Phase Shifters

A phase shifter is an affect that duplicates a signal and plays it along side the original signal, but at a slightly delayed time. By shifting the signal in this manner, both signals become in and out of phase with one another and may even cancel out at certain points.

SolidGoldFX Athena - Vibraphase on RigShare

Athena - Vibraphase

Athena; daughter of Zeus. She’s recognized as strong, yet merciful, she has at least some roots in music, having invented the aulos, a double-reeded flute-like instrument. She’s the goddess of wisdom, war, and in our case, handicraft. She’s also the half-sister of Apollo, which coincidentally shares its name with an awesome phaser we make. Our Athena vibra-phase unit fittingly contains two of the four stages of the Apollo, giving you the juicy, chewy swoosh of our full-featured with a little less brashness and with tons of character to spare. However, like the goddess herself, Athena is much more than a simple feature set and design parameters. Stop us if you’ve heard this one: A Uni-Vibe is essentially a souped up phaser. Well, yes and no. While they are topologically similar, the Uni-Vibe requires a little more fine tuning—asymmetric tuning in this case. Athena has all that. It’s perfectly voiced to hold court with the rest of your effects and your instrument’s natural tone. In short: It’s highly musical and dynamic, just like your playing. Speed, depth, level—these come standard. But where the Athena really earns its keep is in its mode and color switches. The mode switch lets you change between different levels of blending to let a little or a lot of wet signal through. One mode position sets Athena to manual mode, where an optional expression pedal lets you manipulate the sweep of Athena without having to bow. Color gives you three levels of oomph that push the Uni-Vibe character into overdrive, essentially giving you a high, medium and low amount of throb for some truly inspiring textures. Adding Athena to any of your solos or chordal work is an excellent idea, dredging up rich harmonics while generating serious spatial movement. It’s time to pay tribute to your tone.

Rick Langlois

3 Rigs

Sonicake 5th Dimension on RigShare

5th Dimension

Picture this: during one particular gig, you need a phaser for covering Pink Floyd's Breathe; then a chorus for playing the riff of The Police's Message In A Bottle; finally a flanger for rocking out the opening intro of RATM's Killing In The Name. Normally you would need 3 separate modulation pedals for all those 3 songs. But what if I let you know that there is an easier way to get the job done, with only 1 pedal, would you be interested? It is our latest efforts towards the digital modulation world--5th Dimension. SONICAKE 5th Dimension is an assembly of 11 most commonly requested digital modulation effects, adding multiple sonic dimensions to your tone, providing more possibilities for your tonal palate. It is more than straightforward to use, with a MIX knob controlling effects level; a DEPTH knob adjusting the effects depth; a RATE knob tweaking effects speed; a MODE selector choosing from those 11 effects. Those 11 effects all sound like serious deals to my ears. The tones will speak for themselves. The 11 effects are: 1) Phase 101, a crystal clear and bright phasing tone; 2) Jet Fln Br., a massive, jet-like flanger tone with plenty of feedback; 3) Jet Flane, a classic-sounding flanger effect; 4) Big Sky, vintage chorus sound inspired by the legendary solid state Jazz amplifier; 5) Stereo Chorus, a classic and lush chorus sound modulated by a triangle wave; 6) Liquid Trem, a bias tremolo sound inspired by the circuitry from a vintage tube amp; 7) Opto Trem, classic optical tremolo tone; 8) Roto 60, a vintage 4-stage phasing/rotary vibe effect; 9) Blue Vib, a natural and warm vibrato sound; 10) Cryin' Bot, a dynamic auto-wah envelope filter (DEPTH knob controlling filter frequency range); 11) Lofi, sample reducing effect (DEPTH knob controlling the downsampling rate, RATE knobs controlling the overall brightness).


2 Rigs

Walrus Audio Lillian Multi-Stage Analog Phaser on RigShare
Walrus Audio
Walrus Audio

Lillian Multi-Stage Analog Phaser

Strap into the co-pilot seat and join Lillian on a sonic journey. Leaving nothing behind but clean, puffy white trails of whirling, pulsating and whooshing analog Phase effect. Viewers from below admire in a trance as it transforms the air into a unique and mesmerizing moment. The Lillian is a true bypass, all analog, multi-stage Phaser drawing inspiration from her cousin Julia. With controls like Rate, Width, Feedback, and D-P-V blend, the Lillian is packed with a wide array of analog phaser goodness waiting to be dialed in. The “Stages” switch allows the user to select 4 or 6 stages which alters the overall voice of the effect from warm and tight phasing with 4 stages to a more complex filtered sound with 6. The D-P-V knob lets you blend between dry, phase shifted, and vibrato sounds allowing for a wide range of control over the intensity and type of effect. Top mounted input, output, and power jacks as well as soft switch relay bypassing make the Lillian fit well on your board and ensure smooth operation for years to come. Borrowed from the Julia, the unique blend between Dry, Chorus and Vibrato has also been provided on the Lillian. Blend between Dry, Phase Shifted, and Vibrato (labeled d-p-v on the pedal). The Dry-Phase-Vibrato blend changes the ratio of dry to wet signal sent to the output. At minimum, you will hear no effect. Set it to noon for equal parts dry and wet – the traditional Phaser setting. Set it to maximum for 100% wet resulting in pitch vibrato. Explore the ground between minimum and noon for adding slight amounts of movement to your dry signal. Explore the ground between noon and maximum for all sorts of unheard phase/vibrato combinations.

Robert Fegley
Thomas Rees

2 Rigs

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