Badlands National Park is a magical, haunting, and inspiring place. Much like how one feels the first time seeing the vastness of the Grand Canyon, Badlands' peaks, spires, and canyons take your breath away and give a sense of endless, untouched expanse. Established as a National Park in 1978, Badlands is home to American Bison and the elusive, highly-endangered Black-footed ferret.
We love fuzz. That's no secret. We love it so much, we've built most of our brand around the warm fuzzy tones only vintage Germanium transistors can provide. Fuzz isn't it though. Not even close. In a sea of digitally controlled modulation, we set out to design a fresh take on classic '60s phaser, chorus, and vibrato sounds using the finest modern and NOS components money can buy. Badlands is a staggered, 4 stage optical, phase, chorus, and vibrato effect, employing a 100% analog design, using an 18v incandescent bulb, matched, custom-purpose-built LDRs, and the best on-board power supply and filtering circuit we could muster. It provides loads of warm, throbbing pulses, swirls, and lo-fi sweep. In addition to the modulation, we've added a finely-tuned Germanium gain stage at the output, utilizing a powerful, hand-matched 1960's Matsushita Germanium transistor. Having extra gain and tone control at the output allows you to dial in your dirt chain and explore a whole new world not normally associated with this type of effect. Note: Badlands is NOT a straight historical or modern clone of the Univibe (TM) pedal. We have made significant improvements to the preamp, output mixer, and the fine-tuning options for the LFO/Lamp.
More details below.
First row of knobs (Northwestern most): Depth and Gain
Second row of knobs: Mod Volume, Speed, Intensity
It is critical that you use a high quality, isolated and filtered 9v DC power supplies with The Americana Series. Every modern measure was taken to ensure quiet, recording-worthy noise suppression, but low-quality power and power supplies can inject unwanted noise in these effects. Even though we've designed them to play nicely on a daisy chain, we don't recommend it.