Tag: Tremolo pedal

Night Wire Tremolo | EarthQuaker Devices | Review

Night Wire ™ Tremolo by EarthQuaker Devices ™

My review of the Night Wire ™ Tremolo pedal ~ on Bass!

Night Wire ™ Tremolo | Features:

  • Traditional Tremolo with adjustable filters;
  • Filter Frequency has Manual, LFO, and Attack modes for tonal variety;
  • Filter Frequency LFO mode: Continuously sweeps and frequency control adjusts the speed;
  • Tremolo section has Manual and Attack Modes;
  • Tremolo Manual mode: Rate control sets the speed;
  • Attack mode; Responds to how hard the strings are being played.

EarthQuaker Devices | Night Wire Dynamic Tremolo

Night Wire ™ Tremolo | Operation:

The Night Wire is a touch sensitive dynamic ‘harmonic’ tremolo. It is a combination of sine-wave tremolo and phaser effects, that may be controlled by finger or pick attack, set to manual speeds, or controlled by the on board Low Frequency Oscillator (LFO) split 180 degrees.

The Night Wire ™ can be adjusted from the center point of both filters for a huge range of tones.

The Night Wire ™ has four knobs: –

1. Level; 2. Depth; 3. Rate and 4. Frequency;

Also, two toggle switches; 1. Rate: 2-way switch with Attack and Manual modes;

2. Frequency: 3-way switch with LFO, Manual and Attack modes.

Night Wire ™ Tremolo | Specification:

  • Dimensions: 4.625″ x 2.5″ x 2.25″ with knobs
  • Connectors: Top mounted; 1/4″ Input and Output jacks. AC Adaptor.
  • True Bypass: Yes, with relay based switching. Audio will not pass without power.
  • Current Draw: The manual says 78 mA. 9V DC centre negative.

Here is a link to download a Free pdf format copy of the Night Wire ™ Manual

Night Wire ™ Tremolo | Sounds like:

Does the pedal sound good on Bass? I’ll let your ears decide, but my own experience of using the pedal tells me there is no loss of low-end, and no need for a clean blend.

Please use headphones or ‘real’ speakers. You can’t judge low-end sound on laptop, tablet or phone speakers!

EarthQuaker Devices | Dynamic Tremolo on Bass

I recorded the sound clips at home with the following set up: –

  • Bass: Jaydee Supernatural Series 2 four-string (Active)
  • Amp: Trace Elliot GP12XV (set flat)
  • Looper: ‘360’ by Electroharmonix into: –
  • Pedal: Night Wire™ | Made in moonlit Akron, Ohio, USA | April 2016
  • Interface: Tascam US-322
  • DAW: Reaper 5 | 24 bit | uncompressed at 44.1 Hz
  1. This is the dry sound of my Jaydee Supernatural Series 2 four-string Bass (no effect): –

2. Both toggle switches set to Manual mode. The Rate control is used to set the speed of the tremolo, whilst the depth (set beyond unity) adds some shimmery vibe: –

3. In LFO mode, the tremolo continuously sweeps, and the frequency control adjusts the speed: –

4. With the Rate toggle set to Attack mode, the tremolo rate increases when the strings are played harder.

The frequency knob works as a range control, in relation to the rise and height of the tremolo.

In this clip, the frequency toggle has been set to Manual and the Frequency dial is being swept from counter to fully clockwise, and then back to the counter clockwise position: –

Night Wire ™ Tremolo | Attack Attack!

5. The next sound clip has the Attack Rate setting combined with the Attack setting on the frequency toggle.

The Depth dial is set to full on and the effect is pulsating!

6. Fixed filter; Phase shifter and Envelope-controlled filter sounds can also be produced. This gives the pedal plenty of flexibility and extra versatility.

Manual Rate and Frequency toggle set to Attack, with Depth set to full on: –

Night Wire ™ Tremolo | Highlights:

These are the things I like most about the Night Wire ~ what’s not to like?

  • Sound quality: Crystal clear tremolo, and no perceived loss of bottom end; 
  • Flexibility: Four dials and two toggle switches (with five modes);
  • Versatility: Tremolo and modulation sounds; Phase shifter, fixed and envelope-controlled filters;
  • Top mounted Input and Output jacks;
  • Pedal artwork (by Matt Horak) http://matthorak.tumblr.com/
  • Midnight purple metallic finish;
  • Excellent build quality;
  • Compact Size.

The secret is how the toggle and mode switches interact with the Depth and Frequency controls.

How hard or soft you play can also energize your music and make playing even more, well… fun!

Night Wire ™ Tremolo | Final analysis:

InfinityBass.com | by Simon Edward | July 3rd 2017

Tremolo; being 42; London 7/7

Tremolo; being 42; London 7/7

Tremolo; being 42 and London 7/7

Tremolo (Italian pronunciation: [ˈtrɛːmolo]), or tremolando ([tremoˈlando]) in music, is a trembling effect.

‘Amplitude variation’ rapidly turns the volume of a signal up and down, to create a “shuddering” effect.

Some electric guitars use a (somewhat misnamed) device called a “tremolo arm” or “whammy bar”. The pitch of a note or chord is lowered or raised, which is known as vibrato.

This non-standard use of the term “tremolo” refers to pitch, rather than amplitude.

Tremolo on BASS

The Nova Modulator NM-1 pedal by TC Electronic has a Tremolo effect, which sounds good on Bass, but as the Tri-chorus was the only other effect I liked, the NM-1 was moved on.

The compact size ‘Trelicopter’ by Mooer audio had some good reviews from other Bassists and sounded fine on youtube. I decided to order one.

Trelicopter | Tremolo pedal | by Mooer Audio

My isolated power supply provided the milliamps and I switched in the ‘Trelicopter’ pedal in both my amps effects loop and direct between my Bass and amp. But, there were major issues.

The biggest one was the ‘depth’ control operating like a volume cut/boost control.

The ‘speed’ dial had a very limited range with little ‘effect’ on the sound. The ‘Bias’ knob was almost inaudible.

I’ve owned more effects pedals than I’ve changed strings on my Basses, but I can’t remember ever having to return a single one.

The supplier gave me a full refund. In the grand scheme, a minor disappointment.

Being 42!

Earlier this month I celebrated by 42nd Birthday. I feel a bit too old to unwrap ‘presents’, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy treating myself now and then.

One of my unwritten rules in life is, “thou shall not work on one’s Birthday”. My wife and I enjoyed an opportunity to hear ourselves think and switch off our mobile phones.

July 7: London 7/7

2005. At this time, I was working just above Baker Street tube station. A commute of around 45-minutes (on a good day) via the Piccadilly and Jubilee Line’s.

Today was one of those days. The signals had failed somewhere, and the Piccadilly Line came to a halt.

It was around 08:00. The train stopped at Stamford Brook, and with the District Line moving on the adjacent line, I changed so I could get to Hammersmith. I thought it might be quicker to get to the office on the Circle Line instead.

I arrived at Baker Street at around 08:45 and walked up the platform. Train 216 was arriving and I looked to see if it was being operated by someone I recognised from one of the Depots. It wasn’t.

The next time I saw the train (number 216), a bomb had been detonated on board, which killed six passengers.

Edgware Road | 7705 | Trackernet
Edgware Road | 7.7.05 | London Underground | Trackernet

We learned that four extremists separately detonated three bombs in quick succession on board London Underground trains at Edgware Road, Aldgate and Russell Square, and later, a fourth on board the No.30 bus in Tavistock Square.

It is understood that this bomb was originally destined for Bank station on the Northern Line.

52 passengers were murdered and more than 700 injured in the four incidents, which was the United Kingdom’s first ever suicide attack.

26 people died at Russell Square on the Piccadilly line. 6 died at Edgware Road on the Circle Line. 7 died at Aldgate on the Circle Line and 13 died on the bus at Tavistock Square.

Olympic bid euphoria and then Silence

The euphoria of London winning the bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games the previous day, was short-lived.

All of the emergency services and London Underground staff displayed extraordinary bravery in descending into dark, smoke-filled Tube tunnels, aware they could face further bombs.

“I headed home as soon as I could. The trains were eerily silent on the return journey.

In the weeks that followed, there was understandable nervousness everywhere”.

A terrible feeling knowing we could be potential targets as commuters. Two weeks later on 22/7, another four would-be suicide bombers launched failed attacks on the Tube and a bus.

An innocent Brazilian, Jean Charles de Menezes was killed at Stockwell Underground station, when Police suspected him to be a terrorist.

“I wouldn’t go below ground on the tube for at least a year afterward. It was difficult not to be suspicious of anyone naive enough to carry a rucksack on their back”.

The last word

2015 and the 10th anniversary of 7/7. A day etched into the memory and lives of so many people, who will remember; those who were lost, and those who survived, but at great cost.

“I will remember the day that London fell silent”.

July | 2015 | Hyde Park Memorial | London
“The memorial in Hyde Park consists of 52 stainless steel pillars designed to symbolise the random loss of life”.

InfinityBass.com | by Simon Edward | July 29th, 2015