I was talking with Hank Donovan from Effects Bay the other day when he started raving about a pedal. As the creator/writer of Effects Bay, Hank’s been immersed in the world of pedals for a long time. He’s seen and played tons of effects. I’ve had conversations with Hank about pedals before and he likes a lot of them. But, it’s been awhile since I’ve seen him this blown away by a new circuit. The funny thing is, when I asked him the name of the pedal he just responded that he didn’t really know how to say it.
The reason his English speaking mind is having a hard time pronouncing the pedal is because it’s from Pladask Elektrisk out of Bergen, Norway. The pedal is called Gjengangar which, according to Hank, means ‘recurring’ or ‘ghost.’ This makes perfect sense, since the pedal is a gated delay. But it’s a gated delay with really cool, inventive features. Here’s what he had to say on Effects Bay the other day:
“This is one of the coolest delays I’ve ever played. Now, I’ve played a lot of delays, but the gate is the coolest aspect of this delay. There are the standard controls you’d expect from a delay – feedback, mix and delay, but additionally, there is threshold, release, tails, tone and soft. Most of these are 3 position switches for flavor (ie: brightness on the repeats, etc), But the action is at the threshold. So the concept of this delay is that it reacts to your playing. Crank the mix and feedback and play softly. You do hear little to no delay. Hit the chord hard and bam.. big time trails. It’s awesome. I was playing this for hours today. So much good from this and I know I’m just cracking the potential of this pedal. Other great feature, the softtouch switch for turning pedal on/off can also be used for momentary feedback. Mind blown.”
Another feature on this pedal that Hank left out in that description is that you can put the trails into an effects loop. This means you can play your single clean, but anything that gets out the gate, not only turns into your trail, but gets effected by anything you have on in the loop. Fill it up with flange or giant reverb, the possibilities are nearly endless. By the time he was done explaining everything, I was excited as well.
Now it’s time to blow your mind because Effects Bay is actually giving one of these away right now. The winner gets picked on November 5th, so you still have a few days to get your entries in. This seriously seems like a pedal everyone should take a look at. Something new and fresh to push us all into new creative worlds. And don’t forget to check out Pladask Elektrisk on Facebook to keep up on this Norwegian builder.
And finally, Pedal Finder has it’s own giveaway coming up in the next few days, so keep your eyes peeled and we’ll let you know all about it.