Crowther Effects

Crowther Effects is a pedals company based in the UK.  crowther-effectsCreated by drummer Paul Crowther, all of these pedals are hand made.  Crowther actually created all of his pedals in New Zealand, but they are shipped throughout the UK and the world.  Today, the number of Crowther pedal users has grown to include such names as Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Melvins, and the Lemonheads.  Crowther Audio has three major pedals: the Hotcake, the Prunes and Custard, and the Double Hotcake.

The Hotcake was Crowther’s first pedal, and it’s the most natural sounding of all the distortion pedals.  It adds sound to your amp, but it doesn’t touch the tone.  It gives you a great range of sounds, going from subtle disturbance to full warping.  The Hotcake also comes in a Bluesberry version that features a throatier sound and works very well with bright treble amps.

The Prunes and Custard pedal may have a very strange name, but it creates a very interesting distortion that has a lot of odd harmonics and some interesting modulation.  It’s more of a metallic kind of distortion than the Hotcakes provides, and it can actually wipe out almost all of your original sound and leave just the harmonics if you like.  It works quite well with a number of instruments, including bass guitars.

Finally, the Double Hotcake provides two Hotcakes pedals in one.  It gives players the ability to decide how much distortion comes from the first and the second pedal.  You can set one for boost, one for rhythm, or one for lead…the options are endless.  This gives you a great amount of flexibility and the ability to make some very interesting sounds.

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Hand-made in New Zealand by Paul Crowther, the Hotcake is a boost/overdrive pedal designed to leave the undistorted component of the guitar sound unchanged while providing a nice fat distortion sound without resorting to a treble cut circuit which will also affect the guitars tonality. Easy to use with its three controls you can get a clean volume boost by increasing the Level control, increasing the Drive will give you a thick distortion sound with a little bit of edge to it, and the Presence control adds some mid-range punch to the sounds. The Hotcake is internally presettable for "Normal" or "Bluesberrry" voicings, and also for the extended low frequency option for bass. The "Bluesberry" voicing of the Hotcake has a slightly less buzzy edge at the onset of distortion, and often works well when guitarists have amplifiers with extra extreme treble boost, like some Marshalls for instance.

Crowther Audio Double Hotcake Pedal Crowther Audio Double Hotcake Pedal
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Hand-made in New Zealand by Paul Crowther, the Double Hotcake, just as the name implies, is two Hotcake boost/overdrive pedals in one box. Channel A is the Bluesberry version (a slightly less buzzy, more bluesy distortion) and Channel B is the normal circuit. Three controls on each version, you can get a clean volume boost by increasing the Level control, increasing the Drive will give you a thick distortion sound with a little bit of edge to it, and the Presence control adds some mid-range punch to the sounds. The Double HotCake allows you to switch between A and B or run them together. If both Hotcakes are switched on together, the A Hotcake drives the B, but A's controls are bypassed, and an extra Drive control is switched in to adjust the its gain, and so there are seven knobs total. There is also an extra clipping stage and a boost in mid frequencies when A is driving B. The A Hotcake has a buffered bypass, while the B Hotcake is hard bypassed using gold plated contacts.

Crowther Audio Prunes & Custard Pedal Crowther Audio Prunes & Custard Pedal
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Hand-made in New Zealand by Paul Crowther, the Prunes and Custard is a small pedal with a lot of capabilities. There is a preamp stage, the gain of which is adjusted with the Drive control. This stage followed by a special waveshaping distortion circuit. There is some treble roll-off between the preamp and the special distortion circuit. The frequency at which this treble roll-off happens can be changed with the Guitar/Bass switch. The special distortion stage produces strong harmonic overtones, mostly odd harmonic. Higher harmonics are progressively introduced with increased Drive settings and signal level, so a decaying bass guitar note can sound like a mean swept filter. Playing double notes, like 4ths or 5ths can produce some strong intermodulation effects, rather like a ring modulator, but more musical, albeit more distorted! The Mix control is a balance between the preamp stage output, (CCW) and the special distortion stage output (CW).

November 13, 2009
Posted in Crowther Effects,Guitar Effects — anthony @ 10:00 am

Crowther Audio HotCake Distortion Pedal

The Crowther Audio HotCake Distortion pedal is one of the oldest pedals in production. crowther-audio-hotcake-distortion-pedal The first HotCake Distortion pedal was produced way back in 1976, and ever sense then, this pedal has been a staple in the Crowther line.  Many different people have used the Crowther Audio HotCake over the years, including Stevie Ray, Simple Minds, the Henry Rollins Band, and the Melvins.  But what makes the HotCake pedal so amazing?  There are several reasons.  The HotCake produces an incredibly clean sounding distortion; in fact, many consider it the best distortion unit available. (more...)

May 28, 2009
Posted in Crowther Effects,Guitar Effects — anthony @ 5:47 am

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