback like crazy. I was wrong. This was a two day project just experimenting and searching. In fact, I think I fried a chip so I had to do extra searching and combinations of runs to give you control of the mods I did. There are nearly 8 bends in this pedal and I am positive I got every possible one worthwhile. It's a pretty dynamic pedal. The pot gives you a lot of quiet to loud sounds. It has a real sweet spot and search for it. The red button kills the signal no matter if the other mods are engaged or not. If you tap it quick enough, the power will run back into the pedal and the way the cycle of the shifting comes back up slowly is pretty radical. Clicks and rumbles, unique oscillations, and a few settings give you silence. This is cool when you run the pedal into lots of distortion because the hiss of the silence will be amplified tenfold so you will get a nice wall of static. Or, use it without distortion and enjoy it's touchiness. Works well outside of a feedback loop as well as in. Obviously outside a feedback loop is where it will behave more dynamically.

The sound sample was recorded in a feedback loop with a delay pedal, and then run into a ton of distortion. The delay was not engaged the whole time. 


Bit Swash

This thing is freaking insane. I had no idea I was going to be able to do what I did with this. This thing sounds like a bit crusher running into a noise swash at times. Shrieks real high but comes crashing down into a bit-garbled mess. There are some nice dynamic functions about this pedal outside of a feedback loop, which is how it works best, I think.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Highly Seasoned Smoked Beef

Reasons why this one is awesome:
  • All of the switches are momentary buttons. 
  • All of the bends are active UNLESS the buttons are pressed.
  • All bends are on the top circuit board. I didn't even touch the bottom one to get the sounds achieved here.
  • This one actually works outside of a feedback loop to get some tame sounds, but depending on the feedback loop it's in, all sorts of crazy sounds can be acheived.
Sample. (in a no-input mixer feedback loop )
Sample. (in a feedback loop with an ibanez de-7 delay)


Sunday, December 11, 2011

Three Track Mind

This one is quite interesting as well as minimal. It took me forever to find adequate bends. I ended up doing two internal runs that you can't switch one and off just to get something going inside the pedal without it having to have a sound source. Two of the momentary buttons come off the same contact, and the third one comes off the Oct 2 knob. These momentary buttons all do very distinct things. One will generate a loud tone, another will emit a strange and fast beeping, and another will generate a quiet, low-pitch rumble. Combining the buttons is the fun part, and doing that while working with the knobs. You won't get a variety out of this, but a few very distinct sounds that don't seem to relate to each other at all. Definitely a unique unit. I haven't tried this with a sound source plugged into the input nor have I tried it in a feedback loop, but my guess is that it can get extremely nuts when done considering it does such unique things without an input at all.

The sound sample plays once, and then again with a heavy distortion. 


Peacock II

This pedal was originally bent by a friend of mine. I broke two of the toggles, so I took it completely apart, wired in 4 new toggles to completely different contacts. However, the pot he added is still wired the same. It was a reverb unit, so there is a lot of delay and looping capabilities, but also some drony tones and all sorts of wacky noise swash-esque sounds. Two of the toggles are 3-ways and the other two are 2-ways. The unit does not need a source signal but it can use one. Works well in a feedback loop as well, but it's not as dynamic that way.


Mini Mouse

This thing is a squeaking MACHINE. Two additional toggles, two additional potentiometers, and one momentary button. The button sends the pedal into high pitch heaven. The left pot is sort of like a starve knob. All the way down, the pedal shuts off. The other pot and the toggles alter the sound in ways I can't exactly explain. The sound demo should give you a good idea of what you can get out of it. I haven't tried running an instrument or sound through the pedal, but the input is wired to the output to create a feedback loop. There is a busted-off input jack plugged into the unit that can stay there so you can use it alone. However, try running something through it with an extremely hot signal. Might produce cool results. Better yet, put it in a feedback loop and I guarantee it'll go nuts. Especially in a mixer feedback loop where you can alter the EQ.

This is one of my favorite bends I've ever done. It's a very specific sounding pedal whereas a lot of my other stuff has been pretty diverse. This is to be used to create dynamic yet insane screeching and squeaks. Used to be an old DOD Chorus.


Chorus Of Vomit

Here is my latest creation. It's been a while. I won't explain anything in this description because it's all in the video. Sorry for the sound quality. After I'm done talking, crank the volume. My camera mic doesn't compress.

Here is an additional sound sample that is much less boring and sounds better.