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Saint Paul, MN (September 13, 2012) – The aptly named WTF pedal is now available from Loud Button Electronics.
The WTF combines high gain distortion with a low frequency oscillator (LFO). While that sounds simple enough, the result is anything but simple - a wide range of rich psychedelic tones which are sure to inspire musicians and stun their audiences. A dynamic and interactive effect, musicians will enjoy the proverbial “Easter egg hunt” as more tricks are uncovered in the creative process. The pedal is equally suited to bass guitar and produces Dubstep aka “Dubby” tones. Available in the underground effects trade since 2008, The WTF has gained quite a following. The burgeoning “mom and pop” company Loud Button Electronics is currently working with select retailers to expand their presence in the musical instrument and specialty electronics market.
Here’s how it works:
The attack control works to modulate the LFO, providing variable envelope sweep and octave- down effects. The range of the attack control is full of sweet spots that provide a stunning array of sonic textures. One of the most popular of these sweet spots is one that will make a guitar sound like a sci-fi laser gun. Other settings provide a twisted envelope filter effect that can spit out harmonic concoctions that mimic vocoder and ring modulation sounds.
The frequency control tunes the LFO’s base frequency which is the steady drone present when the guitar signal decays. As notes are left to decay, the weakening signal breaks up and leaves the LFO to drone at the frequency selected by the user. This produces a hypnotic wall of sound in place of rests which can be rhythmically manipulated via string muting with groovy results.
The gate control adds a range of “glitchy” effects to the output. Set to full clockwise position, the pedal functions “normally”. As the control is turned counterclockwise, the droning LFO is gradually gated. Certain points along the travel of the control will reveal noise from the IC- controlled indicator LED. During the design process, measures were taken to attenuate the noise but a specific portion was left to allow the user to dial in this potentially useful rhythmic effect. Approaching the full counterclockwise position, the droning LFO becomes fully gated leaving the guitar signal to decay abruptly into startling silence.
The volume control meters a generous amplification factor. Just remember to use hearing protection!
The WTF is handmade using the highest quality parts
• Hand-wired, handmade circuit boards
• Aerospace-grade Teflon-jacketed silver wire
• Quality components used throughout
• Metal Neutrik Input/Output jacks
• Super-Bright, flashing RGB LED for visibility
MSRP: $219 USD
Street: $169 USD
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