Mr Black’s latest offering is the Analog Chorus/Vibrato Deluxe pedal, which combines two modulation effects in one pedal. But it also provides ways to make those sounds more interesting and creative. Looking for a playful way to get analogue BBD-type chorus and vibrato effects into your guitar rig? Mr Black may have nailed it.
Mr Black Analog Chorus/Vibrato Deluxe
Based in Portland Oregon, Mr Black pedals has been making some pretty stunning effects pedals in recent years. His mini pedal series – including an overdrive, an octaver, a tremolo and a reverb – has been well received by players looking for quality pedals that will fit onto a cramped board. The new Analog Chorus/Vibrato Deluxe goes a different route, forsaking the ultra-compact format of the mini series and opting for a bigger enclosure to house what might just be the ultimate Hi-Fi BBD chorus and vibrato with tap tempo and selectable waveforms.
Mr Black has used old-school bucket-brigade chips, but added digital control. That gives you the best of both worlds and is designed to give this pedal the feel of a quality of a studio rack effect, just with the warmth of an old vintage BBD chorus/vibrato unit.
Lag & Shine
Now for the controls. On top of the self-explanatory Wet/Dry, Width and Rate, we also find Lag, which adds bucket-brigade delay, and Shine to give you a high-frequency roll-off. The Rate control sets the LFO and goes from a 16.66 Hz to 0.423 Hz and can be controlled via the tap tempo footswitch. The maximum cycle is 0.076 Hz, or 13 seconds. When you use the tap-tempo feature, a second press of the footswitch starts the waveform at the beginning of its cycle.
The digitally controlled LFO has four waveforms on offer: Triangle, Square, Sine and Glitch/Random. Because your signal path is always 100% analogue, the pedal sounds very organic and chewy, at least judging by the demo sounds we’ve heard. Digitally controlled LFOs have been around for years in the synth world, and here this tech is taken to its extremes in the form of the Glitch/Random control. Mr Black says that used at extreme settings, the pedal can sound like a “drunk autotune”. This pedal should be a lot of fun to play with.
The demo video below gives a great overview of what is on offer here. It sounds great and has some very tasty analogue tones, too. What makes this pedal more appealing than the usual chorus/vibrato is the access to four LFOs, giving you a lot of useful ways to get creative with modulation.
RRP – GBP 329 / USD 329