The Vaderin Laser 1 is an uncompromising frequency multiplier fuzz that, to mention the Philly-based builder, “saturates your signal in wild overtones, vicious upper harmonic clang, and an often synth-like cacophony of frequencies.”
These apocalyptic effects are generated by a circuit that randomly folds the signal in an attempt to create multiples of the frequencies (the further you turn up the left knob, the more frequency multiplication). The result is something reminiscent of a disturbing alien octave fuzz.
A 3-way toggle switch allows changing the shape of the signal from smooth to harsh.
Check out the Laser 1 in the videos below.
Vaderin Laser 1 Fuzz, Builder’s Notes
Frequency Multiplier Fuzz
The Laser 1 is a frequency multiplier fuzz pedal that saturates your signal in wild overtones, vicious upper harmonic clang, and an often synth-like cacophony of frequencies.
At lower gain settings it can be gated and glitchy with a relatively mellow zing, but as the Intensity knob rolls up it piles on the bizarre metallic sounds and unforgiving fuzz.
The circuit randomly folds the signal in an attempt to create multiples of the frequencies resulting in something between an octave fuzz and otherworldly alien laser sounds.
Left Knob – Intensity (the input level)
– The further right the knob is turned, the more intensely the signal’s frequencies are multiplied. Turn left to reduce the intensity of the frequency multiplication.
Right Knob – Volume (the output level)
– Controls the output volume.
Switch – Wave Shape
Left – Smooth
– smooth out the harsh transients that result from the signal being folded and mangled
Center – Harsh
– allow all the harsh transients and clang to be heard
Right – Combo
– splits the difference between the two other modes
Each of the wave shape options add their own subtle nuances to the cacophony of tones created by the signal being folded and frequency multiplication.