Strange sound from Danelectro Fab Echo

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  1. LutherBurger

    LutherBurger Friend of Leo's

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    Last fall I bought a Fab Echo pedal to liven up my Pignose 7-100. Recently I was playing through them, and the pedal started to emit a warbling noise that sounded just like a '50s-era "flying saucer" sound effect. My wife even called upstairs to make sure I was OK, and not getting probed.

    I removed the 9v battery and tested it with my multimeter: 6.2v. When I installed a fresh battery in the pedal, the noise was gone.

    Is that what the Fab Echo does when its battery is running low?
     
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    Just to clarify, no probing?

    Good. Moving on;

    Temporal and modulation effects have a reputation to eat batteries like popcorn. I intermittently ran a chorus pedal without plugging it into a wall, it lasted roughly half as long as dirt pedals. I ran my bbe two timer with an off brand 9v and it sounded "off" after roughly 5 hours.

    It would stand to reason that your fab delay (I think its analog?) Would start to not push your signal through the BBD chip chain with the same amount of gusto as when your battery is full, so apparently that's the sound it makes.
     
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  3. LutherBurger

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    I'm fairly certain that the pedal is digital, but it's all witchcraft to me. I'm just wondering if I'm going to hear that noise every time the battery runs down.
     
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    Just plug it in, problem solved
     
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    I literally laughed out loud at the OP's post/potential probing.
     
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    My Hot Cake pedal makes this sound when the line voltage is set too low.
     
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  7. LutherBurger

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    I LOL'd too, when she said it. She's a funny lady.
     
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    I had a Rogue 'Analog' Delay that screeched like a banshee when the battery died.

    You got off easy!
     
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    Yes!!! It happens out of nowhere and your jumping over your pedalboard with cables wrapped around your feet, you forget where your volume knob is on your guitar and amp all thanks to a Duracell.
     
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