NAMM 2022: Walrus Audio Reveals New Ways to Combine Delay and Reverb with the LORE Reverse Soundscape Generator Pedal
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NAM 2022: We still find a lot of inspiration in the wonderful sound of Walrus Audio SLÖTVA but we may need to free some space on our crankset dreams again because his new LORE Reverse Soundscape Generator pedal sounds pretty spectacular to our ears.
Like the SLÖTVA, the LORE has multiple algorithms – five to be precise – and each uses combinations of delay and reverb that “feed off each other for time-distorted ambient creations”.
Here’s how the five modes break down, with the built-in parameter control relationship to each, and we’ll let Walrus’ own descriptions do the talking about each…
• Program 1: Reverse Delay to Reverse Reverb
‘Program 1 combines inverse delay and inverse reverb with an emphasis on organically interacting feedback pathways. Space and ambiance build as the signal is inverted, reinverted, reverberated and inverted again in the feedback network.
‘Experiment with the X knob to control the inversion of your delay tracks, with left being the least inverted and right being fully inverted. Lots of fun with big weird minor chords! »
• Program 2: Reverse Delay in Octave Up Reverb
‘Program 2’ is a lightweight reverb that combines octave-up harmonic feedback with an expansive, airy reverb reservoir, to create an airy, spacious ambience. Use the Regen knob to introduce a playful glow to the reverb decay.
‘Raise the X knob to control the decay of the reverb. Sounds especially good with tricky fingerpicking parts.’
• Program 3: Reverse Delay to Octave Down Reverb
Program 3 is a dark reverb that combines harmonic octave down feedback with heavy filtering and harmonic distortion, to create a thick, rich, murky sound.
‘Use the Regen knob to introduce a lower octave in the reverb decay. Raise the X knob to control the decay of the reverb. Add high gain or fuzz to alter the space-time continuum.
• Program 4: Reverse Reverb to Forward Reverb
‘Program 4 is a dual reverb program, with reverse reverb in front reverb, dual harmonic feedback paths allow user to dial in octave up and octave down, and time stretching controls the size and character of the space. Perfect for instantly transforming guitar into rich ambient pads.
‘Use the Feedback knob to add an octave lower to the reverse reverb. Conversely, use the Regen knob to add an octave above the inverse reverb decay. Control the reverb decay with the X button. To channel all things ambient, experiment with dynamic picking and strumming techniques with the fully wet mix for ethereal drones and pads.
• Program 5: Pitch Delay in Pitch Delay
Program 5 features two dueling pitch delays, which move the input signal up and down in complementary or opposite directions, allowing the user to create complex harmonic patterns in the feedback network. Behaves like a sequencer at higher delay times and like a harmonizer at lower delay times.
‘Use the Feedback and Regen knobs to control different amounts of delay repeats. Use the X button to change the order of the 4th, 5th, and octave intervals through which the pitch delay passes. Experiment with short staccato notes to create some very interesting rhythm parts!
Well, that sounds like a lot of tones to us. And LORE features a pair of DSP chips working in series, each with its own analog signal paths with individually adjustable gain, so players can manipulate how delay and reverb interact. And there’s also tap tempo for delay and reverb, expanding the range. This same tap tempo switch can also be used to activate a momentary dip or rise effect on the sound.
Additionally, players can add modulation to one of five modes and Walrus says the reverb trail will fade naturally when the pedal is turned off, so no abrupt transitions here!
We’re interested in seeing both how subtle and crazy the sounds get; if LORE might be able to replace an existing reverb pedal on some pedalboards. Because we only have a little space! We can’t wait to try LORE and it looks like you won’t have to wait long – it ships at the end of June for £285 / €329.
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