Keeley Dark Side Workstation Multi-Effects Pedal
Keeley Dark Side Workstation Multi-Effects Pedal
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 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 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. We used something similar in our Psi Fuzz. This one is completely and radically different. We made what seemed like endless changes to extract the nuances of earlier transistor based fuzzes. We gained it way to down 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 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. We suggest something like the M-Audio or Moog expression pedals.
You spoke and we listened! Make America TRS-Free Again. Okay, we heard you, you can’t switch order on the fly during a gig. You never used the TRS cable to insert effects. You just tossed the cable aside. You all said YES when we said effect-order switch. New units have a simple push button switch to change the order! Mike Hermans did a new video with the effect-order switcher.
Mike Hermans Demo of the Dark Side – Effect Order Switch.
On older units 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.
At the heart of the Dark Side is a hand built board that contains analog fuzz and a high quality 24-bit DSP engine. We studied and analyzed decades worth of gear and crafted our 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 our 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 our 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 we did. There’s no need to wish you were here, get out your Strat and we’ll see you on the Dark Side.
Frequently Asked Questions
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A. Our cases are designed in California, but like our necks and bodies they are also sourced overseas. The price is indicative of this.
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Warranty Time Period: The warranty provided herein is a limited lifetime warranty.
Warranty Coverage: Allen Eden®️ Guitars (AEG) are warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship from the date of purchase to the original owner when purchased from an authorized Allen Eden®️ Guitars or direct from an authorized Allen Eden®️ Guitars dealer. Allen Eden®️ Guitars will repair or replace, at its option, any AEG instrument or part thereof which is found by AEG to be defective. AEG reserves the right to use materials regularly utilized at the time of repair in the event that original materials are no longer available. Warranty service requires a copy of the original sales receipt to be presented at the time of service request.
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1. Any instrument modiﬁed after original shipment from AEG factory.
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9. Freight charges to and from the factory or authorized dealer for customer-owned goods.
10. Claims by anyone other than the registered owner.
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International Shipping & Customs
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Please note that the estimated delivery times are provided for informational purposes only, and they may vary due to circumstances beyond our control, such as customs delays or postal service disruptions. We do not guarantee delivery times, and we are not responsible for any delays or additional fees incurred due to customs or local delivery services.
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When ordering from AE Guitars, customers are responsible for ensuring that the products they are ordering comply with the laws and regulations of their country. Customers are also responsible for paying any applicable customs and import taxes, which may vary depending on the destination country.
Customs and import taxes are not included in the product price or shipping cost, and customers are responsible for paying them directly to the customs authorities of their country. If the customer refuses to pay these fees and the package is returned to us, we will refund the order amount minus the shipping cost and any additional fees incurred.
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We do not accept returns or issue refunds for international orders unless the product is defective or damaged upon arrival. Customers are responsible for paying any return shipping costs and any additional fees incurred. We reserve the right to refuse returns or refunds at our discretion.
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Shipping Cut-Off Times
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We allow local curbside pickup for most products we sell. Please contact us directly after placing your order to schedule a pickup time. We don't allow same-day pickup. Most products can be picked up the following business day your order was placed.
To protect the health of our workers we don't allow anyone into our office. Your order will be brought out to you while you wait outside.
You may return most new, unopened items within 14 days of your original purchase date for a full refund. A 10% restocking fee may apply depending on the situation. Shipping costs for international orders are non-refundable. It is also the buyer's responsibility to pay return shipping costs if you are intending to return an item.
Returns that may fall under the category of buyer remorse include but are not limited to: Color or weight discrepancies, specification issues with your parts, a case not fitting with your instrument, and simply changing your mind about your order. This will require the buyer to pay for return shipping and may still incur a 10% restocking fee.
In order to process your return request, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide us with the following information:
- Order number
- Product name and details
- Reason for return
Once we have this information, we will do our best to process your request in a timely manner. If a return is approved and a return label is sent to you, you will have up to 14 days to return the item before the label becomes automatically voided and the return closed.
Specifications on our bodies and necks may have a 1-2 mm tolerance. It is your responsibility to make sure your parts will work with this body before purchasing. If your parts do not fit, you can either source compatible parts or you can request a return but return shipping will be your responsibility if this is the reason. A restocking fee will apply in this situation as well.
Send us a message before buying if you have any questions about compatible parts and we'll do all we can to assist.
All returned product must be in "as received" condition and unaltered in any way. Do not bolt together, install screws, sand, drill, rout, paint, file, take the protective plastic off pick-guards or alter the product in any way until you have thoroughly inspected it for accuracy and have checked the fit. Products that has been damaged or altered in any way will not be accepted for return. If any signs of installation are found including impressions from screws or test fitting tuners, the item will not be eligible for return. Returns are not granted for factory second or blowout items under any circumstances.
If you are returning an item damaged in transit, please contact us via e-mail with clear photos of the damage. We will approve most damage returns after opening a UPS/USPS claim. If a damage return is received and no damage is found, your refund will be released minus the return shipping costs and a restocking fee.
There are no returns or cancellations accepted on custom order products. Due to the nature of how they are produced, we cannot honor cancellations after we have submitted your order for production as they are made-to-order products. Each and every custom order product will go into production within 48 hours of the order being placed. Each custom order will be inspected by our in-house luthier before being shipped to you to ensure our high quality standards. Please keep this return policy in mind before making your purchase.
You should expect to receive your refund within 2 weeks of the package arriving at our offices, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 7 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it, and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request.