Finegear reveals the Dust Collector, a vibey multi-fx unit

Of course it features a momentary “madness” switch.

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Superbooth 2020: Finegear has unveiled the Dust Collector, a multi-effects unit that can operate as a standalone music-making device. This comes as the first of the company’s arkive_effects_ line, which they describe as “a curated series of effects designed for sonic experimentation”.

The Dust Collector offers a plethora of sound options and playing methods – but at its core, it comprises six main sections that can be broken down into: oscillators, tape saturators, spring reverb, delay, phaser and a built-in spring reverb tank.

The oscillator section kicks off the signal chain by offering two voltage-controlled LFOs that differ in speed range to increase the possibility of inducing more interesting modulations. Apart from that, they are virtually identical – with one CV input and three outputs, speed CV control knob with light indicator, and a waveform selector that cycles between sine, triangle and square.

The device offers two tape-style saturators that make use of analogue electronics to introduce saturation to the signal. Choose from five types, ranging from subtle to a more compressed sound.

Including a full spring tank comes as part of the device’s charm – as it not only lets music makers give their tracks a bouncy sounding reverb, but the device makers encourage physical manipulation of the spring itself, which can be exposed by removing its plexi cover.

In terms of delay, the Dust Collector includes one that’s based on a slightly cleaner version of Princeton Technologies’ PT2399 echo chip; infamous for its grittiness. Additionally, there’s a CV input and modulated delay time knob, and insert in the feedback loop, and of course (why wouldn’t there be) – a momentary “Madness” switch for maxing out feedback amounts instantly.

Finishing off the unit is a ‘70s vintage-inspired phaser, which employs the use of a light-sensitive panel on the device’s side for real-world influenced modulation sounds.

As of press time, prices and availability of the Dust Collector have yet to be announced.

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