#1
I feel like I made this thread before but looking through my thread history I can't find it. Anyway...

I really love when pedal companies give controls silly names instead of Level/Low/Mid/High/Gain/etc. I'm talking companies like Tortuga or DOD where they give the pedals themes and label the controls accordingly. Bonus points if the extra manuals give silly descriptions of the controls as well. This isn't as common for amps, but I remember the Triple XXX having the Hair and Body names on the gain channel controls.

Does anyone else like this or do you prefer boring control names?
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#2
I waffle on this. Sometimes, the oddball control names are such that you can still easily grasp what knob X is supposed to do. I'm cool with that.

But if I have to figure out which of "Havoc", "Mayhem" and "Chaos" is the gain control? Not a fan.
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But if I have to figure out which of "Havoc", "Mayhem" and "Chaos" is the gain control? Not a fan.


Trick question. They're all gain controls.
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^ pretty much
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#6
Don't really care.
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#7
I'm not particularly fussed either way. I do have a Dave Hall Amps EQ/D.I. It has a real 'built in someone's shed' feel to it with the enclosure's paint job etc, and on the back, instead of the input and output being labelled as such, Dave draws a guitar and an amp, with an arrow pointing to the input and output respectively. Just a bit of extra charm, IMO.
#8
I like this on my Fuzz Factory. The DOD pedals were always pretty cool, other than those two I don't have a ton of exposure to others that do this...
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#9
I don't mind, but I don't look for it either. I used to have a Tortuga Werewolf, which has Howl, Scream, Maim and Kill as knob labels (and transform instead of on/off). Awesome pedal. I still own a Yerasov 9000 Volt, which has Color, Antishock, Life, Death, Voltage and Current as knob labels. Also had the Fuzz Factory, that was already mentioned.

I don't mind because you usually know what the knobs do after playing around with it for a while anyway and it makes for interesting stuff if you're just setting the knobs for the first time, since you don't know where you'll end up. And if you don't read the manual, you actually get what each knob because you have to see for yourself.

Regarding amps, Ola Englund did this on his signature Randall Satan. 6irth, 6rind and 6ain controls, a sweep control (not sure what that is) and also a kill toggle. Reference to the Fortin Natas.
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#10
As long as it's clear what it does I appreciate it. Conversely, pedals with controls labelled "normally" that still don't indicate in any meaningful way what they do? My least favourite.
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#11
Those daft names for stomp boxes and their controls are a turnoff for me - if the Bad Monkey hadn't had such a good reputation I would never have considered it. Even "sustain" on a compressor annoys me a bit; one reason I like the Boss LMB-3 is because the function of the knobs is clearly labelled - "threshold"and "ratio".
#12
^ Yeah. I know I said above that I didn't really mind if they made sense, but if push came to shove and I had to choose I'd probably rather have more normal names.

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As long as it's clear what it does I appreciate it. Conversely, pedals with controls labelled "normally" that still don't indicate in any meaningful way what they do? My least favourite.


Yeah that's a good point- a lot of times knobs are named for marketing purposes, when what they actually do is pretty mundane. Not mad keen on that. At all.
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#13
Imagine a single knob pedal. The single knob goes from "Good" to "Bad" with a happy face at 8 o'clock and a sad face at 4 o'clock. I'm sure that that would at least draw some intrigue, though it sounds suspiciously like a single knob phaser. On the other hand, instead of labels you can just have pictures. Counterclockwise is a tree and clockwise is a buffalo. The next knob goes from a cloud to a cat to a pickup truck. A toggle switch toggles between an apple and an orange.
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I feel like I made this thread before but looking through my thread history I can't find it. Anyway...

I really love when pedal companies give controls silly names instead of Level/Low/Mid/High/Gain/etc. I'm talking companies like Tortuga or DOD where they give the pedals themes and label the controls accordingly. Bonus points if the extra manuals give silly descriptions of the controls as well. This isn't as common for amps, but I remember the Triple XXX having the Hair and Body names on the gain channel controls.

Does anyone else like this or do you prefer boring control names?


Was just about to say the XXX it had Hair, Body and Bottom as the control names.
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My favorite label is the "crackle OK" ones on some of the Zvex dirt boxes.
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Spaceman Effects has an aerospace program- themed product line. Here are a few:

Secret Mission I
(so secret, photos don't exist)

Secret Mission II


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Secret Mission IV


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#17
I'm analytical so I like labels that tell you what knobs and switches actually do.
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Imagine a single knob pedal. The single knob goes from "Good" to "Bad" with a happy face at 8 o'clock and a sad face at 4 o'clock. I'm sure that that would at least draw some intrigue, though it sounds suspiciously like a single knob phaser.


haha

maybe someone being sick while on a boat at the higher speed setting
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Imagine a single knob pedal. The single knob goes from "Good" to "Bad" with a happy face at 8 o'clock and a sad face at 4 o'clock. I'm sure that that would at least draw some intrigue, though it sounds suspiciously like a single knob phaser. On the other hand, instead of labels you can just have pictures. Counterclockwise is a tree and clockwise is a buffalo. The next knob goes from a cloud to a cat to a pickup truck. A toggle switch toggles between an apple and an orange.
Is it just me or does this kind of sound like the Twilight Zone intro

Also reminds me of the buffer switch on the Klon reissue that was meant to appease true bypass obsessives and had the positions labelled "Almost always better" for buffered and "Almost always worse" for TBP.
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#20
^ to be fair i could kind of do without that kind of passive-aggressive, condescending labelling.

the bit about not being involved in hyping the klon was the best, though. good joke. EDIT: oh wait, it wasn't a joke?
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