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Leave behind the limitations of traditional fuzz pedals.
The Machine fuzz from ZVex is actually a dual-frequency tripler circuit that uses crossover distortion for the first time in any pedal, ever. It generates the distortion of the wave in the sloped part of the cycle instead of the peaks and valleys like all other distortions and fuzzes. In other words, it distorts when your guitar string is in the middle of vibrating, while it's swinging, not as it's turning around. That's the same place where your speaker cone is sort of coasting, between all the way in and all the way out. Where nothing is happening, this pedal happens. With Machine you can leave your favorite distortion pedals on and add a new element of energetic grind.
One thing to keep in mind is that Machine's primary purpose is to cut through. But like a wild man with a machete, it is not nice.
In: Controls the amount of drive
Limit: Clips the original waveform off at about hte same size as the harmonics (if you want)—set to the right, the signal remains unclipped
Out: Output (volume) level
The Machine's dynamic response is higher than most pedals. If you put a tremolo pedal set smooth in front of it you'll hear it sweep through it's wild frequency multiplying stages. If the trem is set for square wave it will jump back and forth between crunchy harmonics. Conversely, you can get ringing harmonic effects using a dynamically freezing pedal in front of it like a compressor. Keep in mind that this pedal needs to see a sloped wave in order to do its thing, so an undistorted guitar signal going into it will allow it to generate the strongest harmonics.
Explore the outer limits of what's sonically possible. Get The Machine today.
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Comments about ZVex Hand-Painted Machine Fuzz Guitar Effects Pedal:
Unique effect, definitely at home in any sort of dark, melodic, or dissonant style of music. looking forward to trying it on vocals for blackened death metal. really fun to use with a floyd rose and really want to try it out on guitar equipped with a sustainic type device and a wah pedal.
reacted very interestingly to being proceeded by a compressor and a sub octave effect, both intensified and blurred the effect in haunting ways.
Its hard to describe the sound of this effect, but you will not miss it when it is engaged. Pure evil, nightmarish, like your running your guitar through a bottle of absinth
three knobs, input, which is a relatable to a gain nob, similar to the super hard on pedal, which as explained in the manual is suppose to crackle. clip which sets basically how and when the effect will take over your signal, it definitely does take over. and output which i used to set a slight increase in signal level and drive my preamp (engl 580) even harder.
I had mine modified to take a boss type power supply so that i didn't have to change batteries, z vex says it has a long battery life, but the battery requires 4 skews to be removed and i use it a loop switching system (voodoo labs GCX) so it is always plugged in.
the only reason i choose not to give it a ten was i wish after playing with it was that the clip control could be controled remotely vai an expression pedal
I have never seen a pice of gear that has the loving attention to detail that this pedal does. the packaging the paint job, the tightness of the pots jacks and switch are by far top quality. I almost feel bad that it will on a rack shelf and i wont see it. i honestly considered just collecting the pedals for the art work. the unit was signed my the technician who built it as well as the artist who painted it
Kinda expensive for a pedal, but there is nothing else to compare it too, so i can't determine a value, one of a kind effect. if you like the affect it has on your sound ( i use it sparingly to add contrast and dimension to slow section, it works best or to its fullest at slow tempo's, and single note licks, multiable notes sound horrifying in a good way) then it worth the price.
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