NAMM 2020: Earthquaker Devices Afterneath V3

EarthQuaker Devices Third Version of Afterneath Enhanced Otherworldly Reverberation Device

V3 Offers Nine New Modes, Voltage or Expression Control Over the “Drag” Parameter, “Tails”/No Tails Switching and New Price Point

Midwest Earth, January 16, 2020 — For centuries (or maybe just years), EarthQuaker Devices’ Afterneath creation has been the innovative go-to reverberation contraption for artists looking to create a lush and novel enchanting sounds befitting an axe-wielding wizard of the highest order. Unwilling to rest on their laurels, the alchemists toiling away in EarthQuaker Devices’ Akron, Ohio stronghold, have conjured, and are set to unleash, the Afterneath V3 and their creation becomes available for purchase at the brand new price point of $199 on April 15, 2020.

More information is available at http://www.earthquakerdevices.com/afterneath.

About New Afterneath V3 Features:

Afterneath V3 continues to offer the celebrated “Drag” feature and now it can be put under voltage or expression control using the “EXP” jack located on the side of the device. It operates in nine different modes, which are selected by a small “Mode” control located directly underneath the “Drag” control. These modes are as follows: Unquantized with slew, Unquantized volt/octave, Chromatic scale, Major scale, Minor scale, Penatonic scale, Octaves and Fifths, and Octaves. These modes drastically transform the operation of the “Drag” control functions.

1. Unquantized: Smooth, unquantized response over the operating range
2. Unquantized with Slew: Smooth, unquantized response over the entire operating range, but with a musical slew that is reminiscent of turning the varispeed knob on a vintage British tape delay. The “Drag” will lag behind the knob or voltage changes, but then quickly catch up
3. Unquantized Volt/Octave: Smooth and unquantized, yet scaled to align with the 1v/octave curve to allow melodic modulation of audio in the buffer, or control the frequency of self-oscillation like a voltage controlled oscillator.
4. Chromatic Scale: Quantized 1v/octave to the chromatic scale
5. Major Scale: Quantized 1v/octave to the major scale
6. Minor Scale: Quantized 1v/octave to the minor scale
7. Pentatonic Scale: Quantized 1v/octave to the pentatonic scale
8. Octaves & Fifths: Quantized 1v/octave to omit all but octaves and fifths
9. Octaves: Quantized 1v/octave to omit all but octaves

The device features a completely analog dry signal path, totally digital delay path, buffered bypass with Flexi Switch Technology, and a “Tails”/”No Tails” option on bypass.

Additionally, Afterneath V3 offers the following features:
· Enhanced otherworldly reverb algorithm built from an adjustable cluster of short delays
· Ranges from scattered individual delays to an immersive wash of atmospheric reverb
· Silent relay-based switching
· Lifetime guarantee
· Current Draw: 100 mA
· Input Impedance: 1M Ohm
· Output Impedance: 500 Ohm
· Boxed dimensions: 5.5” x 4.25” x 3.25”
· Out-of-box dimensions: 4.75” x 2.50” x 2.25”
· Weight: 14 oz

Earthquaker Devices Pyramids Stereo Flanging Device

There’s a big hole in my heart. It’s shaped like a flanger with trigger mode, and there just aren’t enough of them on the market. Or at least there wasn’t until now: Earthquaker Devices has just announced the Pyramids Stereo Flanging Device. It has five presets, eight flanger modes, tap tempo, tap subdivision, a multifunction Modify control, positive and negative Feedback and a variable Mix control, which is something you don’t see on a flanger every day. But most excitingly for my Zappa-loving ass, it has Trigger Up and Trigger Down modes. 

From the press release: 

Pyramids “Activate” footswitch features EarthQuaker Devices’ exclusive Flexi-Switch™ technology. This relay-based true-bypass switching platform allows for momentary or latching operation, making it easier than ever to engage the effect to bedazzle individual notes or phrases! For standard latching operation, tap the footswitch to activate the effect and tap again to bypass. For momentary operation, simply hold down the footswitch for as long as you’d like to use the effect. Release the footswitch to bypass.

Pyramids eight flanger modes are:
Classic: delivers the “classic” (duh) jet-plane liquid-silk flanging sound we all know and love. In this mode, Pyramids recreates the studio-quality sounds of old-school ADT (automatic double tracking) as heard on timeless recordings by those fabulous mop-tops from England (you know which ones) and on the most ripping double-tracked riffs to come from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
Through-Zero: provides authentic tape-style flanging without all the calibration, biasing, demagnetizing of heads, and so on that a real tape machine – two of ‘em, actually – requires. Use Through-Zero Mode to achieve intensified, swirling, dramatic phase cancellation and comb-filtering effects in stereo!
Barber Pole Up: infinitely sweeping upward flanging effect with no discernable beginning, middle, or end creating an “endless circular staircase” effect derived from the Shephard Tone auditory illusion popularized in television, video games, and film.
Barber Pole Down: infinitely sweeping downward flanging effect with no discernable beginning, middle, or end creating an “endless circular staircase” effect derived from the Shephard Tone auditory illusion popularized in television, video games, and film.
Trigger Up: In this mode, Pyramids provides an infinitely upward sweeping flanger that restarts the flange cycle with each new pick attack or by pressing the Tap/Trigger footswitch.
Trigger Down: In this mode, Pyramids provides an infinitely downward sweeping flanger that restarts the flange cycle with each new pick attack or by pressing the Tap/Trigger footswitch.
Step: sweeps up and down in stepped increments, producing a rhythmic flange effect similar to an arpeggiator and/or sequencer on a synth instrument.
Random: sweeps up and down in random intervals, creating a chaotic flange effect similar to a synthesizer or envelope filter’s “sample & hold” function.
To accommodate any input source, Pyramids includes stereo input and outputs which allow for a variety of routing options onstage or in the studio. Routing possibilities include:
Mono in / Mono out
Mono in / Stereo out
Stereo in / Stereo out
In addition, Pyramids’ Trigger Up/Down modes allow for Side Chain Flanging, in which an external control source (drum machine, sequencer, CV) may be used to trigger the flanger while you play another instrument! In this configuration, the primary instrument is routed through the Right Input and Right Output while the control source is patched into the Left Input. Also, Pyramids’ Manual control may be modulated in all modes via expression pedal (sold separately).

EarthQuaker Devices’ Jamie Stillman On Let There Be Talk

Check out this week’s episode of Dean Delray’s Let There Be Talk podcast. Dean talks to Jamie Stillman, founder of pedal company EarthQuaker Devices. Jamie gives some great insight into pedals in general, EarthQuaker in particular, the craziness of the NAMM Show and all sorts of other good stuff. Check out the episode in the widget above or click here to open it in a new window. And you can check out my interview with Dean on Gibson.com.