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Crowther Audio Prunes & Custard:
The Prunes & Custard is a two stage circuit. There is a preamp stage, the gain of which is adjusted with the Drive control.
This stage is followed by a special wave-shaping distortion circuit. There is some treble roll-off between the preamp and the special distortion circuit. The frequency at which this treble roll-off happens can be changed with the Guitar/Bass switch.
The special distortion stage produces strong harmonic overtones, mostly odd harmonic. Higher harmonics are progressively introduced with increased Drive settings and signal level, so a decaying bass guitar note can sound like a mean swept filter.
Playing double notes, like 4ths or 5ths can produce some strong intermodulation effects, rather like a ring modulator, but more musical, albeit more distorted!
The Mix control is a balance between the preamp stage output (ccw), and the special distortion stage output (cw).
For bass guitar, the Mix control would usually be set at around 10 to 12 o'clock. For guitar, a high Mix setting, along with reduced Drive can give some rather pleasant overdrive effects.
When the Drive and Mix controls are set to higher settings, the sound can become all harmonics, with very little fundamental signal, and in some situations may sound a bit thin, especially for bass guitar, but setting the Lo Freq. contour switch to the right takes some low frequency from the Preamp side of the Mix control and mixes it back with the special distortion side.
When used as an effect in a live mixing or recording situation, the P&C can be driven from from a spare aux send or channel direct out and returned to a spare input channel. In this situation the Mix control would be set to maximum, and there is the added flexibilty of being able to apply EQ to the distortion effect, and to use it dynamically within a mix. This is quite useful for (yet another) overdriven snare sound, and for toms. To avoid things getting too out of hand, inserting a noise gate on the return, and maybe keying it from the send signal can be a useful idea.
- Input impedance: 1 Megohm. (equivalent to a typical valve amplifier.)
- Output impedance: less than 13k Ohm
- Recommended minimum output load impedance: 50k Ohm.
- Bypass type: Total bypass using a latching relay with gold plated contacts. Continuous current consumption approx. 6mA (with LED on).
- External power supply socket: 9-12VDC, 2.1mm, pin negative. Compatible with most popular AC adapters.
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REVIEWS & USER COMMENTS:
HARMONY CENTRAL USER REVIEW 5/19/2005:
"I was looking for something to delve into bizarre effects with - this box can do that. But it is also capable of good tone. There are not many pedals that can tread water of both lakes simultaneously! I was pleasantly surprised when I was able to set it to not distort, but go into intermodulation when more than one note was played. Also at higher drive settings you can get it to do filter sweeps. This pedal is not for everybody, but it is very unique."
HARMONY CENTRAL USER REVIEW 1/5/2004:
"I am using both fretted bass (modded Epiphone Ripper with twin Bartolinis) and a fretless (P/J tuned BEAD). The pedal sounds great with both, maybe more so with the fretless, as you can achieve some nice smooth synth sounds, it definitely likes the lower frequencies."
HARMONY CENTRAL USER REVIEW 5/1/2001:
"I am so in love with this box. It is like no other you will find. Sort of a crunchy, buzzy OD with something seriously subharmonic going on. You can do that Laswell thing where you turn it up quite high, then play very softly for a fantasticly HUGE dub tone. Maybe not so good for agressive quick stuff, this box definitely likes the slow, fat bass tones; drums do sound good. Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake need one of these for sure. I use it on my Warwick 5 strings for my prog-dub punk-jazz band. This honestly sounds like no other box you will ever hear, sort of a "wave-shaping" rather than a regular clipping. Does that make sense? I can get a lovely large moog tone with this. Great on bass guitar. Then there is this wacky "harmonic intermodulating" thing!? What is it, I don't know but it sho' is way coo. It ends up like a sort of envelope following sweep which is very touch sensitive; the main thing I love most of this box. You play softly and its very clear, dig in and the sweep builds and the buzzy OD kicks in. Very fun. I could use this box in lieu of my octaver, mutron and OD. It seems to cover that many bases IMO. interactive and fun."
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