Hello all you tweaked out pedal people! Time for an update from your favorite pedal peddler who tells you about pedals! Please contain all excitement to the vicinity of your pants. After doing my write up about the Recovery Effects Cutting Room Floor, I convinced myself (and probably no one else) that this pedal is really cool and unique and therefore must be acquired. Now that I’ve thoroughly tweaked, probed, and prodded this pedal I decided I should do a demo video to share with you some of the awesomely weird things it can do – twisted things that a normal innocent pedal probably should not do, like an Amish kid on Rumspringa.
Please watch the demo for a taste:
The Cutting Room Floor is so awesome, in fact, it helped take my band’s (SexyPigDivas) new song to the next level. There is a trippy breakdown part in said song that needed something I couldn’t put my finger on – like a texture or a certain effect that was eluding me. On a whim I kicked on the new pedal. The Cutting Room Floor’s insanely spacey random modulated delay sound was exactly right, materializing what I heard in my head that I didn’t even know I had heard at first! Now I couldn’t imagine that part of the song without it. Has a pedal ever done that for you?
Update on tweakables now that I have a feel for them:
Time – sets the delay time from short to long.
Intensity/Modulation – these interact with each other and the delay time control to bring about gritty doubled chorus-y sounds to delay with runaway blastoff yoshi modulation on the repeats – like playing through a maimed & dying tape machine that someone just went all ‘Office Space ‘ on. At some settings you can also achieve something close to half-step pitch shifts on the repeats. It sounds like stuff is melting, if melting stuff had a sound. Man.
Blend – blend the amount of effected signal with your clean signal. I love this knob on any pedal and I don’t think I have to explain why… This one is really cool because turned fully clockwise, your clean signal is totally removed. Crank the delay time and get dizzy while you only hear the delayed part of the signal. Tweak the time, intensity, & modulation and get ready for some really musically non-musical sounds!
Volume – controls your volume of course, but I noticed that as you turn it up, gain is introduced making the Cutting Room Floor also part distortion pedal. My only complaint is the pedal volume becomes much louder than your unaffected signal at maximum dirt level. I think it’d be perfect with separate volume and gain controls, but what do I know? This can be a good thing, however, in the sense that you can plug anything with a 1/4″ jack into The Cutting Room Floor and find a good volume whether the signal is hot or not. I found unity gain for my set up at about 1 o’clock.
Stutter/Reverb Toggle Switch – toggles between stutter and reverb modes. Stutter mode is like turning the repeat knob (there isn’t one on this pedal) all the way up. Near endless repeats that slowly decay and don’t self-oscillate. This mode is awesome if you’re a sucker for atmosphere. Reverb mode switches the delay to one repeat so you can get really great slap back delay/echo as well as doubling/chorus-y effects.
Freeze Momentary Stomp Switch – Only works when reverb mode is selected. Stomp on the momentary switch to make the delay repeat as long as you’d like or only for a moment. As you hold this down, the repeats layer, build, and become all gritty and bit-crushed until you think your amp might be exploding. Hopefully it isn’t.
As you can see the Cutting Room Floor can play nice, but deep down it’s a dirty and debased delay/modulation/distortion pedal. With this one pedal you can create tones and textures that will surprise traditionalists and noisies alike. Just beware – I sure wouldn’t want to be left alone with it… For instance, every time I put it away in it’s place I awake the next morning to The Cutting Room Floor waiting outside my bedroom door, and I swear it moves when I’m not looking. Plus this one time a nice old lady told me that it tried to steal her handbag. I told her this was a good pedal and it would never do that. But I can feel there is something not quite right about it. I’m sure it’s possessed or something. Possessed with awesomeness!
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So what do you think of this beast, my friends? Has anyone made the purchase based on my review? Would you put it on your board? Or would you chase it out of town with torches and pitch forks? Let me know!!!
That’s all for now! Thanks for reading.
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