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Pigtronix Rototron Analog Rotary Speaker Simulator 

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Dual rotor simulation with dual speed settings and all-analog circuitry.

Pigtronix Rototron is an all-analog rotary speaker effect that combines frequency modulation, phase shifting, tremolo, bucket brigade-based chorusing and a three-way crossover all meticulously voiced to achieve unsurpassed, three-dimensional rotary realism in a compact, easy to use pedal.

Designed by Howard Davis and David Koltai, the Pigtronix Rototron accurately recreates the complex acoustic phenomenon of the legendary dual rotor 122 and 147 cabinets as used by Peter Frampton, Danny Gatton, the Beatles and many more. The analog design approach used within the Rototron sounds warmer, fatter and feels far more realistic than the digital rotary effects currently available from other companies. Line-level headroom and full stereo input and output options make the Rototron ideally suited to keyboardists as well as guitarists who use a stereo setup live or in studio.

Independent Slow and Fast speed controls with adjustable ramp time allows musicians to achieve the mesmerizing sound of speeding up and slowing down an actual rotary cabinet. A remotely switchable Brake option completes the authentic experience to provide rotary bliss on stage without the back breaking hassle. Separate expression pedal jacks for the low and high rotors enable some entirely new variations on the classic rotary sound. Internally switchable input summing and mid-range panning options round out this incredibly flexible, easy to use and hypnotic sounding analog rotary simulator from Pigtronix.

FEATURES
  • All-analog circuitry
  • Dual rotor simulation
  • Dual speed settings
  • Variable ramp time
  • Brake via remote switch
  • Full stereo I/O
  • Expression control of high and low rotors
  • Circuit design by Howard Davis
  • Sound design by David Koltai & Kevin Griffin
  • 18V power supply included
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PigtronixRototron Analog Rotary Speaker Simulator
 
4.8

(based on 6 reviews)

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Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (6)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Responsive (3)

Cons

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  • Performances (5)
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4.0

Best overall organic rotary sound BUT...

By Paka

from Hawaii

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Good Selection Of Effects
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Pigtronix Rototron Analog Rotary Speaker Simulator:

    The Rototron excels in its lush full chorusy, Leslie vibe. I think it sounds better and more natural than even the high end Ventilator II. Maybe it's the analog design that gives it this unique "chewy goodness" (to borrow from Pete Thorn who has a youtube review on this). Controls and features are top notch, though could use a depth/mic placement control to tone down the intensity when desired (yeah, I know real Leslies don't have that, so what?). But there is a bigger drawback: there is a lot of hiss in the high rotor, so much that Pigtronix actually hard wired a noise gate into the unit so it's not obvious at lower levels. But here's the rub: you can neither adjust nor turn off the gate, and therefore when your sound is naturally decaying, as after a passage or at end of song, the high rotor just cuts off at a certain - very noticeable -volume. Usually this is not a problem for live performance, but is really unacceptable for recording. I hope Pigtronix can address this issue. When they do this will be the best on the market!

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    5.0

    Listened to them all; The Rototron is the best.

    By The Old Engineer

    from Fairview, NC

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Sounds very much like an old wooden 122 Leslie
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • None.

    Best Uses

    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Pigtronix Rototron Analog Rotary Speaker Simulator:

    I auditioned all of the available Leslie simulators on YouTube; the Pigtronics Rototron was far and away the best-sounding. Especially interesting, and eerily accurate, is the ability of this unit to simulate the mechanical rotating speaker's ability to spin sound around the room, not just a simple panning L-R. The case is extremely heavily-built, and sits solidly on top of any pro keyboard, on an included non-slip rubber pad. All of the controls are intuitive, and the jacks layout is pedalboard-friendly as well. The brake pedal (not included - any single-pole normally-closed switch pedal will work) adds another useful feature - the Rototron may be left on, with the rotors not turning to get that old 122 tone without the speakers rotating. My favorite effect: side-stepping the brake at the end of the song; the rotating speakers effect begins to slow down, finally coming to a complete stop as the rest of the band fades away...

     
    5.0

    Amazing !!

    By Chromatic

    from Honesdale, Pa.

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Pigtronix Rototron Analog Rotary Speaker Simulator:

      I just sold my 1965 Leslie speaker when this "Stupid Deal of the Day" popped up !! It was really cool owning a real Leslie but I never would have taken it to a gig. this box adds tons of tone when at it's minimum settings and tons of "Mojo" at higher settings. Totally cool. I try to keep my effects to a minimum but this will be a part of my essential rig. I am now down to this a clean boost and a wah and can get all the sounds I would ever need.

       
      5.0

      Great sound quality

      By Clyde

      from Chicago Il

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality

      Cons

      • 18 Volt supply reqires 2 supply's for board

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Pigtronix Rototron Analog Rotary Speaker Simulator:

      Tried many rotory/chorus effects over the years this one is the best I have encountered.

       
      5.0

      Good rotary-style pedal option

      By DaveMo

      from Washington, DC

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      • Excellent Sound Quality

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          Comments about Pigtronix Rototron Analog Rotary Speaker Simulator:

          I am a a fan of rotary style emulation effects pedal, and I'm coming at this review from a bass player's perspective. This is not in my opinion the best rotary pedal on the block, but it has some features that will likely reserve it an occasional spot on my board, as needed, and a few that were a little confusing.

          First off, it was a bit difficult to determine its disposition as a rotary pedal. Is it a horn and drum Leslie-style emulator or a Univibe kind of thing? It seems to be a little bit of both, as the controls are Ramp, master Slow/Fast speed controls and Depth - which suggests a dual speed Univibe style emulation - though there are High Rotor and Low Rotor speed controls via two independent expression pedals, which would suggest homage to the Leslie-style rotary, plus an external brake option. I would have liked a high/low balance instead, and don't find the high rotor exp control particularly useful, though the low is handy.

          On to the good stuff. Many rotary have a a discernible tone or signal drop, the Rototron does not. It maintains a clean, round and warm signalat unity that is merged or piggy-backed on the effected signal. Unlike some other rotary pedals, the Rototron does not include a predetermined built-in 'drive' effect, which I think is a good thing. Nor does the Rototron does not have a dry/wet blend option, so you are stuck with the manufacturers preset. I came to like the predetermined balance once I played with it for a bit and got accustomed/acclimated to the sound and feel of it.

          All in all its a good pedal with its own distinct sound and personality, very consistent with the 'Pigtronix thing', which I recently heard referred to as transparent effects. This pedal also stacks well with other pedals, probably due to this transparency. I dropped several drives in front of it - digital, tube-driven, analog, overdrive, fuzz, etcl - and it really responded well to most of what I threw at it. A bit pricey, but worth an evaluation.

           
          5.0

          Incredible rotary effect pedal!!!!

          By drsamurai

          from Bradenton, FL

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound Quality
          • Responsive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Pigtronix Rototron Analog Rotary Speaker Simulator:

            I'd give this more than 5 stars if I could. This thing sounds amazing. I run this along with a vintage tube distortion pedal and instant Deep Purple sounds pour out of my Hammond organ. When I don't want to lug my whole system and a Leslie cabinet out to a gig, this pedal is way more than you need. Add to that the ability to use expression pedals on both the bass and treble rotor systems and this thing gets almost any rotating speaker sound imaginable so you can really fine tune your sound. Sounds great on guitars and bass too. Yeah it's a guitar pedal, but it's a pedal every keyboardist that plays organ sounds needs. Well worth full price and a steal on the SDOTD!!!!

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