Similar to the Threshold control on a standard envelope filter, Ascension controls the depth of sweep for the Little Dipper’s®
dual filters. Sweet spots that create the most dramatic vowel and
diphthong sounds sit around 7 o’clock, 12 o’clock, and 4 o’clock, but
are also dependant on the position of the Inclination control (below) as
well as note attack, input signal, etc.
This control determines the trigger timing of the two filters in
relation to one another. Different settings will produce various vowel
and diphthong sounds, but are also dependant on the position of the
Ascension control (above) as well as note attack, etc.
NEW: The original Dipthonizer and Little Dipper
both had a 4-way rotary switch that controlled the Vowel/Diphthong
selections. The Mk II Dip features a 5-way slider with an additional
“diphthong/vowel” effect – this new setting features a darker, mellower
sweep that’s great with Bass.
Diffraction is basically a fuzz effect. With Diffraction at zero
setting, the Little Dipper produces “clean” filtering effects. As
Diffraction is increased, it adds a fuzz effect that accentuates
specific frequencies in the filter sweeps, yielding more dramatic
New to the Mk II version, the Occultation rotary switch features
seven new timing and EQ variations for the Dipper’s dual filters.
Any of these settings can be combined with the various
Vowel/Diphthong settings on the Inclination control for a virtually
limitless array of filtering effects.
Clockwise from 12 o’clock, the settings are as follows:
- Normal (same as original Dipper)
- High Filter off
- Low Filter off
- High Filter delayed response - separates low and high sounds (most obvious on Inclination setting #2)
- Low Filter delayed response (as #4 above)
- Shift of Low Filter center frequency
- More High Filter - makes sweep go higher/very glassy
- More low Filter - makes sweep a bit more midrangey/more point/edge
LOW BOOST –
When in the UP position, this switch boosts 80 Hz frequency by
approximately 6 dB; improving low-end response (this setting is great
with Bass Guitar).
EXP PEDAL INPUT –
Connecting an Expression pedal to this input allows the user to
adjust the setting of the Ascension control using the pedal – this
allows for very expressive manipulation of the Dipper’s filters for even
more dramatic vocal effects.
- We recommend using the Roland EV-5, but other expression pedals with similar specifications will work as well.
Internal controls –
Mixes in clean instrument signal against the effected signal. With
Blend at zero setting, the Little Dipper passes effected signal only.
With Blend at full setting, the Little Dipper passes equal amounts of
clean and effected signal blended together.
The Gate trimmer acts as a threshold control for an internal noise
suppressor circuit that will reduce noise between notes. At zero
setting there is no gating, and the gating becomes tighter as the
control is turned clockwise.
Adjusts the overall output level of the pedal when engaged.
The TWA® Little Dipper® Mk II is one of those rare instances where the reissue version of a pedal is actually better than the original!
We’re really excited about this new version, and we expect you will be as well – now, GO GIT SUM!!!