PedalsAndEffects is back with more videos featuring not one, but two unreleased pedals both of which I’m demoing at Summer NAMM this weekend! The Depths and Arpanoid are the latest gadgets from Earthquaker Devices and, if you find yourself in Nashville this weekend, come visit us in booth 1155. However, if you can’t make it down South, you can still check them out right here, right now, on PedalsAndEffects!
The Depths pedal is Earthquaker Devices‘ own take on the Optical Vibe Machine. You might recognize the tonal similarities of this pedal to the legendary Univibe that Jimi Hendrix popularized. Earthquaker Devices decided to build off of this classic effect, but in a way that pushes the limits on its intensity and versatility. This video that Jonathan Hischke and I did before I left for Nashville’s Summer NAMM only scratches the surface of The Depths‘ crazy, sci-fi rocket, vibrato/phaser sounds.
The second pedal Earthquaker Devices will demo at the Summer NAMM show is the distinctive Arpanoid pedal. This pedal was rushed out to PedalsAndEffects before the instructions were even created, so Jonathan and I mistakenly called it a sequencer. Jamie Stillman from Earthquaker Devices later corrected us and stated “it’s an arpeggiator. The fancy description is a polyphonic pitch arpeggiator.” Even the description became so much more complex than what we initially thought! Once we started messing with this stompbox, we realized there was so much room for tonal exploration. The Arpanoid is a great tracking arpeggiator that grabs your instrument’s signal and creates subsequent note patterns that expand your sound into dispersing harmonies. With its eight different arpeggiating modes, we were only able to get to an introduction to what this pedal is fully capable of doing. Check the video out to see how wild the sound got once Jonathan and I combined both pedals in front of my Sovtek Fuzz.
If you’re going to be at Summer NAMM, I hope you’ll swing by the Earthquaker Devices booth (#1155) and watch me play through these two pedals, as well many more of their inventive products. Stay tuned for more videos of Summer NAMM and pedal demos!