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Pigtronix Rototron Analog Rotary Speaker Simulator  (Open Box)
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Product# J14948
OVERVIEW

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
 
4.4

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (11)
  • Versatile (9)
  • Responsive (7)
  • Good selection of effects (4)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (11)
  • Home studio (8)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best overall organic rotary sound BUT...

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Couldn't make it work...

Could not get this pedal to perform smoothly. As volume decreased and the guitar signal faded, a sound threshold seemed to drop off and cut out, which made the effect break up. Way...Read complete review

Could not get this pedal to perform smoothly. As volume decreased and the guitar signal faded, a sound threshold seemed to drop off and cut out, which made the effect break up. Way too fussy. This is one of the first pedals I have returned. Not impressed

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Best overall organic rotary sound BUT...

By Paka

from Hawaii

About Me Experienced

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!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Couldn't make it work...

    By bashfull

    from near Chicago

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about Pigtronix Rototron Analog Rotary Speaker Simulator:

        Could not get this pedal to perform smoothly. As volume decreased and the guitar signal faded, a sound threshold seemed to drop off and cut out, which made the effect break up. Way too fussy. This is one of the first pedals I have returned. Not impressed

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        I should have read other reviews.

        By Steve

        from Fort Worth Texas

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about Pigtronix Rototron Analog Rotary Speaker Simulator:

        This unit cuts out. Not good.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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...

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great purchase.

        By Shredder C

        from PA

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Pigtronix Rototron Analog Rotary Speaker Simulator:

          Great pedal. Sounds way better to me than to use a real cab for recording. On a down note, I wish they would have not wired the noise gate into this pedal. I would of rather used a separate one with it.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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

            Finally found it!

            By BILL

            from NASHUA, NH

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            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Pigtronix Rototron Analog Rotary Speaker Simulator:

              I love effects. They provide endless sonic possibilities. I have been trying to find an affordable synthesiser
              for the B3 for decades. When Musician's Friend made the Pigtronix Rototron the "Stupid Deal" it was
              impossible to resist. Excellent demo video showed me it was the wise choice. Great control lets you
              dial in the exact speed and intensity of the rotary speaker. Solid and hefty, this pedal will last a
              very long time.

              Service and delivery comments:

              As usual, super-fact shipping by Musiciansfriend.com

               
              5.0

              Rototron Rotary Bliss!!! (with a little Hiss)

              By Coast2Coast

              from Chicago, IL

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              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Pigtronix Rototron Analog Rotary Speaker Simulator:

                This is the best rotary speaker simulator I've used. The sound quality, controls, and effect options are perfect for what it is. Works best with humbucker pups, or high output pups, since the noise gate tends to kick on too early when using single coil pups as the signal trails off. The stereo effect is unbelievable though, and if you can set it up this way with two speakers panned wide, it will really throw some sound around. To quote the lead guitarist, "YOUR GUITAR SOUNDS LIKE A KEYBOARD!!!"

                 
                5.0

                Would buy again

                By Johnny Diamond

                from Daytona Beach

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Pigtronix Rototron Analog Rotary Speaker Simulator:

                  Works excellent with my keyboard and also good for guitar especially with two amps

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Very nice rotary speaker simulator.

                  By Michael

                  from Somerville, NJ

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound Quality
                  • Responsive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Pigtronix Rototron Analog Rotary Speaker Simulator:

                    I tried a handful of pedals in an effort to emulate a rotating speaker, and I really like the sound of the Rototron. It still doesn't sound quite like a real rotating speaker, but it's a fraction of the size and cost. The design is great, and it is very sturdy. It doesn't emulate any type of variable distortion which some other units do, but that is actually a plus for me. The LED light pulses at the rate of speed and depth which i find to be very helpful, and the "Ramp" control which allows you to adjust the speed at which the unit toggles between fast and slow settings is an excellent option. The one real gripe I have about it is that the pedal can produce a hiss which is primarily noticeable when allowing the sound to decay. There is a noise gate in the circuit that creates a distracting cut when it activates under these circumstances. Depending on the situation you may be able to work around this drawback, but it should be considered if you are planning on recording using this effect. Just know that you may need to fade the sound before you would like to. Even with that negative, it will still be replacing a few of my other effects.

                     
                    5.0

                    I now have to rebuild my pedal board

                    By Spongeworthy

                    from Central Coast

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                    Pros

                    • Authentic Sounding
                    • Excellent Sound Quality
                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Pigtronix Rototron Analog Rotary Speaker Simulator:

                      I love this rotary speaker simulator. I find a lot of these devices color my tone too much. I normally do not add them to my pedal board because of that. This one is different, it sounds convincingly like a rotary speaker. I have not used it with a band setting yet but I can easily see how it is going to fit in nicely. It comes with plenty of controls to adjust to your particular taste. I have been playing with it for hours, now I can't live without it.

                       
                      5.0

                      Great sound quality

                      By Clyde

                      from Chicago Il

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                      Verified Buyer

                      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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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Excellent Sound Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          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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