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A faithful recreation of Jonny Greenwood's (Radiohead) MSP random stutter patch! BACKGROUND The original Feral Glitch pedal was created to answer what is easily the most-asked question we’ve received in the six years since starting tKoG: “how do I recreate Jonny Greenwood’s MSP (Max Stutter Pat...   Read More ›

The King of Gear The King of Gear Mini Glitch

A faithful recreation of Jonny Greenwood's (Radiohead) MSP random stutter patch!

BACKGROUND

The original Feral Glitch pedal was created to answer what is easily the most-asked question we’ve received in the six years since starting tKoG: “how do I recreate Jonny Greenwood’s MSP (Max Stutter Patch) with guitar effects pedals?” Since we finished the Kickstarter run of the Feral Glitch last year, we’ve been tweaking the design both to improve its features and to simplify its design. The original Feral Glitch was great for a small Kickstarter run, but it was much too complicated and expensive to produce at scale. With this new design, we’ve created a version of the pedal that provides even better performance while cutting down on cost and production time. It loses some of the Feral Glitch’s bonus features (such as the high-pass filter), but retains all of the pedal’s essential abilities, and the result is an extremely intuitive glitch device.

INTRODUCTION

The Mini Glitch is a unique effects pedal designed and produced by TKOG. It was inspired by the desire to reproduce the Max/MSP randomised “stutter” effect, but the finished pedal offers a variety of glitch effects both fixed and random.

Currently, we offer the Mini Glitch directly in batches of 50 released every month or so. We’ve created a mail list to alert you when the next run is announced. To be added to the list, email us at thekingofgear@gmail.com. To keep things fair, each batch is offered first to members of the mail list who haven’t bought a pedal yet. The price of the pedal is $190, not including shipping.

MODES

It has three modes, each of which uses a different mechanism to trigger glitches. The Random (RND) mode starts and stops glitching at random – this mode replicates the Max/MSP patch on which the pedal is based. The Switched mode (SW) starts glitching when the footswitch is depressed; it can be set for either momentary or latching functionality. The Threshold (TRSH) mode starts a new glitch each time it receives an input signal over a set threshold. All three modes offer the option to randomise the length of the glitching sample, or to set it to a fixed length (up to 1 second in RND and SW modes, and 500ms in TRSH mode).

DRY-PATH

The pedal also offers control over the analog dry path. With the dry gate set to “MUTE”, the dry signal will be silenced when glitching is active – mirroring the original Max/MSP patch and sounding similar to a broken CD-player. Alternatively, the gate can be set to pass regardless of glitch activity, which allows one to layer their dry signal with the effect.

CONTROLS

The “Sample Size” knob controls the length of the glitch in all three modes, but also offers a unique secondary function in each mode. In Random mode, it adjusts how frequently new random values are generated, thus determining how often glitching starts and stops (at very low settings, glitching will occur infrequently, but may persist long time when it does). In Switched mode, it adjusts the maximum sample length when the knob is set to the “rnd” position (the maximum random sample length is fixed in the other two modes). In Threshold mode, it adjusts the threshold level.

The volume of the effected signal is adjustable via an internal trim pot. The dry signal is kept at unity gain (except when it is muted, of course).

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Recreation of the MSP patch
  • 9VDC negative tip
  • Low current draw
  • Dimensions 112 x 60 x 30mm
  • Weight 200g

     

     

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