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A?DA vs Frost Bite Flanger

thesjkexperienc

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I was looking at the Frostbite and ith stomp switch is way too close to one of the knobs.

I need to find out if the new A/DA RI is true bypass or not. I heard the old ones really sucked tone.
 

Jet Bycraft

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Has anyone compared the two?

Thanks!
I have the Frostbite and the ADA reissue from the late 90's. I also used to own an ADA original (the one with AC power cord). I prefer the Frostbite over both ADA units. The Frostbite (to me) sounds very deep compared to both ADA pedals. It also does a lot more crazy sounds. There is no expression pedal option on the Frostbite, but I really don't use that function anyway. Right now, I use the Frostbite much more than the ADA reissue from the late 90's.
 
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whoismarykelly

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The frostbite has nearly the same PCB art from the a/da pedals except the circuitry for an SAD1024 has been replaced with an MN3207 and support circuitry so its much easier and cheaper to source parts and build. By all means it should be a suitable replacement for the vintage pedal. The Ibanez Airplane flanger is another current a/da flanger clone that is very similar to the frostbite although it does not have a threshold control or an even harmonics option. It does however have an integrated feedback loop.
 

Jet Bycraft

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The frostbite has nearly the same PCB art from the a/da pedals except the circuitry for an SAD1024 has been replaced with an MN3207 and support circuitry so its much easier and cheaper to source parts and build. By all means it should be a suitable replacement for the vintage pedal. The Ibanez Airplane flanger is another current a/da flanger clone that is very similar to the frostbite although it does not have a threshold control or an even harmonics option. It does however have an integrated feedback loop.
Thanks for the info. However, my Frostbite is #13 of the first 18 units produced that included the SAD1024. Anything after that has the MN3207. The Frostbite gets out of control on the even setting with the enhance turned up. I mean it's really insane!
 

whoismarykelly

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Thanks for the info. However, my Frostbite is #13 of the first 18 units produced that included the SAD1024. Anything after that has the MN3207. The Frostbite gets out of control on the even setting with the enhance turned up. I mean it's really insane!
I think those were made about two years ago though right? I was referring to the commonly available one they are making now.
 
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I had an original A/DA for a while, have a Frostbite now. A/DA was more nuanced, classier - though still entirely capable of pitch-bending and harsh "whooshing." Frostbite is waaayyy over the top, but it can get some decent chorus-y flanges, especially on the "odd" harmonic switch position. And the layout is dumb as hell.
 

whoismarykelly

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I had an original A/DA for a while, have a Frostbite now. A/DA was more nuanced, classier - though still entirely capable of pitch-bending and harsh "whooshing." Frostbite is waaayyy over the top, but it can get some decent chorus-y flanges, especially on the "odd" harmonic switch position. And the layout is dumb as hell.
I never understood the reason for that layout. IIRC the first guy that asked them to make an a/da clone liked that layout and they never changed it for the production models. It requires a lot of extra wire to be run all over the place though which can cause noise in that design. The one I had was pretty quiet though so its not an issue in the end. I would think they would want it to be a quick and easy build like their other designs though. The psilocybe I had was a model of efficiency internally.
 

blood5150

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Besides the layout and all... Ive really been gassing for this one for a while....I love the level control. I wish my MXR had that.. it really makes it jump out.


 




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