Sep 2, 2018

Reverb Pedals with Tremolo

Reverb paired with tremolo was popular with everyone from British beat groups, who often used Vox AC15 and AC30 combos, to California surf bands, who typically preferred Fender amps with onboard reverb and trem, like the Deluxe Reverb. Here are some pedals recreating that combo.

Strymon Flint
Flint partners three classic and completely unique reverb algorithms with the pulsating and hypnotic tremolo pioneered in vintage amplifier tremolo circuits. The ambience effects comprise the classic ’60s Spring Tank Reverb, the inventive ’70s Electronic Plate Reverb and the nostalgic ’80s Hall Rack Reverb, while the tremolo tones include the sonically complex ’61 Harmonic Tremolo, the swampy and sultry ’63 Power Tube Tremolo and the sharp and balanced ’65 Photocell Tremolo. Reverb has controls for Color (tone), Decay and Mix, while tremolo features knobs for Intensity and Speed. Together, they let you get everything from splashy, pulsing twang to throbbing, swampy blues and serene reverberated pads.

Ernie Ball Expression Tremolo
The Ernie Ball Expression Tremolo delivers foot-sweepable tremolo control combined with an authentic-sounding spring reverb. It has five five distinct waveforms—Slow Rise, Slow Fall, Sine, Square and classic Fender-style Harmonic—plus an onboard vintage-inspired spring reverb to create subtle or dramatic pulsating soundscapes. Control the depth, rate or both parameters simultaneously with the foot treadle and unlock a virtually limitless tonal palette.

Keeley Hooke
A spring reverb + Tremolo combination featuring several modes, including a Trem-Verb (emulation of the Black Face Trem-n-Verb), which delivers a deep, throbbing tremolo.; a Long Decay Trem-n-Verb and a Vibro-Spring – as an a marriage of the tremolo of  Blackface and the Magnatone’s vibrato.

Tone Tested Designs 1960’s Reverb & Tremolo
The handmade 1960’s Reverb & Tremolo combines two classic effects and features an internal trim pot that lets the pedal act as a volume boost when the tremolo effect is engaged. With controls for Reverb, Speed and Intensity, the pedal’s design recalls the simple front panels of vintage amps and makes dialing in the perfect tone a cinch. The 1960’s Reverb & Tremolo pedal is offered in classic brown-and-cream or black-and-white enclosures and runs on a 9-volt center-negative power supply.

Source Audio True Spring Reverb
A digital pedal derived from the Ventris but built specifically to deliver the most authentic spring reverb sound. Three modes emulate classic vintage effects, while the Dwell knob simulates how hard the spring would be pushed. A button in the back turns on a Tremolo effects, also featuring three modes (Bias, Opto and Harmonic).

Mr. Black Deluxe Plus
A simple but very well received trem-verb. Just three knobs, with fixed reverb and intensity and speed controls for the tremolo, just like in the old amps that first featured this combo.

VHT AV-MV1 Melo-Verb Tremolo and Reverb
The Melo-Verb recreates the classic tremolo-and-reverb combination offered on 1960s amps with some modern additions. The two effect sections are completely independent and feature separate true-bypass switching. The all-analog tremolo section has Speed and Intensity controls, and for additional flexibility it offers modern Shape and Level controls. The Shape control adjusts the tremolo character—everything from retro floating undulations to modern square-cornered chop. When the tremolo is engaged, the Level control can be set for added boost to help the effect stand out in the mix. With the Depth control turned down, the Tremolo section can also serve as a clean boost pedal, with up to 9dB of boost from the Level control. The reverb section replicates the classic built-in tube-driven spring reverb tone and takes it one step further with the addition of Tone and Mix controls. The tones range from soft, warm and round to bright splashy “tile wall spatter.”

Gurus Sinusoid
A fully analog effect modeled on the 1963 Vibroverb, it features an optical tremolo and a small tank with real springs, both driven by a tube. The two effects can be controlled separately through the two footswitches.

If your budget allows it, you may also want to look at this list of Multi-Mode Reverb Pedals – many of them also feature a Tremolo setting.

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