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There are some pedals that come along and really make you think about sound; how it works, how you can manipulate it and how, sometimes, you just need to let go and throw out everything you thought you knew about effects. Today’s pedal embodies all of these things, and more, by being a true original in a time of klones and copies, but in a way that almost transforms the delay genre, flipping it upside down and inside out, taking...

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Speaking of crazy pedals….no, for real, today’s featured pedal is a real nut, and one we attempted to fully embrace. The Heliotrope is a harmonic pixelator from Catalinbread, and if you’re not sure what that is, neither are we. Still. However, it is a must-have box for all musical experimenters, and one that we had an absolute blast trying to decipher. Basically, a Harmonic Pixelator is Catalinbread’s way of...

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The crew over in Portland at Catalinbread have been pumping out some awesome pedals for years now, and we’ve had the pleasure of reviewing some of their best ones (in our opinion, anyway!). From overdrives to analog echoes to “Sabbath In A Box”, the diversity and craftsmanship are second to none, which is why we were so excited about checking out’s today’s featured pedal, the Adineko Oil Can Delay. From...

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Don’t you just love to hear the sound of a good tape echo delay coming out of your amplifier, or stereo speakers, or a YouTube video? Of course you do, we all do! Problem is, to be able to get that authentic sound, you have to find AND be able to purchase a big, clunky machine, which may or may not even work properly, then take a short 6 week course on how to use it, switch tapes and keep up the general maintenance of the unit....

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When you think of the term “heavy metal” and it’s origins, what name inevitably pops into your head? That’s right, it’s Black Sabbath, and if you said anything else, you’re incorrect. And when you think of this legendary band and how it shaped the sound of heavy music today, who do you mostly associate that with? Nope, it’s not Ozzy, but you’re close: Tony Iommi. His dark tones and heavy...

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One of my favorite overdrive pedals from Catalinbread is their Formula No. 5 – it hasn’t left my board in years, and I can always find a use for it somewhere in my playing, regardless of style or volume. That said, I was super-stoked to test out it’s big brother, the Formula 5F6, whose circuit is based on the old tweed Bassman amplifiers. As soon as I plugged it in, I loved the sound, and after messing around with it...

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Classic Marshall amp tone is revered by many guitar players, and it should be, because it sounds incredible. However, the majority of us don’t have an extra $2000 laying around to blow on an early ’80s JCM800 (or whatever your particular flavor happens to be), so we need something in pedal from that will help transform whatever amp we are currently using into a pseudo-Marshall. The folks at Catalinbread have come up with a...

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The Formula No. 5 from Catalinbread is modeled after the famous Tweed amps used by some famous guitar pickers (Clapton, Billy Gibbons, Neil Young, etc), and gives off a powerful but somewhat soothing tone. The No. 5 can boost your amp’s natural sound a little or a lot, and with the Gain knob up to the max, can really make it sing. Although the tone is definitely in the ‘overdrive’ category, it emits an...

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Catalinbread Semaphore Tremolo

Catalinbread Semaphore Tremolo


Posted By on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in Catalinbread, Tremolo | 0 comments

The Semaphore Tremolo Delivers classic tremolo sounds from the smooth and buttery coaxing of vintage “harmonic vibrato” to more modern aggressive hard chop “repeat percussion”. There are of course plenty of non-traditional trem-based sounds too – pulses, swells, blips, & surf amplitude modulation can all be found inside. It wouldn’t be a Catalinbread pedal if it didn’t do some weird stuff too, right?...

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