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Catalinbread Valcoder Tremolo Guitar Effects Pedal

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The Catalinbread Valcoder was designed to recreate the tube tremolo as well as the amplifier breakup of the vintage '60s Valco amplifiers. The Valcod...Click To Read More About This Product

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Mid 60' Valco-style dirty garage tremolo.

The Catalinbread Valcoder was designed to recreate the tube tremolo as well as the amplifier breakup of the vintage '60s Valco amplifiers. The Valcoder features an all discrete analog LFO circuit inspired by 60s Valco tube tremolo. With the depth and rate knobs set lower, the result is a smooth, bubbling modulation that is especially seductive when playing complex chords in the neck position. Crank the DEPTH and RATE knobs for haunting pulses to hard rhythmic chop that adds tension and attitude particularly to distorted passages.

The Valcoder has a dynamic and responsive audio path (JFET based) that adds a bit of vintage tube amp style grit and slight compression to your sound. Increasing the INPUT knob pushes the front side of the circuit harder adding grit and a bit of compression. You can set the OUTPUT knob to adjust for unity or boosted signal.

The Valcoder can also function as a great edge-of-breakup booster. With the DEPTH knob all the way down, and the INPUT & OUTPUT knobs turned all the way up, you will get a warm, gritty 10dB boost. This can be used as an always-on element to fill out your sound or can be used when you need it to help leads punch through the mix.

The Valcoder can be run from 9 -18 volts. 9 volts will allow for more compression and grit with a softer pick attack. 18 volts will increase the output level and will be slightly cleaner and less compressed with a more immediate pick attack. The tremolo effect will be stronger and choppier at 18 volts.

Separate input and output controls allow you to get anything from a clean tremolo sound all the way up to a gritty tube like breakup driving the tremolo circuit.

Recreates the tube tremolo and amp breakup of vintage Valco amps
Discrete LFO circuit and dynamic, responsive, JFET-based audio path
Simple control layout lets you find the perfect garage sound
Compact and rugged design fits on any pedal board

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Excellent finishing pedal for restoring signal edge and tone

By Tootle

from PNW, USA

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  • Great Valco/Supro grindy drive
  • Lower intensity trem settings very organic
  • Overdrive is very attack-reponsive
  • Tone avoids spikey treble, slightly darkish
  • Very subtle to harsh tremolo effects
  • Zero audible background noise on or bypass/off


  • intense trem settings have sterile digital tone

Best Uses

  • Subtle tone shaping, mild responsive overdrive

Comments about Catalinbread Valcoder Tremolo Guitar Effects Pedal:

I am using this pedal second-to-last in my modulation effects chain, after an overdrive-boost, flanger and delay, but in front of a reverb pedal. My board is up front, not in a post-preamp loop. I found when I placed it earlier in the chain the other effects tended to degrade the signal of this pedal and it resulted in muddiness. But at or near the tail end it's a superb finishing pedal. The trem at subtle-moderate settings breathes extra life into overall tonality. The overdrive brings a smooth-but-organically-gritty edge and a mild boost. Placed late in the chain and with the drive set high this pedal seems to clean up and restore definition to the final to-amp signal, even with multiple effects running in front of it. The Valcoder's virtues also shine as a single pedal or run in tandem with a higher-gain drive. This is lower-gain pedal, it will not give you either a high gain overdrive or anything more than a mild level boost.

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