Does anybody know of any good Leslie Speaker FX pedals for the guitar? Any Flanger/Phaser/Chorus types I've tried don't seem to capture the true sound and I don't fancy forking out for the real thing. Any suggestions?
The only half decent rotary speaker effects will be expensive,,,and rack-mounts rather than pedals, like the Digitech RPM 1...and even then, they won't be great.
Although it's a slightly different effect the Univibe style of pedal made popular by Hendrix/Robin Trower etc is more commonly available. These include:
MJM Sixties Vibe
Fulltone Deja Vibe
Prescription Electronics Vibe
Voodoo Labs Microvibe (Probably the best value for money)
Dunlop Rotovibe/UniVibe Reissue
Roger Mayer Voodoo Vibe
...and several more which I can't remember off the top of my head.
Something more akin to the Leslie may be a Hughes & Kettner Rotosphere or an Analogman Clone Chorus (analogman.com)
I have used quite a few pedals trying to get that Hendrix Machine Gun wobble and eventually got hold of the MJM Sixties Vibe, it's outstanding.
Check out Harmony Central for reviews and the Effects discussion forum.
You can also hear a lot of these pedals at Musictoyz.com and Tonefrenzy.com among others.
I don't want to sound deliberately ahine,
but ewe could probably get a *REAL* leslie speaker
from a retro-specialist dealer in England for under £200,
which, considering the price of some of the digital crap
suggested here, and the fact that the real thing
will sound about 10 times better,
might just possible be a more pragmatic alternative...?
If your looking for a real Leslie probably the best place is:
Practically speaking it is considerably more awkward to transport a leslie cabinet than one of the pedals I mentioned above, none of which are digital.
Granted, the sound of an effect pedal is never likely to perfectly duplicate the original Leslie unit, but the quality of many modern effects certainly makes them the pragmatic choice.
Well if ewe are in a band which is bringing some amps and
a drum kit and keyboards to a gig anyway,
I doubt very much that one extra speaker is gonna make much
practical differance to be honest....
...however if ewe are just some wee lad who gets a lift to
gigs in his mummy's car with his geetar in the boot,
then yes, maybe a pedal would be more transportable.
(But I really challenge anyone to replicate the sound of a leslie
convincingly with a single static speaker .... the whole point
is that it rotates and throws frequencies all round the room
in different directions - this 3D aspect is very hard to model)
The bloke who started the thread asked about Leslie FX Pedals. I was giving him information picked up while I was looking for one.
Are you deliberately trying to alienate people from the forum with these petty insults?
Do you have a problem with young people in bands?
Is it only valid to arrive at a gig in a van?
Does more equipment equal greater talent?
Such hostile replies are more likely to discourage people from participating.
Well he was probably only asking about "Leslie Effect" pedals
because he was completely unaware that ewe can get a fully
functioning Leslie Speaker for just over £200....
....ewe won't find info like that in Session Music,
but ewe can find it on the Internet.
Now don't be so bold.
My goodness I didn’t expect to start world war three here. Hey it’s only Rock ‘n’ Roll.
As a guitarist with some 17 years experience of gigging and recording, I am quite aware of the pros and cons of the amplification/transportation/authentic sound equation. I have experimented many times using the Leslie speaker in the recording studio but find the subtleties of this wonderful contraption can be lost amongst the usual live set up of floor to ceiling Marshall stacks. (please don’t start on the stage volume debate).
Finding a pedal that can replicate the sound of the Leslie has become something of a Holy Grail for myself, however I am more than aware that nothing beats the real thing.
£200 is quite a bargan but the problems arrive if something goes wrong with the blimin thing, thats when the fun starts.
Also I would only be using the pedal for home use, at present, and another speaker cabinet in the home equals vast ear ache, so the next best thing will have to do until I acquire that 16th century mansion in the country.
In the meantime a big thanks to everyone for their advice.
tHE technology in a Leslie is no doubt quite straightforward,
and could easily be fixed if it broke -
moreover if ewe buy it from a dealer like the one linked
to above (especially if a credit card is involved),
ewe will have comeback if it breaks down...
Conversely, digital devices are full of exceedingly complex
chips and circuit boards, and if they get broken,
no-one is gonna be able to fix them -
generally they'll just have to be replaced altogether.
If the product has since been discontinued, ewe won't
even be able to do this...
Sorry for butting in...
... nothing to contribute re: the technology debate.
But - I'm moving out of my 16th century mansion in the countryside this weekend, so it's up for grabs.
It's in Derbyshire, like, so it might make getting to work quite tricky (unless you work in Derbyshire)
Does it have it's own pet goat?
No, but there is a dog with arthritis.
The bastards want the key to my office back.
HaHa I've left it all messy.
Told you to take more toilet paper with you.
Mr. Davis is always right....
a couple of other wee pedals that you may want to have a jook at are DOD's Vibro Thang, and Lovetone's Doppelganger.
Both these pedals incorporate
The Vibro thang is cheap and does the trick nice and quick for your standard leslie tones, it works well with electric and acoustic guitars
The lovetone is a much stranger beastie,
It does all the same sounds and then some more, It will be hard to say no to, albeit that it costs the same as a second hand leslie but is no where near as substantial.
Personally though the most extreme of all the pedals is the afore mentioned Roger Mayer voodoo vibe, that thing really does take the instrument feed into previously uncharted waters...
Happy play testing
over an out.