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OT Tremelos, Choppers and Panners
We've been making the rounds through
distortion and wah pedals so I thought I'd start another in this series
on one of my favorite effects:
_*Tremelos, Panners and Choppers*_
I was really enjoying the youtube video by
Sitonka which, amongst other things demonstrated a
*Seymour Duncan SFX-07 SHAPE SHIFTER TAP TREMELO*
and went and watched the excellent official Seymour Duncan
demo video here made by Frank Falbo:
and realized how much I love tremelo effects.
I wanted to hip everyone to three pedals I own that are very unique
and then ask people for their experiences and favorite tremelo pedals
(and tremelos on amplifiers).
Firstly, I have an endorsement with Gig FX and the reason I do is because
I read about their amazing Tremelo pedal called
a *Gig FX PRO CHOPPER *and basically, became a pain in their ass trying
to own one and promote it because I found it so cool.
I, by the way, only endorse products that I love before I approach the
company so I'm raving
about the pedal itself, not attempting to shill for the company
(though I have to be honest and say
that GIG FX do make some very hip and innovatively unique pedals that
have expression control of distortion, wah, etc.)
I couldn't find a video demo of it, but here are some cool audio examples:
Several things are uber cool about this pedal (built like a tank, by the
A) it has a CHOP side (square wave tremelo) with an adjustable short or
long chop percentage and the other side has a
PAT/TREMELO.............each side---the CHOP side feeds into the
PAN/TREMELO and each side has a different
colored LED light so you can see what it active.
B), this puppy has a midi sync that allows you to drive it from any
midi sync outputting looping pedal (Looperlative, EDP, Repeater, et. al.),
sequencer, drum machine or any midi-syncing effects (like the Electrix
MoFX or Filter Factory)
C) the pedal allows you to change the ration of the CHOPPING to the
quarter note pulse, utilizing
1:1, 2:1, 3:1 , 4:1 and 8:1 rations............the rate can also be
controlled by the built in expression pedal.
I use this function a lot. By feeding it some really sickly fast mid
tempi (by dedicating a drummachine
with a tap tempo that is not putting out audio..........you can get some
wicked glitchy effects.
A really great pedal., not inexpensive but definitely worth the price.
Secondly, I love my *Alesis AMPLITON* which was part of their modFX
series that noone bought or used until
they discontinued them and they became collectables. The Ampliton was
(and still is) sadly overlooked.
What's so hip about it is that it is a tremelo and an auto pan in one
unit but one feeds into another AND they are rhythmically
synced in multiples of each other, so that you can send a square wave
tremelo set to rapid 32nd notes into
a slower synced pan set to 8th notes. If you use hard panning and
only use one side of the pedal this effects
a doubled tremelo system.
They had 48k/24 bit sampling with 28 bit internal processing AND they
have a mod reset button
which allows one to reset the tremelo to start at the beginning of a
phrase (I'm not sure if there are other
tremelos out there that have this feature but this is fantastic if you
are not using synced tremelos.
Additionally, if you have other modFX pedals you can chain them with a 9
pin digital connector so that they
never enter the analogue domain.
Unbelievable that they dumped these puppies for $40 each when they
this pedal is awesome set AFTER a looper (or as I use it, between my
DL-4 and my Looperlative, EDP or REPEATER
so that I can rhythmically effect my loop and then reloop it for
Lastly, I have to mention the new *Boss SL-20 SLICER *which is not a
tremelo per se but can be used with one
and has a lot of auto pan functions that can either be used in stereo or
with a demo plug.
this pedal has so much potential but , frankly, I haven't shedded it
enough to give it a great review.
Michael Peters , if you happen to have read this far, maybe you can
chime in since I know you've used yours more than
OKEE DOKEE, there are a plethora of pedals out
there...............which ones do you love.
Also, what specific analogue amplifier tremelos do you love.
I won't spoil it, but it would be great to hear about my brothers
simultaneous use of three small amps with tremelo effects.
It's one of the coolest effects I've ever heard spatially but I'll give
him the chance to tell us about it, since he