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A flagship effect unit from Totally Wycked Audio, the Little Dipper is an envelope-controlled vocal formant filter based on the super-rare Colorsound...Click To Read More About This Product

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An envelope vocal formant filter full of mind-blowing effects that will change the way you approach playing the guitar.

A flagship effect unit from Totally Wycked Audio, the Little Dipper is an envelope-controlled vocal formant filter based on the super-rare Colorsound Dipthonizer circuit.

TWA has taken this Holy Grail effect and launched it into the future with improved tracking, fuller frequency response, lower noise floor, and a pedal board-friendly chassis with ultra-cool "Ursa Minor" status display! The Little Dipper's dual filters will bend and morph your guitar tone into a blabbering, gurgling fury, creating frequency peaks and notches that simulate the vowels and diphthongs of human speech!

The Little Dipper can emulate talkboxes, filters, phasers, or flangers, or spit out the most vocal-sounding wah-wah this side of the Milky Way. Stack it with an octave pedal for some of the fattest, throatiest synth sounds ever. The Mk II version of the Dipper is so crammed full of new tricks, they may as well have named it the BIG Dipper! Every millimeter of space has been utilized to create the most versatile, feature-laden filtering effect available in a stompbox. Yet despite all this new ear candy, the Mk II is about half the size and the same price as the original Dipper!

In addition to the plethora of new control features, the Little Dipper Mk II also features TWA's proprietary S3 "Shortest Send Switching" - a form of relay-based True Bypass switching that provides the most transparent bypass sound available. S3 switching also automatically reverts the pedal to bypass mode if power is lost - an essential failsafe for live gigs.

100% analog and 100% made in the U.S.A., the Little Dipper is built from the highest quality components to assure light-years of trouble-free chatter. Don't just reach for the stars-play them, with the Little Dipper from TWA!

The following changes/upgrades have been added to the Little Dipper Mk II that were not present on the LD-01 -

Low Boost switch added to improve performance when used with Bass Guitar
Output Level trim (internal) to control overall output volume of effect
EXP Jack for external, expression pedal control of Ascension knob
S3TM "Shortest Send Switching" - a relay-based true bypass switching that defaults to bypass if power is lost
5th "diphthong" setting on Inclination switch for additional vocal effects
Occultation rotary switch - 7-position switch that offers different timing & EQ configurations for the 2 filters, including shutoff settings for filters 1 & 2
Smaller, pedal board-friendly chassis (Hammond 1590 size)
Same price as DIP Mk 1

CONTROL DESCRIPTIONS:

Ascension
Similar to the Threshold control on a standard envelope filter, Ascension controls the depth of sweep for the Little Dipper's dual filters. Sweet spots that create the most dramatic vowel and diphthong sounds sit around 7 o'clock, 12 o'clock, and 4 o'clock, but are also dependant on the position of the Inclination control (below) as well as note attack, input signal, etc.

Inclination
This control determines the trigger timing of the two filters in relation to one another. Different settings will produce various vowel and diphthong sounds, but are also dependant on the position of the Ascension control (above) as well as note attack, etc.

New
The original Dipthonizer and Little Dipper both had a 4-way rotary switch that controlled the Vowel/Diphthong selections. The Mk II Dip features a 5-way slider with an additional "diphthong/vowel" effect - this new setting features a darker, mellower sweep that's great with Bass.

Diffraction
Diffraction is basically a fuzz effect. With Diffraction at zero setting, the Little Dipper produces "clean" filtering effects. As Diffraction is increased, it adds a fuzz effect that accentuates specific frequencies in the filter sweeps, yielding more dramatic effects.

Occultation
New to the Mk II version, the Occultation rotary switch features seven new timing and EQ variations for the Dipper's dual filters. Any of these settings can be combined with the various Vowel/Diphthong settings on the Inclination control for a virtually limitless array of filtering effects.

Clockwise from 12 o'clock, the settings are as follows:
Normal (same as original Dipper)
High Filter off
Low Filter off
High Filter delayed response - separates low and high sounds (most obvious on Inclination setting #2)
Low Filter delayed response (as #4 above)
Shift of Low Filter center frequency
More High Filter - makes sweep go higher/very glassy
More low Filter - makes sweep a bit more midrangey/more point/edge

Low Boost
When in the UP position, this switch boosts 80 Hz frequency by approximately 6 dB; improving low-end response (this setting is great with Bass Guitar).

Exp Pedal Input
Connecting an Expression pedal to this input allows the user to adjust the setting of the Ascension control using the pedal - this allows for very expressive manipulation of the Dipper's filters for even more dramatic vocal effects. Godlyke recommends using the Roland EV-5, but other expression pedals with similar specifications will work as well.

INTERNAL CONTROLS:

Blend
Mixes in clean instrument signal against the effected signal. With Blend at zero setting, the Little Dipper passes effected signal only. With Blend at full setting, the Little Dipper passes equal amounts of clean and effected signal blended together.

Gate
The Gate trimmer acts as a threshold control for an internal noise suppressor circuit that will reduce noise between notes. At zero setting there is no gating, and the gating becomes tighter as the control is turned clockwise.

Level
Adjusts the overall output level of the pedal when engaged.

FEATURES
  • Low boost switch added to improve performance when used with bass guitar
  • Output level trim (internal) to control overall output volume of effect
  • EXP jack for external, expression pedal control of Ascension knob
  • S3TM "Shortest Send Switching" - a relay-based true bypass switching that defaults to bypass if power is lost
  • 5th "Diphthong" setting on Inclination switch for additional vocal effects
  • Occultation rotary switch - 7-position switch that offers different timing & EQ configurations for the 2 filters, including shutoff settings for filters 1 & 2
  • Smaller, pedal board-friendly chassis (Hammond 1590 size)

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TWA Little Dipper 2.0 Envelope Filter Guitar Effects Pedal
 
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  • Good selection of effects (3)

Cons

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  • Home studio (3)
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5.0

Really great pedal!!!

By Roger L

from Columbia, Missouri

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about TWA Little Dipper 2.0 Envelope Filter Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This pedal has a really cool signature sound. I love how it nails The Stones - Shattered, and the lead in Hot Stuff. It can also sound exactly like a talk box of course.
    I have recorded with it and the sounds especially vowel sounds are incredible. To use it live I would say mark your positions on the pedal and do your internal tweaking ahead of time. If you had to, take your screw driver with you to make those adjustments - that's another reason to mark your positions. You won't use it in every song so tweaking it once or twice live shouldn't be a big deal esp not when using an expression pedal. Great pedal! It's a keeper!

     
    5.0

    Great Device!

    By Billy K.

    from Seattle, WA

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    Pros

    • Clean
    • Compact Design
    • Good Selection Of Effects

    Cons

    • Inputs/Outputs on Same Side

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about TWA Little Dipper 2.0 Envelope Filter Guitar Effects Pedal:

    The Little Dipper is useful, as it covers a lot of areas. I've tried a lot of effects pedals, and this seems to do the trick for what I want. Have not been satisfied with any of the envelope filters or bass synth pedals.
    You can also get some "throaty" sounds, on the same level as the "Talk Box", and is a bit more versatile.

    Although this was primarily designed for guitar, it certainly fits the bill for my bass. I was able to run it directly into the board, and not have to do much else. Of course, tried it on the guitars, too. For guitar, though, you may need to adjust your compression and/or EQ. Works better with humbuckers, than with single-coils. A bit cleaner signal than I had expected.

    Let's talk about the power supply. There is no mention of it, in the description. With that in mind, people will either assume that (1) it operates on 9V batteries, or (2) it has its power supply included. Neither is the case. So, when ordering one of these, get one.

    Also, on the lower right-hand corner, you will see "LB" which means "low boost". In the picture, it looks like there is a black button there, but mine just had a hole. E-mailed TWA, and they said it's supposed to be that way, and to stick a small screwdriver in the hole, to turn the boost switch on. Not the "quality control" issue that I thought.

    Having BOTH the input and output jacks on the same(right)side makes it slightly more difficult to set up your pedal board. The left jack is for the optional expression pedal.

    A few initial misconceptions(power and boost), and a minor inconvenience(pedal board set-up) this is still a very useful pedal.

     
    4.0

    Frustrating at first.......but great!

    By Billy K.

    from Seattle, WA

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    Pros

    • Clean
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Well-Constructed

    Cons

    • Doesn't Use Batteries
    • Minor Quality Control Issues
    • More Information Needed Before Purchasing
    • No Power Supply Included
    • Pricey

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about TWA Little Dipper 2.0 Envelope Filter Guitar Effects Pedal:

    First time I tried any of the TWA products, and was anxious to try this one for quite a while. But first, let's talk about power supplies.....because without it, this obviously won't work.

    The one issue I had with buying this, is no mention of how this device was powered. I had ordered it without knowing how it would get electricity. One would assume that (1) a power supply is included, and/or (2) it would operate on typical 9 volt batteries. As it turns out, NEITHER is the case.

    On top of all that, according to the manual, you need a minimum of 300 mA to power it. (Most of my power adapters are 200 mA. So, word to the wise, don't expect to just take it out of the box, and plug it into your effects chain. Be sure to order an appropriate power supply when you order this pedal.

    After I received my power supply(ordered/delivered a few days later), everything was good. Got some real good sounds from my bass, which is the instrument I bought it for. Noticed that there is a "hole" where the "LB"(low boost)is.......it's missing that piece, to turn the low boost on.(Hopefully, I can get that fixed soon) But to tell you the truth, it sounds great, even without that boost.

    Tried it on guitar was well.....but it sounds like you may have to do some tweaking(EQ and/or compression) somewhere in the effects chain. On bass, though, wow! Excellent sound!........straight to the board without having to do much of anything. Also sounds really clean, considering what type of pedal it is----I expected a bit more hiss and hum.

    It's a bit pricey. But worth it. I've tried some envelopes, filters, and bass synthesizer pedals. This delivers all of the things I've wanted out of those pedals, and it's all in one sturdy box.

    Again.....be sure to order a power supply at the same time you order this.......and if you want this type of thing for guitar, allow yourself a little more time to get the sound you want.

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