The Depths from Earthquaker Devices is an Optical Vibe pedal capable of lush pulsating phaser and vibe sounds as well as swirling Leslie or Rotary style sounds. The most important control on this pedal is the Voice control as it can completely change the style of effect, in the manual Earthquaker Devices describe this control like this, “Turn it clockwise for a fuller sound with more lows, bring it back for a thinner, more midrange focused tone.” As you will hear in my demonstration video above this can totally transform the effect so it is definitely worth playing with this control each time you make an adjustment to the other controls.
The other controls on the pedal are:
Throb – controls the low end pulse.
Intensity – controls how subtle or intense the overall effect is.
Rate – Controls the speed of the effect.
Level – Controls the volume of the effect. Unity is around 1 O’clock, everything above that is boost. Vibe pedals are known for a perceived loss in volume due to the nature of the effect so having the extra boost available is very useful to bring the level up to perceived unity.
“The pedal runs on standard regulated 9-18 volt DC power supply with a negative center 2.1mm barrel. Powering at 9v gives a warmer and more natural sound, 18v will be stronger with more headroom and “sparkle”. Does not use batteries. Current draw is 35ma.”
I haven’t tried the pedal using 18v at this time and to be honest if 9v is a warmer and more natural sound I probably won’t because I loved the way that this pedal sounded with my Cilia CGA7 guitar and Ceriatone Chupacabra. I think this pedal covers a lot more than your standard Vibe pedal territory and I can see this being used in a variety of situations. You may not have noticed and in fact may not without headphones but the initial track in my demo has 2 guitar tracks, the lead part with the overdriven neck humbucker tone and classic style Vibe effect and a rhythm track which is a clean warbley tone where I tried to emulate a Rhodes piano with vibrato like you might hear in a Portishead track. This just adds a bit of atmosphere to the track but it is fairly subtle. I hope you enjoy the demo and please remember to like the video if you did, subscribe to my YouTube channel and share on Facebook and Twitter.