Every language in the world has a word for water and no living thing can seem to exist without it. It soothes the soul, sustains the body, it flushes our toilets, and it's beauty in nature has inspired fantastic works of art, music, and literature throughout history. Employed in a multitude of ways by various cultures around the planet, it also bathes us from the time we enter this world to the time we make our exit. It is essential to life as we know it. As it cycles from the air, to the land, through our colons, to the rivers, to the sea and back again, it shapes the world around us, and moistens nearly every aspect of our lives.
As we reimagined the V3 version of our H2O pedal, it became important for us to try to manifest in this pedal, at least some concept of the rudimentary aspects of this amazing elixir that surrounds us and is an integral element of everyone’s bathroom and kitchen. Our hope was to attempt to capture the ebb and flow, the rhythms, the echoes and subtle nuance that make up the sonic composition of how our ears perceive liquid moving in the natural world around us and then apply it to an electric guitar signal (or acoustic guitar, or bass, or keyboard, or whatever inspires you).
This new pedalboard-friendly, V3 version, still delivers all of the classic H2O sounds you may already love, but it also reaches further into Davy Jones’ Locker than ever before. We’ve now added controls to not only swim between analog Chorus or Vibrato, but we’ve also added a “Tone” control and even a “Detune” switch to take you deep into watery depths that you’ve always wanted to reach (but were afraid to ask Mom & Dad about). When you dive fully into the Speed, Width and Depth knobs you’ll be able feel your signal swirl around you in a Leslie-esque eddy, or you can reduce them to find more subdued currents reminiscent of a lazy river that’s gently flowing to a relaxed and blissful tonal destination (Ah-h-h-h-h!). The hybrid-analog Echo we’ve incorporated into this version also has a broad range of delayed colors that should satisfy any musician’s pedantic palette. It can transport you from the short, slap-back echoes of that annoying dripping faucet in your bathroom (That your roommate refuses to take responsibility for, Ugh!), to the long mesmerizing depths of tidal waves and textured shimmers. It can encompass your tone with a warm, deep delay or ferry you on to controlled, eternal oscillations that will turn your mind into a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought, cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives (Thank you, Harvey Korman).
In the end, this pedal is merely our interpretation of the ongoing and somewhat soggy struggle to communicate the imperative nature of this and other vital fluids. It is important to remember though, that we’re not necessarily suggesting that your life or tone depends on the H2O being on your pedalboard…, but then again…, maybe it does?