New Pedal: Purr Vibrato

About frickin’ time! I announced this new Vibrato pedal at NAMM 2018. Now it’s time for NAMM 2019, and Purr is finally available and in stock at Vintage King.

Why so long? As soon as we finalized the prototype and designed the new circuit board, a crucial part suddenly became unavailable. ARGH!

It took forever to track down an acceptable substitute. But we finally did, and I’m thrilled with the results. I hope other guitarists dig it too.

Hey, if you’re going to NAMM 2019 in Anaheim next week, please stop by and say hi. Especially since since I’ll be sharing a booth with my my friend James Trussart, creator of some of the loveliest guitars ever conceived. We’ll be in Hall D at Booth 3942.

It’s too early to say whether guitarist will dig the Purr pedal. But at least someone I know is excited about the new release!

5 comments to New Pedal: Purr Vibrato

  • Terry Relph-Knight

    Sounds purrfect. Any reason why you didn’t fit a switch to mix direct and vibrato signals to get chorus? Purrhaps you wanted to keep it purrely vibrato.

    • Joe Gore

      Because it’s sort of chorus-y sounding already? This will probably sound like hogwash to someone with your tech expertise but … vibrato is just WEIRD. The word “fragile” keeps coming to mind. With trem, the effect is obvious, regardless of rate or depth (at least at, say, rates over 2Hz or so and at reasonable depth) and the parameters aren’t very interactive. With vibrato (or at least, analog optical vibrato) even modest rate and mix alteration can make the effect seem to evaporate. I think it’s more about psychoacoustics than actual acoustics. But I’ve always found it difficult to “tune” vibrato, whether it’s analog or digital.

  • Sabrina

    Wow, the stereo sounds surprisingly “normal”. I would’ve thought having one ear vibrato’d and one dry would be more jarring.

  • Mark Hammer

    Unsynced stereo vibrato sounds even better. I made myself a stereo faux Magnatone with independent LFOs for each “side” and it sounds AMAZING. You owe it to yourself to whip one up, Joe. I don’t know what you’re using to set speed. I used the classic LFO circuit found in the old Electronics Australia tremolo and many amps. A dual-ganged pot was used to adjust speed, so that both LFOs could be made faster or slower at the same time. The aperiodic nature of the vibrato, however, is what makes the magic.

    The analogy I use is that of regular vs harmonic tremolo. Regular tremolo, even of the tube bias variety, sounds nice for a while but it eventually gets tiresome. Harmonic tremolo, on the other hand, you can leave on all afternoon. Same with this stereo vibrato. Your Purr sounds great as is. But I promise you that if you made a stereo one for yourself, you wouldn’t turn it off for days. The only down side is that you need two amps, or a stereo amp with stereo send/receive.

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