The Old Blood Noise Endeavors Black Fountain is a digital delay pedal focused on emulating the forgotten sounds of old oil-can delay effects units. You may even have been lucky enough to have used one of the original units before; a Fender, Morley, or even a Tel Ray, but good luck finding a fully working one today! So, we thought it would be prudent to do something about that and to capture lightning in a bottle, oil in a pedal and the old inside the new.
The Black Fountain reflects back to the days before digital delay, emulating the sounds of those famed and elusive “oil can delay” units. These boxes emphasized a chorus-like modulation on the repeats of the effect signal as well as a beautiful and warm repeat cycle.
The Modern mode emulates the classic long delay “oil can” units such as the Morley EDL, Tel-Ray Model 10 and Fender Echo-Reverb. The Time and Repeat controls mimic the functions of the vintage units, while the Fluid control introduces modulation based on the characteristic “wobble” of the electrostatic delay platter. The Vintage mode is similar in function to the Modern mode, but has a grittier and gainier feel to the repeats. Both the Modern and Vintage mode have a delay time of 800 milliseconds.
The Organ Tone mode is based on the Tel-Ray Deluxe Organ Tone, Fender Dimension IV and other short-delay “oil can” units. The vintage units had a fixed delay time of approximately 20 milliseconds, which is implemented here, but the Black Fountain goes above and beyond the original units by incorporating variable Rate and Depth controls for the modulation effect. In addition, the Mix control is capable of dialing a 100% wet signal so a vibrato effect may be produced. The Organ Tone mode also features a simple reverb that mimics the single-spring tank in the original Deluxe Organ Tone effect and has a delay time of 211 milliseconds.
The expression input lets you take on the fly control over either the Time or Fluid knobs (selectable via internal DIP switches) via an external expression pedal. Letting you go from short slapbacks to longer warbly atmospheres simply with your foot.
The output level can be tweaked via an internal trim-pot for boost, slight drop, or unity gain.