Coda Effects is a young French brand we hear a lot about these times, thanks to the success of its crowdfunding campaign. The aim of the founder, Benoit, is to offer high quality effects with advanced features he elaborates himself. For this release, he chose the “Dolmen Fuzz” and the “Montagne Tremolo”, two kinds of effects which are very popular for guitarists and bassists, and that will please them thanks to great designs and sounds. These ones are sold as DIY kits or assembled for those who are not comfortable with electronics. The idea convinced a lot of people because all the campaign objectives are now achieved. But it is not too late to preorder your Fuzz or Tremolo and get high quality components, two transistors to customize the tone of your Montagne or Dolmen, and also tutorials to build the kits. Before, let’s discover the details of each effect in the following post and on the Ulule project page

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Montagne Analog Optical Tremolo

Presentation

The Montagne Tremolo reproduces one the first guitar effects ever: the tremolo. The Montagne Tremolo can provide vintage, smooth, tube-like tremolos, but can also creates choppy crazy sounds, thanks to a plethora of options: 6 different waveforms (including a random one!), tap tempo, and a “Symmetry” knob that allows you to modulate the waveform for even more versatility. The circuit is fully analog, driven by digital technology. Thus, it features a powerful Electric Druid TAPLFO2D, and a relay bypass switching system for a totally silent switching. All of that packed in a small, pedalboard and user-friendly 125B enclosure!

Specifications

– 6 different waveforms for different tremolos styles
– Tap tempo, ideal for live situations, with a ratio switch (1:1, 1:3….etc)
– External volume control to adapt the effect to your setup, or even boost the signal
“Temporary” switch to make the effect activated at will
– Relay bypass with anti pop system: absolutely silent true bypass switching system
– 4 controls to finely modulate the effect

– True Bypass: clickless switches and anti-pop relay system for a totally silent and reliable bypass.
– Analog signal path: The guitar signal is never digitized and stays analog from the start to the end of the tremolo circuit
– Digital control of the circuit: more versatility than ever thanks to digital circuitery
– Power supply: standard 9V DC, less than 100mA, center negative to make the Montagne Tremolo highly compatible with pedalboard use.
– Size: 12,1 cm / 4,76″ (L) x 6.6 cm / 2,6″ (W) x 3.5 cm / 1,38″ (H)
– Weight: 326,8 g / 11,52 oz

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Dolmen Fuzzy Russian Beast

Presentation

The Dolmen Fuzz is inspired by the “bubble font” version of the Big Muff made in Russian in the 90s. Unfortunately, it is not available anymore, but well known for its heavy, bassy sound. It is used by many “heavy” stoner and doom bands like Fu Manchu and Kyuss, but also by rock bands like Dinosaur Jr or the Black Keys, and can be used with guitar and bass as well. The Dolmen Fuzz is a modernized version of this mystical fuzz, with a mid knob (the mid scoop is huge downside of the original pedal), and a switch to adjust the compression and clipping. The “Solstice” footswitch activates a feedback loop to turn this little monster in a doom noisy war machine!

The Dolmen Fuzz has a huge powerful sound, with a lot of bass and mids frequencies (adjustable with the mid knob). It is ideal for Doom and Stoner, and is also nice for more vintage styles with the central switch that allows you to have less compressed and more dynamic sounds. Finally, the huge sustain and the available mid boost make it ideal to cut through the mix and go for powerful “Pink Floyd style” solos.

Specifications

– Clipping switch to change the compression and dynamic of the Dolment Fuzz
– Medium knob: to cut through the mix when you want
– Relay bypass with anti pop system: absolutely silent true bypass switching system
– Soltice switch for heavy sounds and noise drones
– NOS Version with original diodes and transistors
– Optimized for guitar and bass

– True Bypass: clickless switches and anti-pop relay system for a totally silent and reliable bypass
– Analog Signal Path: your signal is never digitized and stays at its best!
– Power: standard 9V DC, less than 50mA, center negative to make the Dolmen Fuzz highly compatible with pedalboard use. Can be battery powered too for Fuzz afficionados!
– Size: 12,1 cm / 4,76″ (L) x 6.6 cm / 2,6″ (W) x 3.5 cm / 1,38″ (H)
– Weight: 312,9g / 11,03 oz

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