The WMD Utility series is a low cost handmade line of effects designed to fulfill specific needs of players. These pedals are tools to help you focus and shape your sound. They are transparent and easy to use, yet powerful.
This pedal combines a traditional noise gate with an effects loop. This setup allows you to put pedals inside the loop and have them not affect the way that the gate responds. Of course, you can use the gate like any noise gate as the send and return are internally normalled to eachother.
Stomp Switch - This footswitch activates the effects loop and gate. The center LED will be lit when the pedal is engaged.
Gate Threshold - This sets the level at which the gate will start to open. The LED under the Threshold will be lit when the gate is open.
Level - This allows you to get a little boost from the noise gate if you'd like. The volume varies with the power supply voltage. Use this to get the right volume.
Send - This sends an un-gated signal (buffered from the input jack) out to a loop of pedals. Hook this to the input of a fuzz or distortion or whatever you'd like to gate.
Return - Plug the output of your last pedal into this. This is the signal that will be run through the gate and out the "Out" jack on the Utility Noise Gate. If nothing is plugged into this jack, the dry signal from the input jack will be used and gated.
How the Loop Works - No matter what level you have things set to inside your loop, the noise gate will respond the same. You'll want to plug your guitar into the input jack of the noise gate before any other pedals, or immediately after a distortion that you don't tweak much. This allows you to get absurd amounts of gain without noise on the output.
There are 3 bands of EQ with frequency ranges from about 40Hz to 15kHz. Each band is an independent bandpass filter with adjustable center frequency, quality factor, and gain. Use them to sculpt and shape your tone however you like.
Stomp Switch - This footswitch activates the EQ. The center LED will be lit when the pedal is engaged.
Freq - This selects the center frequency of the filter. The three frequency ranges are: 31Hz to 1.6kHz, 100Hz to 4.8kHz, 300Hz to 16kHz.
Q - The Quality Factor (Q) gives you control over the sharpness of the filter. Turn it up and the filter section becomes resonant and more abrasive. Low Q settings sound like a traditional EQ, higher Q adds resonant nodes. The Q ranges from about .1 to around 30.
Level - This controls how much cut or boost you have from the band. Center it (0) and the band is out of the circuit. Turn clockwise and you'll get more of that frequency, turn counter-clockwise and you'll hear less. If all 3 controls are at 0, you should be able to click the pedal on and off and not hear any difference.
Overall Level - This gives a overall cut or boost at the output of the Parametric EQ. Like a volume control, but with some gain available.
9-24 VDC jack - We didn't have room for a battery here because of the extra jacks or all the controls. So you'll need a standard BOSS style center negative (-) power supply. You can use anywhere from 9-24 volts for more headroom.
Warranty - We guarantee our Utility line pedals against manufacturer defects for 1 full year from date of purchase. Please let us know if you experience problems. We will always get you taken care of.