With already 2 high-end delay models in its line up, the Japanese brand has built a solid reputation in the field, by offering some of the best references on the market. Free The Tone offers us this time the Cosmic Wave CW-1Y, an extraordinary and almost limitless delay which, as we will see, once again demonstrates Yukihiro Hayashi's mastery in the field. The delay is really an effect which makes it possible to evaluate the seriousness and the technicality of a brand, in the same way as a reverb. What is more, when digital functions are incorporated into the development.
The Free The Tone Cosmic Wave is a complex delay that fits within a very compact chassis. It benefits from stereo inputs and outputs, a high quality buffer and extensive connectivity for connecting a footswitch, a CV type controller or an expression pedal. It also benefits from MIDI functions and recordable presets. In terms of controls, the pedal has a Tap Tempo, 2 presets immediately accessible by foot, a screen to display the parameters and 4 knobs to adjust the Mix, Feedback, Tone and time. by Delay. Each knob also allows you to modify the parameters that appear on the different pages / screens within a preset. Inside, it's beautiful, well designed, it doesn't blow and it's built to last!
As much to tell you right away, it is almost impossible to review all the possibilities offered by the Cosmic Wave. To be as concise and private as possible, the Cosmic Wave is a sort of psychedelic rather than vintage Strymon El Capistan
. It allows you to modify, destructure, dress your sound, as few machines can do. The secret of the Cosmic Wave are these tools to degrade and filter your signal in depth. You can assign 5 of these parameters per preset.
In the program:
- Cosmic Filter (A, B, C, D, E)
- Bandpass Filter (40-18k, 50-15k, 60-12k, 60-9k, 60-2k)
- 3-Band EQ (3-Band parametric)
As well as an additional Bit-Crusher type effect (ranging from 24 bits to 8 bits) and/or Reverse delay. You can also adjust the Pre-Delay, the Kill-Dry and activate or not the Trail mode for each preset separately.
Plugged in, the Cosmic Wave delivers absolutely formidable delays. From the purest and crystalline, to the most unstructured and “noisy”. The possibilities are enormous and the effect takes on its full interest by pushing the feedback. This allows you to create layers, loops and restructure them on the fly. The Bit-Crusher, filters and modulations are impressively effective and allow you to be creative and always qualitative!
Free The Tone has mastered the art of creating digital delays that sound huge and have a musicality rarely heard. It's beautiful, it's rich, it's well thought out, light years away from what some brands offer in expensive multi-effects or “overheard” 100% analog pedals. The Yokohama brand hits hard and it is once again a premium delay that it offers us.