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Avalanche Run Stereo Delay and Reverb with Tap Tempo

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Avalanche Run Stereo Delay and Reverb with Tap Tempo

Aaron Rogers

Hey there, ski patrol! The Avalanche Run is a double-black diamond Delay and Reverb Device designed to lift your skinny fists to like antennas to heaven and conquer the dark tundra of your mind. It is the product of years of hard research and development time, during which we conjured up our very own magical proprietary DSP platform and engineered new advancements in human-cyborg relations to bring you the very best ambient exploratorium machine our future-selves could pre-imagine, given the constraints of time-space manipulation and inter-dimensional space travel.

At the crest, you'll notice right away that the Avalanche Run is the first EarthQuaker Device to offer true stereo input/output and tap tempo, in addition to expansive expression possibilities.

At the foothills, you'll discover Normal/Reverse/Swell delay modes, trails and true bypass switching; infinite repeats, sound-on-sound, controllable self-oscillation, ambient pads and drones; pseudo-looping capabilities, assignable expression control for every single parameter, tap-tempo subdivisions, and so much more.

Much like the Dispatch Master, the Avalanche Run's reverb and delay are totally independent - dial back the reverb for crisp, multi-tap delays, or max out the reverb by itself for a total tonal whiteout. And since it's stereo, it's a great fit for electric pianos, drum machines, synthesizers, samplers, and studio recording. And if you think that's cool, try it on bass!

The Avalanche Run was developed with one goal in mind: to take the floating ambient tones of our Dispatch Master to the next level while still keeping it user friendly and refined. Taking you into the aural exploratorium without having to break open the user manual every time you want to open up your inner eye and get free is no easy task. We are using a high powered proprietary DSP platform to recreate all the characteristics of all our old favorite delay and reverb machines while still retaining a simple, yet flexible workspace. It has been a long time coming but well worth the wait! Enough bullshit, let’s talk about the damn pedal!

The Avalanche Run is a dreamy sonic discovery device with up to 2 seconds of delay time and a lush reverb. It features complete control over delay time, repeats, mix and voice (with the tone control), as well as control over the reverb length and mix. It can run in one of 3 different modes: Normal, Reverse and Swell. In “Normal” mode, the Avalanche Run functions as a straightforward delay and reverb. In “Reverse” mode, the delay line is in reverse and the reverb remains in normal mode. In “Swell” mode, the Avalanche Run reacts to your picking dynamics and adds a volume swell to the entire signal path much like manually raising and lowering the volume of your guitar.
The Avalanche Run features an expression jack that can be assigned to one of six different controls using the “EXP” selector switch. It also features Tap Tempo with six different ratios accessed via the “Ratio” selector switch. The Avalanche Run can also be run in “True Bypass” mode or “Buffered Bypass” mode for trails and features 5 different tail lengths including “Infinite” for lo-fi and continuously degrading pseudo-looping.

The Tap switch also has a few other cool secondary functions. While in Normal and Swell mode, you can send the Avalanche Run into self-oscillation by holding down the “Tap” footswitch. In Reverse, mode holding down the Tap switch will flip the delay back into Normal mode and return to Reverse mode once released!

Each and every Avalanche Run is completely assembled, wired and tested by total human beans in the tiny tundra town of Akron, Ohio.