Tone Report Weekly 196 - Page 55

the waveform, resulting in subtle changes to the sound and pedal’s response. Additionally, there’s a “Depth” control (which determines how much of the effect is applied to your signal) and a “Speed” control (which determines the rate at which the tremolo pulses). So, how does it sound, you ask? It sounds very good. I was surprised to find no mention of JFET preamps, or WIMA capacitors, or, I dunno, gooped parts, because the Rocker Box seems to impart a little something extra to the signal—it’s a very subtle special sauce. Ironically, given the nature of tremolo, my signal sounded a little more robust going into the Rocker Box. Thanks to the stripped-down controls, dialing in the effect was easy, and, per the Bias control, I quickly had some classic, subtle, amp-like tremolo throbbing away. Except “throbbing” isn’t quite right; I typically maxed out the Depth control and played with the Bias control, because the Rocker Box is fairly low- key. The effect didn’t really come into play until both Depth and Bias were past noon. That still left me with a lot of room to tweak, but the range of the pedal always remained tasteful, for better or worse. With the Bias at noon, I got a solid shimmer that was fun to play with. Advancing to 3:00 I started to get some chop—nothing dramatic, but enough to make the point. Maxing out the Bias control, I found the response loosened, suggesting the tube implementation of an older amp. Backing the control back a bit was typically where the effect was most prominent, but I noticed that the sweet spot was dependent on the signal— hotter pickups typically had a little less range, pickups with lower winds had more room to play but the effect was less pronounced. The Rocker Box had no proble