Colortone Introduces Trio of Guitar Pedals
Colortone launches the Lo-Fi Delay, Roundhouse, and Spring Reverb.
Colortone has introduced three new guitar pedal products: LO-FI DELAY, a grainy, analog tape-sounding, dub-style delay rebuilt from the ground up as a complete redesign of the original; ROUNDHOUSE, a luscious multi-mode-tremolo pedal featuring three tweak-able modulation modes; and SPRING REVERB II, an expressive, analog-voiced vintage reverb engine effectively hosting three versatile creations of classic reverbs, together with two independent modulation filters.
As a grainy, analog tape-sounding, dub-style delay with momentary oscillation feedback and speed switching options designed to expand rhythmic expression, LO-FI DELAY features three switchable delay voicings: HI-FI has a crisp hi-fidelity non-destructive repeated delay, while the center and down positions are LO-FI modes, whereby the resulting delay repeats are a little darker — like a tape delay with a slight hint of mechanical tape warble; the center position uses a low-pass filter in the delay feedback line, whereas the down position uses a high-pass filter. It is a tempo-synchronized dual-channel delay at its core with each channel having independent Regen and delay Time controls — controlling the decay duration and number of regenerative repeats in the former’s case, while a SPLASH foot- switch momentarily sends the delay into a predetermined amount of feedback and/or tempo change. Creative control additionally abounds courtesy of two switchable modes of working: WET acts like a normal delay, whereby the delayed repeats can be mixed against the dry signal with the decay time set by the REGEN knob — momentarily pressing the SPLASH foot-switch results in the decay time switching to the REGEN+ knob setting, allowing for more or less regenerative delays while the foot-switch is pressed; DRY is designed for running ‘quietly’ and activates the delay only when the SPLASH foot-switch is held down — great for adding dub-style accents to certain stabs/phrases, splashes of ambient delay, or moments of crazy feedback to an otherwise dry signal.
ROUNDHOUSE represents Colortone’s luscious multi-mode tremolo pedal featuring three tweak-able modulation modes: OPT (optical) creates a classic, vintage tremolo sound with warm and smooth waveforms; HARM (harmonic) adds a more complex and modernMagnatone-style tremolo sound that brings depth and dimension to the user’s playing; and VIBE emulates the classic psychedelic sound of a rotating speaker that is perfect for adding a unique flavor to guitar sounds. TAP tempo — manually sets the tempo by tapping the foot-switch — and momentary speed multiplier — activated with a sustained press of the foot-switch— controls allow users to easily dial in the perfect tempo and add creative rhythmic variations to their playing, while REVERB — controls the intensity/mix of reverb added to the input feeding the modulation circuit (as a classic Silver Panel amp-style reverb with a static decay time) —and GRAIN — adds an analog tube-like pre-saturation to the effect (boosting/compressing the level slightly to add a soft overdrive at maximum setting) — at the input of the modulation engine enable excitation of the pulse and sustain of the effect to be quickly and easily dialed into taste, too. Creative control does not end there, though, with ‘wave shape’ — switches between triangle, sine, and square wave (with the latter not being available in VIBE mode); SPEED — adjusts modulation speed; MIX — adjusts the mix/depth of the effect with the dry signal; PHASE — changes the duration of the ‘on time’ towards the beginning or end of the wave cycle (resulting in the modulation ‘pulse’ feeling more asymmetrical or staccato); CUT/BOOST — cuts or boosts output level by up to ±4dB; and BYPASS — activates relay-based soft touch true bypass — also on offer.
SPRING REVERB II is an expressive, analog-voiced vintage reverb engine effectively hosting three versatile recreations of classic reverbs E (ECHOVERB) — based on Princeton’sPT2399 single-chip CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) echo/delay processor with pronounced delayed reflections/echoes; S (STUDIO) — warm- and natural-sounding studio reverb based on a Nineties-vintage rack unit; and T (TANK) — Seventies-vintage electromechanical reverb with bright, wet acoustic room reflections. Additionally,a MOD knob acts as a depth control for subtle vibrato and so-called ‘RotoTrem’ (rotary-speaker-tremolo) effects, bringing a spatial dimensionality to the acoustic characteristics of the selected reverberation. Rounding out those controls are DECAY — adjusts the decay time of the reverberation tail; BLEND — adjusts the mix /depth of the reverb effect with the dry signal; and TONE — tilt EQ-style reverb tone control — knobs, albeit an extended (500ms) tap on the oft-touch foot-switch provides access to some secondary layer controls, including MICROTUNE DELAY TIME — controls the master speed/time for the delay in the background of the ECHOVERB engine only; BOOST — allows for up to ±4dB of output boost; ROTOTREM —adjusts the amount of RotoTrem applied post-reverb, and ROTOTREM SPEED OVERRIDE —controls the master speed/time for the RotoTrem. Clearly capturing the essence of revered reverbs while adding its own sonic characteristics, SPRING REVERB II is the perfect tool to take anyone’s playing to the next level — whether looking to add a subtle touch of reverb or create expansive soundscapes.
This trio of Australian artisan guitar pedals all operate via 9V DC (center negative) input voltage(9V DC isolated power recommended).
For more information, please visit colortonepedals.com.