Armed with a soldering iron and half a century of in-the-field experience John Oram set to work designing six new pedals for Rotosound covering a wide palette of tone tweaking effects. The brief was simple - these pedals had to sound as though they had been in gig bags and flight cases for more than four decades. Components were carefully selected to ensure period accurate sounds project forth when called upon - authentic 60's design techniques using today's technological approach was the key objective.
At Summer NAMM
2013, Nashville, TN, Booth #1201, Rotosound launches six effects pedals. What started with just one metal box full of electrical components born in the Sixties eventually led to the rebirth of an iconic, first generation UK fuzz pedal in 2012, the Rotosound vintage reissue fuzz pedal. Six new hand wired pedals will be available worldwide from September 2013.
The Wobbler tremolo pedal has a smooth range control of rate and depth, vintage optical attenuator and unique control of its silicon and germanium signal paths. This provides a variety of sounds that captures a vintage valve amp tremolo tone.
Making it easier to sweep through the entire audio range from shimmery to vibrant, twisting to resonant guitar is the new King Henry phaser pedal. This comes with Peak, a control for the wider ranging of phase effects.
The Pusher compressor pedal's dynamics controller provides noise reduction helping to get a more transparent tone and help increase sustain. It aids the preservation of that essential essence of the string being plucked.
Allowing chorus effect to be mixed from minimum to maximum with Level control is the Crusader chorus pedal. This is designed to make guitars sing with sparkly, lush sounds that have a rich smooth quality.
The hybrid Aftermath with its analogue delay and precision digital circuitry gives modern control and fine-tuning capabilities helping to emulate a retro delay tone.
Tone shaping is provided by the Leveller EQ pedal. With its silicon and germanium signal parts it provides constant bandwidths on either side of frequencies. With a choice of Boom, Fuzz and Honk options, there's a range of tonal options available.