DigiTech/DOD Relaunches DOD Envelope Filter 440
Designed for guitar and bass players, the 440 is known for its vowel-like sounds, crying out with slow-filter sweeps that react to pick attack.
DigiTech/DOD announces the eagerly anticipated relaunch of the DOD Envelope Filter 440 effects pedal. Suitable for guitar and bass players, the 440 is known for its vowel-like sounds, crying out with slow-filter sweeps that react to pick attack. The new 440 is a faithful recreation of the vintage pedal, with the helpful addition of an up/down toggle that allows players to control which part of the sweep is emphasized. Whether players are doing funky chordal work, simulated wahs, or trippy drawn-out filter sweeps, the 440 delivers with a versatile range of expressive, dynamic tones.
The update of the Envelope Filter 440 aims to stay faithful to the original while giving today’s guitarists more utility and improved tone preservation. It all starts with a Level knob that allows players to control the sensitivity of the envelope based on pick attack and playing styles. Range Control adjusts the frequency range of movement of the envelope’s sweep, allowing emphasis of low, mid, or high frequencies to match the instrument plugged in. DOD now takes the versatility a step further, adding the up/down voice switch that enables users to emphasize either the rise or fall of the sweep. The up setting provides the classic 440 wah-style effects. Flick the switch down for a subterranean dive that adds body to bass tones or gives the guitar synth-like attack.
Overall, DOD’s warm and funky analog circuit design is based on the original, but like the brand’s other updates, it’s now wired for true bypass. It accepts a standard 9V DC adapter or battery. The chassis is now a lightweight aluminum and has a new crisp blue LED status indicator so it can be easily seen on stage. Both the input and output are a quarter inch, with a 1M Ohm input impedance.
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With every “quack, squee, squonk, chicka, mwomp, and weeeooow”, the DOD Envelope Filter 440 effects pedal stays true to the classic while offering new features that make it more user- and pedalboard-friendly. MSRP is $181, MAP is $129.99
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DigiTech Reissues the DOD Gonkulator
It delivers the clanking, metallic, rasping sonic disorder of the original with a few upgrades.
Salt Lake City, UT (July 11, 2015) -- For players seeking out of the ordinary sounds, your dreams – or maybe your nightmares – have come true: the infamous DOD Gonkulator is back! HARMAN’s DigiTech has updated the DOD Gonkulator Ring Modulator, which delivers all the clanking, metallic, rasping sonic disorder of the original with upgrades like true bypass operation, a 9-volt power supply input and a new adjustable carrier Freq control that allows you to tune the Gonkulator from 90Hz-1.5kHz. The Gonkulator is actually two effects in one – it combines a ring modulator in parallel with a distortion circuit for further sonic perversion. “Ring modulation can create inharmonic overtones, which sound just like what their name implies – edgy, discordant, and jarring. But with the adjustable Freq control, you can also get some very musical textures and overtones,” said Tom Cram, marketing manager, DigiTech. “The Gonkulator also features an aggressive distortion circuit to further mangle your signal. If you’re looking for sweet and subtle, that’s not the Gonk!”
One note from the Gonkulator and you’ll certainly have listeners’ attention. The RING knob determines the amount of the ring modulation signal that is mixed with the clean signal to add those unavailable-anywhere-else “gonk-like” clanging rasping, alien-robot tones to a guitar or instrument’s sound. The DIST and GAIN knobs control the amount of distortion and the blend of the distorted signal. A new feature not found on the original is the FREQ control, which allows the ring modulation to be tuned to be anything from slightly strange to wildly atonal.
The DOD Gonkulator mates all the sonic idiosyncrasies of the original with functional improvements including true bypass operation to preserve the tone of the unaffected signal when the pedal is not engaged, a 9-volt power supply input for a choice of external power or 9-volt battery operation and a bright blue LED indicator that’s visible everywhere from dark stages to bright sunlight. The Gonkulator’s retro-classic graphics and road-tough metal housing reflect its unmistakable DOD lineage.
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