TenTen Devices’ new Triangle stands apart from other analog, hybrid silicon-germanium fuzz effects. Unlike other pedals, the Triangle is triangular, and assembled from brightly colored Plexiglas. The Triangle will also attach, via suction cups, to one’s instrument so that mid-performance adjustments will no longer require leaning over a pedalboard. Don’t be mistaken, however, because the Triangle is no gimmick: it’ll produce freaky fuzz that will just as easily mellow out when needed.
Once one has deciphered the hieroglyphic-like control symbols on its top side, the Triangle is actually pretty easy to control. It features two fuzz modes: “Wild,” for a “crazy fuzz,” and “Tamed” for a more compressed and “glitchy” sound, as TenTen describes it. Moreover, the unit includes a three-way toggle that controls a low-pass filter. “Normal” mode avoids filtration, while “Bass+” and “Bass++” add surprising amounts of low end to one’s signal, as might an octave-doubling effect.
Curiously, the Triangle’s Tamed mode produced the weirder and unique fuzz-related sounds that might be expected of the Wild mode. It’s not too surprising, however, because in the Tamed mode, the Triangle responds violently to changes in input voltage; such is the basis, it seems, of its fuzz-making. Rolling back the instrument’s volume just a little will cut the Triangle’s output signal completely. At full volume, the Triangle seems to have a threshold below which one’s signal will drop out.
Even in the Tamed mode, the Triangle makes a mean fuzz, but one that invites experimentation. Decaying battery sounds, super crunch, and electro-sizzle are all possibilities here. Adjusting the Germanium Voltage Starvation knob will, in this mode, thicken or thin one’s tone. Engaging the low-pass filter and playing staccato bass notes will give the signal a very “synthy” sort of distortion, one that would sound totally at home in the sort of electronic music track that sends people to the dance floor.
In the Wild mode, the Triangle more than delivers on TenTen’s promise for “crazy fuzz,” but it’s also great for more a more subdued, yet edgy, tone. With the Starve knob set high (no starvation), Drive at a minimum, and a normal low-pass setting, one can roll back the instrument’s volume to achieve a high-desert shimmer. It’s the sort of tone that adds a bit of “bite” and conjures images of shimmering oases in the distance along some lonely, desert highway.
Rolling up the instrument’s volume knob will send one’s tone into another realm. At its best, the Triangle duplicated the haunting sounds of Eddie Hazel’s plaintive guitar lead on Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain.” Yet the Triangle will take one farther into fuzz land with a quick turn of the Starve knob. Below “regular” (max) voltage, the Triangle begins to squeal and become really messy. It’s actually a pretty fun sound to work with, because by adjusting the Drive, the Starve and the instrument’s Volume knobs, one can play a variety of intervals and even melodies. This writer made the “Devil’s Interval” itself, the diminished fifth, perhaps most familiar as the sound of a European police siren.
TenTen’s Triangle is a powerful and fun little pedal. It’ll put out smooth fuzz just as easily as it will squeal during a tantrum. Don’t underestimate the power of the Triangle.
What we like: It’s small, it’s colorful, and it sticks to one’s guitar. It’s surprisingly versatile, will clean up pretty well, but will go completely berserk if needed.
Concerns: Triangles are strong, and the suction system worked really well during testing. However, if anyone goes as crazy as the Triangle can become, the unit might fall off. Just be careful with it!