I'm Loki from Poly Effects. We make Beebo, Flat V and Hector currently.
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Ask me anything.
This should be fun!
Vegemite on toast - with or without butter?
Is the Flat V pedal interface a platform for other pedals to come? Seems like it would translate to many other effects...
I actually quite enjoy knobs and sliders when used in a way that I think is correct. I just find that deeper pedals, with a lot of controls start to get very confusing when the knobs don't show the current value (presets) or the knobs are mapped to many functions that change when you press something else or start it up in a different mode. I think visualisation is a bit part of what what I'm trying to improve (and still working towards!) making it clear what setting your currently on. I also desire flexibility. The whole Beebo design is based on the idea that stuff like the Helix, AxeFx or individual pedals already do a great job of single serial signal flow. Very few things are trying to do interesting parallel flows where you can have pedals (modules) controlling each other and visualising that in a clear way. Flexible modulation basically requires avoiding traditional knobs unless you've got say LED rings around them and they are encoders.Your products have been different than anything else in the market. Do you hate knobs? What are some design aesthetics you like to follow when you come up with a new product?
I'm mostly a guitarist and bass player (upright and electric) but I've been doing modular synthesis for more than 20 years. I actually got into synth stuff more because I grew up on a farm and had access to a computer but very little else instrument wise, so I got into modifying and coding audio stuff, playing with trackers / samplers / synths. You could find open source virtual modular stuff for free in the late 90s.How has it been bringing a more synth approach/background, I imagine it's a love/hate relationship with us guitarists?
That sounds amazing.With. Vegemite is a butter enhancer. I also add dukkah on top that I get from a little Egyptian shop near by.
100% recommend dukkah on everything. It adds a satisfying crunch.That sounds amazing.
With Beebo, what is the process of porting some of the open source modular synth blocks? Since the mutable modules are based around knobs and jacks you essentially have to come up with an entire new UI right?
visability and reliability. Knobs are the part of a pedal that fails most often, followed by foot switches, power jacks and 1/4" connectors. I can't do much about needing the others, though I have contemplated getting a mill turn lathe and making our own more reliable foot switches.I can't decide if the Flat V is genius or ridiculous. What made you decide on that user interface over a more standard physical knobs arrangement or infinite encoders with LED rings?
I think I've almost pulled the trigger on a Hector a half dozen times. Interesting designs at Poly.
Quoting myself just to say I ordered a Hector. Hector had some growing pains I've read, but Poly is very good with updates and bug fixes.
@polyeffects Any chance Flat V will make it into a eurorack form?
Eurorack already has a bunch of cunning modulation stuff so I think it would be just a drive thing in eurorack... maybe that could be handy but it'd have to be adapted a lot for eurorack levels, the analog resonant filters wouldn't be a unique selling point in eurorack so I'd probably remove all that and give you 2 gain sections... which I don't think would be that exciting?
What was your approach for developing the Loopler? The Quad Cortex looper has some similar functionality so I wonder if they took some cues from the way you integrated Echoplex-Pro style looping there.
You probably know better but I've never had a pot break on a pedal. Footswitch, for sure.visability and reliability. Knobs are the part of a pedal that fails most often, followed by foot switches, power jacks and 1/4" connectors. I can't do much about needing the others, though I have contemplated getting a mill turn lathe and making our own more reliable foot switches.
I also find it a bit confusing when you change presets on a pedal without some cunning visualisation and now all the knobs show something that isn't true. All digital devices with analog pots have that problem. Encoders with LED rings, powered faders or LED faders are the clearest solutions. Encoders with LEDs might have been easier but you'd still need buttons or toggles then. More chance for dust or liquid to get in.
You probably know better but I've never had a pot break on a pedal. Footswitch, for sure.
Showing preset values is certainly a big issue on most pedals as often there isn't room for LED rings or any other indicators for showing what is going on. But for me losing the tactile feel of real knobs is a bigger issue on touch controls.
I actually prefer the clickless too, I like the ones on my ASM Hydrasynth Explorer.It's very hard to find reliable encoders too. Feel wise I actually enjoy clicky encoders the most but other people find them "less accurate" that ones without clicks, even though they have the same number of pulses per revolution... so I use clickless ones for Beebo now. One giant LED knob like the Mutable Warps is a cool approach though too.