Viscous echoes smear into a smokey, mysterious fog
We started working on an oil can delay pedal (only later to be named ADINEKO) in the summer of 2012, about the same time we began working on the ECHOREC. We identified a number of very cool behaviors of the old units, though the differences could be dramatic from unit to unit and day to day (even hour to hour!). The positive behaviors were a cool, bright, but dark sounding echo with a vibrato modulation that lined up with the echo time and a repeat quality, that had a fog which can hover in a neat way.
You’ll notice that each of the ADINEKO cases have been aged. It seemed fitting for this pedal, which is inspired by the old oil can effects, to physically look weathered and a bit stained.
As we always strive to do when making something old, new again, we want to honor the old experience and expand upon it. Our ADINEKO is no exception: the murky warble of the old units, traditionally only achievable when the oil’s thickness is incorrect, can be conjured a twist of the VISCOSITY knob. The warm echo quality has an expanded range of delay time (TIMING knob), more so than any oil can unit could ever hope to achieve. The dual playback head is continuously balanceable (BALANCE knob) to favor one head over the other for interesting syncopation feels.
To get acquainted with your new ADINEKO, let’s plug it in by itself, without your other pedals. Start off with a clean sound from your amp.
The ADINEKO can achieve the authentic oil can sounds, but is designed to model the mechanical concept well beyond what was possible in original units. Let’s set up your ADINEKO for an authentic oil can sound!
TIMING to 9-10 o’clock VISCOSITY to 9-10 o’clock REVERB to the verge of self oscillation
Now you’re hearing all of the hallmarks of an original oil can unit. A relatively short echo time on two taps, a vibrato in concert with the delay time, and a reverb that sounds like low lying fog coalescing upon the verge of a self-oscillating resonant point. To get more of the vibrato sound of a Tel-Ray Deluxe Organ Tone, use the above settings but turn the REVERB down and the BLEND up to taste!
We’ve been building the Super Chili Picoso for the past 10 years solid for good reason. Based on the famous Jack Orman MOSFET boost it is highly regarded by musicians worldwide. Needless to say, it has a running start in terms of sonic quality. It doesn’t suffer from the hashy unmusical qualities of an opamp boost or brittleness of a poorly tuned bipolar boost. We refined Orman’s circuit employing top notch components, but not just because the parts were expensive, but because they were the RIGHT parts to our ears. Thus the Super Chili Picoso is a satisfying to play musical device that enhances your playing without getting in the way of creativity. The Super Chili Picoso is a deceptively simple pedal that performs so many duties and solves so many problems that it is a must have in every self-respecting musicians’ arsenal. Let’s go through a number of these, shall we?!
Buffer. Have a lot of pedals and/or long cable runs on stage? I don’t care how “low capacitance” your cables are, they are going to roll off high frequency detail and signal strength. The Super Chili Picoso’s high input impedance (something like 10M ohms) and ultra low output impedance (around 3K ohms) doesn’t let a drop of your tone escape. Just turn the big knob counter-clockwise and go! The Super Chili Picoso is your buffer!
Overdriver. Ever want to push your slightly self-overdriven amp into a satisfying crunch at the click of a switch? Say you have a lower wattage amp (or you are lucky enough to play a big ole amp LOUDLY) on the edge of breakup and need push it even harder without messing with your amp’s overall character, the Super Chili Picoso is your overdriver!
Balancer. Do you have an old Danelectro U2 with low output pickups and a Les Paul with hot humbuckers and have a tough time achieving an equal volume level between the two while maintaining the sonic qualities of the two instruments? Set the Super Chili Picoso’s knob to make up the difference! There we are, nice and balanced!
MORE! Ever finding yourself needing a clean, uncolored volume nudge? Say you have your fuzz set just right and need to make your entire soundstage louder? The Super Chili Picoso delivers from a few decibels to upward of 35dB unadulterated clean boost! (Provided any gear that you have down stream has headroom to spare.) The Super Chili Picoso is your MORE pedal!
TONY IOMMI ARGUABLY HAD THE MOST INFLUENTIAL TONE IN THE HISTORY OF ELECTRIC GUITAR. REALLY, WHEN YOU THINK BLACK SABBATH YOU IMMEDIATELY THINK “ELECTRIC GUITAR”. HIS EARLY SIGNATURE SOUND WAS THE RESULT OF AN ALWAYS ON TREBLE-BOOSTER PLUGGED INTO CRANKED LANEY SUPERGROUP AMPS. THIS APPROACH TO GUITAR IS EXTREMELY REWARDING AND FUN, BUT LOST IN THIS DAY AND AGE BECAUSE HONESTLY WHO CAN REALLY GET AWAY WITH THE STAGE VOLUME ANYMORE? FAR AND FEW BETWEEN! WE DESIGNED THE SABBRA CADABRA TO GIVE PLAYERS THAT SONIC EXPERIENCE, RE-CONTEXTUALIZED FOR TODAY’S APPROACH WHERE PLAYERS TEND TO USE AMPS SOLELY WITHIN THEIR CLEAN RANGE AT MORE MORTAL VOLUME LEVELS.
THE SABBRA CADABRA IS A CUSTOM-TUNED RANGEMASTER-BASED BOOSTER COMBINED WITH THE PRE-AMP SECTION OF A LANEY SUPERGROUP. THE TWO CIRCUITS ARE CAREFULLY VOICED TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE THE RIFFS OF DOOM TONE THAT TONY IOMMI IS SO WELL KNOWN FOR. FOUR CONTROLS (RANGE, GAIN, PRESENCE, AND VOL 4) ALLOW YOU TO FINE-TUNE THE RESPONSE TO YOUR GUITAR AND RIG. IF YOU’RE FAMILIAR WITH SABBATH’S LIVE ALBUM, ‘PAST LIVES’, THEN YOU’LL UNDERSTAND WHERE WE WERE GOING WITH THIS PEDAL – HUGE, RAW, RESPONSIVE!
THE SABBRA CADABRA’S CIRCUIT IS OPTIMIZED FOR DROP-TUNING BUT WORKS EQUALLY WELL FOR STANDARD TUNING THANKS TO THE RANGE CONTROL, WHICH ALLOWS YOU TO “CUSTOMIZE” THE TREBLE-BOOSTER SECTION OF THE CIRCUIT AND ADJUST IT ANYWHERE FROM TREBLE-BOOST TO FULL-RANGE BOOST.
ACCORDING TO MR. IOMMI, SOMEONE MODDED HIS DALLAS RANGEMASTER. “I DON’T KNOW WHAT HE DID TO IT, BUT IT WAS REALLY GOOD. I USED THAT TREBLE BOOSTER ON ALL THE EARLY SABBATH ALBUMS AND PUT IT INTO THE LANEY BECAUSE IT BOOSTED THE INPUT AND GAVE IT THE OVERDRIVE I WAS LOOKING FOR, WHICH AMPS IN THE EARLY DAYS DIDN’T HAVE.” THEN IN 1979 ANOTHER TECH THREW IT INTO THE GARBAGE, THINKING IT WAS CRAP. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?! SO NO ONE REALLY KNOWS WHAT WAS DONE TO IT. BUT BASED ON OUR EXPERIENCE, IT WAS MOST LIKELY CHANGING IT TO BE MORE OF A FULL-RANGE BOOST AND POSSIBLY RE-BIASING IT. THAT’S WHAT WE MEAN WHEN WE SAY YOU CAN “CUSTOMIZE” THE TREBLE-BOOST SECTION WITH THE RANGE KNOB – YOU CAN CONTINUOUSLY ADJUST IT TO ANY INPUT FREQUENCY RESPONSE AND FEEL THAT YOU WANT.
The Catalinbread Callisto is a Chorus/Vibrato pedal, which employs an MN3007 Bucket Brigade chip at its core. It’s interface is simple, intuitive, and provides a multitude of sounds ranging from subtle and shimmer to rotary speaker-like to off-kilter warping/warble sounds.
The Callisto’s small size and elegant, versatile feature set make it a great addition to any pedalboard. The Callisto is powered using a 9v negative tip DC power supply or 9V battery, is true bypass, and integrates various highest quality components to achieve the best tonal response possible. Catalinbread utilizes an old school MN3007 bucket brigade chip, just like early chorus pedals, and uses an audiophile Burr Brown OPA2134 chip in the audio path to give the Callisto a natural feel and dynamic playability.
• A twist of the DENSITY knob continuously adjusts the delay line time delivering classic chorus sounds from fat & warm to airy & subtle.
• The sweep depth of the chorusing is controlled by the WIDTH control.
• MIX knob smoothly dials everything from lush chorusing, to true pitch vibrato, to sea sickening warble, and has the ability to run clean dry to completely wet.
• The RATE range can go from slow and syrupy to almost ring-mod intensity.
MN3007 Bucket Brigade.
Audiophile Burr Brown OPA2134.
Continuous control over delay time for a multitude of sounds.
Lush chorus, true pitch vibrato, faux-leslie, sea sick warble, and more.
The Catalinbread Belle Epoch Tape Echo, has tape echo sounds so authentic you’d swear there was tape inside the pedal! Inspired by the Maestro Echoplex, EP-3 model, perhaps the most famous tape delay ever, the Belle Epoch features everything we love about the EP-3 in a small, maintenance free pedal format. We felt that a “tape echo” pedal was much more than just a standard digital delay with some “filtering” on the repeats. There are a lot of subtle and not-so-subtle traits of the Echoplex that needed to be implemented in order to be authentic. The preamp, the self-oscillation character, the ability to play the pedal as an instrument unto itself, the ability to control the “record level” of the signal hitting “tape”, the wow and flutter, the way the repeats decay, the way the circuit interfaces with the amp and other pedals – all these things were important to get right.
• The MIX control replicates the functionality of the Echo Volume control on the EP-3 and uses the same basic passive mixer circuit. Set at minimum to get dry only. Set at maximum to get wet only.
• The TONE / REC LEV control sets how hard the “tape” or delay line is hit. It does not affect your dry signal and only affects the initial first repeat. Turning the knob while repeats are playing will not affect them. In practice, you’ll want to use this control in conjunction with the Mix control to set your balance
• The SWAY / MOD control sets the amount of random tape wow and flutter effects in the echoes. At minimum, there is no wow and flutter. For the most realistic tape warble, set this control fairly low.
• The ECHO SUSTAIN controls how much delay signal is fed back to the delay line to get multiple repeats. From minimum up to around noon you’ll get a fixed number of repeats with a great decay curve. Above noon you start to get into infinite floating repeats and then into self-oscillation.
• The ECHO DELAY controls the delay time, from about 80ms all the way up to 800ms. It was designed to be manipulated in real-time, as you are playing, to get the same sounds as an EP-3. You’ll notice, especially when the Echo Sustain is turned up a bit, that the echo sound “lags” a bit, much like how the Echoplex behaves when you move the slider back and forth.
The Catalinbread Echorec is based around the legendary Binson Echorec, an arcane tube echo which incorporated 4 playback heads and a spinning magnetic drum as its recording medium. The Binson is probably most famously known for Pink Floyd’s use of the unit, and has long captivated musicians for both its rhythmic and ambient characteristics. We managed to include all the features of the original (and then some) while still keeping it in a small standard pedal sized enclosure.
Echorec: At a Glance
Based on the legendary Binson Echorec.
12 programs give you every head combination possible.
40-ms-1000ms delay time, 100% wet/dry mix.
Tone control can be deep and resonant or bright and chirpy.
Surf’s up! And we’re all headed to Topanga, our spring reverb pedal based on the legendary Fender 6G15 outboard spring reverb unit! We’ve captured all the drip, flutter, cluck, clang, and splash of the original tubes and springs unit in a small pedal format!
The outboard spring reverb unit is the sound of surf guitar as well as many other great guitar sounds from the sixties. Part of its magic, and how it differs from the internal spring reverb found in most Fender-style amps, is that it is run *in front* of the amp, causing the reverb signal to distort and get more intense than the internal circuit could. It also had a Dwell knob, which controlled how hard the springs were getting hit by the guitar signal, as well as a Tone knob that gave more control over the reverb sound. It was also essentially a tube preamp, so it would color the sound going into the amp. All this added up to a very distinctive reverb sound that is hard to replicate. But we here at Catalinbread had to try! And we think we got it!
Besides giving you the classic three knob control compliment of the original, we’ve also added a great discrete preamp that you can control via the Volume knob for a healthy amount of great clean boost when you want it.