Harmonic tremolo is one of the rarest and most interesting effects, allowing you to make your sound highly personal.
It brings a much livelier motion than a tremolo, it doesn’t have the outdated stigma of the chorus,
and it takes up less space than a delay or reverb.
Whether you’re looking to give your arpeggios a hypnotic edge or to add some thickness to your melodic lines,
the Ages brings you a new take on modulation.
A level of live interaction yet unexplored.
Pick your strings hard and the pedal will know exactly what to do.
Kick the Spinner and launch a tremolo explosion!
For the first time we’re using a microcontroller in one of our pedals.
However, we’re not making any compromise sound-wise, your signal path remains 100% analog.
That new element gives us infinite possibilities when it comes to sound and settings.
For example, that new pedal’s footswitches have several functions.
Therefore, you may interact with them via short or long pushes.
We also have pushed the trimpots concept to its maximum with hidden settings.
You may access additional settings by keeping the bypass footswitch pressed, such as hidden LFOs. This is what we call the Trimpot mode.
OUT, the output level for the tremolo.
Up to +6dB can be added without additional saturation.
DEPTH, the intensity of the tremolo.
At minimum settings, there’s almost no tremolo to be heard.
At maximum settings, the tremolo cuts off the sound completely.
TONE allows you to change the cut frequency of the harmonic tremolo.
For a darker or brighter tremolo.
SUBDIVISION, the rotary knob on the bottom right-hand corner featuring four positions.
The first position doubles the tempo you’ve set before.
The second position leaves the tempo at the speed you tap before.
The third position divides by 2 the tempo.
The last one divides by 3 the tempo.
ATTAQUE, a 3-position switch to set the envelope detector.
Up the attack changes the tempo of the tremolo.
In the middle position it changes nothing.
And down the attack changes the depth of the tremolo.
TAP, there’s no RATE knob, everything is done with the Tap Tempo.
You just need to tap on the footswitch twice for the system
to calculate the tempo and apply it to the current effect.
However, three to five taps will be more precise,
and the pedal will calculate an average before applying it.
FEEDBACK, the tremolo goes into self-oscillation after holding the
Tap Tempo footswitch for more than 500 ms when the pedal is turned on.
The oscillation comes in gradually and then stops in a very elegant way
once you release the switch.
ON/OFF, turns the pedal on and off with a single push.
When the pedal is switched off, the red LED blinks lightly.
When it is on, the white LED blinks intensely.
It blinks in time with the tremolo’s RATE.
TRIMPOT MODE, to access new hidden settings, hold the switch for more than two seconds.
The LED turns blue.
The knobs control other settings that will be detailed later.
To exit Trimpot mode, don’t touch any knob or switch for more than ten seconds,
or tap the switch again. A short push is enough to exit this mode.
BIAS_B, to saturate the modulating signal (LFO) on the bass side.
BIAS_T, same thing on the treble side.
GAIN_B, to increase the bass range until it saturates.
GAIN_T, same thing for the treble range.
TAP, if you leave it in the upper position,
you can plug the Spinner with the mini jack input at the back of the pedal,
and those two will be able to communicate.
Push the switch down towards TAP to connect an external tap tempo switch.
This will deactivate the Spinner.
Unplug and plug the pedal’s power supply back when changing that switch’s position
for that change to be taken into account.
BDWTH, 4 switches allow you to choose the frequencies you wish to modulate through the harmonic tremolo.
The default setting is 0011, 0 being the down position and 1 the up position.
The first two switches adjust the bass side.
The last two switches adjust the treble side.
Our favorite setting boosts any sound between 400Hz and 2kHz on the bass side,
and the treble side is boosted between 4kHz and 6kHz.
Those switches can be used to get a wide and neutral bandwidth
from 20Hz to 2kHz and from 2kHz to 20kHz.
OUT is fully analog. Therefore it will not be impacted to the Trimpot mode and will continue to set the output volume for the tremolo.
DEPTH becomes THRESHOLD, the threshold of sound necessary to trigger the envelope detector, i.e. how hard you have to hit the strings for the filter to kick in.
With a threshold of zero, you have to hit the strings really hard to get the effect. With a threshold set at maximum value, any tiny sound will trigger the envelope.
TONE becomes ENVELOP, which finely sets up your envelope detector.
For example: set up your four-position rotary on RATE, which means you’re looking the interact with the rate of the tremolo.
If the ENVELOP trimpot is turned all the way up, the tremolo will accelerate every time you play since you’ve set it up at more than 50% of the knob’s course, and a 100% setting will trigger a strong acceleration. If the trimpot is set up at 60% (or 1 o’clock), it only accelerates slightly.
Conversely, if it is set up at 0%, the tremolo will slow down dramatically every time you play. At 40% the tremolo will slow down only slightly.
Both switches give you access to the LFO selection, which allows you to choose between 7 LFOs!
The last one you’ve selected will be the one saved in the pedal’s memory and used by the tremolo.
The chip can easily be removed and changed at any time.
This allows you to update the firmware, but mostly…
We will be offering new chips featuring new waveforms!
Just like the Element, the Ages has an additional mini jack plug at the back.
It can be used to plug the Spinner in.
It will automatically communicate with the Ages.
You may also plug an external tap tempo like our Tap.
In order to do that, you need to switch the Tap trimpot down.
Once you’ve done that, the external and the built-in Tap Tempo switches
can communicate and simultaneously control the pedal.
At the back of the pedal, far from our favorite rock stars’ killer kick, is a 3-way switch that allows you to choose how the Spinner operates.
ACCELERATEUR, the faster the Spinner spins, the more the tremolo accelerates. This happens when the switch is in the upper position.
When the pedal has been turned off, the effect will be turned on by the Spinner and turned back off at the end of the rotation.
KILL SWITCH, kick the Spinner and the signal cuts every time a magnet comes in front of the Sensor. This happens when the switch is in the middle position.
RALENTISSEUR, the faster the Spinner spins, the slower the tremolo goes.
This happens when the switch is the lower position. Like the accelerating position, the rotation turns the effect on even when the pedal is switched off.
Since the Spinner is the source of expression, you may stop it with your foot to turn the tremolo off or make it go back to its original speed. You may also add a magnet on the Magnet spot to make the Spinner slow down earlier. It makes the rotation shorter, and you don’t have to stop it with your foot anymore.
TH_H, the threshold that activates the tremolo when it has been turned off.
TH-L, the threshold that deactivates the tremolo.
IMPACT, to control the acceleration and deceleration of the tremolo rate.
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