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Keeley Dark Side Workstation Analog Multi-Effects Pedal

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We should all be so lucky as to be identified by the sound of a single note. Some players are so well defined that their entire musical journey can be heard in a single note they play. Tone is in the fingers. Tone is in the mind. Effects can be a great way of expressing emotions or creating textures. The Dark Side Workstation Analog Multi-Effects P...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

We should all be so lucky as to be identified by the sound of a single note. Some players are so well defined that their entire musical journey can be heard in a single note they play. Tone is in the fingers. Tone is in the mind. Effects can be a great way of expressing emotions or creating textures. The Dark Side Workstation Analog Multi-Effects Pedal is about creating sounds and adding new tones to your symphony. It's the things you can’t create with your fingers or mind. It's metasymphonic. The Dark Side provides all the textures that define an essence, in one pedal.

The individual pieces that make up the Dark Side Workstation Analog Multi-Effects Pedal are Fuzz, Delay and Modulation. The Fuzz side of the Dark Side is a big fuzz style distortion based on a 1977 op-amp style. Keeley used something similar in their Psi Fuzz. This one is completely and radically different. They made what seemed like endless changes to extract the nuances of earlier transistor based fuzzes. They lowered the gain to fit the time period and the style. This is a more transparent Big Fuzz. This one lets your guitar sing with sustain, yet retains the essence of you guitar whether single coil or humbucker based.

The next core element in the Dark Side pedal is the Delay and Modulation side. You can select between a multi-head tape delay effect or between a combination of 4 different modulation sounds. The Dark Side delay has 12 different syncopated delays. They are rhythmic and have the tonal quality of the old spinning drum tape delays. The Dark Side has many subtle filters to get the tape delay setting to have the feel and warmth of the original machines, yet gives you range of control to have modern features like expression pedal control for the number of repeats. You can use it for creating a feedback oscillation delay. Extremely subtle modulations in the delay make it very musical.

The next atom in this workstation is the modulation effect. There are four parts to this effect: Flanger, Rotary Speaker Cabinet, U-Vibe and Phaser. You can blend between the “Electric Lady” Flanger and a Les-Rotary cabinet, creating new sounds. You can find that perfect blend between a vintage sounding opto-coupler based U-Vibe and the little orange phaser.

There is a TRS Insert for adding effects in between the Fuzz and Modulation/Delay side of the pedal. This is handy if you have phaser or chorus pedal you might want to add if you want to use the Delay side of the Dark Side. That way you can have Fuzz>Phaser>Delay for example. There is also an Expression Pedal port on the pedal. It is highly recommended to have an expression pedal handy. You can make many adjustments on the fly that just increase the fun and functionality of the pedal while you’re creating music. It has to be a TRS style expression pedal.

At the heart of the Dark Side is a hand built board that contains analog fuzz and a high quality 24-bit DSP engine. Keeley studied and analyzed decades worth of gear and crafted their own sounds that give you not only the original tones, but an endless range of in-between sounds you can’t get elsewhere. Even if you have other Keeley effects or workstations, you don’t have these exact sounds. The Rotary is slightly different than the Monterey, it’s more chorus like. The Flanger is different than the hidden one on the Bubble Tron. The U-Vibe on this pedal is also deeper and throbs with more intensity. If you were lucky enough to get one of the Jimi Hazel Phase Delays or put the Bubble Tron into the hidden bank 2 mode; well then you have heard their 4 stage phaser. It’s dead on and a blast to play. Like the Monterey, this unit is completely hand built. Including the high-end DSP, everything is hand assembled and soldered by Keeley's technicians with decades of experience. Attention to detail and tone at every point.

What you get is a Mother Lode of effects and sounds. Necessity is the Mother of Invention. Someone needed to put all these epic sounds in one box. So Keeley did. There’s no need to wish you were here—get out your Strat and we’ll see you on the Dark Side.

Features

  • Epic Big Fuzz
  • Multi Head Tape Delay
  • Rotary/Flanger
  • U-Vibe/Phaser
  • TRS input
  • Hand-built board that contains analog fuzz and a high quality 24-bit DSP engine
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KeeleyDark Side Workstation Analog Multi-Effects Pedal
 
3.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good selection of effects (4)
  • Compact (3)
  • Excellent sound quality (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
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1.0

Plug not included

By Gilmour's Biggest Fan

from Santa Rosa, CA

Pros

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily
    • Difficult To Use
    • Limited Selection Of Effects
    • Not Responsive
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Keeley Dark Side Workstation Analog Multi-Effects Pedal:

      Buyer BEWARE. This thing requires a 9V DC "negative polarity" 75mA plug which IS NOT INCLUDED. All the plugs around my house are AC, and AC seems to be much more common. Seems crazy to not include a gd plug. But if you don't include one, then at least make it need a common plug that's easy to find.

       
      4.0

      Wish it could do delay and modulation together

      By Fink Ployd

      from Lake Forest

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Good Selection Of Effects
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Keeley Dark Side Workstation Analog Multi-Effects Pedal:

        The modulation effects share the same internal circuitry as the delay, so you have to choose via a toggle switch which one you want to use. They should have used a foot switch IMO so you don't have to stoop down and change it.
        Having both work simultaneously would have been much better of course. I keep it on the modulation setting for the most part and just use an external delay. Good build quality. Good for emulating that Gilmour sound.

         
        3.0

        Good not the end all be all

        By John

        from undisclosed

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Breaks Easily
        • Limited Selection Of Effects

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Keeley Dark Side Workstation Analog Multi-Effects Pedal:

        Ok the fuzz is nice full but don't clean up too well with your volume control. The phaser, flanger and other effects are ok but not the best compared to stand alone. I mean really I don't get the purpose of this pedal. If I am putting it front of my amp and can only use flanger and phaser or rotory why put in a delay?? I found using the delay and the fuzz was most pleasing to playing. That said it's missing tap tempo. I understand you can add an expression. My recommendation make it bigger. Put in tap tempo. No do not make it the same size and cram it in like the tone workstations. It's useless for us. Many love it but I found a better fuzz delay combination that cleans up and is more versatile for the money spent. Plus I had an issue with the input seemed not reliable. However it could be because GC sent me their demo for new like the like to sneak in.

         
        5.0

        Great sounding pedal.

        By James

        from undisclosed

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        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Good Selection Of Effects

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Keeley Dark Side Workstation Analog Multi-Effects Pedal:

          Really enjoy sound of this pedal. Easy to dial in some of pink Floyd tones. I got the v2 that has the FX order switch. Delay is very cool but cannot be used at same time as the mods.

           
          5.0

          Beautiful

          By Darkside

          from Albany Or.

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Good Selection Of Effects
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Keeley Dark Side Workstation Analog Multi-Effects Pedal:

            It is what you make it!!!!! It's Awesome!!!!! My favorite is the delays in this pedal. I love playing on this pedal.

             
            5.0

            Couple of weeks later, I must say it's fantastic!

            By Ugabin

            from Miami, Fl

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            Comments about Keeley Dark Side Workstation Analog Multi-Effects Pedal:

            After using it for a couple of weeks, and compare it with other vibes, phasers, flangers and fuzzes, I must say the sound is fantastic, vintage, you won't find it easier in other pedals. I'm completelly blown away, so much soul and feelling not only to play Pink Floyd tunes, but to create some new art. A lot of good pedals in just one, very functional for small pedal boards. You won't regreat yor purchase if you are a Pink Floyd fan or like vintage sound.

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            4.0

            Not what I expected but nice

            By Ugabin

            from Miami, Fl

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            Comments about Keeley Dark Side Workstation Analog Multi-Effects Pedal:

            Great for small pedal boards

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