EarthQuaker Devices Bit Commander

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For the guitar player that has it all, a guitar synthesizer.

The Bit Commander is a monophonic analog guitar synthesizer with four octaves of vintage square wave synth tones. It’s no-nonsense interface makes it easy to add or subtract octaves to create a wide variety of sounds without having to dial in envelopes or oscillators. Ripping sub-octave thump, pulsing octave down, a lightly squared base tone and a swelling transformer based octave up all join together to make a single guitar sound like an army of olde tyme synths.

Like all analog octave effects, there are some basic rules to follow that will get you the most enjoyment from your Bit Commander. Use the neck pickup and play single notes. The best tracking occurs from the 7th fret up on all the strings. Below the 7th will still track but there will be occasional glitches and stutters. The lower the note, the harder it is for the Bit Commander to register. The use of Bass and lower registers on keyboards will yield unexpected, sometimes pleasing, sometimes disgusting results. These are not mistakes or flaws, it is the nature of analog octaves.

Features:

  • Sub: Two octaves down level
  • Down 1: One octave down level
  • Up 1: One octave up level
  • Base: Squared input signal level
  • Level: Master volume
  • Filter: Tone control, more highs clockwise, more warmth counter clockwise

Specifications:

  • Measures: 4 5/8″ x 2 1/2″ x 2.25″ with knobs
  • Power: A standard 9 volt DC power supply with a negative center 2.1mm barrel, no battery option.

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2 reviews, average score of 8.25 / 10

DateUserVersionScorePositiveNegative
2015-12-12wiendahl7/10  this thing was a beast. the sub and the down 1 were both excellent. i would have liked more control over the base tone, maybe to make itmore square than it was, or more fuzzed. definitely a great sound coming out, i just didn't end up keeping it in rotation. kinda miss it
2015-11-12kor9.5/10  So much fun!...

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