The Moon Canyon is a pinnacle illustration of an instrument that evokes inspiration earlier than you even play it. Born of a collaborative imaginative and prescient shared by Dr. No Effects and Sarah Lipstate of Noveller, the Moon Canyon presents sonic scribes an assortment of results with which to compose surrealistic musical odysseys and weave synesthetic tapestries of sound.
The Moon Canyon’s 4 foot-switches correspond to 4 results choices. Drive, Reverb, and Delay are its three onboard results, and the pedal’s Loop permits customers so as to add exterior results to the sign chain. The foot-switch management association offers a easy and efficient means to convey results out and in of auditory notion, opening and shutting chapters of sound as you’d thumb via pages in a e-book. The Moon Canyon’s sparse quantity of knobs for therefore many various results appears to point that the pedal locations an emphasis on immediacy, letting musicians dial in sounds shortly and use the foot-switches to dramatically alter the soundscape with broad strokes. In stark distinction to the deep menu-diving and countless tweaking prospects afforded by some pedals, the Moon Canyon is an prompt portal to creating music… now.
The Moon Canyon arose on the complete moon of Might 30th, 2018, with 50 models being launched on that day and 50 to be launched on successive full moon eves till the restricted version of 350 signed and numbered pedals is accomplished. The pedal is a monolith, not solely with regard to its measurement or for its manifestation underneath such auspicious circumstances, however as a result of every pedal is almost utterly constructed by hand (with minor exceptions being the pedal’s circuit elements, in fact). From the molded and bubble-enclosed moon that adorns the middle of every pedal (and lights up totally different phases of the moon relying on which impact is lively) to the complicated wiring, through-hole mounting of elements, and graphic display printing (and a myriad different issues), every pedal is rigorously constructed after which housed inside a fantastic “book” field. A heap of different goodies are included as nicely: a keychain, patch, stickers, and photograph playing cards. The presentation alone eclipses the trouble I’ve seen from virtually another pedal launch.
Listed here are some beautiful photographs of the Moon Canyon and a snazzy GIF:
Right here’s a clip of a few of the goodies the Moon Canyon comes with together with a number of the first sounds I made when plugging within the pedal:
Sound & Efficiency:
As implied earlier than the Moon Canyon could be very straight-forward in operation. Whereas some pedals overwhelm with choices, the Moon Canyon dazzles in aesthetics whereas offering an easy-to-use interface that helps musicians obtain usable sounds in a short time. The foot-switches are organized so as of the pedal’s sign movement from proper to left, facilitating an intuitive understanding of how its results will have an effect on your sign path. The straightforward parameter association for every impact offers the naked necessities to facilitate attaining on the spot outcomes. I’ll speak about every of the three results in sign move order after which come again to debate the Loop. This can assist paint an image of the way you may use the pedal.
On the appropriate aspect of the pedal is the Drive part. At a look it seems to supply a normal overdrive management format with Drive, Tone, & Quantity knobs; a change on the aspect of the pedal provides customers a selection of two Tone choices.
The Drive circuit is predicated round a JRC4558D IC, a chip that’s notable for its use within the TS-808 Tube Screamer and lots of different overdrive pedals. In testing a number of opamps for the Moon Canyon’s Drive, Doc & Sarah opted to make use of the JRC4558D in favor of different chips. The selection of asymmetrical (1n914) diode clipping additionally helps the circuit obtain a extra “direct and aggressive” assault response and helps the Drive obtain a very good response all through the Drive knob’s vary. Primarily, this makes the Drive extra versatile and helps it excel whether or not you’re dialing in milder overdrive tones to provide your amp extra of a push or cranking the Drive to get most of your grit from the pedal itself.
The Tone change on the aspect alternates between the dialed-in sound of the Drive circuit and the full-range sign. The traditional sound has a chopping chew that creates a guitar tone that’ll punch by way of a mixture. Once you flip the change so as to add within the low-end (by eradicating a cap from the opamp), you’ll get a much bigger, fuller sound; nevertheless, this will masks the mid-range articulation a bit. I like utilizing this setting typically when feeding the Drive into different filth circuits, and it could possibly be value exploring with different devices in addition to guitar. In any other case, the rigorously calibrated regular Drive sound will possible be the defining tone that the majority guitarists gravitate in the direction of when enjoying the Moon Canyon.
The Moon Canyon’s Reverb is a no-nonsense affair. When you activate the Reverb with its devoted foot-switch, you simply roll up the only middle knob to usher in your required quantity of reverb. You simply dial it in such as you would the reverb on an amp with a single “Reverb” knob.
However whereas the Reverb appears mild on tweakability, that’s to not say that plenty of care didn’t go into creating this sound. It’s evident that Dr. No selected a “less is more” strategy and gave customers a stunning reverb sound that could possibly be simply added to the sign.
The Reverb itself is predicated on the Accutronics Belton BTDR-2H “long” variation that’s able to producing an extended, spacious, hall-like atmosphere. Attentive ears may even hear a delicate modulation that lightly ebbs and flows just like the tides beneath a full moon. The general reverb sound is clean and playable, and whereas it could actually get fairly moist, your guitar sign can nonetheless be heard within the combine even when the Reverb knob is maxed out.
The Delay part has probably the most important controls a delay wants – Repeats, Time, & Combine – no extra, no much less. The impact is a digital delay based mostly round a PT2399 chip and has been tuned to offer a hotter, lo-fi-ish, analog-like sound. The max delay time is someplace over 500mS, a variety calibrated by Dr. No to make sure that the PT2399 maintains the very best diploma of sound high quality when the Time is about to the longest period of delay.
The Delay’s classic type tonality works notably properly when pushing the Repeats knob into the oscillation vary. Within the vary of between midday to 1 o’clock, you’ll get lengthy delay trails that slowly fade into darkness. However as you push the Repeats as much as about 2 o’clock, you’ll discover a threshold the place the paths begin to proceed indefinitely and oscillate. You may as well set the Repeats (together with Time) to a pleasant candy spot to create a mattress of echoes that may sit underneath your enjoying. An extra little push of the knob lets the oscillation improve to overhaul your dry sign and push the wall of sound into oblivion. If you’re within the oscillation vary, the onset of peak oscillation can also be decided by simply how far the Repeats knob is about. Dime the knob and the oscillation peaks virtually immediately; dial it again to round three o’clock and the crescendo of suggestions is extra gradual.
Reverb & Delay Collectively
Earlier than we transfer on to the Loop part, it’s value going into larger element concerning the potential of the Moon Canyon’s Delay & Reverb results. Taken individually every impact fulfills their utilitarian features. The consequences are strong sufficient to cowl a variety of basic makes use of; nevertheless, combining the 2 results reveals a number of the pedal’s stronger factors.
Guitarists typically use delay earlier than reverb, however the Moon Canyon’s Reverb feeds into the Delay. This leads to some notably totally different traits. The Delay can be utilized to increase the Reverb in rhythmic waves, carrying the atmosphere additional than should you merely use the reverb alone. And the Reverb, in the way it washes out your dry sign, provides a subtle high quality to the Delay. Additionally, whereas the Delay is a reasonably dry impact, the Reverb with its trace of modulation helps add extra character to the Delay sound. All of this stuff are occurring concurrently and add extra textural dimension to the sounds produced. The levels of variation rely primarily on the way you set the Combine & Reverb knobs, the parameters chargeable for mixing within the Delay & Reverb results, respectively. Whereas the vary of textures out there are confined to particular areas of pre-defined parameter ranges, the musicians who really feel the gravitational pull towards this spectrum of sound design will possible get quite a bit out of the distinct inspiration that comes when enjoying the Moon Canyon. The pedal evokes types of enjoying which might be extra sparse and fleeting, that bloom in cascades of ethereal echoes.
Right here’s a clip the place I play with a number of the totally different results together with emphasis on the Delay & Reverb:
The Moon Canyon’s Loop supplies a number of different fascinating prospects. You should use the Loop Out & Loop In jacks to put different results between the Drive and Reverb/Delay sections. That is a vital function as different results (notably modulation) are often positioned between overdrive and delay/reverb pedals.
It’s also possible to use the four jacks on the again aspect of the pedal to route the Moon Canyon’s Drive and Reverb/Delay into two separate results loops on an results switcher. This manner you’ll be able to place the Drive and the Reverb/Delay in any particular order inside your switcher’s results chain and activate them remotely. Should you’re not planning on utilizing the Loop, it could possibly be a good suggestion to patch the Loop Out to the Loop In to stop muting your sign do you have to step on the foot-switch by mistake. Then again, you would depart the Loop I/O disconnected and use the Loop foot-switch as a “mute” to immediately cease feeding any sign into the Reverb & Delay part. There will probably be a bit of sign bleed with this technique because the pedal wasn’t meant for use that method, however it’s a novel facet that some customers may discover a use for. And when you’re at it, attempt routing the Reverb & Delay into the Drive by connecting your cables on this order: Loop In → Out I → In → Loop Out. It’ll produce some raunchy, gritty, shoegazey ambient sounds, and whereas it’s not how most guitarists would usually route the pedal, it may be enjoyable to attempt with a synth or different artistic instrument/gear setup.
The Moon Canyon additionally has a pair of outputs. For regular use you simply use the jack labeled “Out I” on the again of the pedal, however on the aspect is one other jack labeled “Out II”. This allows you to cut up the sign to a different vacation spot. If the Moon Canyon is dealing with all your Reverb and Delay wants, you possibly can simply plug every output instantly into two totally different amps. You would additionally cut up the sign to 2 totally different results chains should you’re operating a posh setup. It’s not crucial to make use of each jacks in the event you’re feeding the Moon Canyon right into a stereo pedal as most stereo pedals settle for a mono sign; splitting the sign to 2 amps is what most guitarists will probably use the additional jack for and solely then in the event that they’re not utilizing a stereo pedal after the Moon Canyon.
Full Moon Magic
So once you put all of it collectively, the Moon Canyon is a artistic wonderland of atmosphere and overdrive that makes a speciality of lo-fi sonic textures. The Reverb/Delay as a combo is what makes the pedal actually one thing particular when it comes to unique sounds, and the Drive could be very strong and may cling with many different stand-alone overdrive circuits. The musicians who will most recognize the Moon Canyon will probably be those that can vibe with not solely the sounds of the pedal itself, however the impeccable consideration to element that went into creating each facet of this artwork piece in pedal type. And the place some may observe the pedal’s simplicity in operation as a knock towards its versatility, its elegant ease-of-use coupled with the ineffable appeal of its aesthetic presentation contribute to what make the Moon Canyon such a particular inspiration machine. It provides a rewarding expertise that few musicians might be lucky sufficient to expertise if favored by the complete moon.
The Dr. No Effects Moon Canyon is a daring and aesthetically charming multi-effects pedal for musicians who recognize devices as artwork and look past merely the measure of their utility for inspiration. Sure, the Moon Canyon packs in a really strong Drive impact, and the Reverb/Delay combo captures a temper that’s actually one thing particular to behold. However much more than the mere perform of the pedal, the Moon Canyon is an object of bodily and intangible magnificence for musicians who actually, actually love pedals and respect the efforts of builders who go above and past to exert their full artistic potential when making such talismanic devices of marvel. These of you who perceive what this pedal is about can probably already hear the musical roads you’ll tread earlier than you even step on the foot-switches. And people who select to stroll the Moon Canyon’s path might be taken on a journey that solely this pedal can reveal.
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