Brand: TC Electronics
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The original Shin-Ei Uni-Vibe is a highly unique, complex and gorgeous-sounding analog unit, so when we set out to recreate it digitally we knew it wasn't going to be easy. Through countless hours of meticulous side-by-side testing with the real thing and by pushing our insanely powerful DSP to its very limits, we've been able to recreate this legendary effect to a tee. You'll get all the lush, syrupy vibe tones heard on countless tracks by Pink Floyd, Robin Trower and Jimi Hendrix and when you dive into that opening Machine Gun riff, we just know you'll be convinced that we nailed it.
We've poured our heart and soul into Viscous Vibe and there's no hiding that we're extremely proud of what we've achieved. Its dead-on recreations of the legendary gooey phasey goodness and thick dramatic swirls of the original Shin-Ei Uni-Vibe* unit already makes it epic, but then transferring it all to a high-quality compact design that won't break the bank - that just makes it epic beyond belief.
With Viscous Vibe you get the best of both worlds in a pedal that perfectly combines old analog warmth with modern-day functionality. With True Bypass for uncompromised tonal quality and stereo I/O for an ultra-wide sonic perspective, you get the perfect pedal for everybody who wants to implement classic-rock tones into their contemporary setup.
The Blue Hippo Analog Chorus returns with its famously diverse range of luscious, liquefied tones—and then some! The MkII retains the MkI’s easy-to-use control setup, which takes you from lush tone-widening to full-on rotating speaker modulation madness from the depths of the Marianas Trench. But now, there’s a Vibe switch for adding some thick vibrato goodness to your aqueous tones. Don’t wade into the water without your Blue Hippo MkII Analog Chorus!
The nature of the experience depends almost entirely on set and setting
The Bicycle Delay was something like an “Albert Hoffman moment” (to quote a good friend and guitarist Neal Casal). I sat down with no plan of where I was going but to allow myself the freedom to be open to wherever the journey took me and just document the experience. Really a strange path to travel when it involves something as cerebral as programming software. Or maybe it’s not. Maybe that’s a pure form of creativity, to use the boundaries something so matter of fact as programming as a medium for art? The result was a pedal as autobiographical as any I have been involved in. The Bicycle Delay is a physical manifestation of the experience of consciousness, letting go of the desire to control everything, and maintaining a positive attitude to leave room for a positive experience.
The more time I spent with the Bicycle Delay the more it unfolded its complexities to me. The harder I thought about what it was doing, the more difficult it was to put my finger on it. The more that I surrendered to what it was showing me, the more it set me free to be musically creative. In much the same way it took a computer to visualize a Mandelbrot Set, it took the Bicycle Delay for me to find the organic beauty in disharmony.
The way pedal behaves is also metaphoric to how I’ve been looking at life. Approach it from a negative perspective, go ahead, make it spiral downward. There is beauty in it, like there is enjoyment in picking at a scab. It’ll take you to darker musical places fitting for the vampires at night. It all depends on your mood. Bring it up, it wants to take off. Happiness in a madhouse. The most difficult and interesting stuff begins to happen when you keep it balanced. Edges of notes brighten radiantly to prominence, like the flora and fauna do when I walk Clemma in the early morning sun.
The Bicycle Delay is as organic as a computer growing from a tree. Sonically the pedal is ever changing, even turning the knobs has an amorphous behavior. Go with it.
• Circuit Design/Audio Engineer – Howard Gee
• DSP Engineer/Concept – Nicholas Harris
• Photography/Videography – Jessica Liu
• Artwork – David Medel Weirdbeard72