So what's the story on the JAM Ripple bass pedal?
The phase effect is a form of modulation, created by splitting your signal into two paths and mixing an altered signal with evenly spaced notches in the frequency spectrum. The distinct peaks and valleys in the signal occur when certain frequencies in both signal paths cancel each other out, making the whooshing sound we know and love. The speed knob utilizes an LFO (low frequency oscillator) to control how fast you travel through the filter stages, allowing you glide or careen through sonic space. The inspiration for this circuit comes from the iconic MXR Phase 45 which was released in the mid 70's as the 4-stage Phase 90's little brother. With a single speed knob the Ripple is designed to kick up the level of transparency and show off a high headroom sweep. The result is a rich swirling effect reminiscent of an old school vibe that lets your natural signal take center stage.
Since its inception in the early 70's the sweet sound of phase shifting has been immortalized on electric guitar, bass, piano and even vocals. From Van Halen to Billy Joel, Bill Evans to Genesis, the unique movement in this effect allows you to express yourself in an otherworldly manner. If you are looking for a new twist in your sound, be sure to check out the Ripple.
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