Gearphoria Volume 7 Number 3

Double your pleasure Anasounds blends fuzz circuits to yield the Bitoun BY WADE BURDEN GEAR REVIEWS u Anasounds Bitoun I’D BEEN sitting on the Anasounds Bitoun Fuzz for awhile, partially because I didn’t know I had it. When I first put in a request for an Anasounds pedal to check out, I asked for their delay. When I got to a place where I thought I could fit a delay, I reached for the slim blue-grey box with the cursive A on the cover that made it all the way to me in Los Angeles from Nice, France. I popped it open and discovered the Bitoun hiding in- side. The Bitoun is definitely not a delay. It’s not even a polite fuzz at that; It’s a grainy, sandpapery fuzz with squealing octaves. Still, she came all this way to visit. I had to make time for her. Anasounds calls The Bitoun Fuzz a “Double Fuzz” - not two inde- pendently controllable fuzz ped- als, but two different fuzz circuits run together to create one sound. It’s one part fabled Shin-Ei Su- perFuzz, and one part Anasounds Feed Me. The original Shin-Ei SuperFuzz was an octave fuzz from Japan. The SuperFuzz, like all of Shin-Ei’s effects, was pretty unforgiving. It’s unique enough to still be sought after, but in addi- tion to not being made that well, it was just as likely to give you a squealing ice pick to the eardrum, or be completely lost in the mix, as the huge booming sounds that caused you to seek one out. The other half of the Bitoun’s circuit is the Feed Me, Ansasounds’ take on a classic Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face. What Anasounds discovered is that if they ran their Feed Me circuit into the SuperFuzz circuit, they could tame the SuperFuzz and pre- serve its massive booming sound while adding enough mids to help it cut through the mix. After a lot of testing and a few different ver- sions, they gave us the Bitoun and its “Double Fuzz” sound. So what exactly does the Bitoun sound like? Well, when you run a classic fuzz from the ’60s into a classic fuzz from the ‘70s, you end up with a classic-sounding fuzz, but unlike either of the pedals it draws its inspiration from. The Bitoun is capable of both thicker and smoother sounds. On the extreme end, the Shin-Ei’s circuit provides wild and glitchy ring- mod like octaves and gritty rhythm 56 GEARPHORIA JAN/FEB 2019