Fairfield Circuitry Meet Maude
The Fairfield Circuitry Meet Maude is a characterful analogue delay pedal.
Imparting a dark and tape-like quality to your sound, this analogue delay offers a rich and distinct character for you to wallow in luxury, self-righteousness and filth.
Using the tone and feedback controls, you can shape your repeats to be much more than simple reproductions of the input.
Play right on the threshold of feedback. You can mold this as a low thundering growl or screeching wail, or let your echo slowly die out as the dynamic output filter gets darker every repeat.
A random delay time modulation adds a true tape feel to the delay, like a reel-to-reel motor spinning not quite perfectly. Here it is demonstrating its retro vibe.
Full CV capabilities allow you to control delay time and/or feedback with any external source, like an expression pedal.
The first stage of the delay effect path is a discrete JFET feedback compressor. This section evens out the dynamics of your signal to prevent distortion in the delay stage.
The dry signal (going to the Mix) does not go through the compressor, but the feedback signal does.
TONE AND FEEDBACK
Meet Maude’s tone control will accentuate either the high (clockwise) or low (counter-clockwise) frequencies of your delay signal. In the centerposition, there is a slight attenuation of the lower mid frequencies.
Feedback and tone work very closely together, since every repeat goes through the tone section.
In practice, you will notice that tone affects feedback in two ways: it changes the feed- back’s colour (ex.: bright tone gives bright feed- back) and changes the feedback’s threshold (the further from the center position the tone control is, the faster the effect will go into feedback).
DELAY TIME MODULATION
A random modulation can be applied to the delay time. This modulation is an offset that is added to the delay time, making it jump up or down in an unpredictable way
VOLTAGE-CONTROLLED FILTER (VCF)
To deal with the noise generated by the delay section, the ouput is gated by a voltage-controlled low-pass filter.
The filter opens when the signal is loud, and starts to cut out high frequencies as it becomes quieter. This serves to attenuate any “wind noise” when you are not playing, and also shapes your repeats by making each sound a little darker.
This effect will be more noticeable when you are playing softly.
By default, the CV (Control Voltage) jack is used to control feedback amount with an expression pedal (wiper to tip standard).
Using the micro-switches inside the enclosure, the CV jack can perform a number of other functions, refer to the Meet Maude Programmer’s Manual for a detailed explanation.
- Continuous control of Delay Time, Feedback, Tone, Mix and Output Level
- Three position Modulation switch controls amount of random modulation
- Two position Compression switch controls amount of pre-delay compression
- 8192 stages of BBD goodness, delay times ranges from 500ms to 50ms
- Discrete compressor and expanding low pass filter
- CV/Expression input to control either Feedback, Delay Time or even used as an effect loop
- Typical 9VDC, center negative power supply. Draws approx 60ma
- True bypass