This is a project I've recently finished for Santiago, a friend of mine and a member of the amazing band Winkie.
After discussing the various tribulations he had using an older big muff, I offered to build him a pedal to his specifications. We sent ideas back and forth, and settled on the quadrafuzz as a starting point. However, he wanted something that could produce synth-like textures with his bass. We went in the direction of a classic octave down circuit, and had that drive the fuzz. The resulting pedal, as you can see, has tons of flexibility within the parameters. The octave acts as a sort of pre-gain (with the additional octave down, of course), which is then shaped by the four band fuzz of the quadrafuzz. I've been calling it the quadoctave.
One of the ideas we had was for Santiago to design the artwork for his pedal. The image is a hand painted replica of a Cocteau drawing, and I think it captures the sounds within in a classy, oneiric way.
I'm happy to have built this for a friend and musician that I respect. To that end, Winkie has just released their latest album, 'Come to My Party'. Like everything they've done and continue to do, it's a brilliant piece of music/sound/noise. If you're a fan of industrial rhythms, shoegaze textures, or post punk of any stripe, you'll dig this. Check it out at their bandcamp page. While you're at it, check out the mix they did for The Brvtalist. It reminded me just how much I love Dead Can Dance!
I'll be back reporting in very soon with news of a few effects that I've been working on. Until then, be well.