The Walrus Audio LORE is a reverse soundscape generator pedal that uses inventive mixes of reversed delay and reverb to create inspiring soundscapes.
At a Glance
Lore is a new ambient-focused effect pedal that uses two DSP chips, each with its own analogue feedback channel and feature set, and is built on reverse delay and reverb. There are five separate programmes that produce diverse timbres by combining affected and unaffected feedback signals in a unique way.
I. Reverse Delay into Reverse Reverb:
Program 1 combines reverse delay with reverse reverb with a focus on organically interacting feedback paths. Space and ambience build as the signal is reversed, re-reversed, reverberated, and reversed again within the feedback network. Experiment with the X knob to control how reversed your delay trails are with left being least reversed and right being fully reversed. Lots of fun with big, eerie minor chords!
II. Reverse Delay into Octave Up Reverb:
Program 2 is a “light reverb” that combines octave-up harmonic feedback with an expansive, airy, reverb tank to create a breathy, spacious ambience. Use the Regen knob to introduce a playful shimmer into the reverb decay. Increase the X knob to control the decay of the reverb. It sounds especially great with delicate finger-picking parts.
III. Reverse Delay into Octave Down Reverb.
Program 3 is a “dark reverb” that combines octave down harmonic feedback with heavy filtering and harmonic distortion, to create a sound that is thick, rich, and murky. Use the Regen knob to bring a lower octave into the reverb decay. Increase the X knob to control the decay of the reverb. Add in some high gain or fuzz to alter the time-space continuum.
IV. Reverse Reverb into Forward Reverb.
Program 4 is a dual reverb program, featuring reverse reverb into forward reverb, Dual harmonic feedback paths allow the user to dial in octave up and octave down, and time stretching allows for control of the size and character of the space. Perfect for instantly transforming guitar into rich ambient pads. Use the Feedback knob to add a lower octave to the reverse reverb. Conversely, use the Regen knob to add an octave up to the reverse reverb decay. Control the decay of the forward reverb with the X knob. To channel all things ambient, experiment with dynamic picking and strumming techniques with the mix fully wet for ethereal drones and pads.
V. Pitch Delay into Pitch Delay.
Program 5 features two “duelling” pitch delays, which shift the input signal up and down in complementary or opposing directions, allowing the user to create intricate harmonic patterns in the feedback network. Behaves like a sequencer at higher delay times and like a harmonizer at lower delay times. Use Feedback and Regen knobs to control various amounts of pitched delay repeats. Use the X knob to change the order of the 4th, 5th, and octave intervals that the pitch delay steps through. Experiment with short staccato notes to create some very interesting rhythmic parts!
In addition, the two-foot buttons control some of the LORE pedal’s temporary functions, such as Dive / Rise (which adjusts the playback speed, resulting in pitch-up/down effects). In addition, the mod slider controls the modulation of the effect signal.
The Mod knob will control the amount of modulation applied to the wet signal. Holding down the bypass and adjusting the Mod knob will adjust the modulation rate. The bypass LED will blink to show your set mod rate.
Only a mono input and mono output are available on the connection side, which is a shame as stereo would ins and outs would be much more interesting, particularly for synth nerds and junkies.
More info at Walrus Audio