Champion Leccy – The Kilter, swing-swanger
The Kilter is a creative toolbox. It’s a modulating parallel FX loop utility pedal (or swing-swanger for short) that has as many applications as your imagination will allow.
It has a single input, a single output, two parallel FX loops (2 x send and return) and most importantly a powerful LFO with a tap tempo. Both FX loops have a volume control.
The Kilter swings your signal between the two FX loops to create any number of different composite sounds and textures.
Although it was designed as a utility modulation pedal it also functions as a tremolo, a clean blend, parallel mixer or even as a ring mod!
The LFO is the same beast that’s we use in the Woozy and the Skitter. It has 8 waveforms including 2 random waveforms and a tap tempo. The space control dictates how far the signal swings between the two FX loops. The time knob controls how quickly you modulate between the two FX loops.
LFO side (left)
Space – modulation depth. The deeper the modulation the further the signal swings between the two loops
Squiggly shapes – LFO waveform selector knob. There are 8 waveforms (ramp up, ramp down, square, triangle, sine, sweep, random levels, random slopes)
Tap tempo – allows you to use your foot to set the LFO speed on the fly.
Other side (right)
Loop a – volume for loop a
Loop b – volume for loop b
Phase switch – inverts the phase of loop a. Up is out of phase. Down is in phase.
Having both FX loops patched, and one signal out of phase will cause a cancellation tremolo in between modulations. At max depth and speed this will give you a cool ring mod sound.
Having both signals in phase there will be no effect, as the mirrored tremolo on the channels cancel each other out.
The last thing to note is that there are a couple of trims inside the Kilter. Please, please, please DON’T go messing with them, they are used to calibrate the modulation. Messing with them will only make the Kilter sound worse, or cause damage. I’m telling you all of this because I trust you to not be a ninny.
If you’d like to read a bit more about the development and applications of the Kilter check out this article.