Which tremolo pedal/s for on/off effect?

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  1. tiltrite

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    on/off.... extreme.... hard.... square wave. I've heard it put a lot of ways;

    I'm looking to get that on/off sound. for instance: instead of using my LP's guitar toggle (ex: neck pup vol on zero, bridge on 10- you know what I mean?) to get the on/off I'd like to be able to stomp on a pedal to get the same effect.
    :drool
     
  2. nashvillesteve

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    Most I've tried can do that - Semaphore, Keeley TR2, Analogman TR2, Pulsar...etc..

    A few I think CAN"T do that....Demeter trem, Swamp Thang, Fluttertone
     
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    I used a Commonsound / 3MS Tremulus Lune for a while; it was one of the most versatile tremolo effects I've ever played.

    And it can do that choppy tremolo quite easy.
     
  5. tiltrite

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    the chopper looks interesting. The type of effect in sample #23 is what I'm after.

    The variable speed thing would be VERY useful to me. Now having said that, what about using a T.I.P 3rd hand attached to the rate knob of a more ordinary trem pedal? :Devil
     
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    That would work as well, and the 3rd hand has power-through, so you don't need an extra jack open on a power unit.

    I'm considering running the chopper at the end of my modulation/time based effects in stereo, through the mega wah/volume/filter, as I need a stereo split somewhere and the pan will probably be great in stereo.
     
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    Z-Vex Seek Trem - does it perfectly, along with any type of trem pattern you can imagine. I love mine - check one out - most versatile trem out there.
     
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    +1 on the Z-Vex.
     
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    Back in the 80s, BOSS released a small, short-lived batch of pedals that were mostly stinkers (anyone remember the Enhancer?) but playing thru' modern SS amps at the time, my interest was piqued by the PN-2 tremolo/pan pedal.

    This one's obviously stereo, and as they were pushing it as a panner, the effect's speed pot goes way past any conventional tremolo's, into a *slow zone* that renders it pretty well useless for standard trem. Conversely, the useable range or tremolo's bunched up into the final 1/4 turn of the pot, making for tricky 'on-the-fly' adjustments.

    The switch (detented knob) used to select trem or pan also has hard and soft settings - changing the sine wave from square to curved; abrupt to smooth trem/pan efects.

    I've since replaced all my amps w/old tube models, each w/their own unique take on the tremolo sound - but I still love my little green PN-2, as the "hellecopter-chop" (squarewave) setting is waay more intense than any amp trem I've heard.

    They are discontinued, but I've seen many reasonabled priced examples in pawn shops over the years..
     
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    Cusack Tap-A-Whirl and Empress Tremolo will do it for you!
    Also both analog and tap.
     
  11. pepperco

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    I have a Boss PN-2 for the choppy stuff. Its the best I
    have found for the extreme on/off. I had a Fulltone
    but the chop did not cut it. hehe:rotflmao
    I wish I would have taken the advice I asked for a few
    years ago, and just got the PN-2, way back when.
    My "chopper" search would have been over.

    The Zvex is very cool, my singer has one.
     
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    The Catalinbread Semaphore does that effect very sweetly.
     
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    Do any of these pedals besides the Gigfx chopper have ramping up/down capabilities? Either expression pedal outs or a good tap tempo (not abrupt?)
     
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    I'm currently using an HBE Tramp (tremolo/preamp) for this effect.
    Nice thing is it has a separate switch for tremolo so you can use the preamp as a booster. Won't do wavy trem sounds but nails chopper sounds quite well.
    I've heard the 4-knob Voodoo Labs and the SIB Treminator can do hard chop well also.
     
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    just got the new eh stereo pulsar, it does that very very well and cheap too.
     
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    scottcw Low rent hobbyist Silver Supporting Member

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    Empress Trem. Listen to the clips.
     
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    The Demeter Tremulator DOES do that i use it all the time for really choppy Radiohead sounds
     

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