Not sure how I feel about this - I love that pedal makers are thinking outside the box, literally, but this just feels kind of gimmicky. Nobody’s going to want to watch a dude fiddling with his phone up to his guitar between songs, presumably the sound quality is only as good as the processor in the pedal, and I thought we’d all grown out of digital multi-effects — which is what this is, really.
I’m kind of old-fashioned in that I believe anything (pedals, bicycles, saucepans, books) should do one thing well, rather than lots of things not so well. Exceptions are made for computers, which are really just infinite modelling devices, but the more you model, the more you take away from the action — you don’t need to look fancy when you’re flicking between virtual typewriters, telephones, newspapers or games consoles on the same machine, but if you’re playing music, and not hidden in an orchestra pit, do the thing. Don’t make the thing do it for you.
Shortly after, I went to see the Mountain Goats at Space in Evanston, which is a beautiful, tiny venue with a grand piano. The piano is not important except to the folks who attended that show.
After the show, I waited in line to catch JD as he was signing stuff, hanging out chatting to fans and whatnot, and I kind of stuttered “hi, I’m the dude who built the pedal for Kimya Dawson! Like, you kind of mentioned you’d like something similar?” or something equally awkward. JD was gracious and friendly and suggested he needed a reverb, but no hurry.
I took both of those statements to heart (in my defense, changing job roles and moving cross country kind of take up a lot of one’s time), so now, several months down the line, I give you ENCROACHING DARKNESS:
The name comes from a bit JD was riffing on between songs, and seemed kind of fitting.
Here’s a better shot of the text:
I am pretty proud of the black-on-black text.
This is a lo-fi reverb using a medium-length Digilog Brick module, plus a PT2399-based analog-style delay, with infinite repeats by engaging the middle footswitch. It sounds like this:
prairiestateeffects asked: Saw your post about your frustration with wiring - it's my least favorite part about building too. Look on ebay for Two-headed tin plated wire. I haven't tried it yet, let me know if you do.
While I can get behind anything that sounds like it’s a Neutral Milk Hotel reference, it’s the tedium of the task more than the quality of the materials.
(Endorsement alert) I swear by Barry’s Best Hookup Wire: http://www.guitarpcb.com/apps/webstore/products/show/2249043