The Raster™ is a digital delay with a pitch and frequency shifter integrated into the feedback loop. Forward or reverse delay can be shifted once or have continuously shifted repeats. It delivers a wide range of sounds including modulated and harmonized delays, reverse delays, chorus, arpeggios, infinite descents, chaotic self-oscillation, and continuously evolving soundscapes.
The core of the Raster™ is a clean delay with up to 1600 milliseconds of delay time. Three delay ranges allow you to precisely dial in resonant feedback sounds and instantly change delay time with rhythmic shifts. The feedback control has infinite repeats at 3 o’clock and chaotic, textured feedback loops at higher levels. Knob responses are carefully tuned for exploration of self-oscillation and feedback on the verge of blowing up. A tone control sweeps from dark analog-style repeats to digital clarity and emphasizes the attack at higher settings. The left and right delay times can be set as a ratio, so a single knob changes both in sync. The two delay channels can be arranged in series, parallel or ping pong.
Pitch shifting repeats up or down in semitone steps creates tempo-synced arpeggios and alien organ sounds. The detune setting can dial in micro pitch shifts and chorused repeats. The left and right channels can be shifted by the same amount, a ratio, or opposite directions. At subtle settings, repeats evolve in a way that sounds natural, but different from analog delays.
Beyond pitch shifting, a combination phase/frequency shifter creates subtle evolving repeats, dissonant harmonies, and barber pole flanging. It can be pushed to extremes for ring modulation and inharmonic shifted delays that distort and break apart.
The Raster’s modulation section has seven waveforms that can be assigned to delay time, pitch shift, or effect level (for tremolo). There are two random waveforms for glitchy pitch jumps, wow and flutter, and broken tape deck effects. Envelope and inverse envelope enable dynamic flanging and pitch bent delays. Stereo controls adjust the modulation amount and phase between channels, for subtle shifts or swirling psychedelic washes.
Capable of extreme sonic mayhem, the Raster can also be used with restraint to add unique character to your sound.
The Raster 2 is performance friendly, with 6 knobs and 9 switches. The original Raster was praised for its knob response and immediacy, and the Raster 2 maintains that simplicity while adding flexible modulation and extensive stereo functionality. Alternate knob settings are related to the primary knob function, labeled, and off at the center position. Both footswitches can be latching or momentary, for instant pitch jumps or quick blasts of echo. The bypass switch can also mute the output in bypass while always listening, to catch, repeat, and manipulate what you just played.
While designing the Raster 2, we wanted to enable as many classic rack mount digital delay tricks as possible while keeping the fast and intuitive control that made the original Raster so fun to use. Instead of multiple modes with generic knob names, all of the parameters are always available, so you can mix and match different effects and explore new sounds in between.
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The Tensor™ gives you live reverse and tape stop effects, pitch shifting, time stretching and hold functions that you can combine in creative ways. Slow down, speed up and rewind in real time. Stretch or compress time with no pitch change. Loop, overdub, and randomly slice phrases up to 9.4 seconds (4.7 seconds in stereo).
Intelligent randomization adapts to the knob settings. The results range from occasional CD skips, stutters, and rhythmic repeats to random slicing and erratic pitch shifts. Both foot switches have momentary and latching modes to inject pitch jumps, glitches, or instantly rewind what you just played.
The Tensor™ is in a pedalboard-friendly enclosure with all jacks on top. All controls are immediately accessible with well-spaced knobs for live tweaking, and USB MIDI for recording and sequencing.
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Designed and assembled in Detroit, USA. Requires a 9V DC 250 mA power supply (not included).
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Particle™ is a granular delay / pitch shifting pedal. It chops your signal into small grains and then rearranges, shifts, and mangles it, using the techniques of granular synthesis in real time. Results range from radical pitch and delay modulation to shimmering repeats to time stretching, stutter, and glitch sounds.
Assembled in USA. Requires a 9V 250 mA center negative power supply (not included).
Particle 2 is a complete redesign, incorporating many improvements for live use and better sound quality. The enclosure is smaller, 3” wide with all jacks on top. 127 presets can be stored. The active preset and bypass state are remembered, eliminating pre-show adjustments. Delay time has been extended from 900 ms to 2500 ms, at a higher sampling rate. Tap tempo allows delay time, LFO rate, grain size, and density adjustment with independent note divisions. The expression pedal is assignable to any combination of knobs, and our DIY-friendly Remote 4 switch allows foot control while the Particle sits at table height for knob tweaking. The eight modes can be combined to explore more granular synthesis territory, and MIDI (via USB) gives access to additional parameters.View full product details
The Bitmap(TM) is a stereo bitcrusher with fractional bit reduction and sample rate modulation. The Bitmap 2 adds waveshaping, wavefolding, and a window comparator for extreme digital distortion. A drive control handles everything from single coil guitars to synthesizers, with +8 dBu maximum signal level and plenty of gain with overdrive. Modulation and envelope control create dynamic, responsive distortion and digital artifacts.
The Bitmap 2 is tuned to provide maximum sustain without sputtering on staccato notes. Less extreme settings add layers of nonlinearities that interact in subtle ways, giving you the warmth and grit of 8- and 12-bit samplers. Sample rate reduction turns your guitar into 8-bit video game sounds or twists scales into inharmonic melodies. Sample rate modulation adds subtle motion or morphs your guitar into entirely new textures.
The Bitmap(TM) works with guitar, bass, synthesizers, drum machines, and other instruments or line level sources. A web-based editor allows you to edit presets and access additional parameters and modulation destinations.
• Fractional bit reduction from 24-bits down to 1-bit
• Sampling rate reduction from 48 kHz down to 110 Hz
• Sample-rate modulation with triangle, square, and random waveforms
• Adjustable wavefolding and waveshaping functions
• Mix control to maintain bass or add subtle crushing
• Envelope control over sampling rate or mix
• Drive control to accommodate single or dual coil pickups and line-level signals
• 4-pole lowpass filter
• Stereo input/output (TRS)
• Soft touch bypass (momentary or latching), user replaceable
• Aux. footswitch assignable to tap tempo or preset selection
• Assignable expression pedal, remote switch, remote tap, or MIDI port
• Additional parameters via MIDI (USB or TRS)
• MIDI clock synchronization
• Presets (4 on front, 127 via MIDI)
• Web-based editor for editing presets and accessing hidden parameters
• Filter cutoff can be modulated by envelope or LFO (via editor, saved to preset)
Designed and assembled in USA. Requires a 9V 250 mA center negative power supply (not included).
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The Context is a reverb pedal inspired by 1980’s rack mount reverbs. It has 8 algorithms, including room, hall, cathedral, gated reverb, reverse reverb, plate, spring, and a granular reverb. Each algorithm features separate high and low frequency damping controls, pre-delay, modulation, dynamics (duck/expand), and infinite hold. In addition, delay is always available, along with tremolo in spring mode.
The modulation knob changes the amount and character of the internal reverb modulation, specific to each algorithm. It gives you a mix of different modulation types from 1980’s and early 90’s reverbs, including chorus modulation, random modulation that keeps the pitch stable, and deep modulated reverbs. Holding down the shift button adjusts the modulation rate.
Reverse reverb fades in louder and brighter over time, giving the impression of playing backwards. Modulation adds a wash of normal reverb.
The spring reverb was designed using the techniques and algorithms that were used in 1980’s reverbs, but with enough DSP power to drip and feel like a spring tank. You can adjust the length of the decay, high and low frequency damping. The modulation is tremolo with adjustable intensity and speed.
Grain mode is a granular reverb inspired by the Ursa Major SST-282 Space Station. The SST-282 was released in 1978 and used multiple delay taps with modulation to create reverb effects. The Context can create ghostly reverb effects, slowly sweeping resonances, and at higher modulation settings is a multi-voice granular processor that creates clouds of detuned sound fragments for entirely new reverb sounds.
When the shift button is held down, the top row of knobs adjust delay parameters. The low and high damping knobs adjust dynamics for ducking reverb or an expander for more reverb on louder notes, with adjustable threshold and recovery time. Holding down the foot switches gives you two different types of infinite sustain.
One preset available on the left footswitch, 4 using a remote footswitch, and 127 via MIDI. The expression pedal can be assigned to any combination of parameters. We also have a web-based editor for tweaking and managing your presets.
ROOM - fast buildup, good for thickening sounds
HALL - slower buildup with longer initial delay
CATH(edral) - emulates a large, reflective space
GATE(d) - gated reverb with non-linear decay
REV(erse) - reverse reverb
PLATE - bright, dense studio plate reverb
SPRING - spring reverb
GRAIN - granular reverb
BLEND - wet/dry blend (to 100% wet)
PRE - predelay
DECAY - reverb decay
HI - high-frequency damping
LO - low-frequency damping
MOD - modulation amount and character
BAL - reverb/delay balance
DELAY - delay time
FDBK - delay feedback
v-o-^ - dynamics ducking/off/expander and recovery time
/\-_-_ - dynamics threshold
RATE - modulation rate
Designed and assembled in USA. The Context 2 requires a 9 V 250 mA center negative power supply (not included).
The Room, Hall, Cathedral, Gated, and Plate reverb algorithms are updated versions of the Context version 1 reverbs, but now delay is available in all modes. They also have separate low and high damping controls with more range, modulation, dynamics, and infinite hold. The update also adds stereo input/output, TRS and USB MIDI, fully assignable expression pedal.View full product details
The Bit Buffer is a tiny (2” x 1.5”) buffer that uses an ultra-low distortion, low-noise Burr-Brown op amp. Place it at the beginning of your pedal chain to prevent high-frequency loss (tone suck), or right before a long cable to a pedalboard or amp.
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The Bit Mixer is a small, high-quality mixer designed for pedalboards. It features ultra-low distortion, low noise op amps. High-impedance inputs are designed for guitar, but work with line level signals as well. Each input has a volume knob that goes from off to unity gain. Only 4.4” x 2.6”, and works with standard pedal power supplies from 9-18 V. Designed and assembled in USA.
The Bit Mixer is always on when power is connected. An internal LED is visible below the power jack.
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