The Depths is a fresh take on the classic rotating speaker cabinet simulator, giving you the pulsing guitar throbs found on the likes of Jimi Hendrix’s live rendition of Star Spangled Banner.
Vintage sound, modern casing
EarthQuaker Device’s optical vibe circuit has settings for both clockwise or counter-clockwise, the former producing full bass swells while the latter has more bite in the midrange.
Rate and intensity knobs let you switch from slow, strong pulses to fast, spiked shrills. Perfect for replicating a David Gilmour tone.
Practical and silent
Patented Flexi-Switching technology and an all-analogue signal allows for momentary and latching style switching, ensuring a smooth transition on and off. Remove added noise without affecting tone.
As with all EarthQuaker Devices, the Depths pedal has top mounted jacks allowing you to squeeze this into your pedalboard without pushing out other fundamental effects.
Here's what EarthQuaker have to say about The Depths V2:
The Depths V2 is EarthQuaker Devices take on the classic optical vibe circuit. Now you can swab the decks with the same lush, pulsating, three-dimensional swirling sound you know and love, with some modern accouterments for all you land-lubbers out there.
- Optical vibe - lush, pulsating, three-dimensional vintage vibe tones
- Unique Throb control - adds subharmonic low-end. Great for bass and synths
- New V2 flexi-switch - allows for latch and momentary operation
- True bypass - silent soft-touch switching
- All-analog signal path
- Top-mounted jacks - for effortless pedalboard implementation
The Depths is optimized for use with all kinds of instruments, pickups, and to play well with dirt, so nobody’s left waiting on shore. If it’s got a 1/4" output, plug it in and get deep!
In addition to the classic vibe controls, the Depths features unique controls for “Voice” and “Throb.” The “Voice” control adjusts the midrange focus of the Depths, which is perfect for tailoring the effect to your particular instrument. Clockwise, you’ll hear a fuller sound with a low-end focus. Counter-clockwise, you’ll hear a thinner, spikier sound with a forward upper-midrange bite.
The “Throb” knob adds a hefty subharmonic low-end pulse to the vibrato signal, which is especially useful on synthesizers and the bass guitar. It sounds great with a little bit of dirt on the neck pickup of a guitar, too! This works best with the “Voice” turned counter-clockwise for a warmer tone.
The Depths’ “Intensity” and “Rate” controls are dialed in to give you the classic optical vibe sound at more modest settings, but dive in deeper and you’ll find anything from a smooth ultra-slow warble to sharp, speedy bursts! Also, the “Level” control has tons of output above unity on tap to combat the perceived volume loss of most vibe pedals, so your tone is always above water. And, if 9v isn’t enough to keep you afloat, the Depths may be powered at 18v for a stiffer tone with more headroom and sparkle.
The Depths V2 is true-bypass, uses rusty all-analog circuitry, and is built one-at-a-time aboard the wreckage of the SS Minnow, currently dry-docked in Akron, Ohio, USA.