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Fuzz Recommendation?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Diaz, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. Diaz


    Oct 18, 2013
    I'm looking for a fuzz to use after the OC2 and get a kinda broken analog synth sound.

    I've kinda narrowed it down to the WH Swollen Pickle Mk2 and the W&C Pickle Pie B. And i'm mainly looking for first-hand comments on them. :)

    I'm not very fuzz savvy, i was checking the pickle pie b and quite liked the sound and the fact that it has a Mix knob(!), and that its Tone knob is way more aggressive in comparison to what i expected from Wren and Cuff.

    But the WH Swollen Pickle's got that Crunch knob which makes it sound waaay more broken.

    I've gotta say i like the idea of Mix knobs in almost all pedals (Pickle Pie), but that crunch knob in the Swollen Pickle sounds gold...

    Any comments are most welcomed. :)
  2. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2011
    I think the fuzz you are looking for is a smallsound/bigsound Team Awesome Fuzz Machine, actually. Has a blend and usually comes with a gate option included; so it can go from subtle fuzz mix to full sputtery fuzzstortion.
  3. Diaz


    Oct 18, 2013
    Aw man...That Fuzz Machine does look awesome! I'll check some more demos of it first. If anyone's got any experience with it, i'll gladly listen to it. :)
  4. vegas532


    Nov 10, 2006
    Melbourne, FL.
    Consider some of the Brassmaster style circuits out there and some of the Devi Ever and Dwarfcraft stuff as well.
  5. adamaarts

    adamaarts Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2001
    Corona, CA
    Beta tester Source Audio, demos/reviews of many others
    I had the way huge. It worked way better with it ran through a blend pedal since it drops low end and gets real nasty at some settings. The clean blend helps keep the low end and keep a foundation going under the nasty.

    It is an awesome pedal though.
  6. Diaz


    Oct 18, 2013
    How bad is the low end drop? :ninja: I had an EHX Black Russian Big Muff and the low end loss in it was quite bad if you didn't dial the Sustain knob (Fuzz) over 12' and close almost entirely the Tone knob. The resulting low end was quite monstrous but the pedal was otherwise very limited for bass use imo.

    I'm familiar with the Dwarfcraft pedals but i think i'd rather go for a more regular fuzz sound (like i believe the Pickle Pie and Swollen Pickle offer without exaggerated settings) and then be able to get one or two cool knobs to play around with. <3
  7. spaz21387


    Feb 25, 2008
    Portland oregon
    I have owned both and still own the pickle pie b... The swollen pickle just always sounded muddy in a band mix I hated it. I really wanted to like the pedal but it ended up getting sold. Another fuzz you might want to look at is the blackout effectors musket. I love that thing...
  8. tomhanzo


    Apr 20, 2008
    West Virginia
    I agree about the swollen pickle getting lost in the mix. You can pull the deep end back out by adjusting the tone knob and the internal trim for the mid position. It just seems to get lost.

    It does sound like a muff other wise. In my mind I think break up wouldn't be the word for what the crunch knob does. It more so a compress knob.

    I never tried it with a blend or anything so I can't comment on a blend loops affect to the sound.
  9. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    For the broken synth thing, go have a rummage around on ilovefuzz.com
    Those guys live for that kind of thing.
    Truly Beautiful Disaster comes to mind, but there are lots of bitcrushers and oddball fuzzes over there.
  10. bassmusic17


    Jan 15, 2011
    The small sound/bugsound buzz looks like it should be considered here as well.
  11. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    I really like the unpleasant surprise.
    Quite a range of tones in that little box many very useable ones amongst them!
  12. WaldoNova

    WaldoNova Having fun yet? Supporting Member

    Jun 14, 2009
    Yonkers, NY
    I wonder if by "broken" the OP means a gated fuzz? I'd looki into any fuzz with a gate. I've always wanted the TAFM w/a gate so if one becomes available in the TB classifieds leave it for me!!!
  13. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    That unpleasant surprise does 'broken' really quite well!
  14. Diaz


    Oct 18, 2013
    Hey guys thanks a lot for the input! I should've been more specific about the "broken synth" thing, haha. I do want it to sound like what you'd get from a preset in Ableton or Logic that goes by "broken analog synth" :p And that's why i'm talking about the Swollen Pickle and the Pickle Pie (which have a very classic fuzz tone, i believe?). Kinda like the tone you get with the Swollen Pickle but the sustain/dynamic of the Musket.

    To be honest, that Musket by Blackout Effectors sounds great but i think the one tone i was looking for is from the Swollen Pickle (and big thanks to that Crunch knob)! Though it was mentioned that there's low end loss :( I'll see if i can try one over here before deciding anything.
    And will check if there's mods to avoid low end loss with it at least :)

  15. Guinness20


    Jan 24, 2013
    Liverpool, UK
    The Mojo hand colossus is also worth a look, in the mould of the musket