048 | Deadbeat Sound Wet Dreams: A Closer Look at this Analog Chorus Effect Pedal | Transcript

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Scott Schwertly:
Hello, and welcome to another episode of The Sonic Renegades Podcast. We're exploring renegade pedals that have changed the music landscape. Now, for today's discussion we've got a fun one. This is the Deadbeat Sound Wet Dreams Analog Chorus. It's affordable, it's great looking, and it sounds wonderful. And we can't wait to unpack it on the other side. Hello and welcome to Episode 48 of The Sonic Renegades Podcast. This is Scott Schwertly and Eric Wilson of Siren Pedals, and we hope you guys are having a great day. Well, up for today's discussion, we really have a fun pedal. This is the Deadbeat Sound Wet Dreams Analog Chorus. I'm shocked that we haven't covered this one up to this point, but glad to have it on the table for today's discussion.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, this one's really great. I was really pleased when I plugged it in. When I heard about Deadbeat originally and saw the price and everything, I was a little worried because obviously when stuff's that cheap, you never know what you're getting. But they look great and honestly, when I plugged it in, it sounds really good, especially for the price point. They look great, sound great. Yeah, just all around really great pedal.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. It's absolutely amazing. This thing, again, we're talking about the Wet Dreams Analog Chorus. It's part of a bigger series called The Black Series, which we'll talk about here in a bit, but typically this pedal here runs for about $99. I was able to get this one for about $62 on Amazon. So $62, a pedal that looks beautiful. It sounds great. It's super compact, built like a tank in its own way. It's really hard to beat that price point for what you get as an end result being just great tone.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, definitely. And honestly, I didn't know much about Deadbeat before we did this episode. I had seen little things here or there, seen them floating around Reverb, but other than that, I hadn't really looked into them that much. So when I started looking into the company, I was actually really, really pleased because what you get with this is exactly what they're shooting for, which is really high quality pedals for not a lot of money, but that still look good, that have the same kind of boutique features, but aren't going to break your bank.

Scott Schwertly:
For sure. I love how if you actually go on their website, deadbeatsound.com, I believe it's Deadbeat Sound or deadbeatsounds.com, you can just quickly Google it and figure it out. But I love how they positioned themselves as really just being the gateway drug for guitar pedals, where what you're getting at the end of the day is not a boutique. In fact, I like how they called themselves sort of broke-tique, but it's really just affordable pedals that sound fantastic. So you're getting some of that boutique-ish type tone, but it's not a boutique pedal. But yeah, it's great. I actually owned a couple back in the day. I ended up swapping them out for different things. So that was probably about a year ago. So it was nice to actually hold this one in my hands again. I'm kind of sad I got rid of the other ones because it seems like it's a cool brand within its own right.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, well, and I think even for somebody like me who's been playing guitar for a while now, these are pedals that I would still buy even today. There's really no reason why I wouldn't throw this on my board in place of something that's on there right now. So it's one of those things where it's like, it's for beginners, it helps people get into the world of pedals without breaking your bag. But at the same time, it's also marketing to people who currently have a pedal boarder who have been in the game for awhile where they just want another pedal and they just want to pick up something cheap.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. I think that's what I love about it most is it really makes the entry point for new musicians, new guitarists, people who are new to the world of guitar pedals, it makes it far easier for them to get in where maybe they're not comfortable spending $200 or $300 on a pedal, but they don't necessarily want to get that $30 Donner pedal. So it's just that next level, again, $60, $100. Again, at the end of the day, you're getting something that's really solid and it sounds great. It doesn't sound cheap by any means. So yeah, I just love that they make that entry point so much easier for new musicians.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, definitely. Honestly, the features on this, the sounds on it, normally if you get a cheap chorus pedal, it might be some sort of CE2 [cologne 00:04:32] where it has two knobs and that's about it. But this one even has a level of control, which serves as a blend between your wet and your dry signal, which is normally something you don't see until you get into more of the expensive chorus pedals. And even a lot of those don't even have that.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah, definitely. It does provide just those little extra things, which definitely go a long way from, like you mentioned, the really cheapy sort of modulation chorus options that are out there. So for those that are also hearing about this company for the very first time, again, Deadbeat Sound, this company actually is really somewhat in infancy. It was actually started in the summer of 2017 in Orange County, California. Doug, the owner there has since relocated to the Brooklyn area, I believe. So the pedal we're talking about is actually a part of a bigger series called The Black Series. If you go on their website or even if you hop on a site like Amazon, you're going to find that all of it is pretty much sold out.

Then their goal was to basically sell The Black Series and to migrate into their station series, which basically includes just more options in the world of modulation, reverb, echo, et cetera. Most of those are pretty much sold out as well. And then they also have their Visible Overdrive, which is just another brand extension. I believe that one is almost, I think is actually sold out as well.

Eric Wilson:
It is sold out.

Scott Schwertly:
It is sold out.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah.

Scott Schwertly:
Okay. So really, again, a quick recap there, Deadbeat Sound is really comprised of three series, The Black Series, which has several pedals under it, The Wet Dreams Analog Chorus, which is the one we're talking about today fits under that you. Have The Station Series, which is a modulation pedal, a reverberation pedal and echolation pedal. And then you have their Visible Overdrive, which is basically a see through overdrive pedal and pretty much all of it is sold out. So we're talking this pedal up or even this brand up, but it's going to be hard to probably get your hands on one unless maybe you jump on reverb.com or somewhere else or eBay or whatever your website of choice is.

So if you can get one, it's great because it looks like they are transitioning out. And on that note, one thing I did notice as we were prepping for this episode today is I did see a Facebook post on the Deadbeat Facebook page from Doug saying that he's lost his passion for pedals and music and looking to basically exit out. So I'm not sure exactly what's going on behind the scenes. I'm not exactly sure what the future of Deadbeat Sound is, but this is something to put on the table there as far as, yeah, I guess the future of this brand is currently unknown.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. Well, I really hope somebody good picks it up and is able to carry the brand and carry the products just because the fact that they're all sold out and everything speaks really highly just of the quality and of the vision behind like everything they were trying to do. So I really hope somebody is able to scoop it up and really take it far and just see where it goes.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. It'd be nice to see a company like this continue on because I do feel like they found a nice little niche, again, making it easy for new musicians to get into guitar pedals without breaking the bank. That's a great place to be. So yeah, I'd be curious to see what is on the horizon for them as things move forward.

Eric Wilson:
Definitely.

Scott Schwertly:
Well, let's go ahead and dive into the specifics of this one. Pretty straightforward here. We've we've covered obviously chorus pedals in the past. This is a pretty basic analog chorus pedal. You're dealing with three simple knobs, a depth knob, a speed knob and a level knob, kind of straight forward. I don't know, Eric, if there's anything else you want to elaborate on before we jump into the demo, but a pretty straightforward pedal.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. I will say the controls on this. They're all really approachable. It's not like you're going to turn some knobs and you're going to get some crazy sound that you're never going to use. You can make it sound a little wacky, but you can't exactly make it sound bad, which I guess is a good thing, especially if you're trying to be the gateway for people into the boutique world and stuff where things can get a little crazy. So it's overall, it's a really approachable pedal. It's a fantastic sounding pedal. It honestly makes me mad that I spent $200 on a chorus. But I guess I just have to live with that.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. It's crazy if you've bought a boutique pedal and when you can get something like this for $62, it's a ... Yeah. That's a huge price difference and not necessarily a huge difference in tone. So yeah, it speaks volumes to the quality of this product. So with that said, let's go ahead and just get right into the demo. We'll give you guys a sample of what this thing is all about. Eric, what guitar are you going to go with today?

Eric Wilson:
I'm going to use the Strat for this one.

Scott Schwertly:
Perfect. Well, we are going to get this all connected, guys, and as usual, we'll see you on the other side. (Music).

Eric Wilson:
All right. That was the Deadbeat Sound Wet Dreams Chorus. It's a great sounding chorus pedal for a really good price if you can still find them around. But yeah, overall, I really enjoyed this. I would put this on my board today.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah, I know. After reminding myself and hearing that again. It's like, oh, I wish I didn't let go of the other ones I had. I think I had the Void and another one. I can't remember, but yeah, I let them go too soon.

Eric Wilson:
I've had a couple of those.

Scott Schwertly:
Especially not knowing ... Yeah, I know. It bums me out. So not knowing the future of this company. If they do decide to call it a day, I'm going to wish I held onto it just for historical sake. But it is what it is, right?

Eric Wilson:
Yeah.

Scott Schwertly:
Oh yeah. Didn't you say your Mad Professor, didn't you get rid of it? You bought it twice now? Is that right?

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. I got that one back. So I got that one back. I didn't lose any money on that one. The one that I ended up losing out big on was I bought a Bondi Del Mar and when those shot up in price for no good reason, I obviously lost out on that because I sold it when nobody wanted them.

Scott Schwertly:
It's so funny. That's the way it happens, right?

Eric Wilson:
Of course.

Scott Schwertly:
Well, awesome. Well, there you go, guys. That's what we wanted to cover today. This is or this was The Deadbeat Sound Wet Dreams Analog Chorus Pedal. Join us next time. We're going to get into another brand that we have yet to cover on this podcast, and that is Keeley. We're going to be talking specifically about the Keeley Fuzz Bender. For those that follow this podcast, you guys know I love Fuzz, so I'm excited for that one and anxious to get back into the world of Fuzz. Should be a good one. So with that said, guys, hope you have a great day. Have a great week, and we will catch you in the next one.

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