Mike Matthews of EHX
on building effects pedals
“My philosophy has always been to leave in as much sound and variety as possible, and always go right to the edge of an effect.” “I would always leave in the noise if I would lose feeling by taking it out. Of course I didn’t like noise, but an effect was an effect, and your music is a thing of feeling. That was always my philosophy. Sometimes you’d turn a control up and you’d see it would begin to oscillate – but sometimes right at the edge of oscillation there are some interesting effects. Sometimes that interacts with other things. A lot of companies would take that out, so the user wouldn’t get a shitty sound, but I would leave that in and leave it up to the user to get a fringe effect.”
from Dave Hunter’s Guitar Effects Pedals (the practical handbook)
Looked for one for years. Found it randomly on clearance: 2 dollars, no cents. Wow.
This will never work… Here’s an open letter to MATTEL:
To Mattel and the makers of the Ucreate Music,
What this device can do is pretty amazing. It has limitations, but essentially you have created a sound mangling device that, in all its lo-fi deliciousness, is fun and engaging for musicians to play with and use as an audio effect. The effects section goes deeper than what I would expect from any kids toy. It reminds me of the Casio SK-1, in that it was an innovative sampling tool with potential, and clearly made its mark after production. I know you have discontinued the software support for this product and stopped producing the Ucreate, and that’s fine. There are really good ideas within the concept, and I publicly plead with you to consider them for a future, more advanced product design.
Here we go!
KEEP: 2 Loop Mangling Effects, Delay. Further enhance & deepen Filter, Phaser, Flanger
LOSE: Distortion, Tremolo Pulse
ADD: Pitch change, robot effects, glitch
KEEP: Sampling, Looping, uploading loops
LOSE: Preloaded samples, make all banks for samples, disable restrictions on file format.
ADD: 4 More Sample A/B banks
KEEP: Record button, hold button, mic/line button
REPLACE: Tempo up/down with sweepable knob, move volume knob to top, change joystick bulb to joystick?
KEEP: 1/8″ stereo jacks will do, most musicians will want ¼”
We need to chat, Mattel.
Love the radio tuning stuff you can get with the frequency knob turned (or tuned) all the way up.
Curt from Red Panda is ridiculously nice.