In the summer of 2012, Catalinbread was working on an oil can delay pedal. The results of this work became the Catalinbread Adineko.
Finding a number of very cool behaviors of the old units, though the differences could be dramatic from unit to unit and day to day (even hour to hour!).
The positive behaviors were a cool, bright, but dark-sounding echo with a vibrato modulation. This lined up with the echo time and a repeat quality, that had a fog that can hover in a neat way.
There are many not-so-good behaviors with these units! Short delay time, with modulation and repeat quality changing dramatically as the units warm up.
About oil can delays
Tel-Ray who later became better known as Morley made these oil can units.
At the time, Tel-Ray were focusing on being the OEM and utilizing their oil can technology (Patent US3530227 A).
Branding units for Gibson (GA-RE4), Fender (Dimension IV), they employed an electrostatic storage method.
Recording onto a spinning disk, a layer of oil prevents the signal from leaking into the air.
This was certainly a novel approach to creating a delay line long enough to generate echo and reverb effects.
Comparing the counterparts of the day (tape, drum, wire delay machines), their sound was more low fidelity.
It was murky, often with a more consistent musical vibrato that correlated to the spinning disk speed. We like to describe the sound as mysterious.
Enter the Catalinbread Adineko
The Catalinbread ADINEKO pedal is an echo/reverb/vibrato pedal that faithfully models the sonic experience of these oil can units.
As we always strive to do when making something old new again, we want to honor the old experience and expand upon it.
Our ADINEKO is no exception. The murky warble of the old units, traditionally only achievable when the oil’s thickness is incorrect, can be conjured a twist of the VISCOSITY knob.
The warm echo quality has an expanded range of delay time (TIMING knob). This is more so than any oil can unit could ever hope to achieve.
The dual playback head is continuously balanceable (BALANCE knob) to favor one head over the other for interesting syncopation lobe feels.
Plug it in by itself to start, without your other pedals. Start off with a clean sound from your amp.
The ADINEKO can achieve the authentic oil can sounds but is designed to model the mechanical concept.
It also goes well beyond what was possible in original units. Let’s set up your ADINEKO for an authentic oil can sound!
Up to 1-second delay
Original units had a short and long echo playback head selectable by a pair of slider switches or a rotary switch.
This allowed the user to select one or the other, or both on at the same time.
We expanded this concept by putting the playback heads on a continuous mixer, allowing accents and new by favoring one head volume over the other.
Counter-clockwise is the short delay time head, clockwise long head, and noon is both heads at equal amplitude
This control allows you to mix between 100% wet and 100% dry signals.
The original units featured tube preamp stages. The ADINEKO’s preamp stages are tuned to provide very much the same experience as a healthy example of an original unit.
ADINEKO cases are intentionally aged – a look that is fitting for a pedal that is inspired by the old oil can units.
A majority of original oil can units have a fixed rotation speed hence a fixed delay time and fixed vibrato time. However, the actual maximum delay time was very short from 80-120ms. The ADINEKO extends your modulated delay time up to one second.
To really appreciate this control it is helpful to understand how the original units functioned mechanically. Imagine a slowly rotating metallic disc inside of a paint can.
This disc “holds” an electrostatic charge from a static record brush “head” until it is later picked up by one or two of the playback heads. In order to prevent this charge from leaking into the air, it is sealed in by using a mysterious oil.
But I digress, the oil’s main purpose is to seal the charge from the air.
The problem with oil is viscosity reduces as the oil warms up. If it gets too hot, the oil no longer can effectively store the charge.
So in summary, the VISCOSITY knob controls the modulation depth!
This knob functions like the repeats on any echo unit, it feeds back the wet output back into the input of the delay line.
On oil can delays and the ADINEKO, the repeat quality smears into a soupy foggy due to the low fidelity of the recording medium and the fact that the echoes are always modulating.
Requires 9 – 18V DC supply. Draws apex 60ma