Often used in the past for “surf”music, or for pop, the tremolo has resurfaced as a cool part of modern heavy rock and roll.
The Reaction Tremolo provides a great sounding trem that lets you go from surf bum tremolo to a pulsating heart pounding Staccato tremolo (think death metal). The speed control allows enough range to even produce a machine gun effect, or a low tech re-sample effect as well. The Reaction Tremolo is a classic asymmetric analog tremolo that utilizes a photo cell for great results.
Rocktron's Reaction Series pedals are built into a rugged metal slim form factor chassis, taking up as little space as possible on your pedalboard. The Reaction Tremolo is a TRUE BYPASS pedal: when you turn it off…it is out of your signal path!
Controls include SPEED which controls the speed of the tremolo modulation. ACTIVE is the LED which provides visual feedback to help set the SPEED control.
WAVEFORM lets you select either Triangle (classic tremolo) or Square (staccato) modulation waveform. INTENSITY controls the mix between input source and effect output.
Tremolo pedals usually sound better when placed after distortion in the signal chain. However, the Reaction Tremolo can be used either before or after the distortion. Placing the Reaction Tremolo after a distortion while using the Square Wave selection can produce an effect that is dynamically controlled by how hard you attack a chord followed by the decay which the tremolo effect seems to creep up on and overtake…Very cool!
If using multiple pedals such as delays and other modulation effects, try the Reaction Tremolo in different parts of the signal chain until you find the sound you like best.
The footswitch on the Reaction Tremolo controls On/Off status as shown by the LED indicator. Reaction stomp boxes run on a 9V Alkaline battery, or may also be powered by Rocktron's DC OnTap Universal Power Supply adaptor.