Trio of doom: analog octaver, massive fuzz and an ultra versatile ring modulator.
- Octave Mix - -1/Dry/+1 octave blend knob,
Octave ON/OFF - switch,
- ON - the Octaver is activated together with the Fuzz,
- OFF - the Octaver can be activated by holding the Fuzz footswitch pressed (rev.A=momentary action, rev. B = latching action).
- Low End - 3 position switch, controls the "fatness" of the fuzz sound,
- Fuzz - gain, drive, amount of overdrive,
- Tone - tone control knob,
- Volume- fuzz output volume,
- Mid Boost - 2 position switch, adds more mid range,
- Resonance - low end boost, interal trimpot,
- Gate ON/OFF - noise gate ON/OFF switch,
- FUZZ Footwswitch - a short click toggles the Fuzz state. This footswitch shares some functions with the Octaver part.
Ring Modulator controls:
- Frequency - carrier base frequency, the incoming audio signal is multiplied with the carrier wave,
Carrier Wave - waveform selector switch. There are six available waveforms:
- Ramp Up
- Ramp Down
- Mix - Dry/Wet mix control.
Ring Tone - 3 position switch, lowpass filter for the ring modualtor sound,
center position = OFF,
- RING Footswitch - activates/deactivates the ring modulator.
- Ramp/ENV/LFO switch - ramp/envelope controlled or plain LFO modulation mode selection switch,
- Speed - LFO rate,
- Depth - LFO amplitude control, works together with the Frequency control,
- Symmetry - phase distortion control for the LFO waveform, allows to further manipulate all the LFO waveforms,
LFO Wave - waveform selector switch. There are six available waveforms:
- LFO/Ramp Footswitch - short click in LFO mode activates/deactivates the modulation.
Ramp Generator controls:
Other functionalities and tech specs:
- Intelligent True Bypass - if all sections are switched OFF the pedal goes into true bypass,
- FREQ Exp In - expression pedal input, controls the carrier frequency paramter,
- SPEED Exp In - expression pedal input, controls the LFO Speed paramter,
- Power requirement - 12V AC, 500mA adapter.
Expression pedal inputs:
the presence of the plugged pedal is automaticaly detected and the pedal takes control over the assigned parameter (Freq or LFO Speed). The onboard knobs are used to set the start value (pedal at heel position). Polarity of the plug:
Novel way of controlling the LFO range:
In traditional way of controlling the Low Frequency Oscillators output range one knob is used to set the waveform amplitude.
|In most cases the waveform center line placed in the middle of the available parameter range. This is how the LFO works in many modulation pedals like choruses, phaser shifters etc. Taking this idea one step further by allowing to move the center line up and down is known mostly from flangers - a knob often called "Manual" does the job there. This is the way how the LFO on the version I of The Carrier pedal works.|
The Carrier II and III uses a slightly different approach, the amplitude of the LFO waveforms is set by the absolute realtive difference in positions of the "Frequency" and "Depth" knobs:
The operation is very simple and intuitive - all the user needs to do is to set two values using
the mentioned knobs and let the LFO oscillate between them. If the knobs are in the same position, the amplitude will be at minimum. If one knob is at maximum and the other at minimum - it is a maximum depth setting.
Most of the new features in version III of the pedal are modulation/control related. The basic core sound of the pedal is still consistent with the previous versions. Please check out the other samples/videos too: VERSION II ⇒, VERSION I ⇒
Version II of the Carrier lacks only a few features which are present in the newest one:
- ENV - Envelope mode in the LFO section is not present,
- EXP Inputs - expression pedal inputs are simpler, the corresponding knobs (Freq or Speed) do not work if the pedals are plugged.
Version I - prototype