Atom Smasher


Image credit: Simon Provencher

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The Atom Smasher is a digital delay pedal, reverb pedal and micro-sampler. It's supposed to be odd, noisy and as pleasant or unpleasant as the user desires. It came about simply because I wanted a number of 'exotic' or experimental guitar effects in a single pedal without having to take up much pedal space. If the patches seem a bit random, well, they're the ones I found myself using the most. Although this is a pedal I built for my own amusement, hopefully you will find something to love about it yourself!

There is a waiting list for pedals as they're built one-at-a-time, so to add yourself to the waiting list, use this link. The cost of the pedal is £180, and an extra UPLINK expansion pedal (here's a short demo of it changing sample length) can be purchased for £25 with no additional shipping cost. There's an option for plain metal or white enclosures for the UPLINK controller - I prefer plain, but it's up to you.


Demo Videos

Please note: this demo was of the original prototype, and some patches have been tweaked and improved since. The full patch list can be found below.

An incredible video from Simon Provencher with some example settings. <3


Sound Clips

Thanks to /u/JeanSolPatre and /u/Lieutenant_Danzig for being so nice about it.


Functions

  • Takes 9V centre-negative power, no battery option
  • True bypass switching
  • Momentary maximum footswitch for VAR1
  • Three control parameters plus mix
  • Rotary patch-selector for accessing eight patches
  • Cases professionally printed in US
  • Hand-assembled in Manchester, UK
  • Optional UPLINK expansion pedal allowing for momentary spiking of VAR2 on all patches

Patch List

  1. STUTTER
    • VAR 1 - Controlled by f/s
    • VAR 2 - Buffer length
    • VAR 3 - NOP
  2. GLITCH
    • VAR 1 - Glitch rate
    • VAR 2 - Max buffer size
    • VAR 3 - Alter randomness of VAR2
  3. REVERSE RAMP DELAY
    • VAR 1 - Ramp/speed
    • VAR 2 - Ringmod mix
    • VAR 3 - Pre-distortion
  4. DUAL PITCH DELAY
    • VAR 1 - Feedback
    • VAR 2 - Time (pitch shifted)
    • VAR 3 - Time (dry)
  5. PITCH SHIFT
    • VAR 1 - Wet/dry internal mix
    • VAR 2 - Upper octave
    • VAR 3 - Lower octave
  6. REVERSE QUANTIZER
    • VAR 1 - Quantizer level
    • VAR 2 - Quantizer mix
    • VAR 3 - Reverse delay crossfade
  7. PITCH SHIFT REVERB
    • VAR 1 - Reverb depth
    • VAR 2 - Pitch shift
    • VAR 3 - Pitch mix
  8. REVERSE REVERB
    • VAR 1 - Predelay
    • VAR 2 - Decay time
    • VAR 3 - Damping

You can download the manual for the Atom Smasher here.