Saturn Trip Analog Phaser - Electric guitar pedal

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All clips are recorded using a Vox AC30 with Celestion Blue Alnico speakers on Brilliant channel. All controls on the amp are set at half.

Clip 1
Guitar: Fender Stratocaster (bridge + middle pickup)

Saturn Trip Analog Phaser not active.

Clip 2
Guitar: Fender Stratocaster (bridge + middle pickup)
Speed: 7/10
Range: 6/10
Width: 5/10
Regeneration: 5/10
Shape: 5/10

Clip 3
Guitar: Fender Telecaster (bridge pickup)
Speed: 8/10
Range: 7/10
Width: 7/10
Regeneration: 7/10
Shape: 5/10

Clip 4
Guitar: Gibson Les Paul (neck pickup)
Speed: 6/10
Range: 5/10
Width: 7/10
Regeneration: 6/10
Shape: 9/10

Saturn Trip is a revolutionary all-analog Phaser that brings versatility and movement to your sound.

5 intuitive controls make it a very powerful, complete and compact phaser.

How does the phaser work?

To understand how a “phaser” works it’s important to focus on the concept of phase between two signals.
Let’s imagine taking an audio signal, for example a sine wave and duplicating it. At this point we will have two identical signals, same intensity, same frequency and above all the same phase.

The phaser effect is obtained precisely by duplicating the original signal and delaying the copy by a few milliseconds.
Thus summing the waveforms will give shape to a “rotating” effect due to the fact that the two signals are sometimes in phase and sometimes out of phase.
This effect called “phase shifter” is the basis of the phaser operation.
Usually the phase change can be created by an “all pass filter”, which is a filter that in this case does not act on any frequency, but simply alters its phase creating a delay.
The “copy” signal can also be varied in intensity from the original. This parameter, Width, can also be fed to the input of the filter itself to be subsequently modified further times, through the Regeneration control.

In addition to these fundamental controls, Saturn Trip has other parameters to optimize the response, the “rotation” speed, the frequency and the symmetry/asymmetry of the phase shift cycle.

The phase shift on Saturn Trip pedal is also visually shown thanks to 2 comfortable LEDs giving the sensation of spinning around Saturn.

The controls

Speed: determines the speed of rotation.

Range: determines the tone of the “copy” signal in order to intervene on the phase cancellation at a given point of the sound spectrum.

Width: determines the width of the effect, therefore, the amount of modulated effect.

Regeneration: determines the feedback signal. Raising this control will make the effect more pronounced and invasive.

Shape: controls the symmetry of the effect. This control in the center position offers perfect symmetry, as the shape changes, the “copy” sine wave is modified as desired.

Main uses

A phaser can be connected in multiple ways into a pedalboard, mainly, lovers of this effect are divided into 2 broad categories: those who connect it pre-drive and those who prefer it post-drive. In both cases the results with Saturn Trip will be excellent.

Generally a pre-drive use is considered a vintage-oriented system, precisely because in the past the amplifiers didn’t have effects loop so the distortion was created by raising the volume on the amplifier. A phaser connected in this way certainly offers a less invasive sound creating space and depth as we can listen to many records of the past. Eddie Van Halen, Brian May, Alex Lifeson and many others have exploited this effect by making it a real trademark in many of their masterpieces.

When the phaser is connected post-drive, then, after distortion, or in the effects loop of an amplifier, the result changes radically, generating a very pronounced phase shift effect, making it indispensable for some extreme genres such as Stoner, and even, it is much appreciated by those who play ambient music.

A phaser is not only used with distortion, it’s a very popular effect in funky, dance, house music; some rhythms completely change expressiveness in the presence of a phaser which is therefore to be considered an effect for everyone.