Optically Modulating Delay - Thsee Anomaly
Thsee Anomaly is an optically controlled delay which offers an incredibly robust LFO section with Tap Tempo and 6 multipliers.The LFO allows for a whole host of inspiring pitch swinging delays, from lush chorus and vibrato to wild rising swells and falling star-like tones.
***Its important to point out the tap tempo is linked to the LFO speed, NOT the delay time***
A lot of digital delays use PT2399 chips. PT2399 are great delay chips for shorter delay times in most instances. However, the longer you try and push the delay time, the more the signal degrades and artifacts, creating some really gnarly sounds. A lot of companies might avoid this. We f**king embraced it.
Cause it sounds really cool the way we did it.
Imagine you plugged your guitar using a really long cable and then threw that cable into a worm hole. You then mic up the wormhole with a Shure SM57 (cause it will survive) and BAM. Thats what the delay can sound like.
Instead of a standard potentiometer controlling the delay time, we have a photo-coupler cell.. typically found in tremolo, vibrato, and optical compressors (such as the Teletronix / Universal Audio LA2A).
The photo-coupler cell is paired up to a light source. In this case, an LED. That LED is fed power from the LFO section, specifically the Depth pot. If the depth is all the way down, there is no LFO and the light stays constant. Once you start to adjust the depth, however, the voltage fed to the LED varies, causing the LED to flash. This changes how much light the photo-couple cell receives, and ultimately changes how much resistance is fed to the delay control.
The result are unique and interesting delays.
Watch the Demos below for more!
Lush and rich chorus has all the 80's feels.
Vibrato: pretty straight forward.
Using the Ramp Up wave-form inspires this fun demo.
Fast LFO Speeds can create an additional octave.
Bypass Foot switch: Engages the effect into the audio path
Input Mono 1/4” : Mono Instrument cable input
Output Mono 1/4” Mono Instrument cable output
Expression 1/4" TRS (stereo cable)
Delay: Adjust the delay time from 40ms - 3400ms
*Captain's Note* Delay times above 1200ms, or roughly 12 O'Clock, will begin to demonstrate 'space dust' in the signal path. Crank it above 1500ms or 2 O'Clock and an alien space war will break out, lasers and everything. You can smooth out the noise on shorter delay times with the Tone control, but past 2 O'Clock things get weird. Safe Travels, Space Cadet!
Regen: controls the number of repeats
Swell: Secondary Feedback control. To operate swell control, hold swell foot switch
Swell Momentary Foot switch: Push to hold for swell
LFO LED: Visual indicator of LFO speed
Speed: Manually control the speed of the LFO
Depth: Control the depth of the pendulum swing of the LFO.
Wave: 8 different wavetables to shape your LFO
Tap Foot Switch: Controls the speed of the LFO, NOT the delay.
Multiplier: 6 Tap Tempo Multiplier for the LFO TAP foot switch
BYP LED: LED is illuminated when circuit is engaged.
Output: Final Output. If not getting any signal, first make sure this is turned up.
Mix: Blends your dry signal with the effected delay. CCW is dry, CW is effected.
Tone: Low Pass Filter (LPF) helps clean up some of the space dust with longer delay times.
Expression Foot switch Jack : hook up an expression pedal and manipulate the delay with ease.
9vDC (-) Center
Power Consumption: 40mA
Getting Started Settings:
Thsee Anomaly has quite a few tonal options. These settings provided are meant to give you a starting point to build from. Have fun!