The review calls the E2D “a pedal that can’t really be improved” and says that the Philosopher’s Tone offers “incredibly rich tone that is criminally addictive.”
Guitar World took Rototron for a spin and decided it deserved their esteemed GOLD AWARD.
A lot of pedals—from phasers and vibes to so-called rotary effects—approximate the sounds of a rotating speaker cabinet, but it’s rare that one can nail the sound, performance and quirks of the genuine Leslie cabinets used to great effect on recordings by the Beatles, Peter Frampton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and many others. The Pigtronix Rototron is the latest contender, and it comes much closer to the authentic experience of playing through a Leslie cabinet than any stomp box yet.
Most rotating speaker pedals sound good, but I don’t know of any that perform as close to a genuine Leslie as the Rototron. The overall effect is thick, warm and chewy, with an unmistakable combination of phase shifting, chorus and tremolo that replicates the true Doppler effect of a rotating speaker. The ramp and brake effects are the coolest, and they expand the pedal’s creative potential beyond the usual swirling and gurgling underwater sounds. The rotating speaker effect sounds dead perfect and uncannily threedimensional when each output is connected to a separate amp. All that’s missing is the squeak of a poorly lubricated motor.“
Bass Musician magazine has given the Philosopher Bass Compressor a rave review:
“I’ve used many different compressors, some good, some bad, but none like this. If I was to only have one pedal in my setup, (I currently have three, a chorus, fuzz, and preamp), this would be the pedal. Why? Simple to use, but still does a lot, even though it is “only” a compressor. The five basics on this pedal are volume, compression, sustain, a toggle switch for grit, and lets not forget the engage toggle switch for on/off functionality. I’ve used the Pigtronix Philosopher Bass Compressor on a couple different gigs, one in a small club, and the other at an outdoor festival. I couldn’t have asked for more, as the pedal fit everything I needed. With the compression and sustain, I was able to actually turn my chorus off, as I only use a small amount just to “round” out the notes a little. With the grit function, I was able to remove my fuzz pedal, and still get the amount of dirt I needed. The grit function of this pedal is one of the features that make it different from the other compressors on the market and gives a subtle distortion that really stands out.
The volume knob is just that, and the compression knob goes you a blend of both dry signal and compression. Lastly, the sustain knob goes from very subtle sustain to practically hanging on forever until you chose to stop it. One thing I noticed with the sustain, unlike other compressors, especially at the festival is that it did not affect notes played that I did not hang onto, it only applied sustain where I wanted, evenly, and until I let it go. Increasing the sustain also gave me affect if I held the note long enough, I got a small amount of feedback, which I really liked, especially at the end of a tune. Keep in mind, I was outdoors, and my rig was fairly loud. For the small club gig, I did use the supplied 18 volt adapter, and for the outdoor festival, I just added it to my pedalboard and connected it as 9 volt. I did notice a small difference in the operation between 18 and 9 volt, but nothing that really stood out or even seemed to affect the performance of the pedal. The Pigtronix Philosopher Bass Compressor is really making me rethink my current setup and could easily replace two of my current pedals. Click to listen to some of the audio samples and you may end up doing the same.”
Here’s a link to the review: http://bassmusicianmagazine.com/2014/09/pigtronix-philosopher-bass-compressor-review
Guitar Player magazine has given Rototron its Editors’ Pick award in the October 2014 issue.
Here’s an excerpt: “The Rototron sounds superb through a single amp, and utterly divine through two. It captures that multi-dimensional rotary speaker sound extremely accurately, while being capable of some trippy and ethereal sounds when you get creative with the knobs. The Rototron’s tone is rich and lush throughout its range, and the control parameters offer sky’s-the-limit flexibility that behooves much exploration… for tone, flexibility, and sheer inventiveness, the Rototron earns an Editors’ Pick Award.”
Read the full review here: RototronGPReview
For more information on Rototron (including audio and video), visit the Rototron product page.
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