The PLASMA Pedal

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  1. EpicEsquire

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    That's cool, but cool doesn't mean it will sound good. Waiting for guinea pigs...
     
  3. EpicEsquire

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    Com on bruh - it says "transparent"!
     
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    Now that's a gimmick I can get behind!! I'll need a rack mountable version!
     
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    So . . . it's a distortion pedal with a flashier clipping section?
     
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    So....it's a distortion pedal with a fluorescent light?
     
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    The sound didn't do much for me, but it's sure lovely. Nikola Tesla would be proud.
     
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    that's pretty cool. not sure i'd appreciate the sound as much if i thought it were a normal distortion though.
     
  9. EpicEsquire

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    This reminds me of the JHS Bulb
     
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    Interesting concept. I think this is what lacks most software modelling amp sims. Real tube amps can be made sound ugly, like this little sucker. The possibility to make proper SQUARE WAVE clipping which plays havoc and can destroy speakers. Fast transients. I would love to try this before any amp modelling software at lower levels. I'll bet it will clip any input on any sound card... ha ha... no matter where the level knob is set.

    However, one major caveat:

    As I've heard that T-REX old reverb pedal (Room Mate) with a real tube in it are starting to go havoc by now (I've heard one or two examples). The tube isn't changeable or able to swap out, at any cost, and if you should have it done by any cost it's more cheaper to buy a brand new one. Go on and google about "planned obsolescence". I had one of these once, and got wary of these things, and thought "in natural reverb spaces there's no tube involved at all". So I sold it no matter how good it actually sounded. BUT the tube did induce a small amount of noise, not needed or heard in any pedal. Also the need for extreme "power" at 12 v 330 mA seems a tad overkill. Wonder how much this pedal "consumes" in terms of power.

    Which comes to this pedal: When the Xenon gas tube runs out (it will, even it takes a zillion years) is it possible to change it out? Will it "fade" in performance so to speak? Then it's just "planned obsolescence" as well as any other pedal, or electronics. The major advantage of it, is that I don't think this will ever be possible to duplicate exactly on any software guitar amp sim. I like it because I am able to make my guitar sound ugly if I want to. Color me interested, even though it seems a bit niched.

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    Their PLUS pedal fell short on me though. I have tried it. I was thinking in the lines of "finally I can play a first fret F on the E-string, and make it sound like it's played an open string, and play unstained chords on the rest of the strings above it". Alas, while it do sustain if for ages, it doesn't gradually decay as an open string on guitar should do, while playing the other strings. While it can have its merits, I think the niched genres where it can be used are soon to filled up with competion from the others out there. The large manufacturers Eventide, Strymon, Boss, T.C. Electronic will find away around this patent and better the idea.
     
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    On this video from around 7.50 and on, when he hangs on a bent note the inevitable natural noise gate kicks in. It seems it can't hold decaying signals past a certain level that's too low a threshold... you have to keep them notes going, and this is a dead give away if you'd ask me:



    Sorry, the other pedal sustained forever, but this one not. ;)
     
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    They should be able to get that signal be able to be going, and not a dead stop. The quick cut offs bothers me. The whole pedal is somewhat limited to high gain metal chugging riffs all of the time and little much else then.
     
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    Is it a flux capacitor to travel through the time?
     
  15. Honch

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    Surely a Bose-Einstein condensate...imposes like a plasma instead.
     
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    I think I'll wait for the antimatter version to come out. I want nothing less than to annihilate my audience.
     
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    It is a little gimmicky but it sure does look cool.
     
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    A Bose-Einstein Condensate will only form a few degrees above absolute zero.
    So I'm guessing it's dosen't work that way...

    Lloyd
     
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    The Plus pedal sitting next to it looked way more useful to me.
     

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