Death By Audio
Interstellar Noise Toys
Hand-made in Brooklyn, NY
If pedal brands were music genres, then Death By Audio would definitely be punk rock!
Founded in 2002 in Brooklyn, New York by Oliver Ackermann, Death By Audio is a small independent arts collective that just happens to be making some of the most intriguing pedals in the boutique effects scene today.
Death By Audio aren’t here to cater to your hi-tech needs and hi-fi ears. Actually they couldn’t care less about that. They want to make noise. Glorious cascading noise! They will take your instrument and turn it into a super-sonic stun-gun from Mars.
Just kick in their Reverberation Machine or Echo Dream 2, and instantly become the flag bearer of aural anarchy as you unleash a barrage of fuzzed-out ambience.
In essence, their pedals have so much character and soul that they definitely aren’t for everyone. But if you like to get noisy, and if you like your pedals to have an agenda of their own, then Death By Audio’s pedals are without a doubt your new sonic soulmate.
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Reverb and Delay Pedals
Ambience isn’t all about pretty angelic pads or pristine and crisp delay lines. Ambience can be dirty and out of control, all while being stunningly beautiful at the same time, and that’s exactly what Death By Audio are know for.
Their Rooms Stereo Reverberator currently stands as one of the most interesting reverb pedals on the market with its six highly unique, meticulously programmed stereo reverb algorithms, providing an endless universe of sounds.
The Reverberation Machine on the other hand, goes from bright and beautiful spring reverbs to deep fuzzed out ambient textures. Truly a must-have pedal for all lo-fi lovers out there.
Along the same lines lives their echo masterpiece, the Echo Dream 2 with its magical modulated delays that can be turned into a cacophony of sound via its on-board fuzz circuit. A shoegazers dream delay for sure. And finally, the Micro Dream Delay simply distills the stunning delay tones from the Echo Dream 2 down into a more intuitive and compact package.
If you’re looking for mod effects out of the ordinary, then you’ve come to the right place!
Deep in the darkest corners of the mad Death By Audio lab, you’ll find the synthetic distorted ramblings of the Robot 8-bit Resynthesizer. This cold-hearted lo-fi monster will serve up anything from deep fuzzed out octave growls to screaming upper octaves as well as arpeggiated octave lines that can be as musical or as unmusical as you like.
The Deep Animation, a mangled, filter-sweeping, abruptly overdriving pedal, that syncs its wave-thumping movement to your playing dynamics, multiplies dynamics into a hyper-exaggerated frenzy and adds just the right amount of movement to punch through the mix.
If you can somehow conjure the image of Satan conducting an army of distorted synthesizers in your mind, then you’re pretty close to what the Evil Filter sounds like. An independent Fuzz and Envelope Filter in one pedal set to serve up deep sweeping doom and gloom as you hook an expression pedal up to it.
The SPACE BENDER chorus modulator replicates and warps your signal into beautiful and organic transmissions from a dimension somewhere beyond linear time. Under the hood lies an array of dynamically modulated delay lines allowing you to craft subtle vintage sci-fi sounds, bending sonic bedlam, and pulsing atmospheres. The rocker switch settings let you move smoothly through a wide range of effect types allowing for new ways of thinking and experimenting with modulated delay, chorus, and flanger.
Distortions, Drives and Fuzzes
Fuzz and Distortion is the heart and soul of Death By Audio, hence it’s no wonder that their lineup features some of the best weapons of mass sonic destruction out there.
From the absolutely insane sonic madness of the Absolute Destruction, the pummelling power of the Apocalypse and Fuzz War, the synthy overtones and raw aggression of the Waveformer Destroyer and Soundwave Breakdown, all the way to the ultra-versatile madness of the Supersonic Fuzz Gun, Death By Audio provide you with all the blown-out dirt and grit you crave.
But hey, it’s not all about ruthless aggression and sputtery, synthy craziness. Their Interstellar Overdrive and Interstellar Overdrive Deluxe are here to restore harmony with their rich and smooth overdrive tones. They’re true to your tone and loud as heaven. Just like your favourite tube amp. With their their latest venture into Germanium transistor infused, intensely filtered console-style drive circuits – the Germanium Filter, they create a wholesomely versatile drive that ranges from mild mid-gain Overdrive to blasted-out fuzz.
No matter what damage you seek to inflict, you’ll find your weapon of choice here
Still, if this is not enough sonic destruction for you, the Total Sonic Annihilation 2 provides you with a controllable, limited and phase-invertable feedback loop, for even more sonic exploration