TWA Great Divide??
I just saw that the TWA Great Divide is finally back.
checked out the clips and holy cow i can't wait for mine. They said they'll be ready to ship it in Sept. i'm pre-ordering mine this week.
check out the clips here.
Woah, that looks pretty cool. For $399 beans it had better be.
no offense but it just looks like a ripped of EHX BMS with more tweakability in a smaller package for twice the price.
no thanks, i'll take the original BMS anyday.
The best part about it is it doesn't say ehx - BOOM.
I don't buy their whole spiel about the original version being too expensive to make.
Original had memory for patch settings too.
It's still way too expensive for the sounds it makes. You can get most of those sounds with 3 pedals that would cost you less than buying that thing and you'd also have a buttload of other sounds that those 3 pedals can do instead of one really overpriced microsynth rip off.
Subscribed. I'm curious to hear someone other than Godlyke demo this pedal.
Based on the one demo for bass, and a moment of fiscal weakness, I purchased one last week. I should see it in a few days. I know I may be underwhelmed again, but my gut, and the demo, tells me this will be significantly more stable.
I will be sure and report in when I've had a chance to run it through the paces.
Got my Great Divide yesterday,
But between "Breaking Bad" on the DVR, and other commitments, I didn't get much time with it. Long enough to figure out that, No, it's not broken, but like so many EHX pedals, apparently it doesn't like hanging out on a 9 volt daisy chain. It made sound, but in very odd and inconsistent ways. Placing it on a dedicated power supply fixed that.
I intending on coming home tonight to make a little demo video, but I have decided to wait on that. I don't think I can do it justice quite yet. I spent about a half an hour experimenting with and adjusting the internal pots, and then about an hour just playing with it. At the end of that hour, I felt like I was just beginning to find a groove. So instead I will just share a few observations.
This is an analog device, and like those before it, care must be taken for optimal tracking. The manual suggests things I've read before, i.e., cut the highs to reduce harmonic tracking syndrome, maybe try some compression in front, and play neatly and precisely. All these things help, and while it doesn't seem to track as well as an EHX Micropog (digital), it does track as well or better than an OC-2, or my EBS octabass. It also seemed to favor a lower level passive Bartolini input over a higher level MM Sterling.
Overall sound, I like it. It is not as "synthy" as an EHX BMS, or a Markbass SS, but that's where the insert loop will come into play. The feature it has the least of is modulation, or any significant filter sweep, it's there, just pretty subtle. A wah or an envelope in the insert will be very cool. I need to build/buy that cable soon. The +1 oct has an internal "drive" adjustment and can get pretty distorted on it's own. I chose to go with cleaner for the +1, as the synth voice as some good distortion options. The Sub voice can also get pretty gritty. Sub tracking below the E on the A string is wonky to non existent, and the clock, or frequency divider, can make the sub get VERY Low, not too practical for a bass, but potentially interesting. I have kept the Sub clock at -1 or -1.5, lower than that gets messy. Same for the Synth clock.
4 distinct Synth voices, all usable, and they play well with the other voices. There is an internal adjustment for the synth envelope, sharp attack to a nice swell. I prefer the sharp attack, gives a nice clean hit for each note. The synth with the clock at -1.5 gives you a nice odd interval, I had flashbacks to my friends Roland SH-101, good times.....
As a standard octave divider, it excels. An internal LPF on the -1 oct lets you tune that voice a bit, and the tracking is very good. As a synth box, it actually seems pretty simple. Huge amounts of gain on tap, with global I/O adjustments inside. And many variations with just the smallest nudge of a fader. At first blush I felt that maybe it's scope was too narrow, but as I played with it, I began to appreciate that. It's easy to dial in, and I get the sense it will be easy to use in a musical way in a band setting. Something that I have a hard time doing with the Markbass SS.
Build quality is good, but the outside faders, the ones for clock and synth voice, are tall and thin metal, and seem vulnerable. I wouldn't want to step on them.
I will do my best to get something recorded this weekend, so you can hear for yourself. Is it worth it? Only you can answer that, but if you are happy with your BMS, I wouldn't run out and replace it with The Great Divide. If you are looking to make your first entry into this type of device, or like me, just didn't gel with the BMS, all I can say is I'd rather spend the $400 for the Great Divide than $300 on a new BMS. I have a suspicion that the implementation of the fx loop will be a whole nuther level of awesome for this pedal.
For better or worse, here is something to check out.
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