Greetings, I come in peace. Unless you are an effects pedal – then I wish to become your owner and make you a slave unto me. I’m not sure why I feel the need to open every post like this, it just kind of happens when I’m alone with my thoughts and a computer…
But anyway, today I’d like to direct your attention to one of the weirdest and most interesting pedals I’ve seen in a while. On top of being point-to-point hand-wired with no printed circuit board, I’m not even sure how to classify it because it combines functions not normally seen in one pedal. Possibly ever. The Recovery Effects Cutting Room Floor is a pedal designed by someone who isn’t afraid to really get dirty with experimentation (and I’m pretty certain this is expected of the user considering the unorthodox tones that can be brought forth). This effect is like frankenstein, built of parts that never belonged together in the first place and brought to life through ritual black magic and a big tesla coil shooting lightning bolts into it. I’m not even sure if Graig Markel, the mad scientist behind Recovery Effects, has even realized the monstrosity he’s unleashed on the world. And now it’s too late…. The Cutting Room Floor is upon us.
Recovery Effects bills this pedal as a glitch, pitch, echo, modulation pedal. Here’s a description in their own words: “[The Cutting Room Floor]…offers mountains of wild modulation, delay, freeze and stutter. Anything from light lo-fi chorus to broken-tape-deck sounds can be achieved with this unique pedal. Melt, then freeze tones in place, or use it as a gritty echo or faux reverb.” At first I wasn’t quite sure how to interpret that description or the list of features for that matter. Then I thought about the name – Cutting Room Floor, which is a film industry expression referring to edited portions of footage not used in the final edit of a film. So you see, this pedal is like taking small bits of different effects units and jamming them into one nice tight enclosure. Do the pieces belong together? Maybe not, but it’s companies like Recovery that are raising the bar by re-imagining effects in a market overrun with clones and modifications. And that my friends is what makes me feel all warm and fuzzy on my insides.
*Don’t quote me on any of this since I don’t have a manual to use as reference. Basically, I’m typing out my ass right now. Just don’t smell my keyboard….
Time – sets the delay time. Probably something like one or no repeats at minimum up to a 1000 ms at the max?
Intensity – sounds like it controls the amount of pitch shifts only on the repeats, like a modulated delay but the pitch shifting is random like someone (or something??) is cranking an invisible delay time knob up and down on the repeats. This control (I think) can make sounds like hatching a Yoshi in Super Mario. Awesome.
Modulation – controls oscillation or rise and fall (like a sine wave) of the delayed repeats.
Blend – to blend or mix in your clean unaffected signal. And yes, I do always have to point out that I really like this knob on any pedal. And yes, stupid, I like it because it provides a lot more versatility than an effect that is ‘all or nothing’. (I kid, you’re not really stupid…I mean, you can read, right? If you’re American, that’s pretty damn good!!)
Volume – duh, to control how loud this naughty pedal can get. Not sure if it goes above unity gain or not.
Stutter/reverb toggle switch – switches between stutter or reverb. I can’t be sure how the stutter is controlled, but I get the feeling it makes the repeats cut off abruptly to make them sound choppy and tremolo like? I think you press the freeze button and it momentarily engages the opposite function of what is selected by the toggle switch. The freeze button also sounds like it slams and/or pounds the delay time knob causing crazy lo-fi tape delay self oscillation whirlpools that can suck you down faster than if you were caught alone in a dark alley with Justin Bieber.
Since I don’t have a manual or much to reference, you should definitely watch Recovery’s video and see for yourself. It’s short, and I get the feeling it only scratches the surface of what this pedal can do. Feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you think! I think noisy noise heads would probably love this pedal as they can expect it to do a bunch of crazy things loosely related to delay, reverb, and unpredictable pitch shifting anarchy. I love all the sounds on the video from the slap back garage verb, to the ambient chorus/reverb, to the lo-fi analog delay, and of course the ‘slamming the tape head’ crazy oscillating helicopter sound. Anyone who is looking for that weird or experimental tone for their board should deeply consider owning this pedal. I know I am as I would love to see everything The Cutting Room Floor can do.
Check out Recovery Effects’ website for more info. As always, feel free share your opinions in the comment box below! Oh and I almost forgot. Head over to the Look page to see some cool new pedal acquisitions!
That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!
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