Ottowa, Canada (July 10, 2013) -- This weekend, at the Summer NAMM show in Nashville, Canada's Empress Effects will be unveiling their first offering into the high-gain pedal market, Heavy, and the Nebulus chorus, flanger and vibrato.
After some intense voting via Facebook over the past few weeks, the Empress Effects faithful have dubbed Empress' newest creation Nebulus. This pedal brings guitarists high quality chorus, flanger and vibrato effects in a compact 4.5 by 3.5 inch pedal. To increase the tone range even further 3 variations on each effect are available for a total of 9 tweak-able modes. All this flexibility is easy to access via a preset system capable of storing up to 8 different presets.
The chorus mode offers a lush and warm sounding chorus, a fluid and dreamy multichorus, and a unique tremolo'ed chorus. The flanger setting has a classic tape flange, a 70's negative feedback flanger, and the elusive thru-zero flange. Lastly, but certainly not least, are the vibrato sub-modes which include a standard vibrato, a classic vibe sound, and a rotating speaker effect.
Each mode includes a special switch which allows the guitarist to really tweak settings that are crucial and it also offers some bonus features like the ability to add compression to vibrato mode, for example. For further fine tuning, a tone switch is available offering warm, clean, and bright voicings to the effect.
This true bypass pedal offers the uncompromising sound quality that guitarists have learned to expect from Empress pedals in a very small package. With chorus, flanger and vibrato all only one touch away, this pedal is an incredible value.
The aptly named Heavy offers up 2 channel of high-gain distortion: heavy and heavier. In keeping with Empress' design philosophy, this pedal is packed full of controls and features. The innovative weight knob adds a new level of control, allowing the user to adjust the character of the low end. This, combined with 3 bands of EQ, makes the Heavy a very powerful tool for tailoring your sound.
Another feature sure to be attracting attention is the selection of gates available on each channel. The natural setting allows the full range of styles to shine through, allowing notes to sustain without cutting out and keeping attack transients sounding natural. The Aggressive setting is great for tight punchy playing and fast starts and stops. Even with the gates off, this pedal is exceptionally quiet.
You'll find a huge range of killer high-gain tones in the Heavy. From crisp, mid-driven 80's metal, to scooped, modern down-tuned brutality, this little box of sonic mayhem does it all. The two independent channels can be voiced similarly so that one channel can be used as a solo boost, or they can be voiced entirely differently by using the mid range control in conjunction with the 3 position mid frequency select switch. The first units should begin shipping late this summer.
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