Brand: EarthQuaker Devices
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The Depths is our take on the classic optical vibe circuit. It creates a lush, phasing pulse which delivers a three-dimensional swirling sound. The Depths has been optimized to work well with all types of instrument, pickup types and to play well with dirt. With its “Voice” and “Throb” controls, The Depths can achieve sounds from thin and subtle to warm and deep and everything in between. The “Intensity” and “Rate” will go from a smooth, ultra-slow warble all the way to speedy, sharp bursts allowing you to get more than just the classic vibe sounds. The “Level” will allow you to boost the signal well above unity to make up for any perceived volume loss commonly found in vibe pedals. In addition to all that, The Depths can be powered by 9v for warmer tones or up to 18v for a stiffer tone with more headroom and sparkle.
Voice- Dials in the overall sound. Turn it clockwise for a fuller sound with more lows, bring it back for a thinner, more midrange focused tone.
Throb- This controls the low end pulse. It may not be immediately evident on the bridge pickup, but switch to the neck or add some dirt and it comes alive. All the way up for more throb, dial it back for less. Works best when the “Voice” is set to a warmer tone.
Intensity- This controls how subtle or intense the overall effect is. Counter clockwise from noon are the more subtle, classic sounds. Clockwise from noon are the more drastic and intense sounds.
Rate- Controls the speed of the effect. Counterclockwise for slow, clockwise for fast.
Level- Controls the volume of the effect. Unity is around 1 O’clock, everything above that is boost.
4 5/8? x 2 1/2? x 2.25? with knobs
Our pedals take a standard 9 volt DC power supply with a 2.1mm negative center barrel. Powering at 9v gives a warmer and more natural sound, 18v will be stronger with more headroom and “sparkle”. We always recommend pedal-specific, transformer-isolated wall-wart power supplies or multiple isolated-output supplies. Pedals will make extra noise if there is ripple or unclean power. Switching-type power supplies, daisy chains and non-pedal specific power supplies do not filter dirty power as well and let through unwanted noise.
Current draw is 35 mA.
We have gone to great lengths to bring the color and character of a real vintage console to your feet or desktop. We started with two gain stages in series that produce beautiful clean tones but that can also destroy any signal into a beautiful fuzzy mess, full of rich harmonics and body with over 39db of gain on tap. The local feedback of each gain stage makes for a very unique type of distortion. We used the same topology and discrete gain stage found in the Neve* 1073, but we have two gain stages in series instead of one. We use a high quality Lundahl transformer that adds weight, heft, and a 3D quality just like preamps that you will find costing much more. The transformer fattens the lows, adds harmonic complexity and richness to the midrange (kinda like stirring flour into your drippings to give you gravy) as well as smoothing and rounding of the high frequencies. It also blocks all DC voltages, adds electrical isolation, and blocks RF frequencies ensuring super quiet operation and noise floor.
The Controls and Jacks?
Think of the controls as three separate sections:
1. Gain (RED)
The gain structure is made up of three parts:
–The Pre Volume (labeled "Pre-Vol") can be used the same as you would a Drive knob on an overdrive pedal. In this circuit, the Pre Volume is between the two gain stages, and the setting of the Pre Volume determines how much signal continues to the second stage.
–The Master Gain (labeled "Master") is what would typically be considered as a Volume control. Other terms are "master volume" or the "output trim."
–The Step Gain (labeled "Step") changes the gain of each preamp stage in five stages. Rotating the "Step" knob from left-to-right will increase the gain by the following:
1 is X 18 db
2 is X 23 db
3 is X 28 db
4 is X 33 db
5 is X 39 db
2. Equalizer / Tone Control (BLUE)
The tone control section is a highly modified Baxandall type that is tuned for less control interaction and more boost/cut capability. The center frequencies are Treble 10kHz, Middle 1kHz, and Bass 120Hz, with +/- 17dB of control.
3. Highpass Filter (YELLOW)
The Highpass spans from 60Hz to 800Hz with a 6dB per octave slope. This control allows you to only let high frequencies pass. In return you will find a vast palet of tones that sit perfect and inspire textures that you have never heard from your rig. The toggle switch will turn the Highpass on or off.
In and Out Jacks
You will notice that in addition to the normal 1/4" instrument input/output found on a guitar pedal, we added an XLR input and output so that The Colour Box can be used as a vocal, bass, acoustic, or keyboard preamp live or in the studio. The 1/4" mono output and the XLR output are independent and allow you to run parallel outputs to two destinations. For example, run the 1/4" mono out into your guitar amplifier and at the same time run the XLR output to your front-of-house mixing board. Another example of using parallel outputs would be to track amp tones and the "direct in" sound of your performance onto two separate tracks. We achieved the parallel output by way of a discrete shunt-feedback circuit.
Input Selector Switch
The input selector switch located above the input jack lets you choose line or microphone input. In the down position it is in mic mode. In the up position it is in line mode.
The Colour Box runs on 18v DC negative center power. We supply an adapter but you can also use any standard 18v DC pedal power supply or voltage doubling cable.
Keeley Compressor Pro. The stomp-box sized compressor/limiter is made in Oklahoma, USA and engineered to be an indispensable tool for your musical endeavors. It is in no way limited to be used with only guitar. It has been designed to work as a studio compressor accepting any range of inputs and a frequency response and noise level matching the finest compressors made.
We are proud to bring you the Emperor true analog chorus and pitch vibrato with tap tempo, waveform selection, rotary speaker simulation, true stereo output and more. Starting with the coveted vintage Arion SCH-1 chorus topology, the Emperor's design and engineering expands further into new heights of what real bucket brigade tones (via a 3207 chipset) can offer. The end result allows you to have a host of vintage modulation tones at your disposal with the amenities and modern flair that only we can offer. From vintage Boss VB-2, CE-2, CE-1, as well as the legendary and rare SCH-1, the Emperor lets you explore true analog modulation at it’s best.
Knobs & Controls
There are four knob controls on the Emperor: Volume, Tone, Speed, Depth. The Volume control allows you to adjust the input by cutting or boosting the signal. This gives you the flexibility to have your tones sit back in the mix or stand out as needed. The Tone control is a variation of the original SCH-1 tone stack with several adjustments that give it a better sweep, focus and range. The Speed control allows you to adjust the time/speed of the modulation. The Tap Tempo footswitch works in conjunction with the Speed control to allow you adjust your Speed on-the-fly and in real-time. The Depth control allows you to adjust how deep or wet the modulation is perceived.
There are two toggle switches found in the center of the unit. The Chorus/Vibrato toggle lets you switch between Chorus mode or Vibrato mode. The Waveform selection toggle gives you three waveform options: Sine, Square, Triangle. The three waveforms provide three unique options of Chorus and also three options of Vibrato, making a total of six different modulation settings...all which can be dialed in with tap-tempo. As a starting point, both switches down is true VB-2 style pitch vibrato, both switches up is true SCH-1 chorus.
There are three 1/4” jacks on the Emperor. The Input jack receives your instrument's signal. The Output jack sends the signal out of the pedal to an amplifier or your pedal chain. You can use an optional TRS splitter cable from the Output jack and send output signal to two amps for true stereo modulation. The Tap/Expression jack allows you to connect a TRS Expression pedal or a external Tap Tempo to control the unit. Choose which option you want to use by using an internal switch labeled "Tap/Exp." In Expression mode, connect any TRS Expression pedal to control the pedal's speed and you will have a very natural rotary simulation effect when in Chorus mode. The Speed parameters are perfectly preset for a very realistic rotary speaker sound with real time control at your feet. When in Tap mode you can set the Speed of the Emperor using an external tap tempo pedal.
True Bypass & Buffered Bypass Options
The Emperor can utilize true-bypass on/off switching OR buffered bypass switching. The footswitch on the bottom left of the pedal turns the effect on/off. Internally you will find a small dip-switch that lets you select true bypass or buffered bypass. If you want you use the Emperor with a TRS Splitter for stereo use, you will have to use the Buffered bypass setting. Stereo output will not function when the pedal is in true-bypass mode. The Emperor will ship set to buffered bypass. The buffer is a high quality buffer designed to keep the integrity and tone of your original signal in place while driving your signal so that no degradation occurs in your rig.
This pedal requires standard 9V DC Negative power, consumes less than 100mA, and measures 4.7"x3.7"x1.2"