Earthquaker Devices is revealing four new pedals at Summer NAMM in Nashville, TN from July 7-9. Get a sneak peek here with the demo videos and an earful at Booth #1136.
Interstellar Orbiter • Dual Resonant Filter
Ship Date: August 17
The Interstellar Orbiter was specially designed for Kid Koala for his Satellite tour. During the Satellite concert, audience members can individually manipulate the sounds in real time at one of 60 mini turntable stations. Each record player will be run through an effect pedal and each record contains a drone that is designed to harmonize with key moments in the show being performed on stage by Kid Koala.
The Interstellar Orbiter is a dual resonant filter controlled by a single LFO that sweeps each filter in opposite directions. It has three universal controls: a master Frequency control that governs the center frequency of both filters, a master Rate control for the LFO and the Direct control for blending in the unaffected dry signal. There are expression pedal jacks for both the master Frequency and the LFO rate. The LFO sweeps each filter in opposite directions and has a wide range. Each filter is voiced differently and has controls for LFO intensity, resonance and mix. When the LFO Intensity is raised, the filter sweep is wider, the center frequency is raised and the resonance becomes more pronounced. The mix control adjusts the volume for the mix of each filter.
It can do everything from wah emulation to complex vocal formant filter, and even a fairly convincing rotary speaker effect. You can set the intensity of both filters to zero and use the Frequency to manually create wide filter sweeps or use an expression pedal for a unique wah tones. Adjust the intensity of one filter to taste and use an expression pedal to sweep the second to create some awesome moving center point phase effects. You can also create some very vocal sounds by using the LFO to control both filters and fine tuning the resonance, intensity and master frequency. These vocal formants will vary depending the settings of each individual control and the rate at which they are swept.
Tentacle • Analog Octave Up
Ship Date: July 13
The Tentacle is a classic analog octave up effect. It is the very same octave from the beloved Hoof Reaper pedal. EarthQuaker Devices got so many requests to make this a stand-alone unit that they just had to make it a reality.
Throw it in the effects loop of a delay and marvel at what happens. Even better, there are no controls. Just hit the switch and go for it. The effect will become much more pronounced when using your neck pickup and playing above the 12th fret.
Dunes • Mini Mega Ultimate Overdrive
Ship Date: July 13
The Dunes is a condensed version of the highly popular Palisades; a heavily featured take on the classic 808 overdrive. It features the same Gain, Tone and Level controls along with EarthQuaker's favorite voice and bandwidth settings as well as the “Normal/Bright” toggle.
The selectable voices are: “MOSFET” for a tight crunchy sound (Setting 3 on the Palisades), “Silicon” for the classic 808 sound (Setting 5 on the Palisades) and “None” which goes from clean boost to gritty, pure opamp distortion with a massive volume boost (Setting 1 on the Palisades).
The two bandwidth settings are “stock” for the classic tone (Setting 3 on the Palisades) and “full range” for more low end (Setting 5 on the Palisades). The Dunes has all the great tone of the Palisades but with a simplified interface and a smaller footprint!
Levitation • Reverberation Machine
The Levitation Reverb was designed by EarthQuaker Devices in conjunction with the LEVITATION music festival. LEVITATION, founded as the Austin Psych Fest in 2008, was created to honor and preserve Austin’s psychedelic rock heritage. EarthQuaker decided to do a variation on their popular Ghost Echo pedal to honor the reverb-drenched tones synonymous with classic psych rock.
The vintage-voiced reverb builds on the base sound of the Ghost Echo and replaces attack and dwell with control over tone, decay, atmosphere and length. Four knobs and one switch control more than you would expect. Want a slap back small-room sound? Set all of your controls to the minimum and use the mix to dial in the sound of room devoid of anything but a guitar and amp. Want to revel in infinite spatial oscillations? Flip the toggle to long, turn up the atmosphere and decay then tune out. Dial in a bright chiming slap back by turning the tone all the way counter clockwise and reducing the decay. For a rattling, full-bandwidth assault, dime everything and let ‘er rip.
For more information, visit Earthquakerdevices.com.
For Summer NAMM info, go here.