Hungry Robot announces deluxe version of its Wardenclyffe lo-fi modulator

The pedal apes the sounds and textures of early audio recordings.

Hungry Robot has announced a new deluxe version of its Wardenclyffe pedal, a lo-fi modulation unit that aims to recreate the timbre of early audio recording technology.

The core of the deluxe pedal is the same as the original, with the base circuit and DSP remaining largely unchanged. The deluxe does add a fair number of features and controls, however. Most notably, there’s a second footswitch, allowing you to tap in a tempo for your modulation rate.

Alongside this, there’s now a knob to control the level of the ambient pad tone the pedal generates. The new Clock knob also lets you slow down the clock rate of the DSP, with lower settings muddying the sound in a unique, glitchy way. There’s a pair of new toggle switches, allowing you to both bit crush and detune your signal. The detuned signal is mixed with some non-detuned signal for a chorus effect.

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At the top of the pedal are also three new small knobs in between the wet and dry controls – these manage a new vinyl simulation engine. There’s a snake, indicating hiss, a campfire for some crackle and a glass of pop for, well pops. Hungry Robot notes that those who didn’t grow up in the midwest of America might incorrectly assume it’s a glass of soda, but that wouldn’t make any sense in this context, so pop it is.

The pedal is available at a list price of $279.10. Find out more at hungryrobotpedals.com.

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