Canadian effects company Empress have launched a new Tremolo pedal.
Here is what they have to say about the pedal directly from their websiteâ€¦ Main Features of the Empress Tremolo
Pristine Sound - The Empress Tremolo has to be heard to be believed. It's sound is warm and full. It passes all audio frequencies effortlessly. It's whisper quiet and free from the "LFO throb" usually associated with tremolos. We dare anyone to find a better sounding tremolo.
Waveform Selection - You can modulate your sound with three different waveforms. An asymmetrical tremolo was modelled after a classic tube amp to give you the fullest tremolo sound possible. A square wave can be utilized if you're after a harder sound. And if you're looking for a more normal tremolo, you can use the triangle wave setting.
Tap Tempo - The Empress Trem averages your last four taps so it plays in sync with your music. You can also choose different tap to tremolo rate ratios. 1:1, 1:2, and 1:4 are available.
Two Speed Mode - An exclusive feature to the Empress Trem. You're able to set to different rates, and switch between them using the tap tempo stompswitch. This is similar to playing through a Leslie cabinet and switching the speeds.
Rhythms - Another exclusive feature. The Empress Trem will definiately do your run-of-the-mill tremolo sound to a tee. But you can also set it to play different rhythms.
Gain - A problem with most tremolos on the market is that when they're engaged, you hear a noticeable drop in volume. The Empress Trem solves this by having a gain stage on the output. It's able to deliver up to 6dB of gain without adding any distortion to the signal.
True Bypass - The Empress Trem employs true bypass, so you can be sure that it's not affecting the signal when disengaged.
Perfect Size - The enclosure measures approximately 4.5" by 3.5" by 1.5", which is delightfully small when considering all the features packed into this unit.
PowerThe Empress Tremolo does not run off of batteries. It is powered by a standard 9VDC negative tip wall wart (like the BOSS PSA-120). Power supply sold seperately.
Price and Availability
The Empress Tremolo comes with a two-year warranty and a 30 day money back guarantee. It will retail for $249 CDN. There is a preorder offer of $199 CDN ($50 off) until May 12, 2006.