The addition of a LoFi category seemed to be a necessity, though difficult to qualify. A majority of my pedals have a LoFi component, albeit a chip, transistor or intangible likeness to old fashioned methods of recording. Ultimately, I only chose pedals that affect live sound and excluded delays.
Unique to our arsenal of Lo-Fi effects is Hungry Robot Pedals' Wardenclyffe Deluxe. While LoFi effects seek to exemplify the limitations of mediums that transport sound, wireless transmissions are often forgotten. In a tribute to Nikoli Tesla, Hungry Robot has raised the bar when it comes to LoFi by allowing the clock of the internal processor to be slowed creating ambient sounds similar to long lost radio transmissions.
Along with clock speed the Wardenclyffe Deluxe brings together Chorus, Vibrato and High/Low Pass filters to create the Ultimate LoFi Pedal.
Other Improvements over the Wardenclyffe Mini include increase Modulation Depth and ,tep temp control as well as an LED rate indicator.
Clock controls the operating frequency of the dsp. Lower frequencies turn the signal into an ultra muddled, borderline usable lo-fi mess.
Detune splits the signal into two and tastefully detunes one of them for a lush chorus effect.
Crush toggle adds a gnarly bit crusher to the signal.
- Vinyl Noise simulator includes theSnake knob which adds a filtered white noise/hiss to the mix. The Campfire knob adds a crackle effect. The Pop knob adds a random popping effect.
Depth sets the intensity of the pitch modulation
Speed sets the rate of modulation
LFO/Glitch Choses between standard vibrato with sine wave modulation. Glitch is uneven and random.
Hp filter removes low frequencies and adds mild resonance.
Lp filter removes high frequencies.
- Pad activates reverb.
This pedal has more tonal options than most in the lo-fi world. The clock is a super power tool to get super laggy weirdness if you want it! It’s perfectly weird.