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Note that the full pedal shots are what the pedals will look like, but with the newer graphics!
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Dark option is tuned a bit darker-- similar to a Russian Muff.
This is the Gnomeratron v3. It's a super flexible fuzz/dirt box. It has a clean blend, and if you hate clean blends, you can cram it into the front end of the fuzz with a switch labeled "magic" because that's how I roll.
Let's start with the looks. It's super colorful, and available with 2 styles of graphics, with 4 colors each. The enclosure is belt-sanded for a brushed look, and the graphics are covered with scratch-resistant polycarbonate.
The names are based on the background color (Lightning is the ones with the full Gnome and lightning, vortex is the one with the gnome face over a swirly background)
The fuzz side is based on two clipping stages. Think of it as two dirt pedals back to back. You get control over the gain of each one, the clipping diodes, and how those diodes clip (hard/soft). There's also a feedback switch to make it oscillate. Or just make noise. Honestly, who's to say what it's going to do? It depends. There's also a standard sorta tone control with a "filter" switch to control if it's scooped or kinda flat.
The clean blend is a fairly basic clean blend. It's a bit dark, you can crank the gain of it to make it dirty, it has some clipping diodes to help dirty it up and blend in with the fuzz better. It also has a tone control to roll off some high end if you just wanna mix in clean lows.
Fuzz: This is the volume of the fuzz. That's all it does.
Gain: Control the gain going into the fuzz. Pretty standard stuff.
Gate: The gate control sits between the two clipping stages. It helps control some noise and gate off oscillations and stuff. If you turn it all the way up, it'll mute the pedal.
Tone: This is a pretty standard tone control. Turn it down for darkness, up for harshness.
Diode 1: Selects the clipping diodes for the first clipping stage. Silicon/2X Silicon/Schottky
Diode 2: Same as diode 1, but for the 2nd clipping stage. Nuts!
Octave: Turns on an octave-up circuit. It sits between the two clipping stages.
Filter: Changes how the tone control works. To the right, it's scooped in the mids. To the left, it's flat. In
Clean(ish): Volume for the clean blend.
Tone: Rolls off highs so your bass isn't all like "plonk plank" and ruining your day and making people not want to talk to you.
Magic switch: Routs the clean blend circuit into the fuzz. It's like using a boost pedal before the fuzz.
Side switches (top to bottom):
Clipping 1: Hard/soft clipping for the first clipping stage. Up is soft, down is hard.
Clipping 2: Same, but for the 2nd stage.
Feedback: Feedback between the clipping stages that makes the fuzz oscillate and such.
Clean dirt: Adds some clipping diodes to the clean blend and helps it blend in a bit better.
Side knobs (top to bottom):
Gain 1: Gain for the first clipping stage.
Gain 2: Gain for the second clipping stage.
Fuzz boost: Gain boost for the output stage of the fuzz. Makes it louder.
Clean Gain: Gain boost for the fuzz. Makes it louder and/or dirtier.
Starve switch: It's the little switch on the back. It drops the voltage for the fuzz to 6 volts and starves it a bit. You'll get less output, but sometimes more weirdness. Right is off.
Inside trimmers (note: these are a bit delicate, so be careful! They're not meant to be messed with a ton, but try 'em out. You'll need, like, an eyeglasses screwdriver):
1!: Adds some resistance after the first clipping stage so the next stage doesn't drag it down as much. You get more dirt, but it pushes the next stage a little less. Turning it down increases the resistance (I know, it's a bit backwards).
2!: Same, but for the 2nd stage.
LED!: Dimmer for the LED. Turn it down if the LED is too bright, and up if you want it brighter.
clean boost!: Boosts the output of the clean boost. Cranking it will make it dirty. You could also turn it down if you were weird, I guess.
starve: starves the fuzz side more when the starve switch is on. Too much and the pedal won't work great, but you can just turn it back down.
Tips, tricks and quirks:
The feedback switch is between the two clipping stages' gain controls. If you have either of them all the way up, it'll just turn the other one all the way up too. It works best with both of them down a bit. The gain controls are the best way to control the feedback/oscillation.
The gate control will mute the fuzz if you turn it all the way up.
The octave circuit is right after stage 1, so if you really wanna slam it, turn up the gain on stage one use less clipping. Adding stronger clipping diodes on stage 2 will smooth it out a bit. Turn the gain down for a more classic octave tone.
Some of the switches pop. Especially the diode, filter, and starve switches. It's normal.
Yo, I want a basic fuzz setting to start with! Cool! Try this:
Soft clipping (switches up) with whatever diodes you want. Turn the clipping stage gains almost all the way up, the other two about half way; gate control down, octave off, oscillation off, clean blend doing whatever you want. That should get you something pretty normal.
From there, try turning the octave on. Flip "Diode 1" to the middle. Now switch to magic mode, turn up the Clean(ish) knob, and turn the clean tone down. You should get a pretty strong octave that way.
Now turn on the feedback switch. Try and play with the gain controls and gate control until you get something sufficiently weird and fun. You can find octave-down sorta sounds too. Experiment with the octave on and off. Flip the starve switch (it'll probably pop). It's a treasure hunt, and you're everyone's favorite tone pirate. Pillage your own ear drums.