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I'm very sure that there are better Uni-vibe clones as well as high dollar vintage units, but for simplicity, affordability, and modern conveniences the Viscous Vibe will not be defeated. The tones available out of the box are both usable as well as flexible, and give a wide range of warble and wash to your playing. The ramp-up feature is fantastic, and allows for fun changes between sections of songs or for an interesting sonic swell when combined with distortion. The tone-print compatibility of this pedal is a HUGE plus, as there are many presets available online, but the real joy comes from building and applying your own! As with all TC electronic pedals, they always come in at a great compromise between affordability, versatility, and quality when compared to much more expensive modulation and delay units. I'm a huge fan of this unit, and as soon as I plugged it into my rig in our studio, my entire band instantly voted it a regular tone.
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I still have Strymon's rotary machine there to use it but, at least by now, I prefer to keep it archived as the Viscous Vibe has a bolder sound and smaller footprint. I tried analog options too but I prefer digital versions as these produce a cleaner sound –analog ones tend to produce some noise and therefore work better before gain stages so it's better to place them through regular amp inputs instead of FX loops (I used BBE's Soul Vibe for a tour as I like it anyways among them) .
Digital will never be able to do Univibe, but this ain't bad either
The Univibe effect ('what's that?' you say. Come on , you know this...it's Hendrix's 'Star Spangled Banner', it's Gilmour's clean guitar sound on Floyd's 'Breathe') is one of the hardest to simulate digitally. I don't know why, but Roger Meyer explains it very well in a book I've got (this one: https://wordery.com/guitar-effects-pedals-dave-hunter-9781617131011?currency=GBP>rck=c1NKRVpPM3ZrdHRUb0xZWE1SUlFSblJsaXVqRnc4NjE2Tkc1bnU0bWZnMXNocS9XOXZWZkM0RkN4QkU0R3VCeHdUbUVENFFMeDA5WjhUSXU5aEJpQ3c9PQ&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIxKzKou-51QIVQr7tCh22ww2vEAQYASABEgK1SfD_BwE).
The original Univibe was based on four photoelectric cells. It was a very analogue effect. The waveforms used were always changing smoothly and interacting with each other in a complicated way, which is why it's hard to replicate using the jagged bits. Something like that, anyway! I've never had the pleasure of playing through an analogue one, as the original Roger Meyer ones and the Japanese Shin-e ones are really expensive (think £500 +). So, I'm no expert. However, to my amateur ears, it sounds as though the DSP boffins at TC have got pretty close. You can hear the classic Gilmourish sound on the 'chorale' mode, and the more subtle vibrato mode sounds ok too. This is a toneprint pedal too, meaning that if you have access to a shiny Apple tablet device you can design your own Univibe sounds on the TC software and download it into the pedal. To be honest, the supplied toneprint sound is nice enough...
I've no doubt that if I had the dosh to spend on a real optical analogue Univibe, it would sound better than this. But I don't. And even the bloke who writes and edits the 'Gilmourish' site seems to think it's an acceptable affordable way to get reasonably close to the classic Univibe sound.
Uni-Vibe-style Guitar Effects Pedal with TonePrint Plus 2 Native Presets, Analog-Dry-Through, and Selectable True-/Buffered-Bypass Switching
- 1:1 recreation of the legendary Shine-Ei Uni-Vibe
- TonePrint enabled
- Compact Design
- Stereo I/O
- True Bypass or Buffered Bypass