I recently heard an older analog rotary/leslie effect and thought it sounded spectacular but its a big pedal. Wonder what people have found works well and has that warmth of analog stuff in any of the newer pedals, presumably smaller form factor.
For me this is a very current topic - with the current band i'm doing all of the Hammond and string pads using a Mel9 and a B9 - once you have got a handle that they are not an in the chain pedal and need splitting out into their own path and amp (the direct out from the tuner finally came in handy as a bufferred split) then they can be quite effective
Amping them through an Ultimate Chorus but there was something missing.
I was just about to hit the go button and spend a lot of money on a Neo Ventilator to fill that yearn for the missing swirlyness when I thought but I have a real Leslie 16 out in the shop, so have spent the last few days stripping it and making it do its thing (and wiring a couple of PZMs inside) and it sounds amazing.
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So don't do this - its completely impractical - it has a JBL in it as well and the thing must weigh in at least 100lbs, but there was a flight case on the stage holding up the drummers monitor and this looks way prettier................
Nice! I recently just built a vibratone as well to match my amp. Used a foam drum from an organ. I designed it so I can switch between combo amp speaker and crossover/Leslie speaker or just full range Leslie speaker only. Also have an L-Pad on the Leslie for matching volumes. I used a ragun Cajun as it had a decent spl rating. Used the small single speed motor for fast and a circuit that regulates the speed down for slow. It sounds pretty great!
I’m very curious about your PZMs inside. I wanted to mount some stereo mics inside but haven’t figured out the best way yet that isn’t $300+ in mics… any insight into your setup?
This also my choice. Accepting that nothing can sound like a "Leslie in the room", this sounds enough like a Leslie to fill the "need" in a cover song. More importantly, and unlike some more "accurate" pedals, it just plain sounds good! Is it possible it sounds better than a recorded Leslie? This isn't Keeley's first try at such an effect.
I had the Strymon briefly. A lot of the basic controls require pressing two buttons at the same time, so you either have to remember the combinations or keep the manual nearby. If it sounded good, it might be remotely justifiable.
I went back to the Boss RT-20. It sounds better and is a heck of a lot easier to operate.
I used various chorus pedals to get my rotary tones. And some of those chorus pedals did that job really well. My fabourite chorus pedals for simulating a rotary were the EWS Arion Chorus and my Analogman BiChorus.I am thinking about a Strymon Lex. Any thoughts pro/con? Thanks!
I used various chorus pedals to get my rotary tones. And some of those chorus pedals did that job really well. My fabourite chorus pedals for simulating a rotary were the EWS Arion Chorus and my Analogman BiChorus.
then I bought a Lex. Really nice sounding pedal. My only problem is that there is no mix control. So for someone like me who I aiming for an SRV Cold Shot type of sound - the Lex is far too intense (to my ears). I had the Lex on my board for quite a while, but I ran it in conjunction with a Boss LS2 to adjust the effect mix. Takes up valuable pedalboard real estate!
then I bought the Nux Roctary on a whim (it was so cheap compared to the Styrmon ). To my surprise, the Nux sounds just as good as the Lex (to my ears). And it has the all important mix control on board!
finally, I treated myself to a Micro Vent. I’d say that the Lex, the Nux and the Micro Vent all sound equally excellent. The Lex lacks a mix control (although I believe the v2 has this). The Micro Vent is tiny, so I love it’s compact size. My Nux is on my pedal shelf - just in case I ever break my Micro Vent.