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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

All gear is better in black (replacing the Midicake Arp case)

video upload by Richard DeHove

"Why just make a quick guide on replacing the Midicake Arp's front panel when I can have an extended gripe about too-colorful gear? So here it is, all talk and no music about the joys of black front panels. For reasons unknown a jumble of gear colors disturbs me. Perhaps there's some deep explanation centring on light patterns, color contrast and their interaction with brainwave states? After all, why are some color groupings universally regarded as "beautiful" or "harmonious" - such as a sunset - and other combinations like brown and orange, or magenta and red, judged terrible? Either that or I'm just getting more grumpy and demanding. In the meantime, if anyone knows of a black overlay sticker for the Big Sky, I'm in.

0:00 Approved colors
1:18 Midicake Arp
2:35 Strymon neon
3:24 Arp front panel
3:50 Replacing the case
5:35 Knob time
6:55 Ta da!

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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Tortured DB-01 filter harmonics soothed with a Big Sky (no talk, possibly no music)

video upload by Richard DeHove

"I like melody. Looking back at when I played synth-punk live back in the day, the music then probably had too much melody. Well, I'm making up for it here. It's just playing with sweet-spot harmonics made bearable by the newly-bought Big Sky. Too nuanced? Too nerdy? Not even music? Maybe, but look at them harmonic peaks :D

In my recent post asking whether I should send back this glowing blue reverb cliche a sizable group voted for "Make some videos and we'll let you know". It's got to be some praise for the Big Sky that these droning harmonics suddenly became sweet to my ears. In fact I didn't intend to make a video about this at all. I was just booting up the new Big Sky to make sure it worked (after my sad experience of a DOA Line6 DL4), got to preset number 2, tweaked it, twiddled the DB-01's filter knob, and here we are.

So there's some hesitation in posting this since it seems incredibly obscure. Five minutes of resonant squeals? Yet I found it strangely hypnotic and satisfying. The only other filter I've come across which was even close to the Polivoks in twiddle-fun was the classic Moog ladder on my now long-departed Sub-37. It is also fun to discover separate tones with tiny filter movements. OTOH maybe it's just the Big Sky doing all the work?

Perhaps it's best to look on this as you would a dreamy session on a Lyra-8: It's not so much music as a brainwave meditation session. And that's not bad at all for a little mono bassline synth.

As usual there is absolutely no processing other than what you see: A DB-01 and the Big Sky (plus the old sci-fi samples).

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Saturday, January 13, 2024

The drum machine pedalboard Ep1: Roger That & Future Factory

video upload by Richard DeHove

"The first episode in a new series which will explore different pedal and routing combinations with the LXR-02 drum machine. First up are two Roger That pedals from Fairfield Circuitry (for left-right stereo), a Boss GEB-7 EQ and the Future Factory stereo delay from Free the Tone. Some might recognise the pedal setup from my last video with the DB-01. I liked the stereo effect so much it seemed a shame not to swap out the DB-01 for the LXR-02 and give it a test.

0:00 Intro (the only talking)
1:12 Tippy Tap
2:34 Grinder
4:09 Industry Anthem
5:32 King Pong
7:11 Ping Kong
8:49 Rubberman
9:36 Bass Poker
10:41 Modem Dancer

All ideas for the series on combinations, routings or types of patterns are very welcome.

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Thursday, December 28, 2023

Two "Roger That" pedals & the joy of dirty bass in stereo (no talk)

video upload by Richard DeHove

"Any discussion about an interesting mono pedal will eventually devolve to: 'If only pedal X was in stereo'. To which some production savant will quickly reply "Just buy two!". Can it really be so simple?

Here we have a DB-01 running through the most excellent Boss GEB-7 bass EQ, then into a simple line splitter for the left and right "Roger That" pedals from Fairfield Circuitry, and finally into the Future Factory stereo delay from Free the Tone. No DAW audio processing.

There are 10 short audio examples. Each to their own but I'm now a convert to dirty stereo bass. Even when the two units are closely matched there are differences which no mono-only modulation can give.
Next time I'll try the two Rogers on some drums :)

0:00 Machine bass
1:22 Acid runner
2:33 Doom keys
3:37 Industrial drone
4:11 Fuzzy square
6:34 Poker echo
7:02 Sharpy arp
7:42 Two step
8:40 Fully rogered
9:12 The Scraper

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Sunday, December 24, 2023

Unlock complex delay pedals with a MIDI controller

video upload by Richard DeHove

"The Source Audio Nemesis is a classic stereo delay with loads of interesting parameters. Unfortunately most of those parameters are only accessible via the editor software - or as MIDI CC parameters. Meanwhile the Free the Tone Future factory delay makes all the parameters available via the front panel interface, but it's a cumbersome button and encoder process that feels like an old digital synth interface.

To get easy access to most parameters while playing you can use a MIDI controller. The cheap and cheerful option is a Korg NanoKontrol 2. It is handsome, compact, cheap but is USB only which means if you want to use it without a computer then you'll need to go through a MIDI host. Now your slimline controller is starting to get big and messy, especially if you also want to add an external clock.

The best controller option imo is the FaderFox EC-4. Not only does it have MIDI in and out, it can pass through MIDI clock, has multiple scenes available direct from the unit and even lets you create four-character names for every parameter. Of course it also costs about the same (or more) as your expensive stereo delay pedal so you'll want to be sure you'll get good use from it beyond just a delay pedal knob tweak.

So is it worth the time and trouble to add a controller? It can make for some dramatic effects far beyond what is usually possible. It could also be a far quicker and more enjoyable way to program new patches.

0:00 So many options
1:28 FF & Nemesis
2:00 Ergonomics
4:15 NanoKontrol2
6:33 Annoying install
7:18 Future Factory CC list
8:02 More Nano pain
9:11 MIDI Host pain
10:15 FF setup
11:15 FF music*
17:23 Nemesis CC list
19:52 Nemesis setup
23:20 Nemesis music (no more talk)

* In the Future Factory EQ controls I limited the bass EQ boost. The full CC range 0-127 gives a 15dB bass boost. That was so ferocious I limited the range to 0-100. So if you want bass boost it's available.

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Sunday, December 17, 2023

Do you need a complex poly synth - or just polyphony and FX?

video upload by Richard DeHove

"There are few synths more simple than the Solina, but can it be extended from its one trick? Can it do what real poly synths do, or at least cover some of the territory by using external effects? And if it successfully delivers a range of bid pad sounds then can interesting little mono synths do the weird stuff and your need for a flagship poly finally end?
After a short intro burble I demo a range of sounds using the Strymon Mobius, Shift Line Astronaut and Erica Synths Acidbox III. They certainly move the Solina out of its usual zone but can't really overcome the lack of envelope control. OTOH the pad thing is well covered. It it enough to end Big Poly GAS?

0:00 The only bit of talking
1:09 Rotary
1:40 Formant
1:52 Bit crusher
2:50 Chorus
3:44 Filter & res
4:24 Env follower
4:48 20dB gain
5:20 Drive
6:40 High res
7:20 Metal
8:10 Envelope
8:37 Drone
9:25 Thick

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Saturday, December 09, 2023

DB-01 with Light pedal feedback - and JPTR FX Add Violence

video upload by Richard DeHove

"There's something very satisfying about the DB-01 and dark, deep drones. Maybe it's the Polivoks filter and that big knob.

In this setup the DB-01 is going into the Gamechanger Audio Light pedal in Feedback mode with everything cranked. From there into the JPTR FX Add Violence pedal and then into the Nemesis delay. This order seemed to work better than the Light pedal after the distortion. There's no audio processing in the DAW. Quotes come from a 1940s movie through the Valhalla delay.

The original noodle - which I was trying hard to keep short and sweet - was eight minutes, but how much grinding feedback drone is too much? So here we are at about four. In hindsight it would have been good to have something after the Light pedal that could more severely mess with the feedback tone. Next time :D

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Tuesday, December 05, 2023

Neptune - an 8-LFO Eurorack module with quantizing

video upload by Richard DeHove

"Neptune is an 8-LFO Eurorack module. What you see here is a 99% complete beta version. The final production version will have slightly revised firmware, new knobs and faceplate design. In the video I run through just a few of its features, mainly looking at the quantize functionality.

The main features include:
- Eight independent LFOs
- 256 waveforms including many evolving and random waveforms
- Clock sync and free running options
- Phase offset, wave polarity, wave truncating
- One-shot mode (per LFO) with the waveforms being triggered via the reset input
- Comprehensive merge capabilities between waveforms eg: AND, OR, XOR etc
- Each LFO can be individually quantized to one of 16 scales
- The output of each LFO can be individually limited from 1 semitone to 5 octaves

Neptune is made by SPC Plugins in the UK. It is currently in beta with limited production to start in early 2024."

Note this appears to be SPC Plugins first eurorack module. So new it is not yet on their website as of this post and demo.

Saturday, November 25, 2023

How to update Perkons for chromatic play

video upload by Richard DeHove

"Firmware update 1.1 for Erica Synths' Perkons has brought many improvements. The two most notable are the ability to play each voice chromatically and the ability to have the optional hits on the last bar rather than the first. Here I go through the update procedure and the config page options to enable the new features. At the end I get distracted and start faffing about with a dronescape.

Links on the Erica Synths website:

Firmware update page:

Updated configuration chart:

0:00 Updating the firmware
1:10 Adjusting the config
1:32 Config chart
1:47 Config options
3:56 MIDI channels
4:53 Playing
5:50 Tuning
6:30 Unison noodle
7:30 Voice 4
8:30 Voice 1
9:30 Drone noodle

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Friday, November 24, 2023

The clone, the chicken and a dodgy respray

video upload by Richard DeHove

"The clone is the Joyo 'Monomyth' a direct copy of the Darkglass Alpha Omega Ultra; the chicken is the curious 'Boozer'; and the dodgy respray is me after I change my mind on the pedal's name and mangulate an other wise perfect spray job. So this is just a little bit of fun, and if I seem a bit strong in my criticism of the pedal's original state it's because I would never have bought it without intending to give it a makeover.

If watching an 11-minute pedal makeover is too much then here's the TLDW (too long didn't watch): Getting this pedal's top on and off was a nightmare; I stupidly changed my mind about the name; the end result was OK; and the pedal sounds good with a very strong EQ section.

0:00 Blather and unboxing
1:54 Raising the ugly bar
2:28 Pedal pedant
2:55 Behold the original
3:58 Inspection and test
5:33 Taking it apart
6:21 Respray
6:33 Boozer
6:35 Spraying
7:00 Family labor
7:44 Lights return
8:24 Version 2
8:50 Matched pair
9:02 Sound demo
11:18 OMG no!

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Create an industrial drone synth on the LXR-02

video upload by Richard DeHove

"Is it an industrial drone synth? Maybe it's an interactive FM sequencer? It's certainly droney with FM sweeps and industrial grind and that's just one variant. Here I create a single synth voice which is then fed with synced LFO modulation. What's most important here is the technique rather than the specific result. My version has a 16-step melodic pattern, but with a few tweaks you could create a retriggering playable voice, or a much slower evolving noisescape using the random LFO waveform. I'm also just using the first voice, but the snare, clap and metal engines have their own flavors and modulatable parameters as well. I was going to look into them as well as quickly creating different melodic "starter" sequences but this was already getting a bit long for something a bit niche. Let me know if you want to go there :D

Finally, from the programming you'll see how easily the LXR performs as a synth. It certainly wasn't my intention to concentrate on the "LXR as a synth" idea, but synthy things start to slip out very easily once you're in the mode.
The five drone kits demoed at the start are available on Patreon.

0:00 Drone kits demo
2:07 With lo-fi FX
2:55 Kit setup
4:55 LFO - tuning
5:40 LFO - decay
7:55 LFO - FM amount
8:55 LFO - FM fequency
10:00 Twiddlings
11:55 LFO - filter
13:10 Oscillator type
14:47 With delay

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Wednesday, November 08, 2023

Patching a basic kit from scratch on the LXR-02

video upload by Richard DeHove

"This isn't a dazzleman superkit showcase video. It's a reality ride-along as I put together a pretty standard kit discussing the various parameters, choices and interactions as we go. It's a moderately long video but then there's a lot to cover and I wanted this to be a real walkthrough of the process. Even so I didn't cover lots of interesting things like LFO sidechaining, panning, effects and velocity - that's for next time.
I put a limiter on the final output to catch a couple of spikes but otherwise there is no other processing than what you see. If listening on headphones you may notice a little noise when the mic is active. There was a lot of ambient noise outside with traffic, birds and power tools - and of course the LXR's buttons are very clicky. With those disclaimers aside I hope you find the process and explanations useful.
The resulting kit 'Clomp' is on Patreon.

0:00 Initialize kit
0:47 Hear and play
1:15 Bass drum
2:09 BD - Envelopes
4:25 BD - Add grit
5:30 BD - Transient
7:00 Low tom
8:00 LT - Slope
9:24 LT- Osc 2
10:18 LT - Highpass
11:30 Clavything
12:04 CL - Envelope
12:18 CL - Noise
13:07 CL - Velocity
13:52 CL - LFO
15:59 Snare
16:25 SN - mix
17:27 SN - envelopes
18:28 SN - transient
18:51 SN - filter
19:43 SN - LFO
24:16 Clap
25:57 CP - filter
26:24 CP - LFO
29:12 Hats
30:02 HT - filter
30:16 HT - LFO
31:15 Kit test
32:12 Save kit

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Saturday, October 28, 2023

Squeezing variations from 16 steps with the DB-01

video upload by Richard DeHove

"Even the best 16-step pattern gets stale after too many spins. Here I look at a few simple ways to create variations without actually writing any new steps or copying patterns. The LXR-02 helps out in the background. The routing is just the DB-01 into the Boss GEB-7 EQ and then into The Glove pedal. The LXR-02 stereo out is being used as two channels - one into the Boss delay, the other into the Mosky Audio muff clone. The snare sounds are panned mostly to the delay and the bass drum mostly into the Mosky.

The DB-01 is the clock master and one voice of the LXR-02 is simply following the melody from the bassline. The 2-bar LFO on the LXR-02 melodic voice gives it a slow wave effect.

As usual there are no other effects, tweaks or modifications to the sound - only what you see.
ps: Still having some camera wobble issues. I'll solve it next time for sure :/

0:00 No talk variations demo
3:27 Routing setup & FX
6:40 Variation by LFO
8:06 Adding sustain
8:53 LXR doubling
9:32 Key mode mute
10:15 LFO sustain
10:45 LXR tinkles
11:35 Add a pedal

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Friday, October 20, 2023

Create multitrack synth patterns in the LXR-02. Demo and tutorial

video upload by Richard DeHove

"Last time we looked at programming synth sounds on the LXR. This time we take a synth-heavy custom kit of four synth sounds and two drum sounds and team it up with the Midicake Arp. The Arp plays the four synth channels. Later we feed all four synths tracks into the LXR in one pass over 64 steps. While the Midicake is ideal for this you could use any sequencer or arp that can satisfy a few basic requirements: It needs to be able to send note information on different MIDI channels and be able to act as the Midi clock master - pretty basic powers. One tiny caution if you're going to use a Keystep-37: When you press the stop button for the arp or sequencer it sends a value '0' on Midi CC51 - which also happens to be the Midi command on the LXR for amp envelope decay on voice 1.

Feeding pattern data into the LXR is a good idea imo given how many options there are on the Midicake. One of the strengths of the Midicake is that it constantly saves its state as you work so there's no need to ever actively save anything. The downside is that there's no saved version to revert to in case you wander off on some promising but ultimately unsuccessful adventure. The lesson is to copy your patch to a new slot as you go. Same holds for the LXR - I've lost many interesting sounds in furious twiddles or too-confident "save kit" actions that turned out to be 'load kit' instead. Stay organized. For my honoured Patreon friends the LXR kit used here is available for download.

The synth sounds on the LXR are really starting to grow on me. They're pretty harsh and digital but respond well to effects. They're also not like your standard synth sounds so you tend to end up in odd places. It makes a good partner for the Midicake. Another obvious partner-candidate would be the Roland 4D. Not a fan of the superb blandness of Roland sounds but spec-wise it seems like a perfect fit. I only have one criticism of the Midicake Arp: They're now made in black and I've got a white one :/

As usual there is absolutely no extra effects, EQ, compression or alteration of the sound other than what you see.

0:00 Example arp
2:20 Drum pattern
2:45 Each synth sound
4:04 Midicake tracks demo
6:50 How to input data
10:02 LXR playback

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Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Your LXR-02 drum machine is also an unusual multitimbral synth

video upload by Richard DeHove

"Some machines will never deviate from their designated life mission. Others, like the LXR-02, can entirely reinvent themselves with just a modest push. Erica Synth's little digital drum machine is at heart a six-voice multitimbral synth. The controls are optimised for percussion but it's building blocks are entirely those of synths: Oscillators, envelopes, filters and LFOs. So you're not dressing BoBo the Smoking Chimp with rabbit ears and pretending it's the Easter Bunny. The LXR is already a capable synth.

So here I run through the construction of a couple of synth sounds, meander about through the options, get distracted, lament the poor onboard effects, and end up with a reasonable stereo bassy mid-thing. One small technical note of caution: If you're using a Keystep-37's arpeggiator to play the LXR you may need to go into the LXR's config options and filter the incoming MIDI to just be notes (a single 'N' in the display). This is because the Keystep's 'stop' command sends a CC51 message to the LXR which zeroes Voice 1's decay envelope.

If there's one area where the LXR-02 falls a bit short as a multi-track synth it's in programming and manipulating chromatic sequencer tracks. But a possible solution to that is in the next video...

0:00 Music intro
1:06 Why use it as a synth?
2:30 Which voice?
3:36 Config setup
5:08 Synth basics
7:50 Envelope shape
9:30 Second oscillator
10:20 Detune
12:00 Fiddlings
14:21 LFO
17:34 Stereo field
25:20 FX
27:47 Voice 5
29:27 Repeats
31:12 LFO & FM

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Monday, October 02, 2023

DB-01 Doom metal pedal test

video upload by Richard DeHove

"In guitarland many people have remarked how closely the Joyo Double Thruster pedal replicates the sound of the Darkglass B33K. Given that the B3K is one of my favorite pedals I bought an ugly Double Thruster to find out how it goes on synth. Originally I thought I'd do a straight comparison with waveform and frequency response blah blah but in the end it really came down to two things:

1) For me the B3K only has one 'sound' and you just dial in more or less of it. Excessive knob twiddling just degrades the effect
2) The Joyo captures about 95% of the B3K sound and has identical controls even down to the bass and mid-boost options and the feel of the footswitch

So forensic analysis seemed a bit pointless. Instead I did what many who lament mono-only pedals do: Run two identical pedals left and right to achieve a type of stereo. That worked pretty well imo and you can see the slight differences between left and right in the waveform display. I also did a quick A and B comparison, but please forgive me the video wobbles - my camera was badly clamped :/

I'm still not sure about the whole clone thing though. The ethics seem to be about defining who's being ripped off: The company or the consumer.

0:00 Stereo demo
2:01 Talk about Joyo and B3K
4:09 Raw sound
4:40 Sound comparison

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Saturday, September 23, 2023

Acidbox III Fully cranked

video upload by Richard DeHove

"The Erica Synths Acidbox III stereo filter with everything cranked. Team it with a DB-01 and you've got a Polivoks filter going into another Polivoks filter. Both resonances on full, input saturation full and then an added 20dB of input gain on top. Why be subtle?
A few normal DB-01 patterns are mangulated at the start before forgetting about any sort of input at all and just playing latent noise and resonance through a Shiftline Astronaut pedal. We end somewhere among the Krell on Altair-4.

0:00 The setup
1:06 Pattern one
1:40 +20dB input gain
2:52 Pattern two
4:23 Pattern three
5:00 Control input config
6:12 CV input
8:33 1950s sci-fi
9:58 On Altair-4 (no more talk)

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Friday, September 15, 2023

The many moods of the Future Factory delay (no talk)

video upload by Richard DeHove

"Future Factory by Free the Tone is a stereo delay most often heard creating beautiful ambience. But is is also easily able to do chorus, vibrato, flanging and overdrive (listen around the 9 minute mark for the filth). So here it's teamed with the trusty DB-01, both synced to the same MIDI clock, and the knobs twiddled. The delay comes pre-loaded with 128 presets showing off many of the settings. The interface is certainly unusual but is quite fast to access the various parameters. In the video I mainly tweak the 3-band EQ, modulation and drive. As usual my aim is to give you an idea of what it's like to actually operate and tweak the pedal rather than an idealised selection of sounds. And also as usual I bought this with my own money at full price.

0:00 Sweet and thick
1:34 Dirty and thick
2:37 Flangerish echo
4:38 Ping pong
5:00 Max feedback
5:34 EQ fun
7:03 Long delay
8:19 Tip in the dirt
10:05 Hard modulated
11:30 Metallic scrapings

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Wednesday, September 06, 2023

Solina String effects demo: Filters, phasers, drives and dirt

video upload by Richard DeHove

"The Solina's raw sound is not like your standard synth so it tends to react differently to effects. I tried lots of different effects and picked the most interesting to show here. First up was the Erica Synth AcidBox III which, surprisingly, was an excellent match. Using the AcidBox with full resonance was fun and would sound even better with stereo delay but I wanted to keep things to just one effect at a time here. Perhaps the AcidBox works so well because of the lack of controls on the Solina - suddenly the Solina gets an LFO, filter, resonance, input drive and envelope follower.

The phaser test with the EHX SmallStone, Phaser 95 and PH-1r I also found very interesting. For me the Ph-1r had the richest sound and the SmallStone was identical to the onboard phaser.

In the drive, disortion and dirt department the Glove and B3K had their moments while the Geiger Counter ranged from mild to total destruction and some bit crushing at the end.

I also included a short demo with the Boss Slicer, but that thing requires several hours discussion just by itself. Where I'm playing a chord with one note I'm actually triggering a Cthulu chord player in the DAW. Most chords are taken from a custom import of the main string line from Bruckner's 7th.

0:00 AcidBox III
2:08 Boss Ph-1r phaser
2:35 MXR Phase 95
3:04 EHX SmallStone
3:43 Boss Slicer SL-2
4:14 EHX The Glove
5:20 Darkglass B3K
6:17 WMD Geiger Counter

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Thursday, August 24, 2023

Astronaut reverb & delay: All 22 effects on synth (no talk)

video upload by Richard DeHove

"Astronaut by Shiftline isn't a standard reverb or delay pedal. It can certainly do 'standard' reverb and delay but with one or two knob turns you'll find yourself deep into ambience, noise and droneland. There's 22 effect algorithms and here I noodle extensively with each one. As usual I thought it best to show the pedal by itself with no other effects and with minimal cuts to give a clear idea of what it's like to twiddle the knobs.

I bought the Astronaut used on a bit of a whim: It looked good, had a good name and promised weirdness - all excellent reasons. In many ways it reminds me of a Strymon, except way more extreme. Originally I was going to do extensive blabbing about this pedal since there's a lot to talk about, but after almost an hour just of noodling I thought the blab should wait for another day.

Just a couple of things of note: The center knob selects the algorithm, while the four outer knobs all have primary and secondary functions. From left to right the secondary functions are: Volume, HPF, LPF and stereo field. You access the secondary functions by holding down the right-side switch. During the noodling you'll mainly see me adjusting the filters. Otherwise the primary four knob controls are: Character (which changes depending on the algorithm), delay/decay, mix (from dry to 100% wet) and time/speed. If that's a bit murkey then the manual is excellent:

The full manual: https://shiftline-shared.s3.amazonaws...

One aspect that's particularly interesting. There's no save function here. Instead whatever state you happen to leave the algorithm in when you switch to the next one is what you'll get when you come back. This is both incredibly convenient and dangerous: One knob twiddle and your favorite sound is now modified. OTOH there are also 11 user slots where you can easily copy any sound so you could use that as your "don't touch" zone. Those two factors make this one of the best pedals I've used in terms of saving sounds. Often preset management on pedals is painful.

Finally there are all sorts of ways Astronaut can be configured. If you want you can even change the parameter range of the knobs! There's options for MIDI CC control, analog triggers, MIDI clock, line and instrument input. You can even change the beat switch time divisions to your own exotic time signatures. So there's a lot to like.

0:00 (1) Paradox delay
5:27 (2) Reverse delay
9:19 (3) Reverdox reverb & delay
11:47 (4) Major arp reverb
13:40 (5) Minor arp reverb
16:35 (6) Octave arp reverb
17:50 (7) Random arp reverb
19:46 (8) Universe 1
22:48 (9) Universe 2
24:22 (11) Force microsampler
26:00 (10) Force Roar*
26:13 (1) Spring reverb
28:27 (2) Plate reverb
31:14 (3) Room reverb
33:12 (4) Modulated
36:42 (5) Skynet 1
40:20 (6) Skynet 2
42:59 (7) Mechanics
45:07 (8) Shimmer up 2
46:55 (9) Shimmer up 1
49:07 (10) Shimmer up-down
51:56 (11) Shimmer down

* Oops accidently deleted most of effects demo 10. I blame my subconscious. I was struggling with this one.

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