Born as rude DIY experiments made by small boutique manufacturers, in a few years, lo-fi pedals have evolved to become intricate circuits filled with functions.
The Pizzacrusher, by Croatian manufacturer PLBR, is such a device. The usual bit-crushing and sample-reduction basic effects are integrated with a series of other functions like a Fuzz placed before the bitcrusher, a tone control, and – in particular – a Pizza function!
The Pizza function has its own footswitch and consists in a modulation effect applied to the bit crushing, which means that the number of bits will keep changing according to the functions’ settings: there are three modes: Random, Arp (up and down) and Trem – the first two can be controlled through the Speed knob.
Check out the video of the PLBR Effects Pizzacrusher by Collector//Emitter, below.
CRUSH: Controls the amount of bitcrushing
SAMPLE: Controls the sample rate of the signal, changing the frequency of the bitcrusher oscillator
TONE: Controls the EQ sweep. Turning left increases the bass, right increases the treble
VOLUME: Controls the master volume of the effect
FUZZ: Sine wave setting passes clean signal through the bitcrusher, Square wave setting activates fuzz circuit that goes into bitcrusher
BYPASS: this effect uses optocoupler bypass switch, it turns the effect ON/OFF
PIZZA: When the PIZZA switch is activated you can choose between 3 different automated controls of the CRUSH and set the rate with SPEED
SPEED: Speed controls the rate of 123 PIZZA modes
1 2 3 MODES: When the PIZZA switch is activated you can choose between 3 different automated controls of the CRUSH and set the rate with SPEED
MODE 1 (RANDOM):
CRUSH value changes randomly. SPEED controls the rate of the highest delay time between automatic changes
MODE 2 (ARP):
CRUSH value changes up and down
MODE 3 (TREM):
CRUSH value changes randomly, but the SPEED rate is fixed unlike MODE 1