Count To Five

Count to five is a unique delay/sampler that offers many sonic possibilities. These are best shown by demonstration in the videos above below. The video above was made by Knobs. They will be back in production soon, please sign up for the mailing list in the top right corner to be notified!


This is an expansion on my GB24 pedal made sometime last year. It is a lot more than just an update to the original pedal though so here is a breakdown of the similarities and differences. There is now a MODE switch that picks between 3 different patches.


Mode 1:
This is very similar in concept to the original GB24 except that now you can use the EXP switch to select which parameter the expression pedal controls. You can assign it to the read head direction, buffer length or feedback. The expression pedal cannot be used to control the mix unfortunately.

Also a bunch of people wished the direction/speed control could be quantized to musical intervals. Now you can achieve this by pressing the second foot switch and moving the DIR 1 knob. You can pick between 3 settings:
    1) No quantization (freedom baby, go from litereally a stand still to double speed forward or backward, just like the original, for those familiar)
    2) Quantization resulting in chromatic intervals across +/- 1 octave forward or backwards
    3) Quantization to only perfect fifths and octaves across +/- 1 octave forward or backwards


Mode 2:
This patch allows you to sample a clip and then play it back in slices. You can record a clip by holding down the secondary footswitch and then releasing it when done. As soon as you let go playback starts according to the pot settings. DIR 1 controls the playback speed/direction, LEN S (LEngth of Slice) controls how long of a snippet/grain to play and RAND (RANDom) controls the variability of the slice position. So for example with RAND turned all the way down the slice always starts at the beginning of the recorded sound, but as you increase RAND the start of the slice is picked more randomly from the originally recorded clip.

Once a clip is recorded you can either record another clip while the first one is still playing by holding down the secondary footswitch OR you can reset the record buffer by tapping the secondary footswitch. If the pedal is bypassed while a sample is playing, it will still be playing when you re-engage the pedal.

The EXP switch can again be used to pick which control the expression pedal replaces (DIR 1, LEN S, RAND).

Mode 3:
This patch also allows you to sample a clip for looping. You can do so by holding down the secondary footswitch. When you release the footswitch playback begins immediately. The controls for this mode are DIR 1, DIR 2 and DIR 3. Essentially now there are 3 playback heads running on the same clip. You can independently control the direction/speed of each one. In this mode the EXP switch functions quite differently compared to the other modes. Since all knobs have a similar function, the expression pedal always replaces the DIR 1 knob. The EXP switch is then used to control how many read heads are actually active. You can toggle between 1,2 and 3 active heads which allows some nice dynamics/cool layering.

Holding the secondary stomp down again while your clip is playing will overdub onto the original clip. Tapping the secondary switch will stop playback and reset the clip buffer.

Other features:
The pedal has a mini-usb jack which is accessible by removing the back plate. The goal of this is to allow user end firm-ware upgrades/custom code deliveries etc. There is however no usb functionality under normal use so don't get tooo excited.

In general the sound quality is much improved over the original gb24 and the sampling/loop time is equal, about 8 seconds. However, in the second patch only 4 seconds of sampling time can be used per sample, this allows a new sample to be recorded while the old one is still playing back. Check out the user demos in the playlist below for more sound samples.

31 comments:

nick b said...

Holy schmoly! Scott hath delivered!!!

adabeie said...

What kind of memory is used? Would it be possible to upgrade the storage capacity of the pedal?

Teddy Kumpel said...

amazing pedal, great work Scott! how about some other intervals in the "musical" modes... minor 3rd, whole step? Thanks!!!

Greg Heimbecker said...

Ted Kumpel! Aaaaah the mind quickly spins back to Heidi in Pittsburgh...

Oh yeah, pedals! I want a Count to Five so damned bad!!! (Ted doesn't need one, he got to experience Heidi)

Anonymous said...

Straight from Scott to the collectors' market: https://reverb.com/item/1037589-montreal-assembly-count-to-five-2015-new-3-switch-model

Anonymous said...

I don't know why you are so cool because your pedal is weird, magnificent and totally bring alive all my dreams.
How it is possible? Indeed human creativity and ingenuity break limits!
Really nice product and thank you.

Anonymous said...

Take my money!

Anonymous said...

Where can I get one of theese?

World at Large said...

Is the new run ready soon?

Olivier Malhomme said...

Hi, I have a question.... Playing with the values for 'reading speed' of the 'virtual heads', I could not set a 5th. The values seem to be discrete. It seems values go directly from b5th to 6th.

Did I something wrong (my go to choices would be octave up and down, and 4th and 5th in both directions.

Thanks in advance.

Lee Watford said...

How long till new firmware for old pedals?

Ted Killian said...

When is the next batch shipping? I paid my deposit back in February. Just curious. Thanks!

Joseph Branciforte said...

Hi Scott, any update on the new firmware for older models? Would love to get Transcendence mode on my rev. J!

giopagoda said...

Hi, I'd love to buy a Count to Five! How do I do it? Thanks!

Ronald van Berkel said...

Hope all is well. I'm having an issue with the Count To 5 I recieved from you last Month. Let me tell you first that I loooove the pedal. Thanks so much for coming up with it. I have been messing about with it for I think maybe 3 hours in total and now the pedal does something wierd. It's pulsating very loud and low frequencies. I've got it powered with an Boss PSA 230V adapter and it worked just fine, but now also the LED light on it pulsates if I turn it on. Same thing if I hook it up to an isolated channel of my powerbrick (250mA, 9V). I've emailed you about it but am waiting for a reply. Thanks!

Scott said...

@Ronald Van Berkel
If you are still ahving problems you can send it in.Please see the returns page here. THanks

http://mtlasm.blogspot.ca/p/return.html

S

Kyle Daniels said...

Please more Count to Five!! I want to buy one!!

Unknown said...

Hi, I like to purchase one of your count to five delay pedals. What is the process? Is there a waiting list? If so, do I need to send a deposit? Thank you in advance,
AJ

Andrew said...

Can I run the CT5 at 12 or 18 volts, or does it have I stay at 9? Thanks.

Steven Chell said...
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Jon Griswold said...

Any idea if/when you might make some more CT5's? I missed this last batch and am so very sad....

Eldar said...

Please make more of them!!

sleepingtruck said...

Just updated my K and 2-switch CT5s today and I put both on the board sandwiching a Ditto Looper x4. Craziness ensued.

I do have a pretty pretty please request for a future Quantization mode - TIME STRETCH, but without the pitch shift - not talking about a perfectly clean time stretch... more like a stuttering time stretch with those shaky artifacts . :)

Ronald van Berkel said...

Hey Scott,

I've send back my malfunctioning count to 5 pedal and according to DHL you received it on the 23rd of September. Could you email me back with the status please?
Thanks!

Chris Allen said...

I'm currently selling a Rev i on eBay UK --> http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/-/122180282616?

Patrick Lynch said...

Please make more of these so I can give you my money.

Artem Maystrenko said...
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starscape said...

Hi there,
what kind of expression pedal should I use?
TS and/or TRS plug and which Ohm value (range)?
I'm sorry if this has been asked and answered before but I couldn't find the question or the info anywhere.
Thanks!

Olivier Malhomme said...

Hi I am looking forward changing the knobs caps to add color. Would usual DJ Techtools Super Knob cap work ?

khal said...

What is the jack input on the side?
Is it an input for an external tap-tempo?
I would like to know if it can be synced to an external Tap.
Thank you.

Javier Fontenla said...

Hi! How can I buy one of these beauties?