EarthQuaker Devices’ Rainbow Machine V2 truly is a unique and crazy pedal. It’s thick chorus, delays and pitch shifting technology give a completely unnatural, synthetic sound. Not for signal purists.
The pink casing and name set the tone for what you get from this device. Simply click for an off-the-wall, versatile pitch-warping effect with added polyphonic harmonies.
Pitch-warping and thick doubling effects are created to be slightly imperfect will make you sound like no other guitarist.
Six effect knobs offer endless sonic possibilities from dark vintage to bright modern sounds. The tracking control adjusts the wet and dry delay signals while the mysterious magic knob and switch change up the array of effects on hand or make your sound even more wild.
The pitch knob controls the pitch of the harmony, turned counter clockwise a 4th down and clockwise a 3rd up. Primary and Secondary controls the volume of the original and harmony signals.
With the new Flexi-Switching true bypass you have silent switching between on and off. Top mounted jacks across the EarthQuaker Devices range lets you fit this into any pedalboard without hassle.
Here's what EarthQuaker Devices have to say about the Rainbow V2:
Welcome to the Rainbow Machine, in all its synthetic glory! This one is for experimenters, adventurists, and noisemakers. Totally not for purists and/or tone hounds. There are no natural sounds that come from this box. It takes modern DSP and uses it as a tool of future past to create real-time pitch shifting using digital oscillators.
- Polyphonic Pitch Shifting Modulator - From a Major 3rd up to a Perfect 4th below
- Can create thick doubling, lush chorus, oil-can delays and wild polyphonic harmonies
- New recalibrated Magic control - Wider range of available sounds
- New V2 flexi-switch - allows for latching and momentary switching
- True bypass - Silent soft-touch switching
- Top-mounted jacks - for effortless pedalboard implementation
The Rainbow Machine V2 has been completely re-imagineered from the pixie dust-covered ground up to be more versatile, twice as loud as the original, with an extended delay time, deeper chorus tones, silent flexiswitch footswitches on both the Activate and Magic functions, and best of all, has more Magic!
The Rainbow Machine is built around a DSP pitch warping engine that’s designed to be slightly imperfect; colored with digital remnants of the cosmic dust we’ve picked up across the multiverse. That is to say it’s a cold digital beast made to pretend it has feelings.
The Pitch control adjusts the frequency of the polyphonic pitch-warped harmony from a fourth below your input, to a third above, and every atonal pitch in-between. Noon is the unison position. Use the Primary function control to adjust the volume of the polyphonic harmony. You may add in an accompanying octave or thicken the modulation by bringing up the Secondary function control. The Tracking control adjusts the lag time between the wet and dry signals, and the Tone control rolls off some treble for a darker, vintage sound. Clockwise is bright, counterclockwise is dark.
With the Rainbow Machine engaged, hold down the Magic footswitch, get weird, and then let go to return to your boring old Magic-less guitar tone. Or, press the switch like normal, and the Magic remains engaged until you press the switch again. Ditto for the Activate switch. Press and hold to use the Rainbow Machine as a momentary effect, then let go to bypass; or feel free to press the switch like normal and use the Rainbow Machine like you would any other effects pedal.
Each and every Rainbow Machine V2 is harvested by hand in the (pixie) dusty Rainbonium mines of sunshiny Akron, Ohio, USA.