Wet Dream


The Wet Dream is a high fidelity analog chorus/vibrato with control over the most essential parameters.

Hi fidelity and low noise: Burr Brown precision op amps are used in the signal path, including in the low pass filters (instead of the typical transistor-based Butterworth filters) to provide the lowest noise and highest headroom. A compander noise reduction circuit, just like you would find on high end studio and rack units, is added for even further noise reduction. The delay line has its own regulated power supply. This allows you to use an 18VDC power supply for even more headroom.

Delay time control: Most chorus effects that allow control over the "delay time" are really a manual sweep control. The delay knob on the Wet Dream allows you true control over the delay time. This is essential for dialing in the sounds of the very earliest choruses that used the SAD512 and MN3002 BBD chips with very short delay times, the next generation that used the SAD1024 and MN3007 chips with a very watery long delay time, and the later generation that used the MN3207 with a tight, crisp, medium delay time, without having any effect on the sweep of the LFO wave.

Wave shape control: The shape knob allows you to to contour the LFO wave from a hard saw-tooth, to perfectly symmetrical, to a hard ramp, and all points in between. This is useful because many of the earlier chorus effects did not have perfectly symmetrical LFO waves, whereas the later choruses tended to have a more symmetrical wave. It's also a very useful parameter because vibrato tones tend to sound much better with a symmetrical wave whereas, something like a Leslie rotating speaker tone sounds much more convincing with a ramp wave.

Tone control: The amount of low pass filtering is one of the parameters that sets one chorus apart from another. Some choruses have heavy low pass filtering and are very dark sounding. Some choruses have less filtering and sound brighter. But no matter what, all analog choruses have some amount of low pass filtering. Because the Wet Dream has such a low noise floor, it uses only the absolute minimum low pass filtering required to remove high frequency clock noise generated by the analog delay line. This allows for a tone control with a much wider frequency range, particularly in the higher frequencies. So not only can you dial in the sound of even the darkest vintage chorus pedal, but because a Leslie has no low pass filtering, you can also dial in the sound of a rotating speaker better than any analog chorus pedal has before. This also means you can have true pitch bending vibrato without having to lose all your highs.

Mix Control: This is a blend between a transparent clean dry signal and the pure wet vibrato signal. Most guitar chorus pedals were just a 50/50 blend. A slightly drier sound is useful for bass players and Leslie tones. A slightly wetter sound is useful for vibe-like shimmer with shorter delay times. And obviously, if you want a full-on pitch bending vibrato, just turn it all the way wet.

   


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