TC Electronic Shaker Vibrato Reviews4.5/5.0 based on 2 customer reviews
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from Washington State, USA
February 13, 2012Music Background:
Amature guitarist for 30+ years. Rock, blues, acoustic, etc.
Interesting and Unique PedalAt first I was a bit skeptical as to the usefulness of this pedal, but since I have have been playing with the Shaker Vibrato, I have been very pleased and the box has opened up a number of sonic options.
This is not a tremlo box. It is better. The Shaker adds true vibrato to your tone in a variety of ways. You can adjust the sound from obvious synthesized space lazer or surf like vibration all the way down to a very subtle background swirl much like a slow phaser or flanger. The latch feature is nice. It allows you to throw in a quick wammy bar vibrato to a note or chord without having to hit the switch twice. Your guitar may not have a vibrato bar, and this allows you to utilize a similar effect without drilling your adding one to your axe. Finally, toneprint allows you to customizeand add different effects. Great features and a ton of different effects in one box.
I'm very happy with this pedal as I am with all the new TC Electronic stompboxes. Highly recommended.
from Saint Paul
December 4, 2012Music Background:
lots of optionsI bought this as a "fun" pedal to have on my board but after playing around with it for an hour, I realized it was going to replace my chorus pedal. great for subtle chorus to rotary to ray gun. Latch mode is fun and its nice to be able to download tone prints. FYI some tone prints work as latches and others as normal. Took me awhile to figure that out.
Readers of SweetNotes and Sweetwater's other publications know that I love to get "hands on" with gear of all types. That's why I was so thrilled to be asked to work with TC Electronic to create an exclusive set of Sweetwater TonePrints for 's pedals. Talk about hands on -- we were way deep inside those boxes!
But let's take a step back here. TC's TonePrint line consists of five pedals: the delay, the chorus, the flanger, the vibrato, and the reverb. These compact and affordable pedals sound great and offer excellent features and benefits, such as allowing the analog input signal to pass through completely untouched. They're also very versatile, with algorithms drawn from TC's long history of amazing studio and guitar effects processors. That versatility is kicked way up by the TonePrint part of the equation. A TonePrint is a free downloadable preset that can be loaded into one of the five pedals. This preset might be an artist-designed sound or something from TC -- or in this case, special sounds crafted by yours truly. You can get the presets off the TC site and load them in your pedal via USB. Or, even cooler, you can use your iPhone or Android to "beam" a TonePrint into your pedal, instantly, anywhere you might be.
Creating a TonePrint isn't as simple as playing with the front-panel knobs on the pedal to find a sound you like. TC uses specialized editing software that allows you to go deep into the pedal to adjust hundreds of parameters. It's an intense process, but also a lot of fun! In my case, I brought in a box of vintage pedals I'm no longer comfortable taking to the gig, and TC's Tore Mogensen and I spent hours re-creating the sounds of those pedals. We ended up with four TonePrints: a BOSS DM-3-style analog delay for the Flashback, a BOSS CE-2-style analog chorus for the Corona, a BOSS Dimension C-style multi-chorus for the Corona, and an original Electro-Harmonix Electric Mistress-style flanger/chorus for the Vortex.
After hours of work, we were very pleased with the results. Our goal was to capture the spirit of the original pedals, and I think we succeeded! Best of all, you can have these TonePrints for your own TC pedals, completely free of charge, courtesy of TC Electronic and Sweetwater! Simply use your computer to load the TonePrints from tcelectronic.com, or use your iPhone/Android to access them. TC pedals and TonePrints are a staple in my rig, and I hope that you find them just as useful.
In the end, what I came away with from this experience was a true appreciation for just how powerful these unassuming little TonePrint pedals are. Check them out!