Beam me up Scotty....The Earthquaker Devices Disaster Transport Legacy Reissue is an ingenious combination of delay and modulation that can be both utterly straightforward, or a dreamy acid trip on a runaway carousel. At it's core it's a re-engineered and improved delay with standard mix, repeats and time controls. Stay on that side of the pedal and life carries on pretty much as normal....although the repeats control has the ability to carry you away into a frenzy of self-oscillations should you be so inclined.
Traveling over to the modulation side brings in an enhanced chorus with three speed settings for the low frequency oscillators (Mod Speed) and a Mode Mode switch for both "Bend" and "Stretch" settings. Combined with the Speed and Intensity Controls, the modulation effects can range from a subtle shimmer to feeling as though the ground beneath your feet is turning to mush. Hard to describe but easy to experiment with, the modulation settings will let your imagination run wild creating musical delay/modulation settings that enhance your tone, or ambient soundscapes that are other-worldly.
As with all Earthquaker devices they make it all very accessible. So don't think that the Disaster Transport is just for shoe gazers. It will happily support all your musical moods.
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Behold! The newest incarnation of one of our most beloved pedals ever, the Disaster Transport™. And don’t be confused, the name isn’t talking about that one Uber experience you had where the driver reeked like a dumpster of diapers, missed all of the exits, and talked your ear off about his ex-wife. We’re talking Disaster Transport OG™ – an analog voiced digital delay that can teleport your sound into the stratosphere.
We initially set out to recreate the original Disaster Transport™ pedal in its earliest form, but the OG of EQD, Jamie Stillman, couldn’t resist tinkering and improving the whole thing, so you just got upgraded, my friend. In doing so, we redesigned the delay line to reduce the noise floor and improve the quality of the delay. We boosted the output with a cleaner mixing section; it’s now filtered to sound more like an analog delay than any of the previous versions. This delay pedal sits perfectly in the background with more of an evolved ambiance to it, but it can be dialed in for more of a dramatic effect of your choosing.
For those of you well versed in the pedal’s celebrated history, you might notice some differences on this beautifully sparkly box. We’ve added a Mod Mode switch that allows you to choose between bending (Bend) and stretching (Stretch) the modulation wave. The Bend setting offers a subtler vibe closer to a traditional chorus sound, while the new Stretch option gives you loads of pitch-stretching modulation to run wild with.
The other difference you probably spotted with your eagle eye is the Mod Speed three-position toggle switch that offers Slow (S), Fast (F), and Medium (M) settings. The Slow setting is excruciatingly slow and can produce bizarrely animated gradual climbs and steep drop offs. The Fast setting can go from a rapid chorus to an intense vibrato, while the Medium setting is the most traditional rate similar to the classic Memory Man circuit with a nice range to it.
The newly designed enclosure features knobs to control the Speed, Intensity, Mix, Repeats, and Time, with Modulate and Activate Switches, making this a highly customizable pedal to get the delay sound of your dreams. Thanks to the ramp modulation circuitry, you can turn the delay time down and start to use feedback and modulation at a higher setting to harness a bizarre modulator and achieve subtle to wild chorus-type effects. Or set your delay time how you want to set it and use your modulation rates to set your tempo, so you can strum or pluck to the climbs and drop offs to match your riffs. The possibilities are endless. So without further delay, enjoy this del…well, err. We kinda painted ourselves into a corner there. Anyway, enjoy this pedal!
Each Disaster Transport™ is grown organically in the farmlands of Akron, Ohio, USA, using only the finest soil and fertilizer until they are perfectly ripe for picking.
Rate - Controls the speed of the modulation. The Rate operates in three ranges (Slow/Fast/Medium) selected by the Mod Speed toggle switch. The Disaster Transport uses a Ramp wave for the modulation. You’ll find this to be much more intense than most modulated delays. Think of it as a traditional Triangle wave that falls off a cliff in mid-cycle, creating a drastic pitch bend in its wake. Or don’t and just think about whatever you want.
Intensity - Controls how much the LFO modulates the delay time. More subtle chorus type effects are achieved with less intensity and more intensity will yield wild pitch stretching and bending. The overall modulation style can be made more or less subtle by using the Mod Mode toggle switch to select Bend or Stretch.
Mix - Sets the volume level for the delay signal. Hear more of what you just played 30-600ms ago by turning this up.
Repeats - Controls the intensity of delay feedback from no repeats at zero to self-oscillation at max. Let the past pile up on you until it implodes.
Time - Sets the delay time from around 30ms at zero to 600ms at max. Everyone needs more time; all we can offer you is about 600ms worth.
Mod Speed - Three position toggle switch that sets the range in which the rate operates.
Mod Mode - Two position toggle switch to choose the modulation style. Bend is more of a traditional chorus type modulation and Stretch is a wilder pitch stretching modulation.