Alexander Sci-Fi Ambient Delay & Reverb
The Sky Fi bathes your signal in a excess of echoes, a deluge of delay, and a surfeit of shimmer. All of the ambience you desire is a footstep away.
Building a great delay pedal was foremost in our minds when we designed the Sky Fi. Development began with a crystal-clear digital delay engine combined with a tone filter to allow tailoring of the response to your liking. We then added a reverb engine that draws inspiration from certain digital rack units of the '80s and '90s. These units were designed to be as affordable as possible, and had some unique hardware quirks that caused their reverb effects to build in intensity over time. This "slow-building" artifact is one of the things that made these units so special. We've done our best to capture some of the magic of these units with the Sky Fi, while also incorporating some tricks of our own like the ability to freeze or oscillate by holding the bypass switch.
The Sky Fi has a unique feature - the bypass footswitch integrates with the reverb and delay engines. Hold the footswitch to shift the reverb or delay engine into a feedback mode. In Wash and Gleam modes, the Hold function increases the Reverb time and mix to an infinite setting. In Echo mode, the Hold function increases the Delay feedback to maximum levels.
Based on customer feedback (no pun intended) we have added a jack to the left side of the Sky Fi to allow for remote triggering of the Hold function. Connect any normally-open "tap tempo" style footswitch to this jack to trigger the hold function from anywhere on your pedalboard. We recommend the Alexander Tap ][. If you purchased a Sky Fi prior to November 2017, we'll be happy to modify your Sky Fi to include this jack (just pay return shipping.) Contact us to arrange for the update.
The Hold function has two options: Infinite allows new notes to be added to the held signal. Freeze routes the dry signal around the held notes so that you can play over the frozen notes without changing their harmonic content. To switch between the two modes, hold the bypass switch while powering on. The LED will blink once for Freeze or five times for Infinite. The pedal remembers the last setting.
- True Bypass Switching
- Wet / Dry Output
- Mode Toggle: Wash, Gleam, Echo
- Hold Function
- Controls: Reverb, Delay, Mix, Repeat
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