HARMONIC OVERTONES CONTROLLED BY KNOB, LFO, OR UNIQUE FOOT-CONTROLLED PRESSURE PAD
BUILT-IN NOISE GATE
‘POWER ON’ KNIFESWITCH
HI/LO INTENSITY BUTTON
STEEL ‘DESK’ ENCLOSURE (130MM X 133MM FOOTPRINT) UNIQUE TO RAINGER FX, WITH ALL SOCKETS OUT OF THE WAY ON THE TOP PANEL
COMES WITH AN IGOR FOOT-CONTROLLER – WITH TWO AVAILABLE PRESSURE SENSITIVITIES
IGOR ALSO TWEAKS THE LFO – AND WORKS WITH OTHER RAINGER FX PRODUCTS
LFO (WITH RATE CONTROL) TO MODULATE THE ‘HARMONIC OVERTONE’
METER MONITORS INPUT SIGNAL WITH THROBBING BACKLIGHT (LFO SPEED)
POWERED BY 9 BATTERY OR VIA ‘DC IN’ SOCKET
TRUE BYPASS FOOTSWITCHING
This is a full-on fuzz distortion pedal, housed in our own original design steel desk-type enclosure.
Along with a volume control there’s an overtone knob which controls the pitch of the harmonic overtone in the sound. This sounds great at any setting, but also is really exciting as you adjust it – like a cross between a wah wah and a phaser. So an LFO option is incorporated to modulate this control (giving a triangle wave-shape, speed adjustable from a slow sweep to a fast wobble). There’s a switch (‘MOD.’) on the front panel to turn this on or off, the status and speed of the oscillator shown by the red and white throbbing meter backlight.
The DRFF-3 has a hi/lo intensity pushbutton on the back panel, switching the overtone from a lower ‘inside the sound’ to a higher-pitched in-your-face zip. On the low setting it’s possible to get a strong – perfectly tracking – low octave introduced, especially when the guitar’s neck pickup is selected. Add an LFO fast wobble, and great thick organ-y tones are possible.
As part of how the distortion circuit works, the Dr Freakenstein has an impressive fixed-setting noise gate built in, creating dead silence between notes (which is very strange for a distortion).