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Discussion in 'The Stomp Box' started by Vanzant, Apr 13, 2018.
And they are inexpensive!
You can get a used Strymon Lex from $180. I like that one the best.
Vibes are really a different thing.Also an MXR Phase 100 does a nice leslie thing sometimes.
Digitech Ventura vibe has a rotary setting that is really good. Button press and hold simulates a speed change of motor.
Seemed the best sounding standard size rotary pedal, since a lot of the ones that sound better are larger than a standard form factor pedal.
Bonus is it has a univibe setting.
I like the EHX Lester K and the Keeley Darkside.
H9 does a really good Leslie. Check out Josh Smith. He uses an H9 for the Leslie thing and it sounds really good!
I've been really interested in this pedal. I'm torn between a rotary vibe or a tremolo, specifically the tc electronic Pipeline. I'm fully aware a leslie is really a tremolo effect, and not Vibrato, although, others don't seem to be. The doppler effect, changes that to some extent, so i guess it's both. Back to the OP's question, I'd probably go with a Digitech Ventura Vibe.
I have the original Ventilator. Have not heard better. It's a keeper.
At the cheapest end is the Behringer RM600 - which I understand is a clone of the Line 6 pedal. I bought one used, mint in box for £30 and it sounds great! It gives all the 'guitar-friendly tones you'd need. I can get all George Harrison's 'Abbey Road' sounds with ease and that's good enough for me. I find this type of effect sounds best when the levels are set low and imho. 'colours' a note better than a chorus pedal.
I have a Mini-Vent on my board. It works well.
Vent II certainly does the trick. Buy it used, and if you don't like it, sell and get your cash back. That's what I did, and it didn't cost a penny to try (actually made $10). I sold it not because I didn't like it. In fact it was the ONLY rotary pedal I've tried that sounded GOOD to me. I sold it because for me, it's a very niche sound, one that I really need only once every few months. The Vent cured my GAS, and made me realize I didn't really need one.
I've had a Leslie 145 cab, an H&K Rotosphere and have had a Tech 21 Rotochoir for the past several years. I like the Rotochoir a lot. It sounds good and it's smaller, quieter and more versatile than the Rotosphere. It's a lot more portable than the Leslie, too!
Try a vibrato pedal in conjunction with your amp's vibrato.
You'll be amazed.
Decided to try the Strymon Lex. I got it from Sweetwater, so If it's something that doesn't do it for me I can always send it back. Looks like it gets good reviews though. I had a gift card so I got it to my door for $250. We'll see...
I'm not tempted but it looks amazing in demos. I like the ability to control acceleration/deceleration between slow/fast/stop. You can actually hear the horns coming to a stop!
Digitech EX-7 Expression Factory. The Leslie fuction on that sounds killer and has a natural overdrive that really does a great job of emultaing that crunchy rotary sound of the late 60s and early 70s. Of course it is an expression pedal so you can go from slow to fast and back again just with foot control - it speeds up and slows down gradually, just like the real thing.
I have a rotary effect on my Boss GT-100 and that doesn't sound anywhere near as good as my Digitech.
As a bonus, the other effects are brilliant as well, like the Univibe and volume swell.
It needs its own power supply, which comes with it.
I don't know if they still make these but I got mine used for not much money on ebay.
I'm a pedal nut... I've tried a lot of differing leslie pedals. Many that sound good. The one I am goo-goo-ga-ga for is the h&k rotosphere. doesn't even sound like guitar anymore - similar to york peppermint patty - I feel just like paul shaffer in the 80's on late night playing a b3 through a leslie. On the down side it's expensive and huge. Lotta real estate for one pedal but imo it's worth it if you like that gritty type of leslie.
Once you have had a real Leslie and have had time to fool around with the Neo Vent or Mini Vent, game over. I'd probably trade my mini vent for the regular Vent. But I don't hear any unit competing with that tone and replication of that sexy, nasty Doppler effect.
I bought the Boss RT20 a while back and didn't like it at all. It was fuzzy and indistinct in a band mix. Fine alone at home. A lot of "blaaat" too that I couldn't tune out.
The Vent is the only one I've owned that doesn't sorta hide imperfections in the grit / overdrive sound. It blows away Strymon Lex, Boss RT20, the Pigtronix thing, about 6 others I can't recall now. I had high hopes each time, but always 'meh'. Until the Vent. Friggin awesome pedal. Now I want to buy it again, thanks TDPRI.