Emma ReezaFRATzitz "Bias" question (RF-1)

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  1. JamesSGBrown

    JamesSGBrown Member

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    Hi, all!

    Just received my Emma RF-1. Great pedal!

    However, the "bias" knob makes a sound when I'm pushing it t the extreme right (where it's in full Class A mode). Also, although it takes a "blanket" off the sound in Class A mode, this change only really occurs at the extreme right- when it makes this sound as you're turning it.

    I was just wondering if this is normal?

    James
     
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  2. PerFusionist

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    Not normal. I had the RF-1 for 5+ years and currently have the RF-2. Never experienced what you're describing. Could you describe the sound it makes? You might want to contact Emma...
     
  3. JamesSGBrown

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    I can't really describe it. You only hear it when twisting the knob without playing. I can record it an upload it...
     
  4. Ben C.

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    Only when you're actually turning the knob, with the pedal on, yes?
    Yes, it does make a sound sort of a whooshing sound when you're adjusting the bias in the clockwise direction. Totally normal.
     
  5. JamesSGBrown

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    Yep!

    Okay, that's cool. There is a difference between the two sides, but it only happens in the last couple of mm of the clockwise side (when this sound is made)

    If that's normal then no worries! It sounds good anyway!
     
  6. PerFusionist

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    Oh, when you're MOVING the bias knob. Okay, sorry I misunderstood. You're good :aok
     
  7. JamesSGBrown

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    Awesome, thanks for the replies :)
     
  8. justnick

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    Yep, normal. you're biasing a transistor. Similar sound on many other discrete devices--The EQD Speaker Cranker and ZVEX SHO are two examples.

    The change in response and tone--more dynamic and open--is much more noticeable in the last 10 degrees or so of clockwise travel.

    Been my main distortion pedal for YEARS now. Can't seem to find anything that works better across such a wide range of situations. And believe me, I've tried!

    n
     
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  9. JamesSGBrown

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    I'm impressed at how well it makes my clean Laney roar! I was looking for a decent drive pedal to replace the amps channel and I think i found it! It was between this and a Blackstar HT-Dual. Not a massive fan of the comic sans type on the face, but it feels good to get my first boutique-esque pedal!
     
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    Haha never really noticed that when I had mine
     
  11. JamesSGBrown

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    [​IMG]

    Maybe Emma are using it ironically, because the pedal is serious business, ha!
     
  12. Ben C.

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    That's why, the second time I owned one, I did this to it:

    [​IMG]
     
  13. JamesSGBrown

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    "a cunning sound"

    cunning...as a fox?
     
  14. justnick

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    I'm not normally the type to go on and on about how great a distortion pedal is. I mean COME ON, it's just a distortion pedal, right?

    But this one somehow does about a million things, all well, without cheesiness even in its "smooth tones," and all with enough dynamics for expressive playing even at high gain.

    Sorry to do this but I can't resist. Here's two clips where it was just the pedal into a Montavillian into a clean Carr Slant 6v.

    This one the Emma kicks in at 3:45 on the solo...

    http://vimeo.com/20817846

    On this one comes in at 3:40...

     
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    Yes... in fact, as cunning as a fox who's just been appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University.

    [​IMG]

    An Nick - great clip! I miss my Reeza already :) ... great playing too.
     
  16. PerFusionist

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    I'm in the same boat as you. I've had a Reeza for around 7 years running now. I've tried a LOT of other mid-high gain pedals and nothing has dethroned the mighty Reeza :bow
     
  17. JamesSGBrown

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    I love your volume swells in the second video!
    Unfortunately, I'm a competent but rather uninspiring player technically. Lead guitar just isn't for me, so I could probably never make the Emma sing like you! But for my slightly-more-than-power-chord-rock, at least it'll give it some balls haha.
     
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    Thanks for the kind words!

    Oh it's GREAT for power chording and just about any rock application. So damn articulate on the low end and high end both...which means everyone will hear your, umm, odd musical choices...

    http://vimeo.com/34938721

    Thanks Ben!

    n
     
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    Fun video!
     
  20. crxshdxmmy

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    The Reeza is a pedal that's been on my list for a year or more now... just don't see them pop up here all that often. Any consensus between the Reeza and Reeza II? Which should I go for?
     

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