EarthQuaker Devices Pyramids Stereo Flanger Effect Pedal

The EarthQuaker Devices Pyramids Stereo Flanger Guitar Effects Pedal offers eight unique flanger modes within an ultra rugged stompbox. You can shape your tone even further with various parameter knobs including Delay time, LF frequency sweep, and Feedback level. The Pyramids even offers five user programmable presets slots for quick recall of your favorite creations. The pedals 24 bit/96 KHz sample rate ensures intense sonic clarity in any setting.

8 Out of This World Flangers:

The Pyramids offers nearly every different type of Flanger you can imagine

  • Classic: Tried and true. If you’ve ever used a flanging pedal before, you’ll feel right at home with this one
  • Through-Zero: Great for giving you a classic, tape-style flanging sound based on two signals being flanged at different speeds cancelling each other out, otherwise known as the “zero point”.
  • Barber Pole Up: Infinite upward pitch of the flange sound
  • Barber Pole Down: Infinite downward pitch of the flange sound
  • Trigger Up: Similar to Barber Pole Up except it restarts after your pick attack or pressing the Tap/Trigger Switch.
  • Trigger Down: Similar to Barber Pole Down except it restarts after your pick attack or pressing the Tap/Trigger Switch.
  • Step: Flange sweeps up and down in stepped increments similar to a sequencer or synthesizer
  • Random: Similar to step mode except the direction of the sweep is, well, random!

Additional Controls

Manual: Craft your effect by adjusting the delay time of the modulated signal. With the Pyramids dedicated input, this parameter can actually be controlled by standard Expression pedals.

Rate: This knob takes on different responsibilities depending on which flanger mode you enter. In most of the presets it controls the speed of the low frequency oscillator.

Width: This Width knob lets you set the frequency at where the LFO is active. It is basically a sweep control that lets you change the depth of your chosen flanger effect

Mix: Essentially a Wet/Dry control, the Mix function lets you set the intensity of the modulated signal. Turn it Clockwise to sweeten the effect or move Counterclockwise for a more reserved sound.

Feedback: This lets you introduce more or less of this classic effect

Rate and Tap: This 3-way switch provides tons of flexibility. The center position(labeled normal)function as a standard tap tempo. You also have settings for Slow or Fast to adjust the sweep.

Modify: The wild card knob as we like to call it, the Modify takes on different responsibilities depending on which preset you activate. In classic/Barber Pole Up/Barber Pole Down mode it functions as either a low pass(Counterclockwise)or hi pass(clockwise)filter. In the two Trigger modes Modify controls the point at which the retrigger kicks in. For Step/Random, this knob lets you adjust the character of the transition between steps. Finally, In through zero it lets you set the cancellation point within the LFO cycle.

Activate Footswitch: This switch lets you set the Pyramids to either Momentary or Latching operation. It is a relay based True Bypass control.

Tap/Trigger Footswitch: In most modes this is your standard Tap Tempo Switch. However, when you enter either of the Trigger modes, it literally triggers those flanger effects on/off.

Features:

  • 24 Bit/96kHZ Stereo Flanger Pedal
  • 8 flanger modes
  • 5 User Presets for storing your favorite settings
  • Manual knob to control delay time
  • Rate knob to control speed of LFO
  • Width knob to control frequency range of LFO sweep
  • Mix knob for volume
  • Activate footswitch to allow momentary or latching operation
  • Feedback for regeneration control
  • Rate and Tap switch to allow Slow, Normal, of Fast tap tempos
  • Tap tempo button to control a variety of tap tempo settings depending on your mode
  • Multi-Function Modify Control to change the parameters of whatever mode you’re using
  • +/- Feedback

EarthQuaker Devices Westwood Translucent Drive Manipulator Overdrive Guitar Effects Pedal

What’s in a guitar pedal? We all look for different things. Is it dirty enough, clean enough, big enough, tight enough? These are all the questions that go through our minds as we stress over our next piece of gear. Lucky enough, EarthQuaker Devices loves making pedals so much that they have built a vast arsenal of effects for us to choose from. Their most recent (at the time of this publication) is the Westwood Translucent Drive Manipulator. A guitar pedal worthy of the name. I had a chance to play a demo model and put together a video for you. So, let’s have a look and learn all we need to know about the Westwood!

The Westwood is an all-purpose drive for sure. Whether you are into singing lead tones, or tube-like breakup, this pedal has you covered. It’s got a great “clean” drive tone when you roll the dial back and play some rhythm chords but allows you to dial it all the way up and wail!

Features:

  • Translucent Overdrive Manipulator with two-band active EQ
  • Drive control to set your gain level
  • Treble affects the area around 2kHz
  • Bass control operates around 80Hz
  • Good for electric and bass guitar
  • True bypass
  • Silent relay-based switching
  • All-analog signal path
  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Weight: 9.95 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8” x 2.6” x 2.3”

 

 

EarthQuaker Devices Data Corrupter Modulated Monophonic PLL Harmonizing Guitar Effects Pedal

What can I say about the Data Corrupter other than… it’s awesome. You seriously have to try it for yourself to know how much fun this pedal truly is to play. It’s everything fun about playing guitar minus all the things that aren’t fun about playing guitar. Plug it in, turn some knobs, and shred away to a whole new universe of tone. It’s that kind of fun. I had the chance to play around on an early demo model. So, let’s check it out!

Features:

  • Modulated Monophonic PLL Harmonizer
  • Wild, yet repeatable three-voice guitar synthesizer
  • Crushing square wave fuzz tone
  • Master Oscillator capable of harmonies up to three octaves above the input
  • Subharmonic harmonies up to three octaves below the input
  • Frequency Modulator produces smooth portamento pitch-bends (Glide mode) or retro sci-fi laser effects (Vibrato mode)
  • Frequency Modulator may be applied to only the Master Oscillator or to both the Master Oscillator and the Subharmonic voices
  • Voice Mixer blends Master Oscillator, Subharmonic, and Square Wave Fuzz voices
  • Harmonically complex, expressive, and touch-responsive analog synth tone up to three octaves below (or above) the original
  • True Bypass
  • Silent relay-based switching
  • All-analog signal path
  • Lifetime guarantee
  • Current Draw: 25mA
  • Input impedance: 1M
  • Output impedance: 1K
  • Pedal Dims: 4.65″ x 5.65″ x 2.25″

If you’re a guitar player who is into sound design, video game music, film/tv music, then you will love this pedal. Find inspiration as you slide your fingers around the guitar to make truly unique and wild sounds! This is a perfect pedal for any guitarist who already has the essentials and just wants another pedal to take their tone over the top!

 

 

EarthQuaker Devices Erupter Classic Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal

The Eruptor is what we like to call “full force fuzz” giving you crushing lows with a smooth top end. Earthquaker spent over two year designing the Eruptor to make sure it delivers a dynamic performance by responding to changes in your guitar volume and tone controls.

When Earthquaker was building the Eruptor, they wanted to make sure it performed to strict standards no matter where you placed it within your effect chain. That is why the Eruptor features a buffered input section and transformer based pickup simulation. All electronic components were meticulously selected to get that deep fuzz with smoldering attitude.

Perhaps the most striking feature of the Eruptor (besides the Volcano tribute artwork) is the ultra-simplified single large knob interface.  Labeled as a “bias” control and if we can get a bit scientific for a second, this knob is actually adjusting the amount of voltage being fed to the NOS silicon transistor. A low bias setting gives you a more spongy fuzz with plently of sag and attack . When you move the knob clockwise to the higher setting, you get additional harmonics and a longer sustain with a bit more bite. Eruptor features a fixed output level and gain setting so the pedal can completely focus on the fuzz without coloring other tonal character. Either way, everything you need to know about this pedal is left to right on that knob. It’s also worth mentioning that Eruptor is a true bypass pedal with an all analog signal path.

 

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Ben Ash
Ben Ash is a member of the Sam Ash Music family, both literally and figuratively. He has worked on the sales floor in both the Huntington and Forest Hills location. As Social Media Coordinator, he was integral with bringing the social media of the company to new heights and relevancy. He was also a Manager of the Northeast region. Currently, he is the Content Marketing Manager for Sam Ash Music. He received a Bachelors Degree in Music Business at Berklee College Of Music in 2012. He’s a proficient guitar player and can also play bass and ukulele. Although he grew up as a fan of classic rock and alternative, he’s now opened his mind to being a fan of many genres of music. He regularly posts his music covers on his YouTube channel and has played multiple venues in Long Island, NYC, Philadelphia and Boston.