If you have ever dealt with Red Witch, you probably know by now that this boutique pedal brand can’t settle for average or even good performance. They always need to go a step further and create something that is truly on a different level.
Their Pentavocal tremolo pedal is one of the most unusual, but also the proven tremolo effects pedals currently available. It brings a very refined core performance that is surrounded by awesome features, giving it several more dimensions of tone. This is one of those effects pedals you simply need to hear before you can fully comprehend how good it is. On that note, let’s see what this thing has to offer.
One of the defining features of just about any Red Witch effects pedal is going to be the enclosure it comes in. We are talking about that wide, pearl white design with ominous typeface labels and occult terminology written all over it.
Whether or not you’re a fan of this combo is up to you, but you got to respect how different this brand is. Pentavocal tremolo brings fully analog circuitry that is complemented by true bypass. In practice, you really can’t see any changes being made to the tone of your guitar when this tremolo pedal is turned off.
Pentavocal tremolo comes with some controls you will be familiar with, and a few that are pretty unique for this pedal. Starting from the left side, we see the Velocity knob. This is your standard speed adjustment control. Next is Depth, which controls how low those volume dips are going to go. This is followed by the Volume knob that is your effect level control. The next control knob is the first unique feature on the Pentavocal tremolo. The bottom knob allows you to EQ the frequency range that gets through when the tremolo effect is loudest.
Turn the knob completely to the left and you’re cutting out the low end. Noon position breaks down the mids, while fully clockwise position cuts off trebles. Next knob is the Voicing select knob. This is where you will find your five voices, which range from the treble rich bright, all the way to bass heavy darker ones.
In terms of performance, Red Witch Pentavocal tremolo offers a wide range of trem effects, which also include your standard vintage tremolo. It’s as versatile of a pedal as they come these days, which is why a lot of guitar players love it so much. You will be hard-pressed to find a more unique tremolo than this one right here.
At the end of the day, Red Witch hits us again with great effect pedal that attacks the subject of tremolo from a completely new angle. By now we shouldn’t even be surprised considering that Red Witch is really good at producing unusual pedals. What we can say is that Pentavocal Trem is a force to be reckoned with.