Dwarfcraft Devices - Super Wizard

Let's check out the Super Wizard from Dwarfcraft Devices. It's a very special pedal with a lot of different sounds. I think we can say it's a pitchy-glitchy-delay, sometimes with weird tremolo sounds. But let's see what Dwarfcraft Devices say: "Picking up where the Wizard of Pitch left off, the Super Wizard is a behemoth of pitch shifting, glitching, and lo-fi echo delights.  This new machine for new music starts with the sample based pitch shifting circuit from our Wizard of Pitch.  We then added footswitch controls for the “Bend” switch (toggle still available!) and a “Dindindin” button in the middle."


Review

In former times people explained inscrutable things with magic. There were wizards with untold power which made the unexplainable explainable. This power is supposed to be found in the Super Wizard from Dwarfcraft Devices. This magic box is a further development of the Wizard of Pitch, where Dwarfcraft Devices added the Minivan Delay circuit and the “DinDinDin”-button. The Bender-switch (known from the Wizard of Pitch) – while also remaining as the original toggle switch – can also be found as a momentary switch. Another innovation is adding a FX loop for the feedback loop of the delay circuit.

The pedal is separated in two sides: the pitch shifter on the left and the other for the Minivan Delay circuit on the right. The controls for the pitch side are still the same as known from the Wizard of Pitch (Pitch, Mix, Speed and Volume and two toggle switches for Stepped and Bend). The delay is controlled by Delay (Time), Feedback (Repeats) and Mix, but there are also a toggle switch called “Mutate”. This toggle throws the pitch shifter into the feedback loop of the delay.

But what about the sound? We started the test with a full octave up (full clockwise), mix full clockwise and speed set to zero. The delay was deactivated (mix set to zero). We hear a great octave up sound and the Wizards behaves like a standard pitch shifter. If you increase the speed, the signal starts to cross fade between the pitch shifted and the dry signal. Something like a weird tremolo sound in the higher rates. To tune the Wizard you have the pitch knob, which allows you to tune the wet signal between -1 and +1. When the Stepped toggle is down you can tune freely, the Wizard “slides” between -1 and +1. With the stepped toggle up, you can tune in half step increments. That allows you to play in tune. If you bring the Wizard a bit out of tune and set the speed knob to a higher setting you get a chorus-like sound, which be really cool.

But now let’s see what’s new about the Super Wizard in comparison to the Wizard. At first we have the amazing “DinDinDin”-button. It’s a momentary switch which records the input signal and repeats it for the time you press the button. You hear a great stutter sound and if the mix button isn’t set to max, you can hold a note and play on top of it - really cool.

The next great feature is the bender food switch. It has the same functionality like the bender toggle on the Wizard of Pitch, but now you can control it with your foot. For me it’s the first time that this feature is usable, as I also owned the standard Wizard. To play guitar and control a little toggle on the ground at the same time wasn’t really practical. But implementing it as a momentary switch is a really cool feature. It is possible to play guitar, press the button and hear the dive. You can release the button and play forward. If the stepped and bender toggle are activated it gets weird as it creates random arpeggios.

 

At last there is the delay circuit. That’s the point where the pedal becomes perfect. The delay is always on, to activate it you have to turn up the mix. It’s the kinda “noisy” delay already known from the Minivan Echo. The mutate toggle throws the pitch shifter into the feedback loop of the delay and you can create some truly magical sounds with that. And if this is not crazy enough, just put some additional effects into the feedback loop and start beaming away.