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Mar 3, 2021

Folktek Alter Y

Based out of Oregon, Eurorack builder Folktek announced their entry into the guitar pedal niche with stompbox versions of two existing Eurorack modules.

The Folktek Alter Y sports the same circuit as the Eurorack Alter 2, retaining CV compatibility through a series of 1/8 inch ins. Just like its sister Alter X, it’s an experimental Multi-FX pedal, but it has different modes, more focused on pitch shifting and time stretching:

  1. analog delay
  2. reverb with infinite capture and lp + hp filters
  3. choral reverb
  4. palindrome reverse delay – backward/forward repeat
  5. time stretch
  6. pitch shift (notated semi-tones)
  7. time stretch glitch

Here’s a quick look at its controls:

– controls for mix, X, Y and filter as well as clock.

– all effects have a variation of a filter which may change effect to effect.

– X and Y control various rates, feedback and time over the different effects (note that some of the images shows a prototype whcih says “rate” under two of the pots. The faceplate has been changed to “X” and “Y”).

– clock control adjusts the bitrate which controls the DSP which can drastically change the effect. In doing so it does slightly lower the quality of the output signal but the results are fantastic. This clock is not for synchronization.

– mix, X, Y and filter all have CV control inputs.

– Each control level or cv input is visualized on the control panel.

– buffered relay-based bypass over 1/4″ ins and out.

This is the video of the Eurorack unit, hopefully a video of the pedal is on its way!