If for some reason, you still don’t know about or haven’t experienced any of the sonic marvels that Walrus Audio continually puts out into the effects community, you need to get on that quick (after you read this and watch the demo, of course). For the rest of us, it comes as no surprise that Colt and the crew have come up with an incredible new tremolo to unleash on the world: the Monument Harmonic Tap Tremolo. Featuring a slew of options, tap tempo, expression functionality and more, this gem of a modulator will add dimensions and depths to your sound that you never even knew existed.
The Monument whisks you back in time a couple of decades, emulating the powerful sounds of the old Fender Brownface amplifiers in harmonic mode. The option-heavy control section opens up many possibilities in the tremolo/vibe department, and there are a couple other add-ons that really make this guy stand out. Rate controls the speed of the LFO (low-frequency oscillator), and Depth sets its intensity, pretty standard fare for a pedal of this type. The Division knob is where we start to get crazy, as you can set this to quarter, triplet, eighth and sixteenth factors, which multiply the tempo set by the Tap switch. The Shape knob selects what wave shape you want for the LFO, moving between Sine, Square, Ramp, Lumps and Monument modes, further enhancing the usability of this tremolo. Finally, a Volume knob sets your overall output volume, and can be used as a clean boost as well, with the Depth knob set at zero.
A key element to the Monument Tremolo‘s functionality and sound is the lone toggle switch, labeled Har/Std. While Standard mode gives you that well-loved, traditional tremolo sound, the Harmonic mode is where this pedal makes its money. Again, conjuring up tones of those Brownface amps, this mode boasts more of a Vibrato-type sound, with a Lo and Hi pass split signal. The LFO modulates each signal, but opposite each other, or 180˚ out of phase, resulting in some strange and unusual sounds. A Tap In jack lets you control the tap tempo function externally with an optional aux tap switch, and the Expression In jack allows you to control the Rate with a TRS cable and expression pedal as well.
If all this doesn’t sell you yet, Walrus added one more trick to this pony: the Bypass switch can be pressed and held when the effect is OFF to momentarily activate it, for quick bursts of tone and texture. Again raising the bar for effects pedals, and especially tremolo/vibe types, Walrus Audio keeps pushing the sonic envelope on each new creation, putting themselves in the forefront of modern effects juggernauts time and time again. Thanks to Colt and everyone there for all of their support, we’re always amazed when a new package shows up with their logo-ed tape wrapped around it, and can’t wait to see what the next one turns out to be!