Originally conceived to simulate the effect of a warped vinyl record, but that only scratches the surface of what Warped Vinyl HiFi can do. This “true pitch” analog vibrato/chorus pedal features an all-analog signal path that can be dialed in to create a limitless palette of vibrato and chorus.
Warped Vinyl HiFi has several changes from previous versions, including a lag knob for lush chorus tones, reduced noise, and opportunities for more transparent and brighter tones.
Further, every knob and switch is connected to a little digital brain while your guitar signal stays 100% analog the entire time and never gets digitally processed. Since the control of the effect is digital, it opens up unprecedented effects and features that have never been heard or offered in analog stompboxes.
- TONE (RAMP): Simply put, this is a magical knob. When you don’t have any dip switches assigned for ramping, this knob functions as a tone knob for the pitch-bending vibrato side on the pedal, it doesn’t affect the dry signal on the mix control. ”Noon” on this knob is a transparent setting, turning the knob clockwise shaves off low frequencies and turning it counterclockwise shaves off high frequencies.
- LAG: “Lag” refers to the delay time or latency between wet and dry signals. Turning the lag knob clockwise increases this delay between and dry signal paths and traditionally creates a more “lush” sounding chorus effect.
- MIX: Dial this in for 100% wet effect, 100% dry, or anything in-between. Parking this somewhere in the middle introduces chorus. Make sure to play with the tone knob as you dial this in as they are pretty interactive when it comes to chorus tones.
- DEPTH: This controls how wide the vibrato goes. Crank it clockwise for insane, pitch-bending modulation. In fact, HiFi has a wider, crazier vibrato range than previous versions, so enjoy that.
- WARP: This controls the center point of the modulation. Crank it to counterclockwise, the wave is going to ramp up quickly and ramp down gradually.
- LEFT WAVE SHAPE TOGGLE: This controls the shape of the first half of the wave modulation. Left for sine, middle for triangle, and right for square.
- RIGHT WAVE SHAPE TOGGLE: This controls the shape of the second half of the wave modulation. Left for square, middle for triangle, and right for sine. The depth, sway, and wave shape toggles comprise the ModuShape™ engine, which give unprecedented control over the shape of your modulation.
- BYPASS STOMP: Activates or bypasses the effect. This can be changed to a momentary bypass via a dip switch in the back of the pedal if it is desired. This pedal is “True Bypass” via a relay, and is extremely quiet.
- TAP/HOLD STOMP: In normal mode, sets tap tempo, always honors the last two stomps. In hold mode, you are able to trigger ramping by holding down the left tap/hold switch. The “-“ position momentarily deactivates the vibrato LFO and the “+” position is the inverse, momentarily activating it.
- LOWER TOGGLE: This switch recalls presets. The right position recalls one preset, the left recalls a different preset. The middle will always reflect wherever the knob positions, toggle positions, and dip switch positions are currently at.
- IN / OUT: ¼” mono input jack.
- EXP / CV: ¼” TRS jack for expression pedal (parameter selectable via dip switch in the back of the pedal. Tip goes to wiper. This jack can also be used to for 0-5V Control Voltage (CV) on tip – the ring should be left floating in this case.
- TAP / MIDI: ¼” TRS jack. This can be used as a tap input or output with a regular ¼” instrument cable. In addition, it can be used to interface the pedal with an Empress Effects Midibox.
- POWER & OTHER INFO: This pedal consumes ~70mA and should be operated with an alkaline 9V battery or a standard 2.1mm 9V DC center negative adapter. Input impedance of this device is 1M, and output impedance is less than 1k.
- EXP / CV CONTROL & DIP SWITCHES The Lag, Mix, RPM, Depth, and Warp dip switches in the left bank allow you to control parameters via ramping or an Expression Pedal / CV. Whenever you plug a ¼” in to the EXP / CV jack, the pedal automatically knows that you will be controlling parameters via expression or CV, not ramping.
- DIRECT CONTROL OF WAVEFORM WITH EXP / CV: If you have something plugged in to the EXP / CV jack, but do not have any parameters selected via dip switch, you are allowed to control the waveform directly.
- SETTING EXP / CV RANGE: The range of the expression / CV is controlled by the parameter knob position and the “sweep” dip switch. For example, if you wanted an expression pedal to control the]\ mix parameter from completely dry to a chorus effect, you would make sure the “sweep” dip switch is in the bottom position and set the mix knob at noon.