The Soundblox 2 Orbital Modulator from Source Audio is
now Available -
Source Audio, innovators of the award winning Hot Hand® Motion
Controlled Effects and Soundblox effects pedals are introducing the
Soundblox 2 Orbital Modulator. The Orbital Modulator is a
combination phaser, flanger, chorus, and tremolo modulation effects
pedal, designed to work equally well with guitar or bass. This
powerful cast-aluminum stompbox offers rack-mount function and
flexibility in a surprisingly compact 4.5 x 4.5 inch footprint.
Source Audio introduced The Orbital Modulator at the 2013 Winter
NAMM Show in Anahiem, CA where it received praise from both Guitar
Player and Premier Guitar magazines. Guitar Player called the
pedal, "an insanely flexible, killer sounding mod box that runs the
gamut from classic to otherworldly." Premier Guitar raved that the
O-Mod packs "just about every modulation flavor imaginable with
some extra Source Audio tricks and filters."
The Orbital Modulator offers three chorus effects from a classic
single voiced chorus to mega-lush two and four voiced effects. Its
five flavors of flanger include a remarkably realistic tape flange
(aka through zero flange) and two thoroughly unique Resonator
flangers. Five luscious phaser effects range from a simple Uni-Vibe
inspired modulation to highly complex 8 and 12 stage phasers.
Tremolo can be embedded into any of the Orbital's effect types for
dramatic three-dimensional effects like rotary speaker simulation
or thumping chopper-like amplitude modulations. Each effect type
offers an endless range of possibilities with nine adjustable
parameters including DEPTH, FEEDBACK, DELAY, FREQUENCY, VOLUME,
LoRETAIN (Source Audio's own low-end preserving algorithm),
TREMOLO, MIX, and SPEED.
In an effort to make the Orbital Modulator totally user
friendly, a reset function has been included, which automatically
sets any of the effects to a meticulously fashioned default setting
personally dialed in by Source Audio's tone obsessed engineering
combo of Bob Chidlaw and Jesse Remignanti. Users can save two
presets that are easily recalled via two footswitches. Plus, the
Orbital offers "Universal Bypass" which offers a choice between
true-bypass or a special analog buffered bypass.
The Orbital allows users to control each effect's modulation
either internally or externally. Sine and square wave LFO offer
vibrant internal modulation with on-the-fly Tap Tempo SPEED
adjustment. Plus forward and reverse Envelope Followers offer
effect modulation reactive to incoming guitar or bass signals. The
Orbital is also compatible with MIDI control signals, the Source
Audio Dual Expression Pedal, or any of the Hot Hand® Motion Sensor
Rings. Each external control device operates effect modulation or
can be assigned to any of the nine adjustable parameters.
Source Audio's proprietary state-of-the-art 56-bit Digital
Signal Processor and 24-bit converters deliver precision control
and pristine sound quality well beyond most analog pedals and many
of the over-sized digital units on the market today. The unit comes
with a 9VDC power supply.
Source Audio was founded in January 2005 by former engineers,
scientists, and executives of Analog Devices, Kurzweil Music
Systems, and Thomas H. Lee Partners. Since the 2006 release of its
flagship product, the Hot Hand motion-sensing ring, Source Audio's
distortion, modulation and Hot Hand products have been recognized
through multiple awards from Guitar Player, Guitar World, Bass
Player, and Premier Guitar Magazines.