Mid-Fi Electronic's Scrape Flutter is Envelope controlled, phase shift based vibrato, with sidechain induced intermodulation distortion and various ugly artifacts.
Scrape flutter—a high frequency flutter of above 1000 Hz—can sometimes occur from the tape vibrating as it passes over a head, as a result of rapidly interacting stretch in the tape and stiction at the head. It adds a roughness to the sound that is not typical of wow and flutter, and damping devices or heavy rollers are sometimes employed on professional tape machines to prevent it. Scrape flutter measurement requires special techniques, often using a 10 kHz tone
Scrape flutter is a kind of unique pedal. I got interested in the subtle sides and the feeling of randomness in it in internet although the other sides also sounded eccentric enough to my ears (I am not a big friend of "normal" fuzz etc.). The first impressions back at home were, though, mixed: it sounded excellent but I just thought if can I find any use for the dirtier sides. Nevertheless, the pedal has taught me, and when combining it with other pedals I find that there's plenty of usability and new zones to dive in. Seems to be so far a clear keeper, thanks!
This thing rocks! Due to its nature it’s labeled LoFi and might not attract certain players but it can growl and really color your tone too in an authentic classic kind of way. Its one knob but so expressive. You can turn it up just a little bit to 8pm, add some slap back from another pedal, and you got some nice character for your riffs.
It reminds me of this decades old vintage Princeton I got to play and it would flutter a lot. People probably paid a few thousand for that amp when they could have just got this pedal!
I can’t recommend midfi electronics enough. These come in a variety of colors too!
This has quickly become one of my favorite drive pedals. It's fairly unique and trashy, built like a truck and looks great. I docked one star because I notice whenever I turn the pedal on, it clips, but this is fairly minor given I'm using this mostly in studio, could maybe be an issue for someone live.
I play 2nd guitar in the Flint, MI based classic rock band (of 35+ years) "The Blue Hawaiians". We don't have a keyboard player so I'm always looking for neat new sounds that offer a unique mood. I found more than that with this one. Not only does it turn heads but it is small, simple, subtle and adds wonderful little undertones of grit and garbled to my playing. I ride the one knob at about 1 o'clock and unlike my other pedals, I never have to bend over and constantly make adjustments. I like the price too, as I notice that most pedals go for twice as much and up. I really recommend you get one :)
This might be an unpopular opinion, but I think there are too many pedals out there. Too many replicas of the same old thing, too many brands just trying to sell you their version of something someone else has already done. Not Mid-Fi Electronics though. Doug is consistently creating thoughtful, unique and innovative pedals in a sea of overpriced, overplayed clones. The Scrape Flutter is legitimately one of the most unique pedals I’ve ever played. At once extremely simple and complex, there are more distinct sounds across the span of that single knob than many multi-parameter pedals. Around 9 o'clock, you might get some mild flutter, a slight mechanical drag on your signal that is really subtle. Between 9 and noon, it's a more pronounced warble, that can pop out when you dig in. It's a super cool blend of overdrive and random vibrato. Past noon to 3 o'clock it's a dirty, driven crinkled cassette. Max on the knob is a a light to mild broken fuzz. The pedal is really dynamic and sensitive to volume, how hard you strum, and other pedals before it. Put a light overdrive or a preamp before it and that warbly flutter jumps out a lot earlier in the knob's travel. I love this pedal in the effects loop of a delay - it gives you a great, tape-voiced delay and you can really mangle the repeats in a strange and musical way. It's such a simple and fun pedal! Also, check out Doug Tuttle's music, because it is seriously great!!