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Re: Pretty Years

Postby augur44 » Thu Jan 05, 2017 3:47 am

Been playing with mine again 1 hour yesterday.
It's really impressive how you can sculpt sound from light to hard distortion then to fuzz territory.

Tweaking with filter, FM & bias results in really weird sounds.
Actually, it's the 1st time I can really get "dying amp" sounds out of a pedal.

When controlled, it can also be not so far from my other F*ck overdrive.
I think it can also nails most of the classic fuzz (Fuzztone, Tonebender, Fuzzrite).

I have only 1 drawback, don't know if anyone is getting this also.
There is always a high pitched buzz ringing through the pedal when on.
I'm using a Boss 9v 300ma power adapter.
Can it be a problem with tube or isolation ?
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Re: Pretty Years

Postby baremountain » Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:26 am

augur44 wrote:There is always a high pitched buzz ringing through the pedal when on.
I'm using a Boss 9v 300ma power adapter.
Can it be a problem with tube or isolation ?

Definitely par for the course. I wouldn't say mine does always, but it emits a ringing sound often enough that I wouldn't be too worried about it! If it really bothers you and you've got a spare one-spot lying around you might try plugging it up to that and see if the ringing persists - 300mA should be plenty, but you never know.
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Re: Pretty Years

Postby Inconuucl » Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:23 am

I'm pretty sure those are the tubes and that's just how the pedal is. Brian describes it as a "liftoff" sound in the Manuel. :idk: If it's bad you can always put it on a bypass loop.
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Re: Pretty Years

Postby kbit » Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:22 pm

augur44 wrote:
I have only 1 drawback, don't know if anyone is getting this also.
There is always a high pitched buzz ringing through the pedal when on.
I'm using a Boss 9v 300ma power adapter.
Can it be a problem with tube or isolation ?


Is the high pitched buzz happening all the time, or does the pedal just make that sound for a few seconds after you turn the pedal on/flip any of the switches?
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Re: Pretty Years

Postby smallsnd/bigsnd » Thu Jan 05, 2017 6:08 pm

everyone here has good advice. can you maybe email me a little clip of the sound and i can let you know if it's abnormal?
sometimes too if it's a little ringy you can unplug and plug back in your power. it did happen a few times randomly (not very often mind you) where there was a weird oscillation that just went away when re-plugged - it wouldn't come back again when left plugged in and turned on/off, rather it was simply on the initial power up.
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Re: Pretty Years

Postby augur44 » Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:01 am

Hi Brian !
I tried several times to unplug and plug pedal but it's still the same.
Off course this "little ringy" is only when pedal is on (as it's true bypass).
Let me try it more this weekend and send you a short clip.
Thanks for your help. I appreciate.
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Re: Pretty Years

Postby MrNovember » Fri Jan 06, 2017 1:34 pm

Pretty sure I've experienced something similar augur. Mine usually goes away by power cycling. If that fails, turning down bias, volume, and/or treble seems to make it less pronounced.
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Re: Pretty Years

Postby smallsnd/bigsnd » Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:45 pm

MrNovember wrote:Pretty sure I've experienced something similar augur. Mine usually goes away by power cycling. If that fails, turning down bias, volume, and/or treble seems to make it less pronounced.


yes slightly lower bias can help clean up ringing as well!
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Re: Pretty Years

Postby vidret » Sat Jan 07, 2017 4:36 pm

It happens when I switch stuff around but goes away so fast it's not an issue.
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Re: Pretty Years

Postby Ev_O))) » Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:56 am

vidret wrote:It happens when I switch stuff around but goes away so fast it's not an issue.


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Re: Pretty Years

Postby kboman » Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:54 pm

Not sure I can fully express how happy I am to own one of these pedals. It inspires me so much!



Guitar into Amplifire which has a vibrato first, CT5 in fx loop (the reverse delay), back into Amplifire for some more delay, out to the Pretty Years, DI'd to Live. Headphones late at night. Contemplative sunday mood.

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Re: Pretty Years

Postby brndnwilliams » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:58 pm

Hey folks! Whats the sitch w the FM knob and switch? the switch either sends the output back in in phase or out of phase? the knob sets the amount fed? I'd love a thorough explanation if anyones down to do it. I'm just basing this off of what Brian said in the bass demo video on youtube and what I read in the manual. I don't totally get whats happening and would love to understand better. Thanks!!
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Re: Pretty Years

Postby smallsnd/bigsnd » Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:54 am

kboman wrote:Not sure I can fully express how happy I am to own one of these pedals. It inspires me so much!

Guitar into Amplifire which has a vibrato first, CT5 in fx loop (the reverse delay), back into Amplifire for some more delay, out to the Pretty Years, DI'd to Live. Headphones late at night. Contemplative sunday mood.

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:!!!: sounds great direct! :trippy:

brndnwilliams wrote:Hey folks! Whats the sitch w the FM knob and switch? the switch either sends the output back in in phase or out of phase? the knob sets the amount fed? I'd love a thorough explanation if anyones down to do it. I'm just basing this off of what Brian said in the bass demo video on youtube and what I read in the manual. I don't totally get whats happening and would love to understand better. Thanks!!


first off - all of this will be useless when the filter is off (except for a slight volume drop).
center is off, up is inverted, down is non-inverted. once the switch is up or down, the knob becomes active. this sends the output of the filter into the CV input (controls the FREQUENCY knob). the FM knob controls how much signal is fed back (think of it as a feedback knob). basically it acts sort of like a fucked up, glitchy envelope control which will be somewhat controlled by your gain and clip settings. i think that should clear it up a little but let me know if you need me to try and explain further.

this may not work *exactly* the same on your pedal since your rig is no doubt different than mine but here's some fun test settings (using a j mascis jazzmaster with stock P90s) to try and understand the interactions: (all number settings are shown in X o'clock. 3 = 3 o'clock)
resonance - 3 or just a bit below self-oscillation.
HP mode.
bias around 3
frequency between 10-11
toggles - UP, CENTER, UP, DOWN, UP, DOWN, DOWN, CENTER
both gains at minimum, bass cranked, treble around 11, FM at minimum

be careful with some of these FM settings as they put out some insanely serious LOWS and you can fuck up your speakers! (turn down BASS if necessary)

play a little. dig in. sounds like a super nasal wah-type drone when you strum. there should be a little movement to the filter.
now flip the FM switch UP. there should now be like a garbled mess. play the lowest string. it's cool.
now crank gain II all the way up. it should now kinda sound like an auto-wah on one string that decays into a weird mess. turn up the FM knob. shit gets weirder and after 1 it becomes a hot pile of doo.
now leave it at 3 and turn down the gain. it's almost like a glitchy octave down.
now turn up gain II, turn FREQ to around 9 and pray your speakers don't break.
now turn down gain II and crank gain III. you get the same glitchy octave but now it ends in a wet fart.

now.

turn back freq to 10-11ish, gain II minimum, FM minimum and center the FM toggle.
now flip FM toggle down. dig in. sounds kinda like FM up huh. yeah.
now crank gain II. play your lowest string. woah. play a chord. what the fuck is with that crazy fade in?
turning up FM now just gets fucking weirder.
forget that though. turn FM to minimum, turn up gain III and now play that low string for weird high treble shit. compare to FM up. night and day.
FM down again, gain III still cranked. turn up FM. HOLY FUCK ALL THE WHITE NOISE. go all the way to 3.
now turn freq to around 9. it should sound like a weird helicopter. turn resonance very slowly and the rate should change. I CAN'T HEAR THE GUITAR ANY MORE.
now turn up that gain II. somewhere around 3 you should hear a little guitar. go all the way and AHHHHH SPEAKERS LOW END.
now turn down gain II again and bring back the helicopter.
now turn down bias to around noon and the helicopter should fly off. now play. you get a weird white noise blast with every hit. turn down FM for less of that.
ok i think that's enough. repeat for every single mode now. oh and also try incorporating some of the controls i didn't even change... :lol:
that should keep you busy for at least half the day.
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Re: Pretty Years

Postby brndnwilliams » Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:00 pm

Dude, thanks so much for that. It's exactly what type of response I was hoping for. I'm going to try these all out today. I appreciate the detailed response :)
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Re: Pretty Years

Postby baremountain » Tue Jan 10, 2017 12:02 pm

Damn Brian! The FM is the sole feature I haven't really dedicated a lot of time to, so this will be a great way to dive in :omg:
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