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Re: pedals!! (was: splitters)
Michael P. wrote...
>On the subject of pedaqls, does anyone find that FX pedals can just
>become a gimmick, and that the audience tire of hearing "there's
>Ring Modulator again" on, say, a 2-hour Ambient looping set?
I've got hours of jam tapes from "The Lunar Asylum" (what we are when
we get together.) And I find that, sure, there are often times
redundant useages of various pet effects and tones, which tend to be
the favorite of the month. But we're all attracted to these sounds
*some* reason. So we use them and find their context and/or move on.
That said, I find that what started out as an alienating sound, can
sometimes become understood in a different context and become a very
useful and workable sound. I've also been amused at other ensemble's
reactions to my use of those tones which I've grown comfortable with.
Ultimately you have to choose something that works with the ensemble
and material you're performing.
Michael P. said...
>>> Z-VEX , is that the company with the "crackle okay" pedal??? That
>>>sounds like a great idea , have you tried it??
>> That IS the crackle ok pedal!
>No, the Crackle Okay control if on the tastefully named "Super
MB: I went home last night thinking Fuzz Factory... Crackle OK,
Crackle OK. Mostly due to listening to it rather that looking at the
darn knobs and their titles. 8->
Well I started playing and looking at the knobs on my FF and THERE IS
NO 'CRACKLE OK' knob. Oops! It's personality is pretty Crackle OK
though. Here's the knob line up from right to left, which roughly
follows the signal path I believe. This review is based on my highly
subjective experience of last night's playing.
STAB: Stability... Sort of a flabbiness / spikiness knob
DRIVE: With compression down this *sort of* works like a normal fuzz
drive knob. Sort of meaning that at around 4 O'clock it goes from a
grainy toothy sounding fuzz, (It's dominant characteristic) to much
fatter sound. (At this point the Gate setting has to be increased for
silence between notes.)
COMP: Compression. Seems to be second most straightforward knob on
box. Still experimenting. (Cranking knobs in the dark.)
GATE: Gating feature which is highly mandatory for any semblance of
silence between notes. (Threshold position varies depending on drive,
comp and stab settings.) The other *sound* after muting a note with
gate turned down is oscillation of some sort which IS tunable. You
control the actual note with the Stab and Drive controls before you
open the Gate and begin oscillating... then you can jack up the Stab
and Drive and make it sound like radio static. Oh Boy... (I will use
this. How much remains to be seen.)
VOLUME: Ouput level. Wow this one is simple.
Notes: All controls seem *very* reactive to one another. Possibly
excepting the Volume knob, although the jury isn't in on that one.
There is NO tone control knob. You have to either love this pedal or
hate it on it's own terms.
When A/B'ed with the PE Experience the Fuzz Factory seems to be
lacking severly in bottom end. That was my initial impression of the
pedal as well, but like I said in an earlier post... Each time I've
used it, it has been a very different experience. This a fun part of
using the fuzz factory as long as you're not looking for cover song
accuracy! I have no such needs, so I'm still waiting to become a true
I've used it on separate 5 evenings and the impression is: Twice I've
felt that this baby was fat and singing in it's own quirky way. The
other times I've been a little too far into the insect buzz zone,
which the Experience does quite well with the Swell button (which you
can turn off! ;-)) In all fairness, the output level of the pedal
my Pearce amp affects the overall fatness quite a lot as well, so
there's more to tweak than just the fuzz. Last night was pretty good.
Anyway this is probably off topic for the list, but I know most of us
are knob twisters, and these are GOOD knobs to twist!