The Air Traffic Controller mixes a Rainger FX optimum distortion circuit with a white noise ‘hiss’ generator, and sends the sound through a low pass filter. The cut-off frequency of the filter is controlled in three possible ways; by the envelope of the note (the volume), the pitch of the note, or in a random mode.
SOUNDS This gives variations ranging from a biting edgy funk tone, to airy whisps of sound (hence the name), from fusiony solo-ing with ‘synth tracking’ to dense shoe-gazy walls of distortion, guitar/electronic-percussion morphing… It’s a hugely flexible palette of sounds that’s never been possible before.
The white noise hiss mimics the dynamics of the guitar sound – loud at the start of the note, then dying away to total silence when the guitar does too. For a pedal with such a lot going on it’s incredibly quiet when it should be.
CONTROLS ‘Distort’ adjusts the amount of distortion, ‘Air – Signal’ controls the blend of guitar to white noise (ranging from only guitar, to only white noise, and everything in between). ‘Resonance’ adjusts how noticeable the cut-off frequency is, while ‘Level’ decides the output volume.
The top end panel has a three-way rotary knob for filter-controlling options, a ‘DC in’ socket, and a ‘Hi/Lo’ button to allow for whether your guitar is passive or active (or keyboard use).
The ‘runway landing lights’ display pattern runs when a signal is present.
GUITAR OVERDRIVE WITH UNIQUE SYNTHY EDGE
HIGH RESONANCE LOW-PASS FILTER
WHITE NOISE-TO-SIGNAL BLEND CONTROL
A WHOLE NEW APPROACH TO ‘SYNTH’ EFFECTS PEDALS
KEEPS THE UNDERLYING CHARACTER AND TONE OF YOUR GUITAR
THREE DIFFERENT WAYS OF CONTROLLING THE FILTER; ‘PEAK’, ‘PITCH’ AND ‘RANDOM’
HI/LO BUTTON FOR ADAPTING TO HIGH OUTPUT GUITARS/KEYBOARDS
FANTASTIC FOR WIDE-RANGING STYLES OF MUSIC, INCLUDING TECHNO-ROCK, FUSION/FUNK, SHOE-GAZE, ELECTRO, SYNTH-POP, NOISE-BASED…
RUNWAY LANDING LIGHTS IN A MOVING PATTERN TO ENSURE SAFE LANDING