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BBE Soul Vibe Rotary Speaker Simulator Guitar Effects Pedal

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The Soul Vibe, winner of the Guitar World Platinum Award, is back with a new look that really suits the "vibe" of this delicious pedal. Countless gui...Click To Read More About This Product

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A newly redesigned rotary speaker simulator with tons of style and unbelievable tone.

The Soul Vibe, winner of the Guitar World Platinum Award, is back with a new look that really suits the "vibe" of this delicious pedal. Countless guitarists claim that Soul Vibe is the most convincing of analog rotary simulators, delivering on that Leslie experience complete with slight pitch changes as the horn comes and goes. Now Soul Vibe looks as sweet as it sounds. Check out that delicious root beer metallic finish, inspired by the warm, wood finished cabinet of a Leslie. Cr¨me brownface amp knobs are the perfect complement, adding to the visual warmth, while the matching cr¨me logo script puts this gorgeous new Soul Vibe in a class all its own. Just imagine plugging into this pedal and doing your best Gilmour or Trower licks. Yeah, we thought you'd like that.

What hasn't changed is the Soul Vibe's commitment to an authentic rotary experience with the convenience, reliability and durability you've come to expect from BBE, including 1% metal-film resistors and true hardwire bypass. If rotary is your vibe, get a Soul Vibe and discover that heaven is still in heavy rotation.

FEATURES
Speed and Intensity controls
Blue status LED pulses at rate of speed selected
LED photocell box for precision and durability
82K Ohms input impedance for vintage-correct rotary pickup loading
1K Ohms output impedance when engaged
1% metal-film resistors for consistency
High-voltage poly caps for better tone
Military-spec circuit board for reliability
Easy access battery compartment
True hardwire bypass

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BBESoul Vibe Rotary Speaker Simulator Guitar Effects Pedal
 
3.8

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (11)
  • Responsive (8)
  • Compact (5)
  • Versatile (5)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (10)
  • Home studio (9)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Great Pedal!

I really like this pedal! BBE has changed the looks, and it is an improvement. The old model had the cartoon graphics which I can gladly do without. The new one is very...Read complete review

I really like this pedal! BBE has changed the looks, and it is an improvement. The old model had the cartoon graphics which I can gladly do without. The new one is very attractive with a sort of metal flake root beer enamel finish and two creme-colored knobs for speed and intensity. It has a bright LED that lets you know when it is engaged, and pulsates in relation to the speed. It has a rugged metal on/off switch that makes a mechanical clicking sound when stepped on, but does not interfere with the signal. This pedal is a true bypass Leslie rotary simulator and sounds amazingly like a vintage Univibe. BBE has decided not to provide a power adapter with their new models, but they do include a 9 volt battery. The Soul Vibe draws 200mA of power. My only complaint is the smelly rubber backing on the bottom of the unit. I'm hoping that it will dissipate with time. I don't think that I will use this pedal for most songs, as I mostly use a compressor and a delay. But it certainly will have its place for many desired effects and certain songs. I can't imagine ever wanting to sell it. It has great tone and is highly recommended. But only you can decide if it fits your style of music.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Soul-sucking is right

Thought it was just the interior trim that I had to adjust to bring the brightness back that it sucked out of my tone... adjusted the trim...ack, all the tone sounded...Read complete review

Thought it was just the interior trim that I had to adjust to bring the brightness back that it sucked out of my tone... adjusted the trim...ack, all the tone sounded like someone sat on it. Sending it back, post-haste. That said, not completely terrible, especially for the price.

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Soul-sucking is right

By Alaric Balibrera

from Sebastopol, CA

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Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Rotary Speaker Simulator Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Thought it was just the interior trim that I had to adjust to bring the brightness back that it sucked out of my tone... adjusted the trim...ack, all the tone sounded like someone sat on it. Sending it back, post-haste. That said, not completely terrible, especially for the price.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A Great Pedal!

      By jimmijuju

      from Way up north

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Rotary Speaker Simulator Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I really like this pedal! BBE has changed the looks, and it is an improvement. The old model had the cartoon graphics which I can gladly do without. The new one is very attractive with a sort of metal flake root beer enamel finish and two creme-colored knobs for speed and intensity. It has a bright LED that lets you know when it is engaged, and pulsates in relation to the speed. It has a rugged metal on/off switch that makes a mechanical clicking sound when stepped on, but does not interfere with the signal. This pedal is a true bypass Leslie rotary simulator and sounds amazingly like a vintage Univibe. BBE has decided not to provide a power adapter with their new models, but they do include a 9 volt battery. The Soul Vibe draws 200mA of power. My only complaint is the smelly rubber backing on the bottom of the unit. I'm hoping that it will dissipate with time. I don't think that I will use this pedal for most songs, as I mostly use a compressor and a delay. But it certainly will have its place for many desired effects and certain songs. I can't imagine ever wanting to sell it. It has great tone and is highly recommended. But only you can decide if it fits your style of music.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Very Good for a Two-Knob Vibrato

        By hippiekarl

        from Pahrump NV

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Accurate Leslie-tone
        • Excellent Sound Quality

        Cons

        • Limited Selection Of Effects
        • No 'blend' Control
        • No Volblend Control

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Rotary Speaker Simulator Guitar Effects Pedal:

        BBE/Dunlop recommends this goes before your 'dist./pre-amp', but if you have an efx-loop, it works better there in my experience. I already use a Fulltone Mini Deja-Vibe3 (with the gas-pedal control for 'Speed'), so I didn't expect this SoulVibe to be a better vibe than that one (I got this to go an another, smaller p-board than my stage-rig). If you like a little modulation, just not as heavy-handed as a flange/phase, this works great. Wind up the Intensity and you'll hear the 'horn' whooshing around. There are some really cool sounds on different settings, but you'll need to reach down and re-adjust it each time....I'm totally spoiled on my Deja-Vibe; I'm only keeping this 2-knob BBE to save space on my back-up p-board. To me, this is superior to the VoodooLab 2-knobber I tried, and, like I said, a decent vibe is all the 'modulation' I need. If this unit had even a jack for one's own exp. pedal to change 'Speed' in real time it would be as useful as a Uni or Deja. Anyhow, I think this is the best of the smaller 2-control vibes out there. If you're able/willing to spend more--and have more room on your board--see my review (on this site) of the Fulltone Mini Deja-Vibe3 and decide for yourself. Hope this helps.

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        It has definite limitations

        By Scott

        from Blaine, WA

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Ease Of Operation
        • Good As A Stand Alone
        • Good Full Sound
        • Nice Looking

        Cons

        • Flavors Sound When Off
        • Not Good On Pedalboard
        • Not true bypass

        Best Uses

        • Not Good With Pedals
        • Stand Alone Unit

        Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Rotary Speaker Simulator Guitar Effects Pedal:

        I use this as a Leslie simulator and while the sound is good it flavors my guitar tone even when switched off. If you used it as your only effect it would be fine but I placed on the recommended place on my pedalboard but unfortunately I am going to have to remove it completely.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Authentic-sounding rotary effect

        By PF

        from Tucker, GA

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive
        • Simple

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Rotary Speaker Simulator Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This is a simple pedal to use with two controls and an internal trim pot. Most importantly, it delivers an authentic Uni-Vibe sound. The Owner's Manual includes recommended settings for Gilmour's "Breathe", Hendrix's "Machine Gun", and Trower's "Bridge of Sighs" (as well as settings to simulate a Leslie)...and these settings give you just those sounds.

          This pedal has a nice warmth to it and can go from a slow, chorus-type wash to an intense, almost disorienting swirl effect. It sounds great running before my overdrives and fuzz; the manual recommends placing the Soul Vibe before dirt pedals for the classic Uni-Vibe sound.

          I wasn't in the market for a rotary simulator, but I snagged this on MF's one-hour sale. Definitely worth the price if you're in the market for that classic Uni-Vibe sound.

          (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Worst of the worst

          By Jack

          from Bakersfield ca

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Nice Looking

          Cons

          • Not Responsive
          • Poor Sound Quality
          • Tone Sucking Awful Sound

          Best Uses

          • Throwing In Trash Can

          Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Rotary Speaker Simulator Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Just came in the mail, already sold it for a loss. I didn't even wanna look at this thing anymore.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          soul vibe pedal

          By showmemo

          from Kansas city

          Pros

          • Responsive
          • Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Clicks Very Loudly

          Best Uses

            Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Rotary Speaker Simulator Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Sounds is outstanding but click is very loud ...

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Pedal - adjust it

            By Mikie

            from Mattawan, MI

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Selection Of Effects
            • Responsive
            • Unique Blends
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Requires Trem Pot Range Adjus

            Best Uses

              Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Rotary Speaker Simulator Guitar Effects Pedal:

              This nice pedal out of the box at factory internal settings was too deep on the low end. If you read the pedal instructions, who does that but in passing I did, it informs that the tonal range can be easily changed from deep to crystal treble by rotating the internal pot, right for brighter, left for deeper bass. Remove the case screws to avail the potentiometer.
              Just a small turn edging right leveled out the pedal.
              Now it is a great pedal

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Vibe and Value

              By Phoenix Guitar Dude

              from Phoenix, AZ

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              Pros

              • Affordable
              • Built like a tank
              • Comes With Power Supply
              • Compact Design
              • Excellent Sound Quality
              • Responsive
              • Versatile
              • Very easy to use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Getting Your Vibe On
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Rotary Speaker Simulator Guitar Effects Pedal:

                I have the original with the old paint design. I got it shortly after it was first introduced by BBE. They did an excellent job of creating an affordable, great-sounding vibe that never fails to bring a smile to my face. The internal trim-pot is a nice feature to have if you want to tweak the tone just a bit. Like a lot of players, I think it would be nice to be able to adjust this as a third knob on the outside. However, that's a minor quibble. If you grew up listening to the recordings of Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock and the Fillmore East as well as those first few Robin Trower albums, you have to check out the Soul Vibe.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Solid build, great tone

                By ElPasoLesStratMan

                from TEXAS

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                Pros

                • Excellent Sound Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Rotary Speaker Simulator Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  BBE continues to impress with their build quality and tone. I think these could rival most small-builder pedals in tone, and exceed many in tone and features.
                  The LED is bright and pulses in time with the effect. True bypass is another great feature. The battery hatch is easy access and tool-less to open. Even the 9 volt battery snap is a nice one-piece hard plastic unit. The board layout is precise and well executed. Even the paint is metal flake, even and pleasing to the eye.
                  The sound is warm, big and very Robin T. and Jimi H. As a SDOTD is was a great buy.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Nice Effect

                  By Paul Duray

                  from Minnesota

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                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound Quality

                  Cons

                  • Unneccessary Volume Boost

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Rotary Speaker Simulator Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  Supposedly based on the UniVibe, this pedal does provide a lush, sweeping rotary effect. However, as a Leslie speaker simulator, there are probably better options out there. In my opinion, BBE's Mind Bender pedal produces a better Leslie effect (as does my POD 2.0). One unfortunate issue is that there is a noticeable boost in volume when the effect is engaged. There is an internal trim control, which allows you to change the frequency range of the sweep, but the signal boost issue remains a problem.
                  This pedal can produce subtle Pink Floyd or Robin Trower-like 'vibes'. For that reason, I'm going to keep it around.

                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Mucho Vibe

                  By 805longboard

                  from Ventura, Ca

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Cool
                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Sweetness

                  Cons

                  • Little Drop In Volume

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Let Your Freak Flag Fly
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Rotary Speaker Simulator Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  Swampy and velvet taste

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A great effect

                  By Keith-jk.

                  from Las Vegas

                  About Me Experienced

                  See all my reviews

                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Rotary Speaker Simulator Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      I have BBE's original with the reclining "Dude" on the pedal. Same thing as this, it has a lush Leslie rotary tone. It adds a wonderful layer of texture to your sound. I am totally happy with this BBE pedal and will always keep it.

                       
                      4.0

                      Yes, I would buy this product again

                      By AccordionTraveler

                      from Southern NH

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Adds the rotary speaker Leslie effect w/o ampwgt

                      Cons

                      • Limited Selection Of Effects

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Performances

                      Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Rotary Speaker Simulator Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      I use it as an added effect with my electrified accordion. It adds the rotary speaker effect similar to a Leslie amp, but without the bulk and weight of a 80 pound Leslie amp. It is somewhat cumbersome to set up with my amp, as I need to use my stereo cable which does not split with quite enough length. I have been pleased with the sound, however, while testing with it for the last couple of months.

                       
                      5.0

                      Rotary Speaker Simulator

                      By Antiquergirl

                      from New England

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Excellent Sound Quality
                      • Responsive

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

                        Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Rotary Speaker Simulator Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        This was a gift to my husband who enjoys playing rock guitar. This pedal gives him a great flavor of the classics.

                         
                        2.0

                        Not for me

                        By Grant

                        from GA

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design

                        Cons

                        • Poor Sound Quality

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Rotary Speaker Simulator Guitar Effects Pedal:

                          This just didn't give me the Leslie 'grind' I was looking for. Odd sort of effect, but not much like an organ speaker. Also it could use a second foot switch for changing speeds on the 'rotors.'

                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          a great sound once you tone in and learn to use it

                          By soul man

                          from mi

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          See all my reviews

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Excellent Sound Quality
                          • Good Selection Of Effects
                          • Responsive
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Rotary Speaker Simulator Guitar Effects Pedal:

                            I use this unit with a freeze effect stomp box. It not only amazed my fellow band mates it amazed me. Brand new sound guaranteed.

                            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Yes , I would buy this product again .

                            By rabbit

                            from Goodyear AZ

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            See all my reviews

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Excellent Sound Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Studio

                              Comments about BBE Soul Vibe Rotary Speaker Simulator Guitar Effects Pedal:

                              very satisfied with the product .

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