The Rotovibe is a chorus/vibrato effect that can simulate rotating speaker sounds popularized by Hendrix and many others This is a very expressive effect, thanks to its built-in real-time control.... read more
The Rotovibe is a chorus/vibrato effect that can simulate rotating speaker sounds popularized by Hendrix and many others This is a very expressive effect, thanks to its built-in real-time control. Choose either Chorus or Vibrato, adjust the intensity of the effect, and then control the effect's speed by rocking the pedal back and forth. A mainstay on Zakk Wylde's pedalboard.
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The Rotovibe is a combination of vibe / Chorus and expression. A knob on the side manages the intensity of the sound while the expression style pedal manages speed. The is a switch on the side to switch between vibe and chorus, very practical: all knobs and switches can be used by foot.
The sound of the pedal is classic, from dreamy subtile to crazy wobbling. It works well with smoth overdrive and looks awesome. I like to use it as a always on in fixed setting for some sounds or dynamic. Both works great!
I will never leave my board!
Unique, iconic pedal
I'll be honest and say that I haven't used my Rotovibe on an actual board in quite a long time. It's not because of any shortcoming of the pedal itself, it's just one of those things that takes up a lot of real estate for an effect which, increasingly, I've grown apart from over the years. When I was younger I was chasing that Hendrix-y rotating speaker sound, and this pedal gets you close enough with the ability to control the speed of the effect.
It's a very cool pedal. It's not the absolute best vibrato or chorus I've ever heard, but putting it in a red Crybaby chassis with a foot-rocker just gives it some sort of extra flair... people like it. Highly recommended for those who lean on this type of effect and have the space for it.
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The unsung pedal
To me the Rotovibe is one of the most amazing pedals i own, its so easy to use, you just choose a setting from the vibrato, chorus etc. then you can just shelf it right where you need it, then your good to go. There's no other pedal i know of like it.
I rescued one of these from a heap of used gear at a guitar store awhile back. I wasn't sure what it did at the time but I'm glad I've got one. I think its a great alternative to the rotovibe pedal that Dunlop makes because you can control the speed of the vibe in real time with the sweep of the pedal.