The new UltraWave Multiband Processor by Source Audio takes the whole overdrive and tremolo in a stompbox to a new and exciting uncharted sonic territory, dare I say. The holy grail of music-making is crafting and shaping a sound that is totally unique to the artist creating it! This is applicable for any instrument: guitar, bass or synths. We were lucky to get a beta version of the UltraWave last month, we had a play and were totally blown away by the vast sonic possibilities. The power of creating interesting tone/effects with the UltraWave is under the hood and programming the pedal was straight forward.
At the Ultrawave’s core is a dynamic and multi-dimensional approach known as multi-band processing. This process splits the frequency spectrum of a guitar, bass, or synthesizer into multiple, discrete frequency bands and equips each band with its own array of adjustable parameters. In the case of overdrive, the Ultrawave splits the incoming signal and provides separate drive and output level controls for each individual band. The result is a thick and rich distortion with loads of unique overtones and dynamic interplay. Split the signal into 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, or 10 frequency bands, and apply any of the band splitting options to an exciting collection of overdrive types, including Tube, Diode, Foldback (a method of distortion often heard in the world of synthesizers), Octave Up, Negative Flip Diode, and more.
The Ultrawave also has a great companion collection of innovative sound processing blocks found in the Neuro Desktop Editor or Neuro Mobile App. All presets created in the Neuro editors can be loaded directly to the pedal, saved to a personal, cloud-based preset library, and published to the Neuro Community to be shared with other Ultrawave owners.
The dual-channel compressor block includes studio-level controls. The Multiband Tremolo block provides individual control of each band’s tremolo depth, rate, and start time as well as its LFO wave shape. Changing the LFO wave shape and varying the tremolo start times of each frequency band creates fantastically propulsive sounds reminiscent of sequencer or arpeggiator effects. The LFO’s Ring Mod option creates waves of retro/futuristic industrialism. The Morph feature explores the marvellous potential of sound morphing, which allows musicians to smoothly transition from one super-charged tone to another with an external expression pedal, LFO, or envelope follower. The Ultrawave also has advanced stereo features that can send entirely different drive effects to each of the outputs for a wide stereo field, place the effect in two places in a signal chain, or generate mind-spinning, ping-pong tremolo effects.
- 37 Different Band Splitting Options: Band Splitting options including single, 2, 3, 4, 8, and 10 bands. Each band splitting option includes several sub-sets with different band splitting frequency points.
- 44 Different Distortion Types: Choose from distortion/overdrive/fuzz types that include Tube, Diode, Foldback, Negative Flip Diode, Octave Up, and more.
- Dual-Channel Compressor/Expander: Compressor features Input Gain, Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release and Output Gain controls with a detailed graphic monitor. Use the dual-channel capabilities to isolate compression to specific frequencies. Place the compressor/expander before or after the overdrive module.
- Multiband Tremolo: Use the Multiband Tremolo’s different start time options to create sequencer or arpeggiator type effects. Use the Band Phase Offset control to set up 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 or 10 beat patterns.
- Stereo I/O
- Detailed LFO Controls: to control the Ultrawave’s Tremolo, Morphing or Ring Mod features. Choose between a standard Sine Wave or use the Attack/Release controls to create highly customized LFO shapes.
- Sound Morphing: Change from one sound to another with an expression pedal, envelope follower or LFO.
- 8 Band Graphic Equalizer
- Adjustable Noise Gate
- Assignable Knobs: Reassign all four knobs to the parameters most useful for making quick, on-stage changes. Save a different set of knob assignments for every preset.
- External Expression Pedal Control: Make simultaneous, on-the-fly changes of up to three parameters with an external expression pedal.
- 6 Toggle Switch Accessible Presets: Quickly access up to 6 pedal presets with the Ultrawave’s toggle switch.
- Create, Save, and Share Presets with the Neuro Desktop Editor
- Neuro Mobile App. (for iOS or Android) – Connect your mobile device directly to the pedal for access an extended set of adjustable parameters. Save and download customized effects to the pedal and share them with other One Series owners. Connector cable included with pedal.
- True Bypass.
- MIDI Capable — Connect the Ultrawave to the Source Audio Neuro Hub and access up to 128 presets with MIDI Program Change (PC) messages. Control many of the pedal’s parameters with MIDI Continuous Controller (CC) messages or assign LFO modulation speed with MIDI Clock.
- USB Port – Class-compliant USB-MIDI allows the Ultrawave to work as a plug-and-play device with recording software running on Mac and Windows.
Available in Australia in April
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