Tone Report Weekly Issue 154 - Page 52

DRYBELL VIBE MACHINE V2 REVIEW BY FLETCHER STEWART STREET PRICE $298.75 UNDERSEA TONE EMISSIONS The Vibe Machine V2 from Croatian tone chemist Drybell takes all the fat and chewy holographic undulations from the past, trims out the chaff and propels our vintage vibe fantasies into the future. The beauty of this design is that one can plug in and play, or deep dive into the Marianas Trench-sized depths of custom wobble design. This is achieved with six external trimpots, two front facing dials and a pair of tiny toggles. The left toggle is the classic vibe setting choice of Chorus and Vibrato, while 52 GEAR REVIEW // the right toggle switches from Classic, Bright and Custom settings— these basically alter the impedance to suit different guitars and signal paths. There is also an expression input for use with either a treadle or the optional F-1L footswitch. These open up to the pedal’s interactive capabilities and turn the Vibe Machine V2 into an interactive, organic masterclass in tonal luminescence. Let’s make like a lantern fish and light the way to the past, present and future of this classic effect. RAMPING UP AND VIBING OUT Drybell Vibe Machine V2 Like most of my favorite vintage effects, a good vibe pedal can be played almost as if it is its own instrument. Even without the external trimpots and expression capabilities, the Vibe Machine churns and burns like waves of lava, lapping at the edges the signal source. While there are many fantastic digital vibe emulators in this modern age, there is a physical satisfaction in analog photocell manipulation that is seldom rivalled. With factory trimpot settings, in the Chorus mode, the two face dials present a plethora of pulsating plumage. The DryBell doesn’t flub out