Hello Talkbass! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXLQ4...1&feature=plcp
I'm sure "***" will be censored by Talkbass, which is understandable, but the name perfectly fits the pedal. During sound check I'll fiddle with it and the second I turn it off, I ALWAYS hear someone say, "Wow, what the ____ was that?"
This is my first review and demo of a pedal, I apologize in advance for any goof ups. I have used TB as a resource for a few years, and thought I would give back.
The *** by Loud Button electronics is very hard to describe. Technically it is a distortion and a LFO with some sort of envelope on it. The resulting sounds are not for the faint of heart and certainly not for purists. Usage and application of the pedal is only limited by your imagination.
ATTACK: This appears to be the sensitivity of the envelope. You'll need to find the sweet spot that is harmonious with the attack of your playing. The position will change depending on how hard you play, and if you are playing high up on the neck or lower on the neck.
GATE: This knob controls the noise gate on the pedal. If the knob is set to around 9 or 10 o'clock the gate turns off and the oscillator runs wild. If you crank the knob fully counter-clockwise, the gate cuts off the oscillator, resulting in a lazer gun sort of "PEW!" sound when you are done playing the note. If you play faster staccato notes, you get a rapid fire lazor gun sound. If the gate is open, your initial attack creates the envelope to open and sustain. When the envelope closes, it tastefully transitions into the oscillator.
VOLUME: This thing can get loud.
FREQUENCY: Counter-clockwise is a very low drone. This is exceptionally pronounced with a tube amp, but still punishing with a solid state. It seems almost like a sub-octave on some lower settings on this knob. As you continue clockwise the frequency gets higher in pitch and around the 3 o'clock to fully clockwise position gets almost piercing. The higher frequency settings DEFINITELY cut through the mix.
Like I mentioned in the video, the pedal has sweet spots that will be different for each player and each bass plugged into it. It is also one of those pedals that you have to almost treat like a new instrument and play the pedal itself. Pedals like the Whammy pedals, a wah-wah, an envelope filter, or the Rotovibe. Different approaches to the pedal will yield different sounds in result.
Their website can be found at www.loudbutton.com
Thank you Talkbass!