Been getting back into guitar seriously now (just played casually the past few years for numerous reasons) and am rebuilding my pedal collection. One of my favorite effects is tremolo and I'm having a tough time figuring out the one I want. I got the Wampler Latitude for Christmas. The effect sounds great but it is going back the #1 reason is it alters your basic tone (sucks some bass out, adds some upper mids). So, I ordered the Diamond and Empress to test against it. The Empress is DEAD QUIET and does not change your tone a bit. I like that it has presets and love (and I mean LOVE) the brake! I don't really like the "tube" waveform though, and the rhythm selections are cool but not that big a deal to me. In the end, the trem sounds a bit sterile and not very inspiring to play. The Diamond I love. All four waveforms sound awesome IMO and it just has VIBE and MOJO. Can't explain it any other way. In all the ways I set the Empress and Diamond to be as similar as possible, the Diamond was way more inspiring and just sounded better. Plus, you can do some crazy cool things with the Chop waveform!! My beef with the Diamond is that it is CRAZY NOISY I mean all kinds of noise going on when the pedal is engaged while the Empress is silent. Could there be something wrong with this particular pedal? [I can make a quick clip if needed what's the easiest way to upload sound files?] The other things are that I really wish it had the brake. Presets would be cool too, but it is what it is. I think you can send to Diamond to get an expression pedal input to control speed, but that's extra $$ and I don't think it would really act like a brake (as in could you accurately return to faster speed?). SO, that is why I am posting. The Cusak is feature-laden but it seems so much so that I wonder how it actually sounds. The newer Catalinbread seems cool too. I wonder if the exp inserts could be used as an accurate brake? Anyway, basically wondering how the Cusak and Catalinbread sound as compared to Diamond. Anyone have all three? Do they have the mojo of the Diamond??