Tremorama "Blue City" Laura Bennett hand painted 2006
Brand new, old stock!!! This gorgeous Zvex Tremorama was hand painted by Laura Bennett on August 29, 2006. It is '1 of 1' and the serial number is LB172. She appropriately titled it, "Blue City".
The Tremorama is to the Seek-Trem as the Ooh-Wah is to the Seek-Wah. If you're able to understand that, you must be pretty familiar with Zvex products! Basically, the Tremorama has all of the functions of the Seek-Trem plus it has an extra foot switch on the left that allows you to select random mode, which sounds a little bit like a bad guitar cord that is cutting in and out in time with the tremolo speed. Otherwise the Tremorama is an eight-stage sequencer-controlled tremolo pedal. The controls are, from left to right, 4/8/6 step selector switch, speed (tempo), and 8 sequencer volume controls. All of the controls work in the opposite direction from conventional because the pots are smoother this way. This means you have to turn them to the left to make them louder, or in the case of the speed control, to make it faster. There is also a true-bypass stomp switch which causes the sequencer to ﾓhaltﾔ and wait at step number 1 until the pedal is turned back on.
Plug your guitar (or any effectﾒs output) into the right hand input jack. Plug the output into an amp or other effectﾒs input. If the LEDs are not blinking, the pedal is bypassed. When bypassed, it sits and waits at sequencer step number 1 until you turn it on... then it starts in time at the present tempo and steps through each volume setting in series. In this way you can set up a sequence of different guitar volumes that create a rhythmic pattern which matches your performance or a series of volumes that sound like a swell or even echoes. For example, to create an echo-like setting, turn on the Tremorama and set the 'spd' knob to a reasonable tempo and turn all of the sequencer knobs fully clockwise except for the first one. For hard tremolo, leave step 2 off, then set step 3 so itﾒs noticeably quieter than step 1. Next, leave step 4 off, and turn step 5 until itﾒs noticeably quieter than step 3. Step 6 stays off, step 7 is set to be quieter than step 5, and step 8 is also off. Now, when you turn it on, you get a series of tremolo pulses where each is quieter than the last and you hear a simulated ﾓechoﾔ as your guitar seems to get further away with each pulse.
Another fun way to use this trem is to set up patterns that accentuate different parts of an arpeggiated performance. You can predictably cause the pattern to start exactly where you want it in the performance by stomping on the switch at the right moment, because the unit starts in time and always starts at the beginning of the sequence.
For very choppy sounds, turn up only step number 1 and turn all others off. If the 'spd' control doesn't go fast enough, switching the pattern switch to '4' will double the rate. For patterns that play over a 3/4 time signature, you might set the switch to '6'. The switch lets you limit the total number of steps to 4, 6, or 8. This way you can make faster and/or shorter patterns.
For a kind of 'volume swell' effect, set the sequencer controls so that the first one just barely lets any sound through, and each successive one gets louder until the last one goes full volume.
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