A premium analog tap-tempo stereo tremolo
The Liquid Tremolo delivers luscious and organic waves giving warm and thick movement to your tone. From strong and powerful throbs to delicate flutters and shimmers, the results are tonally transparent and free of unwanted impurities, and all in perfect synchronicity!
Read on to discover the Liquid Tremolo’s amazing feature set...
Get your tremolo pulse in time with the music by tapping twice or more on the TAPSYNC button. Select a multiplier (1,2,3,4,5 or 6) to increase the speed by exact multiples of the tap rate. Set to 3 for triplets, 4 for 16ths or even 5 for something a little more unique! Now you have easy control of the speed in relation to the time signature. Changing the multiplier updates the tremolo speed on-the-fly. Tap detection ranges from 250 ms to 2 secs; when combined with the range of multipliers to select from gives an ultimate range of 0.5 to 24 Hz (30 to 1440 bpm).
Tap the TAPSYNC button once to conveniently re-sync the tremolo pulse without changing the speed. This is especially useful if you have previously set the right speed but the sync pulse isn't landing in the right place. This feature works in all modes (Manual, Tapsync and Expression).
MANUAL SPEED & DEPTH
The Liquid Tremolo has a Manual mode which controls the speed manually just like the traditional tremolo. The manual speed ranges from a lazy 1 Hz to a rapid 14 Hz (60 to 840 bpm). Depth control is manual in all modes unless using the Expression input (see below). The depth ranges from a subtle 3 dB wash to a lush 30 dB intensity.
A volume pedal can be used to control the speed or depth as you play, opening the door to a world of fluidic timing and intensity. No need for a special expression pedal or TRS 'Y' cable, the Liquid Tremolo takes the output from any ordinary volume pedal via a normal mono jack and makes it happen! The volume pedal controls speed ?when the pedal is in Expression mode and controls depth when the pedal is in any of the Tapsync modes.
A simple setup procedure can be performed which will not only optimize for the particular resistance range of your volume pedal, but will also span the expression speed across the range of your choice, and in the direction of your choice (i.e. brake vs accelerator mode). Either Manual mode or Tapsync mode may be used for setting each end of the range. The setup characteristics are saved and remain in effect until the next time the setup procedure is performed. The depth, however, is automatically spanned over the whole 3 to 30 dB range, with heel-down corresponding to minimum depth and toe-down corresponding to maximum depth.
There are eight wave contours to choose from to excite and energize your tone in different ways. From smooth & warm to hard & edgy and beyond to more exotic shapes, the Liquid Tremolo has a gorgeous palette of organic and luscious envelopes that need to be heard to be believed! A custom shape may also be loaded into the pedal according to your specification; your own unique signature sound embedded right there inside!
The Liquid Tremolo outputs two signals: the main (L) signal is in time with the pedal sync, the other (R) lags behind by an amount set via the STEREO FIELD preset on the back of the pedal. The stereo field can be varied from zero lag (mono) all the way to 180 degrees (ping-pong). Halfway (90 degrees) gives a mesmerizing and vibrant spatial stereo image that can only be described as dizzying!
Often people ask if a wet/dry mix control could be added. There actually IS a wet/dry mix control, it's called the Depth knob. Setting the depth of the tremolo effect sets how deep the wave contour troughs are, which is how wet or dry the effect is. Zero depth means the signal passes through without change; maximum depth means the signal passes through with maximum change. The Liquid Tremolo's minimum depth is deliberately not quite zero (that's what bypassing is for after all). The Liquid Tremolo's maximum depth is 30 dB, but a depth of 40 dB can be achieved using the Depth Jump feature (see below).
Instead of a volume pedal to control speed when in Expression mode you may plug in a switch instead, which will double the speed setting on the SPEED knob whenever it is held down. This gives you basic but very effective pattern control! When the pedal powers up, it detects whether the Expression input has a volume pedal or a switch connected and makes the necessary decisions on how to treat the signal from it.
When using a switch in the Expression input, an immediate intensity lift can be achieved when in any of the Tapsync modes. Simply hold down the switch to jump to an impressive 40 dB depth!
The top is arranged simply and clearly with timing on the right and shaping on the left. All sockets are conveniently placed at the back to reduce its footprint width.
The Liquid Tremolo has a purely analog signal path from input to output for superior signal purity, at no stage is your valuable tone digitized.
True-bypassing is taken one stage further by using high-quality latching signal relays with exceptionally low contact resistance to ensure transparent signal propagation when bypassed. Both outputs are true-bypassed to the single input. Latching relays use zero current to hold their state which ensures no battery power is wasted. This also means that the pedal remains in the state it was left in when power is removed; however when it is next powered up, the pedal returns itself to the bypassed state.
Taking the industry standard regulated 9Vdc input via a 2.1mm center-negative barrel connector, the Liquid Tremolo boosts that internally to 18Vdc for superior headroom. Actually, up to 12Vdc can be used (boosting to 24Vdc internally) as long as it's regulated. Powering from a 9V PP3 battery (accessed internally) is also possible as the current draw is a mere 30mA! When using a battery, plugging a jack into the input turns the pedal on. When the battery is near the end of its life and has dropped to around 7V or less, the bypass LED will wink regularly to alert you to replace it.
The FLUXPORT™ (located on the rear) is a gateway for future accessories. Whether it be to provide presets, direct BPM entry, long-record contour streaming or simple remote control, the FLUXPORT™ has a wealth of built in capabilities that have yet to make their way into attachable devices. It is also the means by which a custom contour is uploaded into the pedal.
Precision BiFET op-amps are used throughout for their super low-noise JFET inputs and high output drive capability. Alps switches and pots ensure smooth parameter control.
The Liquid Tremolo has been designed with simplistic elegance in mind, distilling the very best benefits without unnecessary complexity into one compact unit. Each Liquid Tremolo is hand made, individually tested, and laser-engraved with a unique serial number. The Liquid Tremolo comes superbly presented in deluxe packaging and is accompanied by a beautifully illustrated 20-page instruction booklet.