Timed feedback blips, locust swarms, poly rhythmic delay feedback... an infinite path to highly adjustable and completely unique sounds.
A tool for pure aural experimentation: No results Guaranteed™
Like CHK CHK BOOM, Utter Stutter creates a timed feedback loop feeding your effects output to it's input. This is not a stand alone effect rather a modifier of your existing effects. What's new here is you can set the oscillation rate of feedback like a tremolo pedal. This opens a whole world of possibilities to time your aural modulation to what ever tempo your working with.
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In addition to a "coarse rate" knob that sweeps from less than 1Hz to a couple of hundred, I've also added a "fine rate" control to precisely time your feedback. DJs and other tempo matchers will love this laser like precision and on the fly tuning. But wait there's more! The oscillator's range goes much faster than most trem pedals. You can time the rates to get ring modulation like sounds.
It all depends on what you pair it with.
Remember: The Utter Stutter is a tool for experimentation. No results Guaranteed™
Comes with a standard 2.1mm BOSS power connector. No sucky, easily breakable battery connections. Why? Read
1x expression pedal input to control the rate
2x foot switches, latched and momentary
2x LEDs that flash alternately
3x knobs: intensity, coarse rate adjustment and fine rate adjustment
4x 1/4" jacks: in, send, return, out
will my effects function normally when the Utter Stutter is bypassed?
Yes. The switch activates just the feedback portion of the circuit. It will not mute the output of the pedals plugged into it when bypassed. They function as normal.
It doesn't seem to have much of an effect with my pedals. What do I do?
Feedback loopers are inherently slippery little circuits. You must exercise diligent experimentation. Try everything and anything that makes or processes a sound thru it.
Try different pick ups
Make sure your guitar/bass volume knob is turned up all the way
Make sure your tone knob is turned up
Try different Cables
Try it with out any thing plugged into the input.
Try it with all of your pedals ONE at a time. Find the pedal that makes the loudest sounds. Then add another one.
Now change the order of the pedals, sounds different, right?
Try changing the blend knobs on your pedals, my boss PS-2 won't do anything unless the mix is set to EXACTLY 50/50.
TRY ANYTHING. Sometimes it's just one pedal in a loop of 15 that just won't do anything and ruin the fun for the rest of them.
If I hook up a synth, tape player, audio interface etc... I don't get the same sounds I get with a guitar.
The output impedance in these devices are nothing close to what your guitar pickups are! Try plugging your sound sources in to a buffered pedal (i.e. not true bypass) in bypass mode. You might be able to fool the feedback loop into thinking a guitar is plugged in. Every pedal is different so experiment.
What does this sound like by itself?
NOTHING. Well not really. But it is not designed to work by itself. IT BRINGS OUT NEW SOUNDS IN YOUR EXISTING PEDALS. It will act like a standard tremolo pedal but bypassed there will be NO SOUND. However, there is no gain recovery stage so when the signal hits it's peak it will be slightly quieter than the bypass signal. A boost, compressor or distortion pedal after the Utter Stutter will surely make up for the very slight loss in gain. But please note: there will be no signal sent thru the pedal when it is bypassed. Just to be clear: This only applies if you have it connected as a standard effects pedal, i.e. nothing connected to the send and return. If something is conected to the fx loop and bypassed you can get tremelo like sounds. It all depends. Remeber the Utter Stutter is a tool for experimentation. No results Guaranteed™.
Will this work on bass?
Yes. it's not about the guitar/bass as much as it's about the pedals you connect to it. A quick check and my p-bass shows roughly the same pick up impedance as all of my single coil guitars. If your bass uses passive pick ups it should have the same effect as a guitar. (I have never tried it on bass with active pick ups. I am certain they will act differently).
I just bought one on eBay and my pedal isn't labeled what does what?
Here's a diagram for older versions of the Utter Stutter:
1-5: single latched switch
6: added momentary in conjunction with a latched switch.
7: bigger enclosure and new pot for the coarse knob; improved frequency range distribution.