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Pigtronix ASDR Attack Sustain
January 31, 2008, 11:13 pm
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Attack indeed. This is one more for the Thurston Moore noise maker crowd (but not exclusively, I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings). I don’t know exactly what to say about this one. Pigtronix says the ASDR is a “polyphonic amplitude-envelope synthesizer that provides volume swell with variable attack time, compression / sustain and variable decay with automatic reset.” Yup. Also, it makes really crazy noises.

Apparently, with the Attack and Decay functions off but with the pedal engaged, it’s a compressor. With the functions engaged, it’s all bets off. Volume swells, reverse-type sounds, jagged tremors, stuttering chords—there are a lot of interesting sounds to be had here. Just be careful. $280 street.

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Pigtronix EP-1 Envelope Phaser
January 31, 2008, 10:59 pm
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Well, envelope filters aren’t really my thing, and by that I mean that the way I play would rarely require the use of one. As for the EP-1, it does what it does and does it well. Judging by the Pigtronix website, bass players use this as much as—if not more than—guitar players. It sounds good, it doesn’t wreck your tone, and it’s versatile. Just like the other Pigtronix gear, it can be controlled by an expression pedal, which is pretty cool. $220 street price.



Pigtronix ODO Disnortion
January 31, 2008, 8:20 am
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Octave, Distortion (Fuzz), and Overdrive in one unit. They’re wired in parallel so they can be used together, which can produce some pretty wacky results. All Thurston Moore wannabes take note. Or Neil Young, or Black Dice, etc. This is a nifty little box for less than what a “boutique” fuzz would cost you. Again, see pigtronix.com for sound clips. Street price $190, my price is unadvertiseable.



Pigtronix Echolution
January 28, 2008, 10:25 pm
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Oh, the Echolution. What fun. There are enough switches and knobs on this to keep you busy for hours, but it’s easy enough to use that you won’t get confused by it. Trust me, I’m easily confused and I can make it do cool stuff. You should have no problem. I’ve been able to impress people with the reverse function, which plays back the delay in reverse, and you have the option of cutting the original signal totally out of the mix so all you hear is the reverse. Look out Jimi! I also like the multi-tap switches, which set the delay at fractions of your selected delay time (which is set with the tap tempo foot switch). The multi-taps include one called Phi, which sets the fraction at a value based on the Golden Ratio. Oh yeah. No one can resist the Golden Ratio. This will enable you to write a song about Fibonacci or Pythagoras, or possibly both.

Sound clips available at the Pigtronix site. Standard street price is $469. Let me see what I can do for you though.

pigtronix echolution