- The Perfect Modern Ring Mod? (By W Todd)
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Truly a great and inspiring pedal and probably the most useful/practical ring mod out there right now. Glad I bought it! (Posted on 8/11/14)
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Subdecay Vitruvian Mod
What is ring modulation?
Ring Modulators multiply two signals (input and carrier.) The end result is the sum and difference of the two frequencies. While the math is simple the results are often dissonant and unmusical.
Most ring modulators are simply hard to use. There are interesting sounds to be created, but controlling the effect is often a chore, especially dialing it in live. It’s not the type of effect which can haphazardly set and expect predictable results. Sometimes you just want to plug in and play.
We set out to solve the usability issues, but not limit the range of the effect. This is where the entropy switch comes in. It is an ‘ease of use’ toggle. Set to either order or chaos this switch alters the functionality of the carrier and fine tune knobs.
One of the interesting ways to use a ring modulator is to tune it to add harmonic tones. With a traditional ring modulator this only works with a few notes. Other notes will render varying levels of unmusical dissonance. We added pitch detection and the ability to offset the carrier from the input. The offsets are based on harmonic ratios, creating interesting harmonic structures to everything you play.
Fixed Carrier modulation
Classic ring modulation sounds are available as well by setting the tracking switch to null 0. Unlike the typical coarse/fine tune arangement, the Vitruvian Mod’s carrier knob has seven fixed steps. When the entropy switch is set to order the carrier knob steps through the notes E A D G B E A. Perfect for guitar! The fine tune knob can detune the carrier up or down by a minor third. With the entropy set to Chaos there are eight octaves of range from ~19Hz to ~2.5kHz.
We designed the effect so that even if you don’t understand what it does the controls feel natural and intuitive.
For best results:
We recommend using the Vitruvian Mod early in your signal chain. Running overdrives and fuzzes after the Vitruvian Mod can really bring out the effect’s harmonic structure. Add a wah pedal after the Vitruvian Mod for synthesizer like effects. For leads try adding delay and modulation.
Using a compressor in front of the Vitruvian Mod will add sustain.
Entropy switch – Set to order for ease of use. Set to chaos for wider range.
Tracking switch – Set to HI or LO for tracking modes. Set to null (0) for fixed carrier mode.
Carrier – Controls the internal carrier in seven fixed steps dependant on entropy and tracking settings.
Fine – Used to fine tune internal carrier dependant on entropy and tracking settings.
Modulation – Adjust the amount of ring modulation. Turn to the left for fully clean. Turn to the right for fully modulated.
Volume – Overall output of the effect.
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We strongly recommend some sort of tracking or delivery confirmation and insurance. Lost packages happen; this will help protect you from loss. Returns are processed twice a week, usually within 72 hours of receiving them.
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