What do you like/prefer for rotary effect to get your swirl on?

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I'm not sure it is really a rotary sound, but I do think it is a good sound--the new Maestro Chorus, mix set to more of a vibrato sound, with the orbit switch engaged. It's technically an analog chorus, but between the mix knob and the the orbit mode, you can get some great warm swirly sounds.
 

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Tough to recreate the Doppler swirl without that spinning horn… I hijacked a Hammond Leslie cabinet for giggles back in the ‘90s. I do like the effect you can create with a stereo panning tremolo like dunlops (mxr now) old TS-1, but you’ll need a second amp/cab; they don’t need to be voiced identically to enjoy the experience; I’ve used a small combo amp paired with a half stack. Throw in a little chorus up stream and you’re in the groove.
 

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the rotary speaker effect on this one is fab. that's all i use it for. the pedal was $50 (not sure what it is now).
it's one of those effects you only use for 1-2 songs at a gig, but it's very nice for solos or rhythm parts.
i use it in the effects loop of my amp for best clarity.
donner is a chinese "clone" brand, most of the other effects on this are meh, though the tremolo and flange are passable.

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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.

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I had the Strymon Lex and didn't really care for it. After a while I bought the Hammond Leslie G Rotary Speaker Simulator which sounded better to my ears. I have played through actual Leslie speakers and even a Yamaha Rotating Speaker cab and the Leslie G does capture that sound albeit a "produced sound" as opposed to playing in front of an actual Leslie cab.

 

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I have a used DLS RotoSPIN. It sounds good enough for me, and it has a fast/slow switch. No pedal will ever nail the sound of a real Leslie moving air in a live setting, IMO.
 

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I like my Mini Deja Vibe and I wish I'd kept my Versa Vibe, but a few years ago I got to put my THD BiValve though a real Leslie and everything else is, well, a tad lame in comparison. Tempted by a Little Lanilei but available in kit form only I think.
 

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I’m a K.I.S.S. guy.

Similar to some others a fast chorus or vibrato pedal works great.

For me it’s the CE2w. Vibrato setting for organ sounds. Chorus setting for chorus. Amazingly, the exact same knob setting works for both. Just flip the mode switch.
 

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I just use a decent chorus pedal and jack up the rate. It’s not a Leslie, and it doesn’t really sound like one, but it’s “good enough” for bar band situations. It gets Cold Shot done well enough for the punters.

My current pick is the JHS 3 Series. 99 bucks, made in the USA. I also use it for 80’s-early 90’s chorus sounds (think Big Head Todd and similar), and for not a lot of money, it covers a lot of ground. I just have to bend over and tweak it sometimes depending on what I want it to do.
 

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Back in the day, I purchased a Leslie style cabinet for a home organ. The interface was missing, speaker was blown and there was no speed control, but the rotating drum worked and the motor to run it was there. I replaced the speaker with an Altec 12", wired in a 1/4 in female input jack and wired in a sewing machine control pedal to control the speed. Surprisingly, the damn thing worked and sounded rather well. Now, I have a Heptode clone of the old Maestro PS-1. Like the PS-1, the Heptode has three speeds and "ramps up and down" as the speeds are changed- not as good as the old ogan cab, but it gives the effect, so I'm happy.
 

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Horses for courses. I spent years chasing certain sounds that were "in my head." And a friend of mine got an actual Leslie working, so I was able to hear that unique sound.

But I reached a point where I sat back and did a re-think of what I really wanted. I do all original music, and certain parts of certain songs required SOME kind of "swirly" effect. Turns out, though, that virtually any form of swirliness would get the point across -- could be a chorus box, a phaser, a rotary emulator; take your pick.

When I got to that place, I just went with a Phase 100 and got on with it.

More recently, I bought an Empress Phaser unit that I have yet to try with the band. The main benefits of that box are twofold: it is infinitely adjustable, and it can get SUPER subtle.

My strategy won't work for everyone, I'm sure, but something to think about. One thing that makes my life simpler is, I'm doing original songs that no one has heard before. As such, I'm not desperate to clone a sound that exists somewhere "on a +record."
 
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Another Dyno-My-Roto user checking in. Similar to the Roto Sonic, but with a killer Chorus and Flanger instead of the Roto Sonic’s UVibe and Vibrato. Don’t know if it’s a proper Leslie sound (probably not) but it sounds good and the other two effects in the pedal are weapons in their own right. Can also be had more readily and less dearly than the Roto Sonic.
 




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