With its charming DIY graphics and creative pedal designs, Champion Leccy has slowly carved out a niche in the ever-expanding universe of pedal circuits.
The company’s latest mode, named The Skitter, is an intriguing variation on the reverb & tremolo combo, with a unique routing section that (through the Kilter switch) lets you apply the modulation either to the wet (reverberated) or to the clean signal only.
It features eight LFO waves for the tremolo (list under the videos, in red), with the knobs Space and Time knobs controlling, respectively, its depth and speed. The reverb is fixed in size but features a three-way toggle switch that can tame its high end for warmer, “vintagey” tones.
Here are the videos of it!
The Skitter is both a reverb and a tremolo. With some fancy pants switching you can apply the tremolo in any combination to the dry and reverb signals, giving you incredibly flexible modulation options.
Love – direct signal volume.
Trem – this turns the tremolo function on/ off for the direct signal. Up is on, down is off.
Love – reverb volume
Trem – this turns the tremolo effect on/ off for your reverb signal. Up is on, down is off.
Light – this is a three way low pass filter switch for your reverb. It allows you to roll some of the treble off for darker reverb sounds.
The red knobs control the LFO:
Space – This knob controls the depth of the modulation.
Time – This knob adjusts the speed of the LFO which will make your modulations slow and elegantly undulating or frantic and trill-tastic!
The smaller red knob with the squiggly lines around it – This is the LFO waveform selector, and it’s the heart of the Skitter’s versatility. The lines may not quite match up exactly to the waveform symbols, but they’re in the right order and they shouldn’t be too far off. From left to right, the waveforms are ramp up, ramp down, square wave, triangle, sine, sweep, random (levels), random (slopes). You can see the wave form change as you turn the knob if you watch the red indicator LED. Please note that if you’ve selected one of the random waveforms, it’ll sound like the LFO isn’t taking the tap tempo/ time knob too seriously, that’s due to the random nature of the waveform.
Kilter – This switch lets you select whether the reverb tremolo is in sync with the dry tremolo or whether it mirrors it. The up position modulates both signals at the same time. Down is ‘off-kilter’. When the reverb is off-kilter, you get a swing from dry to reverb according to the selected LFO waveform. Basically the reverb gets loud when the dry signal gets quiet and vice versa.
- There are two trim pots inside the Skitter. Please don’t mess with them.