EarthQuaker Devices The Depths Optical Vibe Machine Pedal

Optical Vibe Effects Pedal with Intensity, Voice, Level, Rate, and Throb Controls
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Classic Vibe with so Much More

The EarthQuaker Devices The Depths optical vibe effects pedal reminds us that there is nothing quite like the sound of a guitar going through a great vibe. The Depths offers all of the tones heard on such iconic songs as Robin Trower's "Bridge of Sighs" and Hendrix's "Machine Gun." It then adds voice and throb controls to take those sounds far into the future, and the 100% analog dry signal path and true bypass ensure your original guitar tone shines through. There aren't many vibe pedals with as much control as the EarthQuaker Devices The Depths.

EarthQuaker Devices The Depths Optical Vibe Machine Effects Pedal at a Glance:
  • Nails the classic vibe tones
  • Powerful controls for creating your own vibe
  • From the pedal gurus at EarthQuaker Devices
Nails the classic vibe tones

"Breathe" and "Brain Damage" from The Dark Side of the Moon, Alter Bridge's "Blackbird" solo, Kenny Wayne Shepherd's "Blue on Black," and the aforementioned "Bridge of Sighs" are all stunning examples of what this pulsating effect can add to your tone. EarthQuaker Devices The Depths is a great example of this, adding a 3-dimensional swirl for new voices to your melodies and rhythms. The vibe was one of the first modulation effects, and it's still going strong as a must-have pedal for your board.

Powerful controls for creating your own vibe

Once you've got those iconic tones under your feet, you'll want to experiment to take your sound to new places. The Depths offers voice and throb controls to deliver new voices to your vibe. Cranking the throb control adds huge low-end pulsing. The voice knob controls the overall performance of the pedal. Pushed, it delivers a fuller sound with more lows. Pull it back and you'll hear a thinner, more mid-focused tone. In conjunction with the other controls, you'll be able to elicit sharp, stuttering effects all the way through molasses-slow warble.

From the pedal gurus at EarthQuaker Devices

EarthQuaker Devices is a boutique pedal company based out of Akron, Ohio. They put all of their focus on building tools for musicians to find their own tone. Their designs range from enhanced classics to pedals that have never been seen or heard before. Company founder Jamie Stillman was working with rock band the Black Keys when he came upon a design that kick-started the company's success. EarthQuaker Devices is committed to helping you find your tone with high-quality products at great prices.

EarthQuaker Devices The Depths Optical Vibe Machine Effects Pedal Features:
  • Optical vibe effects pedal
  • Intensity, level, and rate controls nail the vintage tones
  • Throb control emphasizes low-end pulse
  • The voice knob thickens or thins the overall performance
  • Powered by 9 or 18 volts
Take the vibes of yesterday, and push them into tomorrow with The Depths.

Tech Specs

Pedal Type Vibrato
Inputs 1 x 1/4" instrument
Outputs 1 x 1/4"
True Bypass Yes
Power Source 9V DC power supply (sold separately)
Height 2.25"
Width 2.5"
Depth 4.62"
Manufacturer Part Number EQDDEPT

Customer Reviews

5/5
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5/5

Fantastic range of tones. Plays well with others.

I've had this pedal for two days and can't stop using it--it's been inspiring a lot of creativity. Whether adding subtle movement to your clean or distorted tone to full on quiver and shake, it sounds fantastic. I've found great sounds with any pickup combination (I play a Gretsch 5622t-cb, so 3 humbuckers), and with several other pedals on my board. I've been using it in combination with analog delay, chorus, OD, distortion and fuzz. I tried it before and after my dirt pedals, and IMO it sounds best just after, and before the rest of my modulation and delay. I find that it plays best with dirt with the intensity set at 11:00--any higher and it's a bit overdone for my taste. The throb knob is subtle, but brings out the low end if you're using a neck pickup and a fuller voice (voice knob past 2:00).With a clean tone, or with other modulation, the full range of intensity is at your disposal. The rate has a wide range, all of which are usable. It seems well built and looks great.
Music background: Enthusiastic hobbyist
5/5

The Best Vibe, Bar None

The best Vibe? Yes, the best. The scientists at Earth Quaker have created a vibe that does the original vibe tones faithfully, but it has the controls to take it further, much further. The original Vibes tend to be dark, your volume seems to disappear. The Depths cures all that. The voice knob is like a high mid control. Takes the tone from dark to thin/bright. Add the throb or low end pulse control to balance it out, especially in the neck position with a gain pedal before it. It comes alive. There's a level control to put an end to that volume drop off of the original. If you want the original sound with more highs and no volume drop off, it's right there. Want to crank the intensity control and go off the deep end, it's there too. It's very compact, well made in the USA. At under $200, it's a great value too. I have one and I love it.
Music background: Luthier, Amp, Effects Tech
5/5

Does it all, from vintage to modern.....

My search for a great all around vibe is finally over. The Depths is a fantastic unit that can cover vintage sounds and venture into more modern areas. I have owned numerous vibe pedals over the years and though some were authentic in their vintage tone, I always had issues with them (some were too big, ran off of oddball power supplies, or were too limited tone-wise, or were very expensive). The Depths is a great all around solution for me. It's compact, is a true optical circuit (so the tone is there), runs off of a standard 9 volt power supply, and has an amazing amount of range. I use numerous guitars, amps, and effects and the Depths can be adjusted to work with any of them. It will do classic vibe tones, subtle phasing, rotary speaker, and tremolo type sounds. The build quality is some of the best I have seen, and I am picky about my effects. Don't be intimidated by all of the knobs, dialing in a great sound is very easy and intuitive. I highly recommend this pedal to anyone looking for a versatile vibe/rotary effect - it was worth every penny I spent.
Music background: Hobbyist and performer for over 20 years
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