02-23-2010 12:00 AM
I have been making electronic music for seven years.
I would definitely try to get another Geiger Counter if this one was lost, it's very unique. I didn't really compare it to other products, simply because there aren't really any.
On the other hand, I have as yet to get any "normal" fuzz or overdrive out of it. Not that I care much.
The bypass sound quality is perfect, absolutely no noise.
The secret is in knob used to switch between wave tables. If you push it, you navigate between a number of combinations for the bit rate and the sample rate. This means you have a lot more ways to change the sound than just the 252 wave tables.
This is of course mentioned in the manual, but if you have to bother with a manual, an effects pedal cannot be considered easy to use.
This has to be the quickest email reply I've got ever from a manufacturer.
02-14-2010 12:00 AM
Next...while there are a couple of other similar sounding devices out there...if your the type who has wondered..what would it be like if the maker put enough ability to tweak the box fully for better or worse throwing caution to the wind regarding results so you could endlessly experiment...again...wonder no more...come and get it!
I'd buy another in a heartbeat cause its very useable if you let yourself get into it. You dont have to max it out every inch of the way...play it cool and its musical as all hell yet nicely different...go extreme and surprise..even shock yourself and others...you'll have all the girls and boys wondering how you did that...whatever it was..if ya wanna!
Also...this gets along great with my other boxes...I use it right along with an M-13...no problem....sounds insanly good with a POG btw as well as wah pedals and auto wahs..use all your whirly swirly stuff with it...you name it.
I have fun with this pedal...I would caution though...this aint your daddies tube screamer...so much more than a ring modulater and you need to be a tweaker...other than that....lots of possibilities!
Never felt like that from a stompbox before!
Than...Once I settled down and decided there was no way to just flip from table to table and see what it can do...I just chose the first one and developed something of a system of knob tweaking that worked the table through its paces so to speak.
You have to understand or not...this thing can make sounds that will make sense to you or no sense at all..noise if you will...good noise..bad noise???? your call..who knows!
Many of the sounds I like... I craft with the idea of using the pedal as a very unique distortion or fuzz box...nothing to extreme but with over and under tones that can be metallic or octavelike...or similar to various filters you may have used....The idea is making its preamp duties dominate and letting the noises be more tightly controlled.
The tables do intensify as you go...up to you to figure out which is the least intense and how to group them..but a fuzz box setting thats musical can than be changed to a sound effect by simply moving the table up one or two..so its not always a matter of starting over again and again.
Speaking of sound effects this thing is full of um...ringers..computers...spaceships...just fiddle and find.
In any case there is no way to say that it sounds right...or it sounds rinky dink...just not possible because...those are both possible!
The 10 is because...I was hoping it would do what it does and I'm thrilled to death with how it sounds doing it. Theres no other way to say that concerning this item!
Havent had it long enough to say it'll last..but it appears that it should.
06-02-2009 12:00 AM
TWO GRIPES: no way to quickly get through the 252 possible waveform options (a knob that detected velocity ala Line 6 or my home theatre receiver would have helped) OR the aforementioned modes (accessible by pushing the Wave Table knob) of which there are 16 possible permutations (to be fair, I can't imagine any way around this - though I couldn't have possibly imagined producing a sweet little box like this either). The tones I've been able to wrangle with the most perfunctory of exploration have inspired dozens of riffs and prolonged ear-to-ear grinning.
I knew I could make a real sonic mess with this thing (and I can), but the real surprise here was how easily I could dial in several basic (but really fun and interesting) overdrive and fuzz tones...low-fi clean tones, low-sample-rate ring modulation...I'm just begininning to scratch the surface, truthfully. It's a tweaker's dream - if I have one complaint it might be that there are simply too many options (for me). The sounds are fat, thin, pretty, nasty, even flat-out horrible if that's what you're after - again, it's all subjective.
There are 252 waveforms you can send your tone through (after the super-clean to "holy-hell, where's the cat?" preamp and musical - and defeatable for a scalp-peeling gain boost - tone control). As if that weren't enough (and it probably was), you can adjust your signal's Sample Rate from 280HZ up to - I think 58kHz - it's higher than CD quality I know that for sure. You can also adjust your Bit Rate from 8 bits all the way down to 1 bit. There's also a mode switch (accessed by pushing the Wave Table selector knob) that'll place the Bit Depth funtion before or after the Wave Table algorithm, put the Sample Rate control in Fine mode for smaller adjustments, assign the CV input, etc.
I'm sucking at explaining this, I know - check out the Geiger Counter's manual over at www.wmdevices.com for a much more thorough and clear explanation. The point I'm trying and failing to make is that if you're looking for something that you can just plug into and twist a few knobs and get something cool...well, wait, cuz that works, too. I haven't even plugged anything into the CV input yet, I'm afraid my head will explode - I've seen some awesome expamples on YouTube involving the LFO output of a LightFoot Labs GoatKeeper into the CV input. That may have to be my next investment...