Ancient Echos

You are a traveler, a seeker, a hunter of tone. You're searching for a new experience: something dark, compelling, mystical and powerful. Your journey leads far and wide where eventually, you enter the legendary catacombs where you call upon the Ancients to assist you in your quest. The walls are heavy with the echoes of their wisdom and experience. They have been waiting. They are here.

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Echos in Greek means "Sound"... the sound of the ancients.  Ancient Echos is a unique take on a reverb pedal that combines delay, modulation, and reverb tones in such a way that allows you to simply add texture to your tone or drench your sound into droned out ambiance.  Ancient Echos Reverb doesn’t try to emulate any particular reverb sound, instead takes the PT2399 and Belton BRDR-3H and pushes each chip to the extreme to create its own delicious sound that doesn’t stomp on your playing, instead enhances it, giving you the tools to explore your creativity.  A reverb pedal born of the idea that what has been, colors what is now, and blurs the lines between traditional and ambient reverb tones. Capable of room tonal thickening, springy neo-surf rock, drenched ambient decays, cavernous endless echos, and warbled sea cave reflections, all with a touch of low-fi textural colorations.  

At its core, Ancient Echos splits your signal in two. One signal passes through to output, enhanced by the input buffer and preamp, while the other signal passes through the rest of circuit. This signal passes through a pre-delay, gets filtered, then splits in two again where part of the signal loops back into the pre-delay circuit to build space and add ambiance to your sound. It is also manipulated by modulation controls, adding gentile sways or sickly swirls to the reverberations. The whole affected signal then passes through a reverb circuit, which can vary from a light plate-style reverb to the sound of vast, cavernous reflections. From there it travels through a low-pass filter and back to mix in with the dry signal.

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Controls

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Level:

 

Dampen:

 

 

 

 

Echo:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resonance:

 

 

 

Reflections:

 

 

 

 

 

Modulation

Section:

 

 

Bypass:

Summon:

 

 

 

Expression Jack:

 

 

 

Internal Volume

Trimmer:

The Reverb’s effect level, the dry signal is always constant.

 

Low-pass filter on the reverb signal.  Counterclockwise is brighter, clockwise is darker.  The darker settings will have an impact on how much the Reflections knob can reflect your signal.

 

Pre-delay for the reverb portion of the circuit.  Low (counterclockwise) pre-delay will create more “classic” reverb tones (quotes because this is in no way a classic reverb pedal). Higher delay times is like lobbing a ball of sound through the air and having it hit the chamber wall of a catacomb so that it bounces all over the place.

 

Control for the depth or size of the reverb. Counterclockwise is a small room and clockwise is, well, bigger.  At the bigger settings you’ll start to hear the drones of modulation.

 

The heart of Ancient Echos – and controls the feedback loop within the delay line.  The overall experience of this knob is tied to the Echo control.  Longer Echos will give the reflections a more traditional delay-type of feel, while shorter ones will create a more droning atmospheric ambience

 

The Rate and Depth will modulate the delay but the overall effect of these control will vary with the Echo knob.  Low Echo settings will result in a more chorus-like vibe, while higher Echo settings will almost have a tremolo feel to it.  

 

Effect on and off, wired for true bypass.

 

Momentary switch which calls upon the Ancients to fill the room with their other-worldly sounds, or in other words, turns the Reflections control all the way up.

 

Expression control of the Reflections.  This should work with any expression pedal, though the overall feel might change based on the pedal’s resistance.

 

Trim pot that controls the output volume of the pedal.  This was designed as a set-and-forget control, which is set to unity gain.  But everyone’s rig is a bit different so it is there in case you need it.

Power Requirements:
9volt - Center Negative 2.1mm Barrel
Higher Voltages will damage the pedal

Current Draw: ~97mA

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Demo Videos

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