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This is a thread for posting the things you'd love to have.   Post them as you find them... link to them - tell us why you want them. 

 

This can be "practical" things - or dreaming big blue sky if money were no object types of things!

 

 

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Here's what's on my "wish list" for 2011/2012!

 

Catalinbread Monatavillian Echo

http://www.catalinbread.com/montavillian.html

 

Spoiled by the various tube driven echo units we have around the shop, we wanted the Montavillian Echo to sound and feel just as BIG! So we went all out on the audio path on this thing... We took painstaking efforts to make the dry signal sound and feel better when on than with the pedal bypassed. We decided that the corksniffer OPA2134 Burr Brown opamp was the best sounding option to achieve this.

The Montavillian Echo utilizes the PT2399 chip, one of the more common delay chips used in modern delays, however, rather than slavishly following the datasheet, we threw it out and ventured out on our own, using our ears to guide us, and what we achieved is a fantastic sounding delay, with a slew of sounds in a small, easy to use footprint. The Montavillian Echo is a "companderless" echo... This is a critically important part of the Montavillian Echo's character. So many companded echos have unattractive repeats, they sorta bubble, chirp, and become messy as the repeats get quieter… The effect ruins the illusion of SPACE and ambience. The Montavillian has no compounding, therefore the echos trail off almost forever over the horizon, disappearing into the ether rather than crash landing back to earth. The resulting echos function to provide a sonic soup, a bed of ambience to play over. The illusion of space and size that the Montavillian provides, makes it one of the few stompboxes I have that comes close to my big old tube echos.

Headroom and stacking abilities, often short comings of echos. We've run the Montavillian into all of our amps clean and cranked (Hiwatt, AC30, 5E3, Super Reverb, Blues Jr. etc.) we've also stacked it before our dirt pedals. We've even slammed it with numerous fuzzes and overdrives. The Montavillian handles it all with no effort. Should you need even more headroom the Montavillian can be run at 18V.

Don't be fooled by the simple 4 knob arrangement. Each knob has a great amount of range, making this seemingly simple delay very versatile.

The "TIME" knob allows for a wide range of delay times, ranging from around 60ms all the way up to over 600ms max time.

The "CUT" knob is a really neato control that I haven't seen before on an echo. It's function is to sweep from about 400Hz to about 1500Hz, lowpass filter... When the knee sweeps to the high side it gives a nice little bump in the mids right before the subtle fall off. Tuning this knob allows you to sweep from old school BBD dark filtering to a clear repeat. It gives you the power to adjust your echoes so that they sit in the mix perfectly against your dry signal. This control also functions to EQ the tonality of self-oscillations.

The "MIX" knob is traditional in the way it mixes into your dry path the amount of echo. What is not traditional the amount of boost it permits you to add... So many echo pedals out there you can hardly tune the repeat to unity with the gain. This is not at all the case with the Montavillian Echo! You can make your repeats much louder than the dry signal. This comes in really handy for short repeats for a dramatic doubling effect as well as self oscillation freakouts.

The "REPEATS" knob feeds signal from the output of the delay line to the input. This control allows for a single repeat all the way to self oscillation.

POWER INTERACTION

When playing the Montavillian you’ll notice that with the cut level down the repeats will self-oscillate fairly quickly (a little over noon). The Montavillian does this to allow the echo to still self-oscillate even with the cut all the way up, which has a higher threshold in order to do so. You will also notice that this threshold will shift whether you are running the Montavillian at 9v or 18v. At 18v you will have added headroom, which also means a higher threshold before self-oscillation. This change in power will also slightly effect the mix function of the Montavillian. While at 9v, the unity for the mix is around noon, but will be higher when running at 18v.

Our goal with the Montavillian wasn't simply to make another echo pedal. We have access to countless echo units, and with many of these units we noticed short comings in various forms, whether it was inability for the echoes to reach unity, or finding certain pedals to be too crystalline or dark, various noise issues, inabilities to self-oscillate, and murky sounding dry signals and drifting repeats. We tried very hard to eliminate all these various problems and make a simple, solid delay pedal you'll love to play for years to come. Enjoy!

Available 11/29/10

 

Catalinbread - Ottava Magus II

http://www.catalinbread.com/OttavaMagusII.html

 

Most octave pedals in the past have been thin and glitchy, you needed to run them into a cooking amplifier to get any beef or sustain out of them and even then it was a challenge fighting the thing to ride out a note. When we set about developing the original Ottava Magus we wanted to address those issues and make a pedal that was more friendly to use. So we did that and it was good.

But we wanted more. We wanted the ability to mix in some more fuzzy goodness if we wanted so we added a new Saturation control to the OM2. This new feature alters the attack response allowing you to morph your pick attack into a more saturated (duh!) and elastic feel. It also adds some more gain into the mix giving you those “Holy crap! - MAH AMP IS FIXIN’ TA ‘ESPLODE!!!” sounds that all the cool kids are into nowadays. If you roll back the Intensity control, you can decrease the octave effect giving you old school fuzz tones to boot. Righteous! We also altered the original circuit a bit allowing it to sound even better going into a completely clean amp, a little more meat and less rasp. But if raspy is your thing (weirdo!), fear not - with the new 18v capability you can wrassle with it and get the more glitchy sounds too.
 
Like the original, you can bend a note and hold it without it dropping out using any pickup you wish and playing anywhere on the neck you want. The input sensitivity is the same, so you’ll get a variety of tones just by using your guitar’s volume knob. Those dissonant double stops still turn into huge polyphonic screams, and it’s still capable of the subtle ‘flutey’ high octave tones or crazier full-on ring mod sounds - and now you can mix in more gain using the Saturation control for ’60s ’Thuper Fuzz’ type stuff too.

And speaking of the Intensity control, it has been intensified too - we gave it a wider range for even more over-the-top intensities. To add to the intensitude, we even threw in a little secret lightshow for you to trip on while you make Jimi faces in the dark - groovy man!

Oh, and it still has purple knobs. You still like purple, right? 
 

Malekko Ekko 616

http://www.malekkoheavyindustry.com/index.php/ekko

 

650ms Analog Delay Pedal


For years, Malekko has been synonymous with the best quality BBD delays available. Today the evolution continues with the EKKO 616, a full featured yet compact delay with external modulation controls, an optional buffer, internal level pot and 650ms of pure analog bliss!

The E616's specially voiced repeats allow a larger bandwidth to pass than most traditional analog delays. Turn the mix pot all the way up and the repeats will be slightly louder than the dry signal if needed, allowing greater flexibility. The regeneration pot will take you from a simple slapback to a nice gentle decay of a few repeats then all the way to taking off into outer space with just a turn of the pot! Engage the modulation button and the Malekko EKKO 616 takes on a whole new personality, from subtle chorusing or beautiful vibrato to way WAY beyond. The EKKO 616 also allows you to select your type of bypass between buffered or true bypass. Tired of annoying volume drops? An internal trimpot (labeled "gain") will allow you to set the EKKO 616's level to your specific setup.

At Malekko, we didn't set out to make a carbon copy of anything. Instead of looking backwards, we designed a new and visionary analog delay from the ground up.

Operates on a 9V battery or optional 9VDC neg tip regulated power supply.

 

Devi Ever - Soda Meiser

http://sodameiser.deviever.com/

 

At lower intensities it has a great muff-like sound but with a lot more character. At higher intensities, it becomes a disharmonic fuzz bliss that reminds many of the more scrambled fuzzes of old. People have compared the Soda Meiser's sound to that of the Smashing Pumpkins and Jeff Buckley. I find it to be the perfect pedal for adding layers of fuzz over synth and bass when recording in the studio or on tour.

The Soda Meiser was recently featured in the amazing DVD, The Art of the Stompbox, featuring Nels Cline and Henry Kaiser. Check out a clip of Nels Cline demonstrating the Soda Meiser in action!

controls
Volume knob : Controls the outbound gain of the fuzz circuit, and there is a lot of gain on tap. Use it loud to push an amp into overdrive or boost lead parts. Be careful though, it can get very loud on a clean amp!

Intensity knob : Controls the amount of forward signal going into the fuzz circuit. This control acts similarly to the sustain, or drive knob, on other dirt boxes, but with the most extreme setting sending the fuzz texture into a more scrambled, chaotic disarray.

The demo video at the top of this page features and older version of the Soda Meiser which had a chaos flip switch (the newer versions do not come with a chaos flip switch). If you enjoyed the sounds provided by the chaos flipswitch, you can now get that sound and more with the Noise Floor.

specifications
- true bypass
- mxr sized enclosure
- boutique quality components
- incredibly low mA draw
- silicon transistor based
- 9 volt, 2.1 mm, negative tip power jack
- 9 volt battery snap inside (unscrew the back plate)

 

 

STG Sound Labs - Wave Folder

http://stgsoundlabs.com/products/wave_folder_mu.htm

 

the Wave Folder

The Wave Folder is a nonlinear diode-based waveshaper with voltage-controllable gain and a 10-volt offset range.

Now you're probably asking yourself "mkay that sounds like my Bostron Zombie pedal, but 5 times what I paid for it at Banjo Centre. why do I want that? my Zombie is an exciting pink colour!"

The answer: this is more. in addition to being more money, we're talking more diodes, more output, more gain, more offset. more sound. the STG Soundlabs Wave Folder contains no less than 20 diodes, guaranteed or your money back. when I opened a certain un-named diode-based distortion pedal I found only 4 diodes. 5 times the diodes, five times the price: coincidence?

it's also, of course, completely different than your pretty pink distortion pedal. the circuit inside this module is licensed from Juergen Haible, and adapted by Yves Usson and Detachment 3 Engineering.

i'm sure eventually i'll get some nice demos of the Folder as it folds but in the meantime you can check out these other photos of the device.

Price: $215

Current estimated lead time of 4 weeks

 

 

 

 

 

STG Sound Labs - Mankato Filter

http://stgsoundlabs.com/products/mankato_filter_mu.htm

 

Mankato Filter

The Mankato Filter is a four-pole lowpass filter with positive and negative outputs at every pole, giving you slopes of 6 dB/oct, 12 dB/oct, 18 dB/oct, and 24 dB/oct simultaneously. the negative slope outputs allow you to use the Mankato as a quadrature sine oscillator with 8 available phases. the Mankato will self-resonate from subaudio to superaudio, and responds to one volt per octave through its unattenuated control inputs. the signal inputs are DC coupled, which allows you to use the Mankato as a voltage-controlled slew limiter.

An audio demonstration of the filter can be found here. it is a 5-track composition using the Mankato for something on every track, and it is the only filter used in the piece.

The Mankato Filter is based on a PCB sold by Magic Smoke Electronics of a circuit designed by Thomas Henry.

Price: $395

Available again in 2011

 

Hey  now... I can't be the only one dreaming of gear I can't afford!   

I have been lusting after one of these for awhile. I would definitely need to sell some things to make it possible, though.                                                                                                         http://www.hakenaudio.com/Continuum/index.html

The Continuum Fingerboard
Designed by Dr. Lippold Haken and manufactured by Haken Audio, the Continuum Fingerboard is a musical instrument that allows unprecedented realtime performance control. With a greater pitch range than a traditional 88 note Midi keyboard, the Continuum offers realtime continuous control in three dimensions for every finger that is placed on the playing surface.
Included internally is a custom designed synthesizer, specifically programmed to take advantage of the subtle and dramatic expressive musical possibilities of the Continuum.
The Continuum is available in full-size (nearly 8 octaves) and half-size (nearly 4 octaves) versions.

http://www.noisemakereffects.com/Noisemaker_Effects/Mother_Russia.html

Sounds like Dinosaur Jr. in a box. Bet it would sound great on analog bass. Not too expensive. Come on student loans!

Korg Microsampler. I don't like software to much so this looks great. Waiting for the price to drop.

@Andrew - The Mother Russia looks cool.  I'll have to check those out.

 

Those two synth modules I posted from STG Sound Labs - those are made in Chilicothe, IL ... ;-)

Yes I know the Suit and Tie fairly well... He used to play in between bands at all the local punk shows in Peoria. I went in his studio once when a friend was picking up an amp he had repaired. Pretty eye popping set up. I've heard that wave folder is really cool from a friend who has it.

 

My problem with the pedals you listed and the mother russia is that they may sound great on guitars, but it seems to be a crap shot on how they will sound with electronics. Seems the are made for a weak signal (guitar) and not all of them can handle a loud synth. The Malekko Ekko 616 is awesome though! Highly recommended!

Suit and Tie Guy was actually a synth student of mine when he was like 12 or 13... ;-) 

 

Oh yeah - totally agree on the pedals.  I have a modular synth that I can push my guitar or bass through - and it has tons of the basic building blocks of most pedals - I'm just getting used to using it that way (even though I'd bought it to be both a synth and an effects rack...) - now that I'm adding in guitar pedals it should be interesting.   I have 3 spaces open on my modular ... not sure yet - of course modules pretty much usually cost a lot more than guitar pedals.

 

Since I'm "new" to playing guitar - of course that's where my gear lust is heading right now.  ;-)

 

 

 

 

Ha-ha...!

 

Do You REALLY think this page (this net... this universe...) could contain ALL the needs, dreams and wishes of even just one single man? One leads to the next eternally...   ;-) 

 

Anyway - here are just some examples:

- I'd love to have my wife's Yamaha baby grand piano back which she had to sell some years ago

- the latest (an biggest possible) Mac with the latest versions of Cubase, Logic, Live, Reason and (most of all) Metasynth, with all those nice virtuall instruments - like EVERYTHING from Native Instruments and Arturia AND the latest edition of Cycling 74's Pluggo collection (Guess that would do for a start... ;-)

- the latest (and biggest possible) MacBook (or better three of them...) with a similar setup like the desktop Mac, but optimized for live performance...

- Hardware like the Radikal Technologies SPECTRALIS, a Nord Lead, some step sequencers...ah... a Minimoog of course AND a big Moog modular...and all that magic stuff from the Golden 70ies...

- I could use two or three good, expensive Microphones as well

And...wellllllllllll...I better stop - otherwise I'll get a hysterical attack when I return home and see all my poor old cheep equipment, all on the edge of collapsing ;-)

 

But it's nice to dream sometimes...

 

Is a technician for the studio, a webmaster, an internet communication assistant and a manager "gear", too, by the way...? 

(I don't mention groupies - that would be tasteless... ;-)

Michael ...  LOL!   Loved that post.  

 

Yes - I could go absolutely nuts... I'd love a larger studio space able to hold a drumset and an acoustic piano - would love a 2nd or 3rd cabinet of dotcom format analog modules.  

 

I'm fine with "reasonably possible" gear someone might acquire soon - or total money's no object let's dream big posts! 

 

Grin!   :-)

Hey - to post a picture....  you can do two things...

 

1)  click the 2nd button from the left in the box you type your reply in.  It looks like a window.  Browse for a picture on your computer and it'll upload.  You can also play with the other settings on the upload page if you'd like.

 

2)  copy/paste from another website.  Many times this will copy the picture along with the text.  Note - sometimes it just doesn't work depending on how the website you're copying from posts stuff.

I quite fancy one fo these. Its good to dream from time to time.

 

!!! I love Yamahas! Such underrated synths. I have a cs-5 and a cs-15. Looking to make one of their string synths my next major buy.

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