ZVEX Effects Instant Lo-Fi Junky Vertical

ZVEX Effects Instant Lo-Fi Junky Vertical



This pedal was designed to emulate the sounds and textures of the Lo-Fi Loop Junky™ in real time, but it goes far beyond that. Click it on and mix your sparkly clear compressed signal with the smashed, lo-fidelity warbled signal and listen to it become a luscious emulsification that can be blended to the most perfect depth. Achieve new haunting chorus sounds and pulsating vibrato. Unusual and fun, you’ve never heard anything quite like it.


Hello, and welcome to the world of the Instant
Lo-Fi Junky™.
Any of you who’ve heard the sound of the Lo-Fi
Loop Junky
will understand this pedal immediately… its
purpose is to imitate that sound in real time. Joel Korte, the

extraordinary engineer behind this new device, was able

to create a combination of THAT chip compression, Belling

bucket-brigades, and ultra low-current National Semiconduc

tor op-amp filters to exquisitely copy the texture and feel of

the original Lo-Fi into this new and extraordinary box, adding

some new sounds that have never been heard before.

To get the basic real-time Lo-Fi sound, turn the middle kn
ob all
the way to the right and set the waveform switch to triangle. By

adjusting the speed and depth it’s pretty easy to achieve a very

similar texture to the original Lo-Fi Loop Junky™. Lower the tone

knob if you wish to darken the tone.

Next, try turning down the middle knob all the way toward

the “comp” side. With this setting you’ll enjoy a remarkably

spanky bright and clear compression. It lasts forever but has

dynamics like there’s no tomorrow. As you turn the middle knob

back toward the Lo-Fi side, you’ll hear the chorus blend start

to happen. The sparkly clear compressed signal will mix with

the smashed, lo-fidelity warbled signal and become a luscious

emulsification that can be blended to the most perfect depth.

Unlike other choruses where the only depth control you have is

the depth of the sweep oscillator, this unit lets you set exactly

how much of the two signals are present in the mix… more

clear compression if you want the sound to be basically clean

with a hint of chorus, blended 1-to-1 for pure chorusing sound,

or mostly vibrato with a hint of chorus by turning the knob

mostly to the right. The chorus sound sounds most traditional

with either the sine or triangle setting. They are subtly but

noticeably different.

Now try switching the waveform to square and set the middle

knob mostly to the compression side (
to the left). You can blend in
just enough of the square-wave modulated Lo-Fi sound to make it

really eerie. For the spookiest sound, set the speed control to the

tempo of your performance and the depth all the way up, adjust

ing the mix for just enough modulation. I really love this setting…

it’s so unusual and fun.

We had a producer come through our booth at the NAMM

show when we were demonstrating the Instant Lo-Fi in 2011,

and we turned it off to show how much sustain the compressor

had when it was engaged. He looked at Erik (
our demonstrator)
quizzically and said “but why would I ever want to turn it off?”

Maybe you’ll feel the same way about the Instant Lo-Fi. It’s

dangerously addictive.

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
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