Pigtronix Echolution 2 Ultra Pro, State-of-the-Art Analog & Digital Delay
The Pigtronix Echolution 2 Ultra Pro is indeed a delay pedal at the very top of the food chain as you will soon read. If you do not need the advanced features of the Ultra Pro, the Pigtronix Echolution 2 Filter Pro is a more affordable and user friendly version worthy of your consideration. Both the "Ultra" and "Fitler" share the same core features, including the updated USB port. Also, you can expand the capability of either unit with the addition of the Echolution 2 Remote. If you want to make the Echolution get freaky with other pedals, consider the Pigtronix Dual Expression Pedal. This was a helpful tip from yer boy, Dudebroski. Now on with the script...
The Pigtronix Echolution 2 Ultra Pro combines state-of-the-art analog and digital processing designed to deliver the ultimate delay pedal experience. Echolution 2 achieves the ambient richness of the finest studio delay processors by using 100% analog Class-A, discrete transistor limiters as well as non-linear tape emulator stages and filters to massage the audio coming through the delay line. Fully capable of handling instrument and line level sound sources, the Pigtronix Echolution 2 delivers low-noise, high-headroom delay processing with any rig. Echolution 2 features stereo inputs and outputs, sporting an all analog dry signal path along with extensive analog tone shaping and filtering before and after delay line. Rather than try to mimic the sound of analog delays, the Echolution 2 uses real analog filters and non-linear saturation stages to achieve its signature warmth and dynamic range.
The Pigtronix Echolution 2 uses a 24-bit, variable clock, multi-tap delay line that is coded to behave like a futuristic tape machine. Changing the delay time results in the smooth pitch bending of an analog delay system but with a Pigtronix twist that allows drastic delay time changes to create discreet musical intervals. The resulting echoes are then processed through an array of filters and special effects which can be manipulated via assignable expression pedal routing as well as envelope control for each knob.
Accessing and navigating the vast palette of sounds available within the Pigtronix Echolution 2 is easy. Since the pedal is completely programmable, any sound that has been designed using the Echolution 2 pedal can be saved to the unit itself and exported for sharing with friends and other musicians. A dedicated PC/MAC application handles preset management and provides E2 users with even deeper customization.
The multi-tap capabilities of the Pigtronix Echolution 2 allow for the use of one or two discreet delays which can be assigned to musical subdivisions of the master delay time. Multi-tap selections include 1, 3/4, 2/3, 1/2, and PHI (the golden ratio). One or any combination of two taps can be selected, allowing for instant access to all of the most crucial musical echo patterns as well as a wide range of unconventional polyrhythms.
The LFO modulation section of the Pigtronix Echolution 2 features true sample rate modulation where both the read and write heads of the delay line are affected by one of four different LFO waveforms (Sine, Square, Saw or Sample and Hold). Each of these LFO waveforms can also be quantized with a STEP mode and will run freely or sync to either tap tempo and MIDI with a variable speed ratio from 1:8 to 8:1.
The Pigtronix Echolution 2 sports four separate filters (Low Pass, Tape, Comb and Sweep). Each of the first three modes can be combined with the SWEEP filter which is modulated by the LFO as described above. Any of these filter settings can then be run through a unique Pigtronix BIT CRUSHER destruction filter within the delay line as well. The delay line can also be turned off, to allow for the advanced modulation, pitch shifting and filter capabilities to be used as stand-alone effects.
Every knob on the Pigtronix Echolution 2 can be mapped to the expression pedal. Using the included software, multiple functions can be mapped to expression with adjustable range for each parameter. Additionally, an envelope follower within the pedal can also be mapped to any parameter, with user definable sensitivity and release time for each function.
Advanced features such as Reverse, Ducking, Trails, Listen and Ping Pong modes are augmented by a unique Halo “Shimmer” function which causes the echoes to rise in octaves on each repeat. The externally triggered Freeze function allows you to loop the content of the delay line and an all new footswitch activated “Jump” function sends your echoes cascading up by any desired musical interval within an a when desired. The TRS remote switch accessory pedal for the Pigtronix Echolution 2 provides Jump and Freeze functions as well as instant access to four favorite presets in each bank.
Pigtronix Echolution 2 supports up to 60 custom presets contained in 6 banks of 10, all of which can be edited in real time via the front panel and saved to the machine. Hands free Preset selection is accomplished by holding down the onboard TAP switch, using an external remote footswitch or via MIDI preset change command. The included PC/MAC application allows even deeper real time editing as well as the ability to import artist presets and share your own custom presets online.
MIDI IN provides instant preset change, Tap Tempo and LFO synchronization with an external source as well as remote control over every function of the Echolution 2. MIDI OUT allows for tap tempo control over the Pigtronix Infinity Looper and other MIDI capable devices. The USB port on the Echolution 2 provides connectivity to MAC or PC computers, allowing you to run the free Pigtronix Echolution 2 application for preset management and real-time tweaking of advanced parameters.
The Echolution 2 Ultra Pro (E2U) replaces the E2 Deluxe. This new flagship delay processor represents the ultimate realization of the Echolution 2 platform, providing an unprecedented level of parallel delay and filter processing in a pedal format. Breaking away from the industry-standard “one sound at a time” paradigm, the Echolution 2 sports 30 individual front-panel algorithms that can be selected in any combination, deep expression pedal and envelope mapping options available via real-time MIDI or PC/MAC app control.
The E2 Ultra Pro ships with numerous firmware enhancements over the original Echolution 2 Deluxe, as well as a double-digit preset indicator—eliminating the need for bank selection—and an improved USB port for connection to the editor software. In conjunction with this firmware and hardware upgrade comes an enhanced PC/MAC editor, which gives this monstrously deep time machine free access to even greater depth of customization.
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