Source Audio Orbital

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  1. WaldoNova

    WaldoNova Supporting Member

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    I saw Smeet's phaser shootout thread. Until reading that I hadn't seen or heard anything about this pedal. Given SA popularity, with good reason, around here I thought that was odd. So it was determined to be a really great sounding and versatile phaser. What about the other sounds? Are there any owners out there who want to enlighten the rest of us about the usefulness of this pedal?
     
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    No one? Nobody has one or wants to comment on the chorus and flanger sounds of this unit. It seems to compare favorably to the Strymon Mobious. Has anyone owned both and care to comment?
     
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    sillyfabe keeping the low-end silly since '06

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    BUMP as I'm looking at getting one for my one stop modulation source
     
  4. Yurtra

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    Did you check out SA's bass demo video on YouTube?



    I'll see about recording a few clips of all the different effect types with my OM too. All of them sound great to me and are quite useful on both bass and guitar.

    Unfortunately, I haven't tried a wide variety of modulation pedals so I can't really compare. That said, I don't think you can go wrong with the OM.
     
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  6. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut

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    I don't have a Strymon to compare it to, but I do love mine. out of the 4 other phase shifters that I have, the OM is my favorite.
     
  7. WaldoNova

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    Having 2 user presets is pretty enticing. The price is very reasonable as well. I may just take the plunge.
     
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    That's a much better demo than the one I saw when I searched YouTube initially. Thanks for the link.

    So to get the full functionality of this pedal I'll need to get the dual expression pedal and/or the HH. That may not be a deal breaker but....:rollno:
     
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    Which 4 other phase shifter pedals do you have?
     
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    johnk_10 vintage bass nut

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    right now, a vintage 70's Mutron Phasor II, a script logo MXR phase 90, a Causality 4 MKII, and an old digitech vibrothang.
     
  11. Yurtra

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    Here's a bunch of sample clips I JUST recorded for you to feast your ears on! :hyper:

    Please excuse the sloppy playing. I recorded these a half hour before I was supposed to leave my place! There is a slight bit of reverb on all of the tracks just to liven them up a bit. Other than that these are recorded direct into my cheap-o Focusrite interface.

     
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    I never heard of the mkII. Is that a more modern phaser? I'm curious since the other 3 are more vintage type.
     
  13. Yurtra

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    Also, no expression pedal or hot hand on any of those clips!
     
  14. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut

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    it's a bit more modern:

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    Thanks for doing clips! I can't listen to them right now, on my phone, but once I get a chance I will listen to them very closely.
     
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    That looks like a versatile phaser. I wonder whether it's more of a small stone or phase 90 type. I think that's probably the biggest selling point of the orbital. It's looking more likely that I'll be picking one up soon.
     
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    johnk_10 vintage bass nut

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    it's definitely not like a phase 90 since it's a four stage OTA based phaser with two fixed stages and two swept stages. the MXR uses transistors for the phasing. it's more akin to the small stone (which also uses an OTA) but with a lot more features. IMO, the SA Orbital Modulator is ALOT better though. my second favorite is between the script phase 90 and the Mutron.

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    Dude those clips are awesome!!! I am so jacked to get my Subterreana in. I'm pretty much sold on the Orbital. There are definitely some great sounds to be had. Does anyone know if the Orbital will run off of my BBE Suppacharger? Or does it have to run off of a dedicated SA power supply?
     
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    It should work off of any 9v charger capable of supplying at least 200mA. Your power supply has two outputs that fit that description, I believe.

    Edit: Also, thanks! :)
     
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    Lovely playing, really enjoyed that. Now I've got my local music store holding an Orbital for me to check out .....
     
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    Thanks for humoring me and answering all of my questions. Good times!!! Now that I've been enabled I think it's time to get me one of these.
     

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