- Published: 20 April 2022 20 April 2022
Hello, Effects Fans!
Today we announce our new Evil Twin module. It compares to the Lovetone Doppelganger.
Lovetone built a selection of outstanding, high quality boutique pedals in the small town of Henley-On-Thames from 1995 to around 2001. During that time, they managed to set the pedal business on its ear with their imaginative designs sporting lots of controls. Their Doppelganger was no exception. At its heart is a 4-stage optical phaser. What's unique is that the phasing is controlled by two separate LFO circuits, along with a variety of controls for the wave and tone. There were two versions of the Doppelganger, the second adding an extra slow control and square wave control to LFO 1, along with a direct out jack. Our GT Evil Twin compares to the second version of the Doppelganger. It has the same great audio circuit, but with a few tweaks to simplify its usage and complexity without losing any of its sonic goodness. The Doppelganger has been used by numerous artists including The Edge, Jimmy Page, members of Radio Head, Kirk Hammet, Johnny Marr of The Smiths, and others. The originals were pricey for their time, and the low production quantities and their popularity make them pretty expensive, although not too difficult to find, today.
With the dual LFO design and numerous controls, the range of phaser/vibrato effects you can create defies description. With the possible exception of when the Rates are set to their highest, almost every combination of settings could reasonably be used. There aren't a lot of "spacey" or "seasick" settings to avoid. It is tempting to describe most of the available tones as "subtle", but that's not quite right. They can be very distinctive and obvious. You won't get those extreme, over-the-top phasing sounds, or the jet whoosh, though. It might fit in best with music that is slower and has some space between notes to allow this effect to shine - blues, country, ballads, folk, pop/classic rock, psychedelia ala Pink Floyd should all be great. However, you'll need to carefully note your favorite settings so you can get them back. For phasers, this one is pretty quiet as long as you don't allow too much noise into your input signal. The sound is obviously going through some filters, but the result is very pleasant and "clean-sounding", giving you the feeling you are definitely playing a quality effect. You can probably overload it and get some distortion - maybe you want to, maybe you don't - but it "plays warm and clean". It's similar but different from a Univibe (our SwirlOVibe), but you might use it for the same types of music and in a similar manner. A very cool and addictive effect, for sure.
While our Evil Twin gives you all the tonal options of the Doppelganger, we have made changes to some of the connection options to better fit into our rack-based line of modules. Even after these changes, the Evil Twin is still one of our most complex and widest modules at 3" with a dozen or so controls.
You can see the details about our Evil Twin module at: Evil Twin. Or look for it in the Phaser Modules section under Products -> Modules -> Modules By Type.