Pigtronix unveils the Gloamer – a polyphonic amplitude synthesizer for “cinematic string sounds, asymmetrical tremolos and angular stutter effects”

Pigtronix has always had a taste for adventure, for the bizarre with effects pedals. Like, when it drops a pedal like the Constellator, a modulated analog delay pedal that can dial in real dreamy sounds, it’s the company that’s vanilla.

His craft is usually crazier, like the Space Rip guitar synthesizer pedal, the Moon Pool tremvelope phaser, or the company’s latest outrageous creation, the Gloamer.

The Gloamer is described as both a polyphonic volume swell and compressor and a fully analog amplitude synthesizer. In short, this is not ONE other overdrive pedal. Basically, it can play with the attack and decay of any sound source – electric guitar, bass guitar, bassoon if you can transfer its signal through a 1/4″ jack – while maintaining the fidelity of that sound basic.

You can set the attack for a slow gear effect, in which the volume gradually swells in response to your picking, allowing your guitar to take on the character of a bowed string instrument. What could Jimmy Page have done with a Gloamer on his board circa 1971, right?

When the Decay function comes online, however, things get really wacky. Decay picks up where Attack left off and attenuates the note before starting the attack process again, creating a tremolo effect – albeit with an asymmetrical waveform. All of this presents a number of possibilities for weird, offbeat ripples, to send your tone – and in turn your audience – through the wormhole.

Gloamer Pigtronix

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As always with Pigtronix’s most exotic pedalboard delights, the Gloamer is an easier pedal to use than describe, and might in its own way present a compelling case study of why the guitar rig demo was invented in the first place: we strongly advise you to check out the sounds in the video above.

They are quite far apart. As Pigtronix puts it, put the Gloamer to work and you “will become the string section you’ve always wanted to hire but can’t afford.”

As for the controls, besides Attack and Delay, there’s a Volume knob to adjust the maximum amplitude peak of the swell, a Blend to layer dry uncompressed sounds with the effect, and there’s a compressor built-in optics that are controlled via Compression, and a sensitivity dial to adjust the amount of input signal needed to reset the attack/delay cycle.

The Gloamer has a double pedal box. One activates the effect, the other activates and deactivates the Decay function. LEDs notify you when the attack/delay cycle is initiated and ready to go.

It has top mounted jacks, with the usual 1/4″ inputs and outputs linked via a sidechain input to connect an external control source for the Attack/Delay cycle.

The Gloamer is available now, priced at $279. See Pigtronix (opens in a new tab) for more details.

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