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Through-zero and back again. 

Many decades ago, it is rumored that a certain, infamous “Spectre” created the effect we’ve all come to know as flange by putting a finger on a set of identical tape recorders, slightly altering the speed of one of the recorders. Through-zero flanging is an incredibly rare and inspiring effect, especially in the analog domain. By using two delay lines (as opposed to just one), Spectre can cross over the elusive “zero point.” This through-zero flanger pedal features an all-analog signal path that can be dialed in to create any amount of subtle and wacky flange tones. Spectre also boasts an impressive array of chorus and vibrato tones.  Further, every knob and switch is connected to a little digital brain while your guitar signal stays 100% analog the entire time and never gets digitally processed. Since the control of the effect is digital, it opens up unprecedented effects and features that have never been heard or offered in analog stompboxes.

Why are some Spectre knobs purple and others are blue? Answer: The “Blue Knob Knob.” You can find more info in the blog post we wrote about it.

Spectre “Blue Knob Mod”

We are coming out with a mod for Spectre today, and I’m pretty gosh darned excited about it.

It all started with an email.  Well, no… plural.  Emails.   Customers seemed to be loving Spectre except for the inherent background noise that it had.  The emails were particularly compelling because it was clear that this was an effect that people wanted, they just could not handle the noise.  As for me, my intention with Spectre was primarily with high gain applications (i.e. copious amounts of fuzz in front of it to accentuate the “through-zero” effect) the noise didn’t bother me in that context.  What was sad, however, is that you could hear the potential of the pedal as a clean chorus or flange but the background hiss was a turnoff for many.

I dug back in.  Armed with more noise mitigation know-how due to the Tonal Recall design process, I was better equipped to wrestle it this time around.  The biggest issue I had with my initial Spectre noise reduction experiments was that it always affected the “whale-like” regeneration in a way that was a deal-breaker for me.  This leads me to the other big change in the “Blue Knob Mod” – the regeneration control.  It was crazy.  It was temperamental.  Well it still sort of is, just better.  It also had the propensity to have huge, deafening dynamic swings in the whale sounds or (perhaps more maddeningly) the whale would sometimes disappear.  I wanted to fix that.  I wanted the whale to be more consistent and reliable and less prone to mega loud, unpredictable shrieks.

So, with some hard work, a little luck, (an excellent suggestion from my employee Zack in regards to regeneration path signal flow), I think this is a much better pedal than when it came out a year ago.  We are not trying to make money off of the mod, and are offering to do it for existing Spectre users for our manufacturing cost ($25) as well as shipping.

Lastly (and most importantly) I have to thank YOU (yes, you) for your excellent feedback and suggestions as I try to make the best products possible.


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