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self-oscillating

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by sDg, Oct 23, 2003.


  1. sDg

    sDg

    Feb 26, 2003
    Wise, Virginia
    I have been looking at analog delay pedals. I ran across the phrase self-oscillating. What is this exactly in relation to a delay pedal? And is this a good thing?

    sDg
     
  2. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    Self oscilating is similar to feedback. The circuit starts to feed back on itself at higher settings, and with a delay pedal can give an eerie, synthy, reverby sort of sound. Once you've got it self oscilating you can sometimes change the pitch of the squeal by adjusting other parameters (not the feedback knob).

    This is a good thing, to those who like strange sounds. You can get a Maxon AD900 doing this, as well as most tape based delays. The Lovetone ? flanger can do this as well with a delay in it's loop.

    The ZVex Fuzz Probe and Fuzz factory self ocsilate at certain settings as well. Much more of a squealing sound, and quite fun when mixed with a delay. You can get psuedo theremin style sounds with a setup like this.