Gekyume is a 6 knobbed PT2399 based delay pedal.
Due to the clever circuit design, it boasts an impressive array of features. Its is an analog-voiced digital delay pedal with an LFO hitting the repeated signal for a world of warm modulated echo tones. If you’re a fan of murky-sounding oil can delays or warbly old-school tape echo machines, then you have found the delay for you. This one boasts 30 - 600 ms of delay, but if you’re looking for crisp and clean delays, then move along. The echoes on this will move and sway, bend and shimmer, there are unexplained textures inside this one. Its very good at what it does.
The wide range of settings deliver everything from fast and punchy slaps to dark and dreamy ambience. While the super-versatile modulation section lets you sculpt your wave to perfection via the Depth, Shape and Rate controls, seeing you easily recreate classic tape-like flutters, oil-drum spins as well as my favourite...modulation madness! Applying aggressive depth, mix, and time settings blended with short repeats and languid modulation rates to yield almost B-bender like pitch shifts. Meanwhile, mellow-but-present depth settings, fast modulation rates, and longer time and repeat settings created multi-dimensional, wobbling tones somewhere between a Tel-Ray oil can delay and a Fender Vibratone whirring away in a cavernous cargo hold. Short-to-slapback delay times also are effective with more demented modulation settings—almost like playing warped Sun or Stax vinyl while jiggling a vari-speed turntable control. And if thats not enough of a description to tempt you I will add that the real beauty of this circuit is the simplicity and sensitivity of its control set. If you are a Jefferson fan, then you will notice similarities. They are different enough to be distant relatives.
The current draw is around 70ma.
The board is spaced for PCB mounted toggles and pots. It fits in one of our JP125B cases. The layout is very neat, and spaced well. I've included my 'diy friendly' approach with larger pads but space was tight so the pad spacing is too.
This kit is intermediate level. It has a high parts count and tight pad spacing. Theres nothing too specialist going on though, and the results are very rewarding.
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