Gamechanger Audio has today announced the availability of its Light Pedal, the world’s first optical spring reverb pedal which takes the classic spring reverberation sound into new experimental areas.
Whether NAMM or Superbooth, every international music fair lives from a good mix of small and large manufacturers. Gamechanger Audio with its very special way of designing products is one of the highlights in the category of small manufacturers. For me, definitely.
Last year, they presented the Light pedal in the noisy corridors of the NAMM 2020. The world’s first optical spring reverb system in a pedal. A year has now passed and the pedal is finally available worldwide.
Gamechanger Audio Light Pedal
Light Pedal is the world’s first analog optical spring reverb system that features a combination of a three-spring reverb tank with a set of infra-red optical sensors. The concept is completely different and very special. The mad scientists or sonic punks of the developer scene as I like to call them. However, it is not the first time that they have taken such unique paths. See Motor Synth which uses electric motors as oscillators or the Plasma Pedal which uses high-voltage plasma to create distortions.
The Light pedal uses extremely sensitive optical sensors directed at different points of the spring. These are capable to detect very subtle movements on the spring’s surface as sound-waves travel through it. According to the developers, the benefit of this method lies in the sound. It allows to pick up a much wider range of frequencies, overtones, and textures than classic spring reverbs.
6 Mode For Sonic Explorers
It also goes nicely beyond your beloved spring reverb effect. Tremolo, modulation, feedback or a kind of bizarre waveshaper that adds harmonics to your sounds, the Light Pedal is much more than just a spring reverb. Directly on the interface, you can easily switch to various modes that open up new sonic worlds. For example, the optics mode lets you choose a specific combination of optical sensors, each with a slightly different texture and timbral quality. The result of these modes is a wide variety of reverb sounds ranging from classic to experimental to pure magic.
Gamechanger Audio has built-in a 3 mix controls section that gives you full control over your sonic journey. This starts with a dry signal but can be changed either in a classic spring reverb sound or in the new optical spring reverb sound. The pedal can do both: sound classic but also crazy. Then, you get many parameters with which you can precisely adjust the sound. The Light pedal is a mono effect with ¼’ jack input/output, expression input as well as CV input (active range to +3.3 V).
The engineer who came up with this special idea is Theodor Kerimovs, who also developed the Motor Synth. Here also in the interview how he got to the pedal.
I have to admit. I like the Latvian developers at Gamechanger Audio because they always conjure up something innovative but also crazy at the same time. It arouses the curiosity of the musicians and brings the market forward. There are enough companies that do “more of the same thing”. Each of their products, whether Plasma pedal, Motor Synth … is something special, something that no one else offers. The same applies to the Light pedal.
Gamechanger Audio Light Pedal is read for pre-order for 289€ from the official website. Orders will be shipped around 3-4 weeks from now.
More information here: Gamechanger Audio