All things pedal related.

August 2019 is the first KVR Guitar Month so here's a new forum for discussion of all things guitar!
KVRAF
1682 posts since 2 Jul, 2010

Post Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:04 am

I managed to nab one of these: https://blackpeaks.bandcamp.com/merch/b ... bass-drive

OCD-ish drive pedal with tweaks for bass guitar and made by one of my fave bands. Should be useful!

Lately I did some tracking with a Digitech CM-2 on bass guitar and wow that thing works so well for adding harmonics while keeping the bottom end beefy. It's basically a posh Bad Monkey; I bought it for use on guitar but usually prefer the Klone.

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KVRAF
7345 posts since 1 Aug, 2003

Post Fri Dec 11, 2020 8:52 am

transmisser wrote:
Thu Dec 10, 2020 9:15 pm
my Fairfield Circuitry Shallow Water
Wow, that's a lovely pedal. Fairfield Circuitry is hard to find here, but that's the only excuse I have for not owning any of their products.

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KVRAF
11412 posts since 7 May, 2006 from Southern California

Post Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:13 am

transmisser wrote:
Thu Dec 10, 2020 9:15 pm
I was going to sell my Fairfield Circuitry Shallow Water, but changed my mind immediately when I put it back into my setup to double check that everything was still working properly.
I love my Shallow Water! I never knew that I wanted my guitar to sound like Boards of Canada. :lol:

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KVRist
63 posts since 5 Dec, 2019

Post Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:29 pm

justin3am wrote:
Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:13 am
transmisser wrote:
Thu Dec 10, 2020 9:15 pm
I was going to sell my Fairfield Circuitry Shallow Water, but changed my mind immediately when I put it back into my setup to double check that everything was still working properly.
I love my Shallow Water! I never knew that I wanted my guitar to sound like Boards of Canada. :lol:
Haha same! I was only using it with guitar related stuff, but now I'm starting to reamp stereo sources through it (left and right, one at a time) and it's opened up a whole new world.

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KVRist
63 posts since 5 Dec, 2019

Post Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:31 pm

cptgone wrote:
Fri Dec 11, 2020 8:52 am
transmisser wrote:
Thu Dec 10, 2020 9:15 pm
my Fairfield Circuitry Shallow Water
Wow, that's a lovely pedal. Fairfield Circuitry is hard to find here, but that's the only excuse I have for not owning any of their products.
It really is amazing. I hope you can get one some day.

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KVRAF
12406 posts since 22 Nov, 2000 from Southern California

Post Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:40 pm

transmisser wrote:
Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:29 pm
Haha same! I was only using it with guitar related stuff, but now I'm starting to reamp stereo sources through it (left and right, one at a time) and it's opened up a whole new world.
That's a brilliant idea. Does that not exist as a plugin?

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KVRist
63 posts since 5 Dec, 2019

Post Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:50 pm

Uncle E wrote:
Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:40 pm
transmisser wrote:
Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:29 pm
Haha same! I was only using it with guitar related stuff, but now I'm starting to reamp stereo sources through it (left and right, one at a time) and it's opened up a whole new world.
That's a brilliant idea. Does that not exist as a plugin?
I don't know that there's a plugin that does exactly what the Shallow Water does, but maybe? RC-20 could probably get pretty close, but I don't know if you can randomize the modulation in the same way the SW does. There's also the JFET boost inside the SW that imparts a nice quality on the signal.

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KVRAF
11412 posts since 7 May, 2006 from Southern California

Post Fri Dec 11, 2020 8:40 pm

The envelope follower driven Low Pass Gate part of the pedal is pretty much unique among effects, in hardware or software. It's something you only really see in the modular synth world.
The chaotic vibrato part of the pedal is a BBD modulated by sample and hold, with variable slew, rate and depth. I can do something similar using a BBD delay pedal with an expression input and a Hungry Robot Sample and Hold... but the way Fairfield voiced the delay is interesting. It adds an almost lofi-tape-like tone and the LPG adds to that, in the way it effects dynamics.
You could probably get close to that kind of sound with a delay plug-in which features a low pass filter with envelope follower and a sample and hold modulator which can be used to modulate the delay time.

But together in one pedal, it's perfect for adding a certain kind of lofi warble.

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KVRAF
10986 posts since 26 Jun, 2006 from San Francisco Bay Area

Post Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:14 pm

Uncle E wrote:
Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:40 pm
transmisser wrote:
Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:29 pm
Haha same! I was only using it with guitar related stuff, but now I'm starting to reamp stereo sources through it (left and right, one at a time) and it's opened up a whole new world.
That's a brilliant idea. Does that not exist as a plugin?
Maybe nothing exactly like it, but there’s the Wire by Audiothing.

https://www.audiothing.net/effects/wires/

Maybe not Canada, but Boards of Russia? :lol: I found it a little too much, but I may get it at some point. I’ve done things where I run Speakerphone to get things like this and then use some tape delay, or even Bitwig’s delay with something in the loop like The Drop.
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2638 posts since 15 Feb, 2020

Post Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:32 pm

cptgone wrote:
Fri Dec 11, 2020 8:52 am
transmisser wrote:
Thu Dec 10, 2020 9:15 pm
my Fairfield Circuitry Shallow Water
Wow, that's a lovely pedal. Fairfield Circuitry is hard to find here, but that's the only excuse I have for not owning any of their products.
They sell them on the internet too...
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KVRAF
10986 posts since 26 Jun, 2006 from San Francisco Bay Area

Post Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:38 pm

revvy wrote:
Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:32 pm
cptgone wrote:
Fri Dec 11, 2020 8:52 am
transmisser wrote:
Thu Dec 10, 2020 9:15 pm
my Fairfield Circuitry Shallow Water
Wow, that's a lovely pedal. Fairfield Circuitry is hard to find here, but that's the only excuse I have for not owning any of their products.
They sell them on the internet too...
Amazon has them.
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KVRAF
10986 posts since 26 Jun, 2006 from San Francisco Bay Area

Post Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:39 pm

zerocrossing wrote:
Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:14 pm
Uncle E wrote:
Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:40 pm
transmisser wrote:
Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:29 pm
Haha same! I was only using it with guitar related stuff, but now I'm starting to reamp stereo sources through it (left and right, one at a time) and it's opened up a whole new world.
That's a brilliant idea. Does that not exist as a plugin?
Maybe nothing exactly like it, but there’s the Wire by Audiothing.

https://www.audiothing.net/effects/wires/

Maybe not Canada, but Boards of Russia? :lol: I found it a little too much, but I may get it at some point. I’ve done things where I run Speakerphone to get things like this and then use some tape delay, or even Bitwig’s delay with something in the loop like The Drop.
Ah, and I forgot this one, which is on my to-buy list.

https://youtu.be/4NlfmFmG9ng
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KVRAF
12406 posts since 22 Nov, 2000 from Southern California

Post Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:46 pm

That's lovely. The ShapeShifter compressor sounds great, as well.

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KVRAF
7345 posts since 1 Aug, 2003

Post Sat Dec 12, 2020 6:45 am

Thanks guys - I totally forgot Thomann has 'em though, they seem to be selling well:
https://www.thomann.de/be/cat_rank.html?ar=450522

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KVRAF
7345 posts since 1 Aug, 2003

Post Tue Dec 22, 2020 12:45 pm

Nice walkthrough of the major overdrive types (soft clipping / transparant soft / hard / Klon / transistor & AIAB), with a gapless comparison at 15:00
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wVShbGe4pk

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