Idiotbox Dark Waves

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by 2010P, Feb 15, 2018.


  1. 2010P

    2010P Inactive

    May 13, 2017
    Being an old Cure/New Order fan, I love chorus. Idiotbox seems to have a very cool offering, and pre-order just opened up for $99. Seemingly I'm the first one to buy. Enjoy!

    Dark Waves Echo Chorus - PRE ORDER
     
  2. Phe

    Phe

    May 30, 2005
    Oulu, Finland
    I pre-ordered as well, just as my post punk band is moving away from post punkiness. Damn.
     
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  3. 2010P

    2010P Inactive

    May 13, 2017
    Everything old is new again!
     
  4. Sounds cool. Definitely very Cure-esque.
     
  5. awesome!!! the pedals gods have answered!! but first, they demand sacrifice in the form of a sale
     
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  6. Phe

    Phe

    May 30, 2005
    Oulu, Finland
    Yeah... I acted first and thought second. Now I got to decide what to sell. Fortunately 99 dollars isn't a huge set back.
     
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  7. 2010P

    2010P Inactive

    May 13, 2017
    Just got my Dark Waves #1 in. Will report back after I've put it thru its paces.
     
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  8. Phe

    Phe

    May 30, 2005
    Oulu, Finland
    Oh damn, that sucks!
     
  9. 2010P

    2010P Inactive

    May 13, 2017
    Ok, basic overview is this thing, despite its mean looks, is really a rather tame and subtle note thickener. This is not to be read as a dig on the pedal. Quite the opposite. The controls all have a very fine-tuning feel to them rather than all out sonic destruction. It's very easy to dial in exactly what you need because of this.

    There are no major extreme seasick tones in this thing, and it shines best when used as it is intended, which is a simple chorus with an 80's vibe.

    The only thing I would have to say that might be construed as negative is that the echo knob is simply a volume and feedback control. You have no control over delay time. Luckily it can be turned off because the lack of adjusting delay times is somewhat limiting.

    But overall, the sound is there, the feel is there and it looks amazing. I had to send mine back for a replacement because of a slight oversight on Idiotbox's part, but he's got it taken care of and a new one is in the mail.

    So to sum up....buy this if:

    1) You want a mojo filled chorus to satisfy your 80's jones.

    2) You like your choruses with extremely fine tune controls rather than extreme sweeps on each knob.

    3) You like a darker more evil chorus sound than a bright chimey one.

    4) You don't care if the delay is unadjustable other than volume and feedback.
     
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2018
  10. rjovin

    rjovin Supporting Member

    May 27, 2011
    Tampa, Fl
    This sounds like what I want out of a chorus pedal, the echo/feedback part is an added bonus! Looking forward to getting mine. Thanks for the review!
    I will add that Matt is fixing a blowerbox for me right now that I got in a trade. It got stolen out of my mailbox and I found it thrown on the side of my road and broken. He had no problem with me sending it in for him to fix even tho I didn't buy it from him. That's pretty alright in my book!
     
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  11. Phe

    Phe

    May 30, 2005
    Oulu, Finland
    That's a relief to hear! I was a bit worried there for a while.
    And I will probably be okay with the delay, I'm usually lazy with delay times.
     
  12. Crystalman85

    Crystalman85

    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
    Nice...the sound quality reminds of joy division.
     
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  13. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Matt fixed my Blower Box for free :thumbsup: after I damaged it by using the wrong power supply (18v center positive :facepalm:).

    Because of Matt's awesomeness I'm considering this Dark Waves pedal even though I only ever use dirt as an effect. I do love the idea of a chorus/echo pedal that focuses on a certain vibe rather than trying to do everything, and it seems to be my kind of vibe.
     
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  14. 2010P

    2010P Inactive

    May 13, 2017
    Matt is a class act for sure. I think you should go for the Dark Waves. It's a very mojo filled chorus that really nails the 80's sound and vibe. I was initially underwhelmed by it, but after an hour with it I realized how incredibly useful its feature set is. I'm not sold on the echo portion, but it can be completely shut off. I had to send mine back for a cap replacement (he revised the design after he built mine and neglected to replace the old cap in mine before it shipped), but man I really miss it. I just love the sound and truth be told, the looks. Just a perfect look for what it is. And what it is is the 80's chorus sound personified.
     
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2018
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  15. 2010P

    2010P Inactive

    May 13, 2017
    Just got my replacement Dark Waves in. Matt fixed the capacitor issue on the echo side so it's much quieter. This thing still blows me away. Super fine tuned controls and a very thick and dark sound. Instant 80's New Wave bass.
     
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  16. I keep checking my mailbox hoping today will be the day my Dark Waves comes. So excited!
     
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  17. 2010P

    2010P Inactive

    May 13, 2017
    It'll be worth the wait! Loving this pedal.
     
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  18. rjovin

    rjovin Supporting Member

    May 27, 2011
    Tampa, Fl
    Did you get any notice before it shipped?
     
  19. rjovin

    rjovin Supporting Member

    May 27, 2011
    Tampa, Fl
    Me too!
     
  20. Phe

    Phe

    May 30, 2005
    Oulu, Finland
    I got mine yesterday. Got to try it out today, although not in optimal context (my soul band instead of my post punk band).
    I noticed a slight volume drop, but I didn't have a chance to fiddle the knobs, so I'm not 100 percent sure about that drop.
    Will report back on Sunday when I get to try it out in proper context.
     
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