The Waves is our tremolo with tap tempo. We spent almost two years developing and testing this pedal, distilling all of our knowledge in electronics and programming in this project, the result was a round sound that behaves as well as it seems. This is our magnum opus.
It has an organic tone, characteristic of an optical tremolo circuit. It is able to generate various waveforms, it can be controlled by an expression pedal and even has an stereo output, so you can make panning effects, it is an endless creative possibility.
The Waves has five knobs and a little key. The key determines the waveform within three positions: sine, triangular and square. The Shape control changes and distorts the wave, you can make a sawtooth, ramp and distorted sine waves and even change the proportion of time that the sound is on, or cut it into a square wave. With this combination, you get to create an infinite range of different types of tremolo. From a short well marked tremolo square, like a helicopter, passing through an increasing ramp wave, that refers to reverse delays, to even a subtle tremolo slightly distorted sine wave, just like the ol’ tube amps.
The Depth control changes the depth of the effect, from a very subtle change in volume to muting the sound completely, and the Level control changes the output volume. The latter is very important in a tremolo, since depending on the shape of the wave, the volume impression is different.
The other two controls, Rate and Div, modify the speed of the effect. You can manually change it with the speed control (Rate), or even by stepping at the tap tempo pedal, according to your rhythm. The Div control sets the subdivision of time marked by the tap tempo or by the Rate. Consequently, you can make a faster/slower tremolo fit on top of the tempo of any song by effortlessly stepping to match with your pace. The Waves is able to perform from a very slow to a luxurious tremolo, with periods of several seconds until tremolos as fast as the soundwaves, exhibiting an odd and disharmonious behavior, identical to a ring modulator.
On top of all these features, the Waves has a ‘secret’ operation mode, the Hold mode. Usually when you step on the pedal bypass, it switches on the tremolo and is only shut down when you step off again. But if you hold the tap tempo, it activates the Hold mode. Therefore, the effect is only activated when you hold the bypass pedal. So as soon as you step off, he cuts the effect. That is, the pedal only works while you’re stepping on it. It’s a very interesting feature, what you get is an infinite creative possibilities, it is more like a creation tool, la pièce de résistance in your sound arsenal, it is ideal to be used as a fast, momentary tremolo.
The Waves has a digital brain, but the remaining organs, including the audio signal path is fully analog: The digital circuit controls the tap tempo and logic, the analog circuitry controls the guitar signal to generate the effect of tremolo. The sound signal is never, and will never get transformed into digital. The two circuits are separated by a custom optical component. All this to bring maximum flexibility without compromising in any way the pitch. Lock, stock and barrel, what we get is flexibility, without compromising the tone.