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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.