Bad Motivator

the bad motivator combines a few different pedals into one enclosure. first, you have the clean boost circuit. you can use this to raise or lower the volume of yr instrument. it does get really loud and at higher volumes tends to break up into a bit of overdrive. you can use this pedal to switch between different volume levels without having to stop playing and turn knobs. the boost also increases sustain and adds more depth and character to other effects that it is in front of in a pedal chain.

another aspect of the bad motivator is the effects loop. just plug one or more pedals into the “send” and “return” jacks and by pressing the “bypass” switch, you can bring the effects in or out of yr signal path. this is especially useful if you sometimes have to turn two or more pedals on/off at once. now you can do it with one footswitch. the boost circuit also goes through the effects loop and is turned on/off by the “bypass” switch.

the third part of the bad motivator is the feedback loop function. when you step on the “osc” footswitch, you send the signal of anything in the effects loop from the “return” jack back to the “send” jack. basically, this sends the output of any pedals in the effects loop back to their inputs…over and over. you can get a whole lotta new sounds out of yr ordinary old pedals. even changing the volume and tone levels on a guitar will have drastic effects on the sound. the clean boost was included in this pedal design for use with pedals that do not have a gain stage (phasers, flangers, chorus, delay, etc). pedals without gain tend to not work so well in feedback loops. so we decided to save you the trouble of having to buy another pedal. one drawback is that pedals that do have gain (fuzz, distortion, overdrive, etc) do not seem to work in the feedback loop with this booster circuit. so, this pedal is for use when you don’t want a distortion sound in your feedback loop set up.

the controls on the bad motivator may seem a little complicated and can take a while to get used to. the “bypass” switch turns the boost circuit and effects loop on (if you have any pedals in the effects loop). the “gain” knob controls the level of the booster. the “osc” footswitch turns feedback loop on/off. the “osc” knob controls the amount of feedback that goes through the effects loop. nothing will happen if you turn the “osc” knob when not using the feedback loop. also, you cannot use the feedback loop when the booster circuit is not turned on.

you will probably need to play around with the pedal for a while. but once you get the hang of it, it’s really rewarding and fun.

the bad motivator requires a 9volt boss-style (center negative) dc adapter. unfortunately, there is no battery option. the adapter is not included.

Gringuito Quintero (from santiago, chile) sent us samples of what he’s done with the bad motivator. we liked them and thought that you would, too.Gringuito recorded them all live. his setup is as follows:

Godin sd guitar, bad Motivator, fender twin amp.
in the loop: little Muff, line 6 xt live, right channel out in the return of the Bad Motivator, left channel out trough a fender deluxe 85 am

1. fatamas (effects used: suboctave, tremolo, reverb)

2. benderito (effects used: bender, delay)

3. wana flanger (effect used: flanger 3d)

4. fuzz sinth (effects used: harmonius, synth)

you can hear more from Gringuito and the rest of the Quinteros here and here.

of course, ross did a sample, too.  but it’s not as nice as Gringuito’s:
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