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.
sounds great direct!
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.
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 minimumbe 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.
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...
that should keep you busy for at least half the day.