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Death by Audio was conceived in 2002 with the most insane pedal of all time: the Total Sonic Annihilation. Here was a pedal that literally transformed all of your pedals into different effects by force feeding them back into themselves. Fast forward to present day - through painstaking redesign and improvements, the original circuit has been reborn as the Total Sonic Annihilation 2. Totally new functionality and additional controls create even more wildly warped alien space sounds than the original. Go get some!
The TSA2, like its predecessor, works on a simple premise: what if effect pedals were patched back into themselves? What does it sound like for a filter to be multiplied by infinity? Or if your modulator was modulating its own modulations? The TSA2 creates a controllable feedback loop, causing your pedals to cycle back on themselves, feeding the output back into the input as much or as little as you want. Experience true sonic exploration: every unique pedal array will produce a vast world of textures and possibilities.
FEEDBACK: The big knob. This controls the amount the SEND (external effect input) is forced back into the RECEIVE (external effect output). This creates feedback within the circuit to create new unbridled and experimental effects and results. The more this knob is turned up the more intense and explosive the effects are. The ACTIVE BOOST is also in this loop and (if engaged) will be forced back into itself to create its own wild and interesting sounds if nothing is plugged into the loop.
ON: This toggle switch when in the ON position turns on the ACTIVE BOOST circuit.
PHASE: Flips the phase of the effects loop, only when the ACTIVE BOOST is on.
GAIN:Controls the amount of gain of the ACTIVE BOOST circuit.
LIMIT:Limits the output volume of the entire pedal only when the ACTIVE BOOST is engaged.
STOMP SWITCH: Bypasses the effect.
NOTE: When the TSA2 is turned off the TSA2 is bypassed but every pedal in the loop is still part of your signal chain. Any effect(s) in the loop works as usual.
THE NEW FEATURES OF VERSION 2
If you've used a feedback loop pedal before like the 1st edition of the Total Sonic Annihilation then you know the vast world of insane and wild sounds that you can get. With this new updated version of the original the ACTIVE BOOST really makes this usable for so many more applications where the original fell short. For example if the effect in the feedback loop is out of phase with itself, the loop would turn the pedal just into a volume or blend pedal and not be that interesting. With the TSA2, just flip the PHASE switch and all of a sudden those once dormant possibilities are awakened! The BOOST also has a boatload of gain to awaken even the faintest effect into an unearthly behemoth and a LIMITER to tame the most unruly beast into a purring kitten. Experiment with as many different pedals in the FEEDBACK loop for unique and incredible results!
Dimensions: 4.7" x 2.7" x 2.5" (includes knobs and jacks)
Weight: 11.1 oz.
Power: 9V (runs on standard 2.1mm negative center 9V adapter or included 9V battery).
This is the Deep Animation and it's so good it hurts. This crazy goofball responds to how you play, enveloping and filter sweeping and overdriving. Finally, the perfect wave-thumping bass moving with how hard you hit your strings. It multiplies your dynamics into a hyper, exaggerated dance. Or it adds just the right amount of movement to punch through the mix. Or it moves around with an external trigger to lock you in. The sounds are wild, the thump is thick, and the animation is deep.
Input: Plug an instrument in to this jack.
Trig: Plug another instrument in to this jack to trigger the filter sweep with that instrument.
Out: Connect this to the amplifier.
Sensitivity: Determines the point at which the filter kicks in and how dynamic the filter shifts to the input amplitude.
Intensity: Simultaneously blends in the resonance, amount, and grit of the filter.
Vol: Adjusts the output volume of the DEEP ANIMATION.
Frequency Selector: Selects the frequency range of the filter.
Bypass: True bypass the effect.
Up / Down: Controls the direction the filter travels when decaying after being triggered. UP sweeps the frequency from higher frequencies to lower ones.
Additional Features: There is a subtle light which indicates when the trigger is being triggered behind the main bypass LED.
Controls are for Volume, Fuzz, and Tone. The tone control is a specially designed multi-curve shaping filter which changes the timbre of the pedal from super deep bass sludge to screaming highs. Smoke on this and it will fuzz you up. No playin. The clearest most sustainy feedback wall of fuzz. This is the jam.
Lush modulating delay. Push the feedback for wild sound worlds. Bring in a warble or absolute warp. Overdrive the delay with the fuzz control. This is the preferred echo for recording engineers and touring pros around the world because it sounds just that darn good.
Time control up to 1000 m/s Feedback control Gain control Modulation with speed and depth control in square and sine wave modes