Full Analogue Tremolo Tones with Powerful Wave-Sculpting Controls
The Dark Waves Tap Tempo Tremolo pedal is a red-and-yellow thing of beauty. When we decided to create a tremolo pedal, we knew we’d have to do something special. That’s why the Dark Waves has a host of options which enable you to create your own custom wave shape, and get a sound that no other tremolo can give you.
How does Dark Waves shape thy tone? Let us count the ways:
- Sixteen different base wave shapes give you a huge sonic palette to choose from.
- Centre Shift control allows you to change each wave shape even further.
- Go from glacially slow swells to crazy fast chops with the Tempo Multiplier control.
- The engage LED allows you to see your custom wave, lighting red when the effect is disengaged and yellow when the effect is engaged.
- The optional Dark Waves Controller allows you to tap in the desired tempo, sync the tempo with other pedals, and activate the Alternate Waveset.
- Fully analogue tone and soft touch true bypass switching allows you to marry golden old-school tone with a modern control system.
As always, it’s best to watch the Tone Demo video to hear for yourself what the Dark Waves Tap Tempo Tremolo pedal sounds like. Here’s Ben to show you what you can do with the Dark Waves:
The Dark Waves Tap Tempo Tremolo Pedal Tone Demo Video
We’ll look closely at the Dark Waves’ features in a second, but first, let’s look at the optional Dark Waves Controller.
The Dark Waves Controller
This handy little beast takes an already excellent tremolo pedal and turns it into something even more special. The left switch allows you to tap the tempo in to the Dark Waves. Its on-board tempo LED blinks on and off according to the tempo, without being affected by the tremolo wave. It’s got a dedicated 3.5mm output jack for the Dark Waves, and it also has a tempo in/out jack, which allows you to sync the tempo with other pedals, such as our own Holy Era Tap Tempo Delay pedal.
The switch on the right allows you to select the Alternate Waveset. Read on to find out what that means.
An Incredible Time Range
By combining the Rate and Tempo Multiplier controls, you can select any speed from 0.025hz (that’s one cycle every 40 seconds) to 100hz (that’s 100 cycles per second). This means you can go from a tremolo tempo so glacially slow it’s practically unusable, to one so fast that individual cycles are practically indiscernible. Somewhere in that range is going to be your sweet spot – all you have to do is decide what it will be.
The Rate control is simple: it controls how fast, or how slow, the tremolo rate is. The Tempo Multiplier control then changes that time. The Tempo Multiplier also affects the tempo when tapped in with the Dark Waves controller, allowing you to get much faster tremolo rates than even the quickest foot is capable of tapping. The Tempo Multiplier goes from half time at its lowest setting, though full time, dotted quarter note time, double time, dotted eighth note time, to quadruple time.
Sixteen Independent Wave Forms Give You All Kinds of Tremolo Flavours
We thought we’d be a little more generous than simply offering the choice between triangle and square wave. No: we give you sixteen whole wave shapes. Included are the standard triangle and square wave, of course, but you also get to choose between Ramp Up, Ramp Down, Pulse, Triangle, Sine, Sweep, Lumps, Random Levels, Ramp Up + Octave, Quad Ramp, Quad Pulse, Tri Step, Sine + Octave, Sine + 3rd, Sine + 4th and Random Slopes. The following pictogram will explain what these wave shapes are much better than words could:
The Wave Shape control scrolls between these shapes. The top row (Ramp Up to Random Levels) is the Standard Waveset, and is what the Wave Shape control defaults to. Engage the Alternate Waveset switch on the Dark Waves Controller and you’ll be able to use the Wave Shape control to select the wave shapes on the bottom row (Ramp Up + Octave to Random Slopes). The tap tempo LED on the Dark Waves Controller will blink red when the Standard Waveset is selected, and green when the Alternate Waveset is selected.
…But that’s not all.
Customise Your Wave Even Further with the Centre Shift Control
Even after you’ve explored all the different wave shapes, you can customise them further. The Centre Shift controls allows you to change the symmetry of the wave: at its centre point, the wave will be fully symmetrical. When turned to the left, the centre point of the wave will move to the left, and will move to the right when turned to the right. Again, a pictogram will illustrate this better than words, with this example showing what the Centre Shift control will do to the Triangle shape:
Go from Full Chop to Subtle Blend
All the options above would be as nothing if they weren’t fully under your control, and with Dark Waves, they are. The Depth control lets you choose anything between a full affected tone, where the tremolo completely kills the signal when the wave is negative, to the subtlest tremolo sound imaginable.
Bypass LED Shows Your Wave
The LED indicator doesn’t just show you when the Dark Waves is engaged or disengaged – it also reflects your custom wave, perfectly in sync with the tempo and with the same wave shape and centre shift that you’ve selected. The LED will light red when the effect is in bypass mode, and light yellow when the effect is engaged, so you can see what your custom tremolo wave will be even when it’s disengaged. Handy!
Soft Touch True Bypass as Standard
A soft touch footswitch allows you to switch the Dark Waves tap tempo tremolo pedal on and off, with true bypass for complete tonal transparency when the effect is disengaged.
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