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May 22, 2019

Born as rude DIY experiments made by small boutique manufacturers, in a few years, lo-fi pedals have evolved to become intricate circuits filled with functions.

The Pizzacrusher, by Croatian manufacturer PLBR, is such device. The usual bit-crushing and sample-reduction basic effects are integrated with a series of other functions like a Fuzz placed before the bitcrusher, a tone control, and – in particular – a Pizza function!

The Pizza function has its own footswitch and consists in a modulation effect applied to the bit crushing, which means that the bits your signal is played back at will keep changing according to the functions settings: there are three modes: Random, Arp (up and down) and Trem – the first two can be controlled through the Speed knob.

Check out the video by Collector//Emitter, below.

CONTROLS

CRUSH: Controls the amount of bitcrushing

SAMPLE: Controls the sample rate of the signal, changing the frequency of the bitcrusher oscillator

TONE: Controls the EQ sweep. Turning left increases the bass, right increases the treble

VOLUME: Controls the master volume of the effect

FUZZ: Sine wave setting passes clean signal through the bitcrusher, Square wave setting activates fuzz circuit that goes into bitcrusher

BYPASS: this effect uses optocoupler bypass switch, it turns the effect ON/OFF

PIZZA: When the PIZZA switch is activated you can choose between 3 different automated controls of the CRUSH and set the rate with SPEED

SPEED: Speed controls the rate of 123 PIZZA modes

1 2 3 MODES: When the PIZZA switch is activated you can choose between 3 different automated controls of the CRUSH and set the rate with SPEED

MODE 1 (RANDOM):
CRUSH value changes randomly. SPEED controls the rate of the highest delay time between automatic changes
MODE 2 (ARP):
CRUSH value changes up and down
MODE 3 (TREM):
CRUSH value changes randomly, but the SPEED rate is fixed unlike MODE 1