RAINGERFX Dr. Freakenstein 'DWARF BASS' (and IGOR) - € 149,00 NEW
This is a full-on fuzz pedal designed especially for bass guitar, replacing the now-discontinued Dr Freakenstein Bass – but takes the best elements of it and puts them in a convenient, compact – and deeply cute – mini-pedal package! It uses a very similar fuzz circuit to the Dr Freakenstein Fuzz DRFF-3, but with more low-end.
Like the regular Dwarf pedal, the overtone is adjusted by knob or by the Igor pressure pad controller (dual sensitivity), giving great real-time expression. The Dwarf Bass also has an LFO button, which modulates the overtone automatically in a slow spacey way… And when this is happening, Igor instead controls the speed of the modulation, enabling expressive higher speed modulations (like a Leslie cabinet, or a classic dubstep-type of effect).
The speed of the modulation is displayed by LED brightness, which – when there’s no modulation happening – shows the Igor pressure.
As part of how the distortion circuit works, the Dwarf Bass has an impressive fixed-setting noise gate built-in, creating dead silence between notes (which is very unusual for a distortion effect!).
It also has a ‘mix’ button, which changes the sound from all fuzz, to about two thirds fuzz/one third clean, and inside there’s an ‘active/passive’ switch making the Dwarf Bass usable for all kinds of instruments.
With real-time control of tone, and of modulation speed, this is an extremely useful pedal – adaptable to all kinds of bass-playing situations.
- MONSTER DISTORTION FOR BASS GUITAR!
- HARMONIC OVERTONES CONTROLLED BY KNOB, LFO, OR IGOR – A UNIQUE FOOT-CONTROLLED PRESSURE PAD
- IGOR ALSO CHANGES MODULATION SPEED
- VOLUME THUMBWHEEL
- BUILT-IN NOISE GATE – TOTALLY SILENT BETWEEN NOTES
- MIX BUTTON FOR BLENDING IN CLEAN SIGNAL
- 'ACTIVE/PASSIVE' SWITCH
- LED DISPLAY SHOWS LFO SPEED AND IGOR ACTION
- CUSTOM-DESIGNED STEEL ENCLOSURE
- ALL SOCKETS ON TOP END PANEL!!!!
- TRUE BYPASS FOOTSWITCHING
RAINGERFX Dr. Freakenstein Bass (and IGOR) - € 359,00 NEW
This is an extreme tone-mangling distortion, very similar to the circuit in the regular Dr Freakenstein Fuzz DrFF-3 - but with the low end boosted. It also has a 'mix' knob to blend the right amount of distorted sound in the output signal.
This pedal produces an incredibly flexible palette of sounds, specially designed to appeal to bassists. Please see the FAQ page for more information.
OVERTONES AND INTENSITIES
The knifeswitch on the top panel offers two handy overtone frequencies and intensities. If required, the frequencies can be adjusted by a trimpot inside the enclosure, accessible through a baseplate port. Also inside is a 'bass type' switch; switch this to 'active' or 'passive' according to what kind of instrument you're using.
There's an LFO option to modulate the overtone - with speed adjustable from a slow spacey sweep to a fast intense wobble. Using Igor - Dr Freakenstein's assistant - this speed can be tweaked while you're playing, bring intense dubstep-like throbs to particular notes, or glitchy speed-twitches, or end-of-song speed slow-downs... It's an incredibly exciting new facility! Or alternatively just use Igor to add wah wah-like expression to your playing!
GATE AND ENVELOPE
As part of how the distortion circuit works, the Dr Freakenstein Bass has an impressive fixed-setting noise gate built in, creating dead silence between notes (which is very strange for a distortion). This is especially noticeable on the 'Hard' envelope setting; there's a synth-like intensity - no decay at all - to a note with a hard shut-down to silence at its end.
Switch to 'Soft' envelope however, and the hard shut-down becomes a gentle volume roll-off, with the distortion volume matching the dynamics of your playing in a more natural way.
- - Monster distortion for bass guitar.
- - Harmonic overtones controlled by knob, LFO, or unique foot-controlled pressure pad.
- - Built-in noise gate.
- - Mix knob for blending with clean signal.
- - Hi/Lo intensity switch...
RAINGERFX Dr. Freakenstein Fuzz (and IGOR) - € 269,00 NEW
This is a full-on fuzz distortion, the same circuit as that used in the original Dr. Freakenstein Fuzz, housed in our own original design steel desk-type enclosure and has true bypass footswitching.
There are volume and tone (sort of) knobs, the latter labelled 'OSC' which controls the harmonic overtones in the sound.
This 'OSC' knob sounds great at any setting, but also is really exciting as you adjust it - like a cross between a wah wah and a phaser. So an LFO option is incorporated to modulate this control (giving a triangle wave-shape, speed adjustable from a slow sweep to a fast wobble). There's a switch ('MOD') on the front panel to turn this on or off, the status and speed of the oscillator shown by the red and white throbbing meter backlight.
The DrFF-3 has a hi/lo intensity pushbutton on the back panel, switching the overtone from a lower 'inside the sound' to a higher-pitched in-your-face zip. On the low setting it's possible to get a strong - perfectly tracking - low octave introduced, especially when the guitar's neck pickup is selected. Add an LFO fast wobble, and great thick organ-y tones are possible. As part of how the distortion circuit works, the Dr. Freakenstein has an impressive fixed-setting noise gate built in, creating dead silence between notes (which is very strange for a distortion).
Also, being the Dr. Freakenstein Fuzz, of course it has an assistant called Igor - which is a small dual-sensitivity pressure pad that you tread on or work by hand. This plugs in via mini-jack to either tweak the OSC according to how hard you press, or to adjust the bias of the modulation range; on a fast modulation setting, this can give an effect reminiscent of a bubbling synth, sweeping down from high cutoff to low. Igor is like 'aftertouch' on a synth - but for guitarists. It's a new thing tiny and light, and with practically no moving parts. One Igor comes with each Dr. Freakenstein.
There's also a meter for monitoring your input signal, plus - for a full gothic 'laboratory' vibe, it's mounted in a miniature steel desk console, complete with knife switch that you throw to turn it on.
The knifeswitch turns the power on - like plugging a lead into the input sockets of most other pedals. On throwing it, the orange control-illumination LEDs come on. When you step on the 'On/Off' footswitch the input meter backlight comes on steadily, showing the fuzz is in circuit.