MXR Tremolo guitar effects pedal review
Review Date: Wednesday 15th of April 2009 05:26:18 PM
Last Updated: Tuesday 14th of July 2009 05:19:10 PM
Reviewed By: Huw Price
Effects pedal review. The MXR tremolo pedal.
There are no nasty noises and everything works
smoothly. The Speed control is well designed, taking you from lazy
undulating swells to a rapid blurry stutter. It's hard to imagine
needing anything faster or slower, so top marks. Similarly the Depth
control genuinely goes from off to on, and you can really hone in on
the perfect balance.
The Shape control is really about feel more than sound, and for a Fender amp-style trem I'd probably keep it at or near the centre position. Some Vox
amp trems have more of a square wave feel, but this box can handle all
that too. There's no right or wrong with tremolo – just use your ears
and understand that you might need to alter the waveform shape
depending on your speed setting.
Splitting the stereo output into
two amps creates a glorious, room-filling effect that'll keep you
playing for hours. There's nothing gimmicky about it, and it would be
superb for recording (but be warned: the outputs aren't isolated from
each other, so you'll get the usual two amp earth loop problems. Since
we'd never, ever recommend lifting the earth on one amp to cure it, a
safer solution will have to be found if you want to record with this
setup). Our other issue with the M-159 is the way it slightly
drops the volume of your guitar signal and thins it out, but this is a
common problem with tremolo pedals.
The Tremolo is also versatile but the volume drop and the lack of provision for earth loops might bother you. As a mono trem itís impossible to say that it sounds better than cheaper alternatives like the Demeter Tremulator or the Carl Martin Surf Trem Ė but if you need stereo, then there arenít that many alternatives.
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