VF’s 23 Reviewed in Guitar Moderne

Wow, two posts in one day – when it rains, or snows, or snows and then melts and refreezes, or whatever the current weather pattern outside may indicate by “Special Weather Advisory” at the moment, or however the seasonally-apporpriate saying may go. In this case, we’re happy to announce that the good folks at Guitar Moderne, currently one of our favorite blogs on the world wide web at the moment has provided us with a comprehensive and epic review of our Number 23 fuzz. Read all about it here. For those interested in taking the plunge, head over to one of our online marketplaces and follow the prompts. Also, as a heads up, all 23’s from here on out will now be epoxy-sealed as apposed to clear-coated – meaning that while the box may be boutique, it can take even more of a beating and still come out relatively unscathed. Or at least to be expected considering that this is effectively a product designed to be stepped on. Figured I’d mention it.

Also, seeing as it’s come up in two reviews now, I figure it may be time to mention what these “atonal heterodyned artifacts” are. The 23, while capable of making ring modulator-like sounds, isn’t a ring modulator. To be one of those, you need a carrier frequency and a modulator frequency and, for lack of any better descriptions, a ring of diodes. Seeing as I actually studied synthesis, I’d feel weird saying it does something it doesn’t just because it sounds kind of like a ring modulator. Thing is, when you combine frequencies on the 23 – i.e., like when you lay two notes at the same time, the combination of these frequencies produces beating patterns that are received as a separate pitch other than the notes you’re playing – in other words, heterodyning, but not by way of a ring modulator. Why atonal? Because they are. In some settings you get a nice octave up, but in most, the pitch is just off the charts and off the scale. Why artifacts? Because of the gating effect present in this box – remember, unpredictability is key here. These tones aren’t consistent, so hey, why not say artifacts rather than “weird sounding stuff that sounds different than what you played, but only sometimes.” What can I say, I espouse an air for the poetic sometimes or something…

~ by vauxflores on February 23, 2015.