Electronics Vortex Flanger – Review – 22-12-2015
since I have been playing electric guitar & synthesisers,
one of my favourite effects has always been the flanger.
That whooshing, flying sound, almost like a jet engine which had a
life of its own. Then again growing up in the late
70s/early 80s I had to shortage of music with the said effect
to inspire me like the “Prologue” in ELO’s “Time” album or
the later “Save a Prayer” By Duran Duran.
then I remember commandeering my father’s Vox
1902 “Spaceship” Flanger and whenever
funds would permit installing the two Eveready nine volt batteries
it required as to use it in my recordings.
Forward to 2015 I haven’t really had the aforementioned effect
in use in recent times until acquiring the Vortex Flanger
we are about to look at now.
by the Danish company known as TC Electronics (Well Known
for their Polytune polyphonic tuner) the Vortex is a simple and easy
to use stomp box in a single size footprint.
Vortex is a digital pedal with true bypass and also a buffered
bypass option is also available via an internal dip switch.
This can be useful for a large pedal board or for those who
use very long cables.
pedal can be powered by a 9 volt battery or a power adapter
for which the socket is located at the top of the pedal, which
I prefer to a side mounted socket for mounting on a pedal
on to the controls, the first one to note is the mini toggle
switch located between the two top knobs. This allows one
to switch between the standard mode, toneprint
mode, and an emulated tape mode.
those of you unfamiliar with the Toneprint
function this allows sounds tweaked by well known artists
to be downloaded onto your pedal via usb
or with an application on your smartphone.
other four controls are quite the usual ones to expect on
a flanger these regulate;
Speed: How fast the effect moves along
Rate: The Intensity of the Effect.
Feedback: Controls how much of the effected signal
is fed back into the pedal.
Delay Time: Sets the Pitch of the Sweep
unit has a great variety of sounds which I include in some
sound samples below, ranging from lush chorus effects, digital
flanging to tape emulated sounds.
Ernest H Slade