Walrus Audio has just a revamped version of its Julia chorus called the Julianna Deluxe Chorus/Vibrato. The new version adds new functions and a second footswitch, and sounds every bit as lush as its smaller sister.
Walrus Audio Julianna Deluxe Chorus/Vibrato
First off, let’s get one thing straight: this thing sounds great in the demos we’ve heard. It’s a chorus/vibrato pedal that represents an upgrade on the company’s Julia chorus. But it’s more than a cosmetic update, bringing a swathe of new features like stereo inputs and outputs, an added footswitch to operate the onboard tap tempo, internal switches and more.
Among the new features added to v2 is Drift, which makes the Julianna’s LFO subtly speed up and down. The secondary LFO speed ramps the LFO rate up or down, depending on the position of the rate knob. You can access these new features by holding the bypass or tap footswitch, then adjusting the rate or the depth knob. The designers have also managed to squeeze in a new random wave shape and tap multiplier option, which makes it even more versatile.
It still has the Lag, Dry-Chorus-Vibrato Blend, and selectable LFO wave shapes of the original Julia. Combined with these new functional updates, that makes for a pretty powerful chorus/vibrato pedal. And it doesn’t require menus or fiddly programming. In fact, it looks like it’ll be an easy ride.
For me, this pedal manages to pack in a lot of usable features. But it also remains a very natural sounding effect, so it picks up points on two important fronts. I also appreciate the compact form factor and the stereo support, all without the fuss of programming or scrolling through settings via a menu system. I like my Helix LT, but I’m not a fan of menus, so this type of multi-function chorus/vibrato pedal appeals to my inner Luddite.
Thank goodness for all-analogue circuits with simple digital control. That concept looks well implemented here; it looks like a joy to use. And the demos sound wonderful!
Note: A previous version of this post stated that the name of the pedal was “Julianna V2”. That’s been corrected.