There is a lesser-known, more experimental side of Deco that is not featured in our Deco demos. For this list, we rounded up our favorite Deco secrets to inspire you to push your creative limits.
1. Deco doubles as a DJ-ing tool.
I’ve enjoyed plugging the left and right signals from a music player into the Deco for various uses. From fattening up the signal to adding grit and distortion with the Tape Saturation and using the Doubletracker and its knobs to manually dial in smooth modulation and echo to the tracks. Can be a great tool for DJ’s!
— Hugo Merida, Customer Support.
2. Deco loves drums.
Run a drum track though Deco and check out the auto-flange feature in sum mode. Also try setting Blend to full Lag deck (fully clockwise) in sum mode and play with the Lag knob to create trippy time-warps that sync back to the original beat once Lag is returned to minimum.
— Pete Celi, DSP Engineer.
3. Turn ONE Deco into TWO with this setup.
For additional saturation/fuzz and repeats, you can run the LEFT channel of the Deco into the RIGHT channel when the pedal is set to stereo input mode. Using a stereo TRS insert cable, connect the LEFT OUTPUT from the Deco into it’s own RIGHT INPUT and use the RIGHT OUTPUT to send your signal to other pedals or your amplifier. This setup is like running 2 Deco pedals in a row! (This will only work with MONO signal chains with the WIDE STEREO feature turned off.) Turning up the SATURATION knob will provide more drive than you would get with a standard connection setup (keep in mind that this also raises the noise floor of your audio signal). When using the Doubletracker with this setup you will get an additional repeat in SUM and INVERT modes, and, if you have the SATURATION on and turned up high enough, you’ll get infinite repeats in BOUNCE mode.
– Gregg Stock, Analog Engineer.
4. Deco also loves bass.
This one comes from resident bass maestro, John Brinkman. It’s a little out there, as his specific setup is totally custom. Still, it’s an awesome example of how Deco can be pushed to unknown creative territories:
I use a custom signal splitter to route my bass to two channels. One signal path runs through OB.1 and Flint to boost the hot signal and add some tremolo. This hot signal is then run through Deco and out to my amp. This hot signal drives Deco’s Tape Saturation, providing a heavy growl.
The other signal path runs straight to Deco and out to my Mark Bass Combo. This clean, round tone is warmed up by Deco’s Tape Saturation, but does not produce the heavy growl. This marriage between an aggressive, somewhat distorted tone and a warm, clean tone carrying the low frequencies produces my favorite bass tone ever.
In this setup, Deco’s volume control works as a master volume for both channels. I can also engage Deco’s Doubletracker to manipulate both sides of my signal.
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— John Brinkman, Code Communicator.
5. You can use Deco to master a recording.
Here’s a side by side comparison of two recordings taken from my last gig with my band The Alpine Camp. The first recording is clean; the second is run through Deco with some Tape Saturation applied. Deco’s Tape Saturation adds light tape compression, provides a nice grittiness to the piano parts, and really rounds out the low frequencies.
–Charles Etienne, Mechanical Designer.
These are just some of Deco’s lesser-known features and capabilities. We encourage you to try these out yourselves and hope that they will inspire you to push your own creative boundaries!