A Fully Analogue Tap Tempo Phaser with Plugin Grade Controls
Welcome to the most beautiful phase shifter pedal ever created. The Dark Arts Tap Tempo Phaser offers you so many options in creating fully custom phase tones that it’s amazing how intuitive and easy it is to learn to use.
New for 2021; Dark Arts v2.0
As is traditional here at Vein-Tap.com, every time we sell out of an old version, we make every effort to see what we can do to make improvements. Dark Arts has been improved with an updated control structure; the single Voice control has now become a separate Depth control and a Phase / Vibe switch. This allows you to isolate the Vibe and Phase tones, and dial in the right amount of either effect with the Depth control.
But what about blended Phase / Vibe? That’s still possible; use the Feedback control in Vibe mode to blend in Phase tones into the Vibe sound.
The Feedback control has also been massively improved, taking what was a far too subtle control in v1 and ramping it up. Now, at minimum Feedback, Dark Arts’ phase tone is what it was in v1; very 70s; sweet, full, but not overpowering. Now, with v2.0. dialling in more and more Feedback accentuates the phase dip, until at full, the effect is similar to a full throated auto-wah.
An updated v2 Tone Demo video will soon follow. For now, check out v1’s Tone Demo to see what makes Dark Arts such a fantastic phaser:
The Dark Arts Tap Tempo Phaser is here to deliver the most beautiful, musical, mind-bending phase tones you’ll ever hear. From subtle, funky smoothness to the kind of wobble only found the other side of an earthquake, the Dark Arts can do it all. Let’s check off a few of its most impressive features:
- Control the rate of phase with the on-board, soft touch Tap Tempo footswitch.
- Sixteen unique wave shapes allow you to create brand new phase sounds the world has literally never heard before.
- The Voice control allows you to choose ratios between Vibe and Phase mod tones, or between Phase and Dry signals.
- Feedback control allows you to customise how subtle or how extreme your phase sound becomes.
- Multiplier control lets you change the ratio of the tapped tempo, from half, full, dotted eighth, double, triple, and quadruple time.
- Flashing LED reflects your custom phase wave, flashing red when bypassed, and yellow when active, so you can always see how your phase shape will sound.
- Bombproof construction with soft touch, true bypass footswitching.
They say the Devil’s in the details, so let’s look a little closer at the Dark Arts Tap Tempo Phaser’s impressive feature set.
Sixteen Phase Wave Shapes
The Dark Arts allows you to create phase sounds the world has never heard before by offering sixteen unique wave shapes. With the Wave Set Switch to the left, you can use the Wave Control to scroll through the upper row of wave shapes on the following pictogram. With the Wave Set Switch to the right, you can scroll through the lower row of wave shapes.
Check out this video that demonstrates what each of these wave shapes sound like:
You can customise your phase wave shape even further with the Centre Shift control, which allows you to move the centre of the wave shape:
The LED displays your custom wave, lighting green when bypassed, and orange when the effect is engaged.
Tap Tempo with Tempo Ratio Control
You can use the Rate control to set the Dark Arts’ phase speed. Tapping the left side footswitch overrides the Rate control, and turning the Rate control resets the tapped tempo. Things get even more exciting with the Tempo Ratio control, which offers half, full, one-and-a-half time, double time, triple time, and quadruple time multipliers. This means you can have the phase tempo automatically sync at beautiful, musical time intervals, including the famously good dotted eighth note time.
The Depth and Control and Phase / Vibe Switch
Replacing v1’s Voice control, we’ve now split this one knob into a separate Depth control and Phase / Vibe switch. Now, phase and vibrato tones can be individually chosen, and the ratio of affected to dry tone can be controlled with the Depth knob.
However, if you’re a fan of blended phase and vibrato tones, all is not lost; by setting the switch to the Vibe position, you can introduce phase tone with the Feedback control. The options really are endless with Dark Arts v2.0!
A Feedback Control to Further the Madness
The Feedback control feeds the phase tone back into itself, creating a weird, purple world of oscillation modulation madness. Use it to make the depth of your phase sound even more pronounced.
v2.0 has massively improved the Feedback control; what was almost unnoticable in v1 now takes centre stage. Go from sweet 70s swirls to extreme, deep, dizzying wobble, and everything in between.
Combine all that with a soft touch, true bypass footswitch system, bullet-proof construction quality, and a Lifetime Guarantee, with each one hand made in Devon, UK – you’ve got a true phase shifting champion you cannot afford to ignore.
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It makes more sense than bringing beer to a festival!
Max Power (verified owner) –
This is well built, looks good, compact, full of features, sounds good and is good value.
njklotz (verified owner) –
I own this pedal but I don’t understand how to control the depth of the wave. There is no individual depth knob. Do you mean to control the depth via the relationship between the feedback and the voice (blend) knob? That seems like not the same thing though. Still, lots of cool sounds.
Ben from Vein-Tap.com –
Hi – thanks for your review! I’ll email you now to answer your question as controls were different in v1 than they are now in v2. Thanks again!
stephen.v.williams (verified owner) –
It is definitely worth going for this for the tap tempo alone! And adding in the different wave forms makes it an exceptional phase pedal. I managed to replicate the phase at the start of Status Who’s Mystery Song! In the advanced settings there is a neat one that gives a cool standing wave, perfect for that Dave Gilmour sound. It’s on my pedalboard now as my phaser of choice.