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EarthQuaker Devices Transmisser Resonant Reverberations Effects Pedal

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The Transmisser is a modulated reverb with extra-long decay fed to a highly resonant filter. It is the sonic recreation of blowing your signal to bit...Click To Read More About This Product

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OVERVIEW

It will totally twist your sound, send it to the Upside Down World and bring it back warped, transformed and beautiful.

The Transmisser is a modulated reverb with extra-long decay fed to a highly resonant filter. It is the sonic recreation of blowing your signal to bits, shooting it through a black hole then beaming it back down on a cloud of cosmic dust. It is a Blazar for musical instruments.

If you can’t already tell, the Transmisser is not your every-day reverberation device. It does not do subtle. It does not do spring. It does not do a wood paneled rumpus room with 1” thick carpet. It will not recreate the classic sounds of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. The Transmisser will create an ultimate soundscape-y backdrop to your all-night guitar freak-out. It’ll quickly turn you into a one note per minute knob twiddler. It’ll make you want to break out that dusty old expression pedal to do slow riding filter sweeps for days. It’ll get you out of that stupid ergonomic chair, close that flaptop computer and force you to enjoy playing music again and that’s the most important thing, am I right? Huh? Am I? Hello?

So how does it do what it does? The three controls across the top labeled Decay, Darkness and Freq affect the character of the reverberated signal. Decay controls the length of the reverb tail. Set it for one second or eternity depending on your mood. Darkness controls the overtones in the reverb tails. You can choose bright and shimmery or dark and dusty, your call dude. Freq controls the frequency of the resonant low pass filter. The filter is set just on the verge of oscillation and is really the heart of what makes the Transmisser the Transmisser. Even a subtle nudge of this control can take it from ethereal howl to a shimmery scream. This control can also be put under the spell of an expression control located on the Eastern side of the device. We recommend using a Moog expression pedal for optimal comfort and usability. The use of an expression pedal to control the filter can cause time to disappear, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

The three controls across the bottom labeled Warp, Rate and Mix affect how the entire reverb processor behaves. Rate is hardwired for the optimum depth and controls the speed of the system-wide modulation in a narrow range that creates a sound far more unique than a simple modulated reverb. Not only does it modulate the reverberated signal, it also modulates the Freq and Darkness within a small range that is dependent on where the Warp control is set. Slower warble to supersonic ripples can be achieved by simply turning this tiny tonal teaser. Warp is a total system slew control. As you turn this control counter clockwise; the filter becomes deeper and more resonant, the decay becomes longer and warmer, the modulation grows wider and the whole system becomes more mellow and more chill. It’s like pulling back the cape of a wise old wizard and discovering that the wizard is, in fact, wearing shorts and just wants to take it easy. Mix? Well, the mix controls how much awesome you want to blend with your boring old dry signal. It can go from nothing to probably way too much for you to handle.

The Transmisser has a fully analog dry signal path, fully digital reverberation path and electronic relay based true-bypass switching. It is powered by a standard 9-volt DC power supply with a 2.1mm negative center barrel and has a current draw of 70ma. Each Transmisser is populated by robots and assembled by glassy eyed human beans in a bunker buried 12 leagues under the sonic astronomy appreciation society of Akron, Oh.

FEATURES
Decay:
  • This controls how long the reverb trails last. Trails become longer as you turn this clockwise.
Darkness:
  • This controls the tone of the reverberated signal; darker clockwise, lighter counter-clockwise.
Freq:
  • The controls the frequency of the resonant filter that processes the reverberated signal. Higher clockwise, lower counter clockwise. This can also be controlled by an expression pedal through the jack located on the Eastern side. Tip= Wiper, Ring= 3.3v and Sleeve= ground. Earthquaker highly recommends the Moog brand of expression pedals because they know what’s up.
Warp:
  • This is a system slew control. As you turn this control counter clockwise; the filter becomes deeper and more resonant, the decay becomes longer and warmer, the modulation grows wider and the whole system becomes more mellow. As you turn it clockwise, the whole system will tighten up and become more refined.
Rate:
  • Rate is hardwired for the optimum depth and controls the speed of the system-wide modulation in a narrow range that creates a sound far more unique than a simple modulated reverb. It is not only modulating the reverberation but also the Freq and Darkness within a small range that is dependent on where the Warp control is set. Faster clockwise and slower counter-clockwise.
Mix:
  • This is the reverb blend control. It adjusts how much wet signal is blended with your dry. More clockwise, less counter-clockwise.
Dimensions:
  • 4 5/8 x 2 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. with knobs
Power:
  • takes a standard 9 volt DC power supply with a 2.1mm negative center barrel. Current draw is 70mA.
  • True bypass

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4.5

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4.0

Cool Pedal, but One Trick Pony

By Mike

from New York, NY

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects

Cons

  • Limited Selection Of Effects
  • Sharp sound cut off when turned to bypass

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Transmisser Resonant Reverberations Effects Pedal:

Very cool pedal for creating ambient swells with a volume pedal. Unfortunately, it doesn't trail when turned to bypass and so there's a sharp, harsh cut off of any sounds from pedal when switched to bypass. Harshness of turn off can be alleviated with delays and advanced chain setup, but it'd be better if the pedal had ability to trail when switched off. Also it's a bit of a one trick pony. Even with the Decay turned low the reverb trails quickly become long, so while you can use it somewhat for shorter reverbs with the decay set to almost off, it's hard to dial it in for that use and is only really good for over the top reverb. Considering it's price, there's more versatile reverb pedals out there that are capable of long ambient trails. Nonetheless, I am happy with it, love it's sound, and expect I will be using it a lot. But I'd only really recommend it if you're looking for a pedal that only does super long ambient trails.

 
5.0

Great, strong reverb

By Jesse

from Charleston

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about EarthQuaker Devices Transmisser Resonant Reverberations Effects Pedal:

    I've used this mostly for a really heavy reverb effect along with a volume pedal to get some eerie swells on bass. It's a compact design, no-click activation button, and has a ton of features. It works well for a light reverb effect too. All in all you can get some really cool sounds out of such small pedal with only 6 knobs. It is worth the real estate on your board.

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