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Get trippy sci-fi reverb with EarthQuaker Devices Transmisser Resonant Reverberator
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Get trippy sci-fi reverb with EarthQuaker Devices Transmisser Resonant Reverberator

by Stephen Charlton2016/09/16

EarthQuaker Devices is launching the Transmisser Resonant Reverberator next month, and promise to deliver otherworldly sounds at the twist of a knob. The pedal is right at home for film scoring, ambient music and experimental soundscapes. The Transmisser is definitely not your average reverb pedal. It provides a modulated reverb with long decay run through a highly resonant filter.

EarthQuaker Devices describe the Transmisser Resonant Reverberator as:

“The sonic recreation of blowing your signal to bits, shooting it through a black hole then beaming it back down on a cloud of cosmic dust. It is a Blazar for musical instruments.”

Transmisser Resonant Reverberator arrives on October 3

You can get your hands on the pedal from October 3 onwards. Unfortunately, it’s not cheap, at $225/£219.

EarthQuaker Devices is perhaps best known as a guitar pedal manufacturer. Despite this, they spend half the demo footage sending the Transmisser through the Roland Jupiter 6 synth and a Wurlitzer 200A Electric Piano. The latter brings to mind some of the more experimental moments by The Doors.

The result you get from the Transmisser is designed to be bold, not subtle. Nonetheless, it can produce quite a warm, pleasant reverb sound under certain settings. The pedal’s sound sits somewhere between the ambient interludes on The Mars Volta’s first album and the soundtrack to an underground ’80s sci fi film. I guess EarthQuaker Devices noticed how mad everyone is going for the retro sounds of the soundtrack to Netflix’s Stranger Things.

EarthQuaker Devices implement analog dry signal, digital reverb

EarthQuaker Devices have implemented an analog dry signal path, digital reverb path and electronic relay based true-bypass switching. You can pair the Transmisser Resonant Reverberator with an expression pedal to alter the device’s frequency setting. Unfortunately there’s no stereo in/out, which seems a bit of a missed opportunity.

The Transmisser Resonant Reverberator features six knobs: Decay, Darkness, Freq, Warp, Rate and Mix. Freq controls the frequency of the low pass filter. This filter is set just on the edge of oscillation and is the heart of the unique pedal’s sound. Warp controls a number of parameters and allows you to control broadly how warm and mellow the pedal is, as opposed to tight and refined.

If you’re in the mood for some more sci-fi sounds, German electronic pioneers Tangerine Dream just uploaded two stunning covers from the Stranger Things soundtrack. The original score’s creators Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon credited Tangerine Dream as a big influence on their work, so the covers are bringing things full circle.

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Stephen Charlton

Stephen Charlton is a musician, journalist and editor.

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