Gearphoria Volume 7 Number 3

GEAR REVIEWS u Old Blood Noise Endeavors Dweller 54 GEARPHORIA JAN/FEB 2019 Not just a phase Old Blood Noise adds another ingredient to sonic stew BY WADE BURDEN I’VE BEEN THINKING about the Old Blood Noise Endeavors Dweller a lot the last couple days. When it first came in I opened the box and looked it over, and wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. OBNE calls it a “phase re- peater.” The simple explanation is it’s a phaser that will let you dial in echo-style repeats between the steps of the phaser. You can choose between 4 and 8 steps for the phaser; 4 is a smooth, classic phase sound; 8 is more percussive. And you can shape your phase filter to Sine, Triangle, or Random wave frequency. You can dial the delay all the way out by rotating the Stretch knob to the far left - now you have a phaser. Or you can dial out most of the phaser sounds by rotating the Depth knob all the way to the left - now you have a weird short delay. But to use the Dweller as just a phaser or delay is just not what it was built for. Although to be fair, knowing Brady and crew, it was built for whatever you want to use it for. Shelf art, paperweight; drop it in a sock and assault a local ne’er-do-well; I suspect Brady is cool with whatever. Not to downplay the Dweller’s effectiveness as an offensive weapon (and man, would you look cool standing on top of a burning upside down car swinging a giant tube sock with a guitar pedal in it), but the real magic of the Dweller lies in the hybrid of the phaser and delay. To put a finer point on it, the magic of the Dweller is that every degree you rotate the knobs gives you new and weird sounds. Some are more phaser, some are more delay. Some are just weird and syn- thy. If you set the control to more subtle settings you can get uni- vibe-like sounds out of it, or you can you dime everything and get building insane weirdness. It’s like a pedal filled with secret settings for you to discover. The knobs interact together, and not always in ways you’d expect: pan the Stretch hard left and the Regen hard right. Move the Voice toggle to the 8 step position, and the Shape toggle to the random, and suddenly you got a happy sounding little robot guitar (I totally thought I had discovered this oddity but it turns out it’s in the manual). Over and over again,