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PostSubject: WMD Geiger Counter   Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:01 pm



http://www.wmdevices.com/geiger.php

I've had my eye on one of these for a while, and just got around to ordering one. As you can see from the clips on the website, it can make a LOT of different and very cool sounds. Of course, it hasn't arrived yet, but I'll demo it when it does.
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:30 pm

How funny! I found the site for these guys earlier this week, and I gave the soundbytes a listen. That thing produces some truly twisted tones! Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:01 pm

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That thing produces some truly twisted tones! Shocked

Definitely! But my favorite thing about it is that no matter how crazy the thing can get, it can still give you a nice, simple, low gain, tubey overdrive, and everything in between.
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:12 pm

Sweet. Can you save your settings and switch through them or something?
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:18 pm

No. It does save your wave table setting when you turn it off, but not anything else. Its because its basically an analogue pedal, except for the wave shaping computer thing.
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:23 pm

Can't wait to hear how you like it!
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Fri Jan 29, 2010 4:16 am

how unique in design...how mundane and boring in the sampled sounds. EXCEPT my RP50 Digitech won't do this sound from his site:

http://www.wmdevices.com/sounds/TweakingWMDGeiger.mp3

that one sounds like my jackson preamp with a 3/4 dead battery --lol
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:12 am

amimbari wrote:
how unique in design...how mundane and boring in the sampled sounds. EXCEPT my RP50 Digitech won't do this sound from his site:

http://www.wmdevices.com/sounds/TweakingWMDGeiger.mp3

that one sounds like my jackson preamp with a 3/4 dead battery --lol

....wow. That sounds pretty cool, but I can't imagine using those sounds for anything other than textures on a track.
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Sun Jan 31, 2010 4:38 am

Sounds cool, cant wait for the demo.

How much do they cost?
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:06 am

I think around $300...
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Tue Feb 02, 2010 5:48 am

Interesting.
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:17 pm

It just arrived today. Its AWESOME! I'll do clips after I've played with it more. There's a bit of a learning curve to it, and it might take a few more hours of experimenting before I really get the hang of it. Here's some stuff I've noticed:

1. It's only about 3/4 the size I was expecting. I was expecting a big pedal. Instead, it's about the size of a boss pedal with 50% more width. In a way this is nice, but it makes the controls a bit cramped. Overall I think the size is a good thing. It's very portable
2. Its not as extreme as I was expecting. The craziest of the clips on the site are about as crazy as it gets. Which is good, because those are the outer limits of what I'd actually use.
3. All those weird computery effects are much more musical than I was expecting. Almost pretty sounding... ALMOST. I didn't think I'd use them at all, but I'm really liking them
4. Some combinations of settings don't "work." Either I get no signal, or I'll only get these weird, random, super low tones
5. Despite the company's claims that the tone knob gives "a very large range of sounds," I can't hear a huge difference, even between all the way down and all the way up.
6. Despite WMD's promises otherwise, this thing can get REALLY noisy. In some settings, the background noise actually drowns out my signal. (EDIT: thats not really fair, its pretty predictable what will be super noisy and what won't)
7. I could give you guys hours worth of clips and it still wouldn't fully capture what this thing can do
8. My mom has told me "turn that thing off, we've heard enough of it!" Twice. This is a good sign Twisted Evil.

So far, I'm pleased with it. But I have to wait until I'm past the OMG SHINY NEW PEDAL! LOTS OF KNOBS AND STUFF! phase until I can really say whether I really like it.
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Tue Feb 02, 2010 11:28 pm

Neato. Is it something that you'd keep on as a fundamental sound or something that you'd use more sparingly?
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Wed Feb 03, 2010 1:41 am

OK, so through a little experimentation (and a lot of giving up and finally looking at the manual) I've been able to coax a nice overdrive out of this thing. Also, the tone knob will get you a good range of sounds, but only on the less extreme settings.

Chowderboots wrote:
Neato. Is it something that you'd keep on as a fundamental sound or something that you'd use more sparingly?

Depends on the song, band, and setting. If I ever found myself in an industrial band, I'd use the thing constantly. It can get some insane sounds, and can do a really cool old school video game synth sound. Actually, the tamer settings would work well in pretty much any rock setting, as it can do a tubey overdrive pretty well. Kinda almost reminds me of Bill Wyman's tone. I guess it depends on my band mates. If they want a super clean sound, thats what I'll do. If they're fine with a bit of grind (or a lot of crazy whacked out distortion), I'll do that.

We'll have to see how much I actually use it. Its less than a day old. I'll be using it constantly for the next couple weeks. Wait until the OMGZ NEW STUFF! feeling wears off.
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:25 am

What does the wave table do?
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:29 pm

Darkstrike wrote:
What does the wave table do?

It changes the shape of your signal ,someitmes in really extreme ways

By the way, I've been getting some REALLY cool synthy sounds out of this thing Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:30 pm

Ahhh, coool.
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:35 pm

So I've been thinking about how I can demo the Geiger Counter, specifically the synthy modes, and I've decided what better way to demo a pedal that makes my bass sound like an 8 bit synthesizer than to cover some old school video game themes?

So far, I'm doing The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, and the Mute City theme from F-Zero. Any other requests?
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:43 pm

Synth, Videogames, Bass????


You gotta do....


Bass is easy too.
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:05 pm

very cool backing track for a stoner original DS Smile
this video is a little beyond KS's ability, but man I'll bet it would sound cool thru that thing instead of the plain bass sound cheers

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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Thu Feb 04, 2010 5:59 am

www.analoguehaven.com

god i want to visit this place.

Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:51 pm

What a great name for the site! Too bad I can't make a profit from having the same name! Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:36 pm

maybe you will name your daughter analog << without the U as that is not the "american spelling"
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:38 pm

Except that I will never have a daughter. Wink

I have my son, and Linda has her daughter, and both of us are now fixed, so there won't be any more little ones for us! Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:54 pm

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Except that I will never have a daughter. Wink

I have my son, and Linda has her daughter, and both of us are now fixed, so there won't be any more little ones for us! Laughing

aww eric got his tubes tied
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:38 pm

I did. Just after my son was born back in 2000.

And let me tell you Guys....it was no picnic! pale

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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Thu Feb 04, 2010 8:33 pm

EricHaven wrote:
I did. Just after my son was born back in 2000.

And let me tell you Guys....it was no picnic! pale





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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Thu Feb 04, 2010 8:54 pm

tekkentool wrote:
EricHaven wrote:
I did. Just after my son was born back in 2000.

And let me tell you Guys....it was no picnic! pale





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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:10 pm

No, it wasn't like that at all.

It was much worse! No

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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Fri Feb 05, 2010 5:49 pm

Thinking about it makes me dizzy, but I really respect that decision.
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Fri Feb 05, 2010 5:53 pm

Thank you, Martin. Cool

Man! It'a a good thing that de-railing threads isn't an issue here! How we got from the WMD Geiger Counter to my vasectomy is way beyond me! Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Fri Feb 05, 2010 6:21 pm

EricHaven wrote:
Thank you, Martin. Cool

Man! It'a a good thing that de-railing threads isn't an issue here! How we got from the WMD Geiger Counter to my vasectomy is way beyond me! Laughing

I just think the the Geiger is powerful enough to cause vasectomys.
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:12 pm

Probably would have been slightly less uncomfortable than the way I had mine done! Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Sun Feb 07, 2010 7:21 am

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Probably would have been slightly less uncomfortable than the way I had mine done! Laughing

Not if it were me that was doing the "playing" Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:23 am

affraid

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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:09 pm

Darkstrike wrote:
EricHaven wrote:
Probably would have been slightly less uncomfortable than the way I had mine done! Laughing

Not if it were me that was doing the "playing" Laughing



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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:00 pm

Ouch! affraid

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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:25 am

let's let the topic go back to the topic then I guess cause I could also post some stent up the p**** hospital stories--lol

it is tues afternoon, I could finally get back to my house after a power failure from fri to yesterday night due to the snow
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:14 pm

so much for staying on target.

its snowing here again ... 15" by tomorrow afternoon.
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Tue Feb 09, 2010 10:49 pm

Throw Fruities! Zunes! Anything!

Laughing

Sorry. Linda and I got into a bottle of vino tonight. Wink

OK....back on subject. I listened to the sound clips of the WMD Geiger Counter, and I'm not sure if I would personally have much use for it. That being said, it does do a variety of tones that I haven't ever heard before, and it does all of them really well! I usually hear such things and think "where would I ever use these sounds?" But, at the same time, I can see the value in having such a variety of tones available, provided that the music I was playing called for it.

MadMike, I could almost see the music you guys play in 40 Watt Sun having space for such sounds.

BTW, everyone loves the shirt! Wink

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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:42 am

yeah ... i'de looked at the wmd units and sure, i'de dig having one. itid be down on the list tho as there are other things that are more important at this point in time ..........

1) seismic audio 2X15 (they are still backordered)
2) ehx micro synth
3) tube upgrade or new 2 channel tube preamp system. PAiA perhaps.
4) audere audio passive pickup onboard preamp
5) refretting tools and supplies
6) parts, a kahler and oddball stuff to finish the ibanez.

shoot ... this might take me all year.

glad you dig the shirt eric!
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PostSubject: Re: WMD Geiger Counter   Sun Feb 21, 2010 4:11 am

amimbari wrote:
very cool backing track for a stoner original DS Smile
this video is a little beyond KS's ability, but man I'll bet it would sound cool thru that thing instead of the plain bass sound cheers


You guys are amazing, good write up on the pedal.
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