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Rocktron Hypnotic Flange Pedal

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Puts some unique twists on the ol' flanger pedal.

Has a random low-frequency oscillator mode that can take you from arpeggio sounds to funky, randomized chorus. Control the intensity, delay time, and speed of the modulation, then twist the Feedback and Trance controls for more fun. Stereo output.

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Flanger with speed, intensity, and delay time
Random low frequency oscillator mode
Stereo output

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RocktronHypnotic Flange Pedal
 
3.9

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

It's different, but I like it.

First of all, before you consider my opinion of this pedal (which is made in China and comes in a plastic clamshell package like a toy), you should know that I've been playing...Read complete review

First of all, before you consider my opinion of this pedal (which is made in China and comes in a plastic clamshell package like a toy), you should know that I've been playing guitar for 24 years and I have a pedal board full of boutique pedals like Strymon, Pigtronix, and Eventide.

Now, are you going to mistake this pedal for one of those? Not likely. But is it a terrible pedal? Not at all. It's actually a very smooth sounding flanger, which is part of what I like about it. It adds a fairly subtle "wispy" sort of modulation to your sound, which is nice. I put it in the feedback loop of my Strymon TimeLine and it tends to give my delay repeats a decidedly sorrowful quality, like a cold wind blowing through deserted city streets at night. You can run it after a distortion and you can definitely get that "jet flanger" sort of sound, if you'd like, but it doesn't overpower your distortion like a lot of flangers do, which is also nice. In fact, there's even a Jet Flanger setting in the manual, which sounds really good.

The manual has a number of other presets, some of which are useable as-is and others are good starting points for experimenting with the various control parameters. This pedal will do a medium to fairly fast flange, a chorus/flanger mix sort of sound, a rotary speaker/Univibe sort of sound, and an odd "harmonic tremolo" sound, as the manual describes it.

The pedal has a level control that lets you set the amount of modulation, which allows you to dial in just how subtle or thick you want the effect to be. The hypnotic mode also adds a number of low-frequency oscillation patterns that change and morph as you turn the trance control. It's not a gradual effect that gets more intense or faster as you turn it clockwise, but rather a knob that cycles through different variations as you turn it. It's a somewhat unusual addition and it's probably not going to appeal to everyone. Honestly, I keep the hypnotic mode turned off most of the time, but it has it's uses, especially if used sparingly for unusual sounds here and there.

All-in-all, if you're looking for an over-the-top flanger, you will likely be disappointed with this one. However, if you're looking for a little ethereal, atmospheric touch, this pedal will do it. It's not your average flanger, but why would anyone want one of those? Anyway, I like it. It's not an amazing pedal, but it's definitely worth the price to me. This isn't my first Rocktron pedal and it probably won't be my last, either. Two thumbs up.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Horrible - Do not buy!

So I snagged this guy as the Stupid Deal of the Day last week, I was intrigued by what the pedal had to offer and wanted to see if it would live up to...Read complete review

So I snagged this guy as the Stupid Deal of the Day last week, I was intrigued by what the pedal had to offer and wanted to see if it would live up to it. The price made it a pretty easy decision.

First off, this pedal absolutely reeked like paint as soon as I took it out of the plastic casing but I figured airing it out would help. Added it to my chain using my one-spot adapter and first thing I noticed is it kept powering on and off by itself - I had to position it just so to avoid the power cutting out but if I even moved it an inch, the LED light would flicker on and off. As soon as I switched it on for the first time, I noticed no effect so I went through the manual trying settings, didn't notice anything. So turned the pedal on and off, and then the effect kicked in - if you would even call it that.

I dialed in all the settings and the only thing I could get is a subtle chorus or a really crazy tremolo effect, there was really no in-between and like I mentioned earlier, I had to keep turning this on and off twice to get the actual effect to kick in. The Danelectro FAB Flange pedal is way better than this thing and can even do some crazier sounds.

Fail on Rocktron's part - have yet to be impressed by any of their pedals.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It's different, but I like it.

By David Lowmiller

from Arkansas

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Pros

  • Green
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Big
  • Green

Best Uses

  • Chorus
  • Flanger
  • Rotary Speaker

Comments about Rocktron Hypnotic Flange Pedal:

First of all, before you consider my opinion of this pedal (which is made in China and comes in a plastic clamshell package like a toy), you should know that I've been playing guitar for 24 years and I have a pedal board full of boutique pedals like Strymon, Pigtronix, and Eventide.

Now, are you going to mistake this pedal for one of those? Not likely. But is it a terrible pedal? Not at all. It's actually a very smooth sounding flanger, which is part of what I like about it. It adds a fairly subtle "wispy" sort of modulation to your sound, which is nice. I put it in the feedback loop of my Strymon TimeLine and it tends to give my delay repeats a decidedly sorrowful quality, like a cold wind blowing through deserted city streets at night. You can run it after a distortion and you can definitely get that "jet flanger" sort of sound, if you'd like, but it doesn't overpower your distortion like a lot of flangers do, which is also nice. In fact, there's even a Jet Flanger setting in the manual, which sounds really good.

The manual has a number of other presets, some of which are useable as-is and others are good starting points for experimenting with the various control parameters. This pedal will do a medium to fairly fast flange, a chorus/flanger mix sort of sound, a rotary speaker/Univibe sort of sound, and an odd "harmonic tremolo" sound, as the manual describes it.

The pedal has a level control that lets you set the amount of modulation, which allows you to dial in just how subtle or thick you want the effect to be. The hypnotic mode also adds a number of low-frequency oscillation patterns that change and morph as you turn the trance control. It's not a gradual effect that gets more intense or faster as you turn it clockwise, but rather a knob that cycles through different variations as you turn it. It's a somewhat unusual addition and it's probably not going to appeal to everyone. Honestly, I keep the hypnotic mode turned off most of the time, but it has it's uses, especially if used sparingly for unusual sounds here and there.

All-in-all, if you're looking for an over-the-top flanger, you will likely be disappointed with this one. However, if you're looking for a little ethereal, atmospheric touch, this pedal will do it. It's not your average flanger, but why would anyone want one of those? Anyway, I like it. It's not an amazing pedal, but it's definitely worth the price to me. This isn't my first Rocktron pedal and it probably won't be my last, either. Two thumbs up.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Subtle but High Quality

By Scott Payer

from Royal Oak

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Comments about Rocktron Hypnotic Flange Pedal:

I expected it to be a little larger (no big deal.)I was disappointed that it really didn't have a "wild Side" but it has a nice subtle effect, something you could use regularly without it being "in your face." I also realized at certain settings it sounded like a hybrid of Chorus and Flange. I plan on keeping it cause "Wild Side" is not my usual side. :-)

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

way out or subtle,YOU decide

By hart

from rural ohio

Comments about Rocktron Hypnotic Flange Pedal:

I bought this because it was on sale but it sounds better than more expensive units I have owned and is really versatile. Buy this flanger and make sure you try the sample settings in the manual to get some idea what this baby can really do. Dead silent switching and the effect level control really helps dial it in. Take a little time to set it up and you will not be disappointed.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Horrible - Do not buy!

By Scott Bykowicz

from Hamburg, NY

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Pros

  • cheap

Cons

  • bulky
  • Cheaply Made
  • Poorly Functioned

Best Uses

  • door stop

Comments about Rocktron Hypnotic Flange Pedal:

So I snagged this guy as the Stupid Deal of the Day last week, I was intrigued by what the pedal had to offer and wanted to see if it would live up to it. The price made it a pretty easy decision.

First off, this pedal absolutely reeked like paint as soon as I took it out of the plastic casing but I figured airing it out would help. Added it to my chain using my one-spot adapter and first thing I noticed is it kept powering on and off by itself - I had to position it just so to avoid the power cutting out but if I even moved it an inch, the LED light would flicker on and off. As soon as I switched it on for the first time, I noticed no effect so I went through the manual trying settings, didn't notice anything. So turned the pedal on and off, and then the effect kicked in - if you would even call it that.

I dialed in all the settings and the only thing I could get is a subtle chorus or a really crazy tremolo effect, there was really no in-between and like I mentioned earlier, I had to keep turning this on and off twice to get the actual effect to kick in. The Danelectro FAB Flange pedal is way better than this thing and can even do some crazier sounds.

Fail on Rocktron's part - have yet to be impressed by any of their pedals.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

underated flanger

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Rocktron Hypnotic Flange Pedal:

I think rocktron stuff is underated. The designs are down right smart. Like I said in my compressor review, componet quality might be an issue with some pedals, but these things can produce some magic. I do not use effects for the effects sake. This is where rocktron has their ear to the ground. Alot of their effects are subtle,yet musical. This flanger is one. A level pot?? Excellent. The manual gives example settings that WORK. The flanger works best in an effects loop, and placement with other effects is not as critical because of the LEVEL CONTROL. This unit does not sound like your 'playing a flanger'. It's fairly tranparent. Same with the crush.Service is top drawer. I had a problem with a big crush and they rectified the situation Immediatly. Thanks guys.... Im buying more of your prouducts.......

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

(Interesting Stomp Box)

By UTK

from Fort Wayne, IN

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Nice Sounding Pedal

Cons

  • Durability
  • Intermittent Input Jack

Best Uses

  • Gigs
  • Studio

Comments about Rocktron Hypnotic Flange Pedal:

This is an interesting pedal. The controls change the sound ever so slightly. It does work well,but you need to get used to it first. This is NOT a good pedal for people using heavy distortion (especially in the line after the pedal) To get used to the pedal, keep turn all the knobs to the far left, then put the Depth and FX/Level knobs to the far right. Then one at a time try each remaining knob up and down listening to the change in the sound. This helped me to understand the controls a little better.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A different style flanger

By x_bruce

from Chicago, IL

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Comments about Rocktron Hypnotic Flange Pedal:

While being digital, or as far as I can tell, the sound is quite different from other Flangers, say Boss or DigiTech models. I have the X Series DigiTech flanger and while I like it, it is very bright and intense, whereas the Rocktron Hypnotic Flange Pedal is warmer and subtle...which means you'd better take a test drive on this one.Considering it's inexpensive price, it's at minimum competitive and at best, reasonably priced for its ability to create subtle to moderate flange with a warmer sound than most foot pedal units.I too was not as pleased with the Trance mode but must admit it does some nice chorus on flange type sounds. Also, unless I read about the Hypnotic Flange, this unit isn't meant to be your typical Flanger. Also, placement with the rest of your foot pedals matters.I like Rocktron pedals because some units like the Hypnotic Flange are a bit off the beaten path and offer new ways of thinking of how one works with effects. I feel similarly about Rocktron's Vertigo pedal, which at times shares some timbres with the Hypnotic Flange.Good for experimental players, worth trying before buying for others.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Swisher

By Flexis

from Ontario, NY

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Comments about Rocktron Hypnotic Flange Pedal:

You would think for the number of controls on this box you could get a very unique sound with every turn, but what I've found is that about 2 make the majority of sound changes and the others add very little. The Hypnotic button was disappointing. It seems to add a digital "chirp" at intervals but do little else.

 
5.0

Really Nice, But Not For Everybody

By Les Paul Disciple

from Covington, LA

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Pros

  • Tonally Bright

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Makes Strats More Lively

    Comments about Rocktron Hypnotic Flange Pedal:

    This review compares the Hypnotic Flanger with the Boss BF-3 Flanger. Some reviews of the Hypnotic Flanger have mentioned that it doesn't have a very strong, pronounced effect and this is true. But... If you don't NEED a heavy flange effect, this is a great pedal. I have personally used several different flangers (D.O.D., Boss BF-2, and BF-3) and wound up not using them very much due to the severe "bending metal" sound that is so common in many flangers. The Hypnotic Flanger's effect is less severe, and it is tonally brighter than any of the flangers I have used in the past (the BF-3 is a rather dark sounding pedal). When used with my Strat and vintage Fender Champ, it adds a sweeping effect with brightness and a chimey quality which accentuates the natural brightness of that guitar and amp combination. Simply put, I love it! It adds more presence than any chorus I have ever used (and there's no tone suck) and I find myself leaving it on most of the time. I especially enjoy using it for quick rhythm patterns due to the added shimmer. The Trance mode, when switched on, diminishes the effect to a point where you can hardly hear the effect at all so I keep the button in the up (off) position. I'm a big Pink Floyd fan and this flanger manages to channel my Inner Gilmour better than any flanger I have used before. This pedal is a discontinued item and thus only available in the Used Gear section but it is well worth getting if you want a subtle effect that is very, very tweakable. If you aren't looking to recreate the sound of an FA-18 (Hornet) warming up on the flight deck, this is the pedal for you. As a postscript, I want to mention that I have purchased several items from the Used Gear section at Musician's Friend including a guitar, a bass, a keyboard and some effects and ALL have functioned perfectly with no performance issues whatsoever.

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    4.0

    Subtle but noticeable

    By That Review

    from Melbourne, Australia

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    Pros

    • Nice Subtle Setting

    Cons

    • Always At Extreme
    • Too Subtle At Low Setting

    Best Uses

    • Subtle Effect

    Comments about Rocktron Hypnotic Flange Pedal:

    Alright, too subtle for what I'm looking for. Need to crank the settings which seem to dissapate any evidence of a flanger effefct on clean below 9 o'clock on both the clean and distorted channels.

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    5.0

    Very Nice Pedal

    Pros

    • Very smooth

    Cons

    • Smells Bad

    Best Uses

    • Live performance

    Comments about Rocktron Hypnotic Flange Pedal:

    Very Smooth Flanger. It is not a radical flanger but you can get some cool flanging out of it. It also doubles as a nice stereo chorus pedal.

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    3.0

    This must be a hypnotic suggestion

    By freebird0625

    from minneapolis

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    Pros

    • It works

    Cons

    • Rather Boring Effect And

    Best Uses

    • 2 Songs A Night

    Comments about Rocktron Hypnotic Flange Pedal:

    very faint, rate is good but not very pronounced or versatile

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    4.0

    hypnotic flange pedal

    Pros

    • Good Organic Sound
    • No Harsh Sound At All
    • Works With Others Well

    Cons

    • A Big Pedal

    Best Uses

    • Adding Delay Is Surreal
    • Rythem Possibilitys

    Comments about Rocktron Hypnotic Flange Pedal:

    Works well with Fulltone de ja vibe and delay going.
    It has named hypnotic for a good reason,good sustaining notes and a smoother sound very good on any brite amp im sure it will tame the highs abit.

    The effect level control is excelent for blending pedals for some unique harmonic flavors i could not get without that control.
    I dont like a full on chorus usually as i blended in several different pedals and i discovered much and liked all the modulation wash and warbling tones.
    For the price wow its a keeper for anyone who isnt wanting a classic flanger sound,its different and holds the bottom end firm and round like i like it.
    I didnt get any tone suck when not engaged so no problem.
    I use it like a chorus pedal and put the effect level at 5 about.
    The louder you play the less effect is needed ive found out,but some may say it might not be intence enough for there taste.
    I just wish a tone control came on board,more tweaking is fun !

    I have seen many flavors of flangers and i like it better than my allways max effect mxr flanger which is brite as any treble booster ive heard and that thing is hateful biting attack pedal.

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    5.0

    Versatile Pedal

    By Uncle Ronnie

    from West Of Chicago

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    Comments about Rocktron Hypnotic Flange Pedal:

    In addition to the flange feature and some far-out possibilities, this unit includes a sweet, deep sound like a chorus. That's my favorite sound so far. I am getting to know the unit, and I am sure I will find more. I like it's solid construction and intuitive feel.

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    1.0

    no effect

    By E LaschBro

    from Chicago, IL

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Ineffective Flange

      Best Uses

        Comments about Rocktron Hypnotic Flange Pedal:

        I bought this pedal because it was a stupid deal of the day. When I unpacked it and connected it to my signal chain there was no perceivable effect. I conclude that it must be defective.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It grows on you

        By -jim

        from NY/Nashville

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        Comments about Rocktron Hypnotic Flange Pedal:

        When I first got this pedal I wasn't impressed because it's kind of subtle but now that I've had it a little while I really like it. What it won't do is the jet-place-flange effect but that's not really useful in a musical sense. The stereo effect also is nice and I will use it for recording (stereo is rarely useful live).

        BTW - I don't know why clam-shell packaging would matter, why waste money on a fancy box that gets thrown away.

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        3.0

        For bass? Too early to tell yet.

        By Longfrets

        from East TX

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        Comments about Rocktron Hypnotic Flange Pedal:

        First, the box arrived very quickly and very battered, torn up enough I took pictures just in case (there were holes in it and it was crushed in places). The cheap plastic packaging pedal encasement seemed a little bent, but the pedal appeared ok. I will say the overwhelming first impression was the gosh awful smell coming from the rubber feet on the pedal. It's been out of the package now for a couple of weeks or so and still reeks, even the paperwork that came with it. On to the pedal itself, seems well enough built for the price. I did listen to online guitar demos of it and decided for the price I'd give it a try on bass. Well, it may not really be for bass. I've only had one time to mess around with it so far, but I was unable to come up with much in the way of usable tones. I believe with a little more time I can find some uses for it, probably more in the chorus type vein. I did couple it briefly with my Bass Tightdrive (with clean low mod) and will certainly explore that more; as well as, hooking it up with my Cry Baby Bass wah. For the price I'm sure it is a great guitar effect, just need more time to evaluate it for bass before endorsing it fully.

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        4.0

        Great Flanger

        By RPLong

        from Fort Worth, TX

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        Pros

        • Extensive features
        • Good Tone
        • Wide Array Of Sounds

        Cons

        • Somewhat Unintuitive

        Best Uses

        • Experimentation
        • Modern Tones

        Comments about Rocktron Hypnotic Flange Pedal:

        I love flangers, but I'm picky. Vintage-style flangers tend to be too subtle for my tastes, while modern ones sound tinny and artificial to my ears. It's difficult to find a reasonably priced flanger that gives vintage warmth with modern tone.

        Enter: the Rocktron Hypnotic Flanger. This unit has all the warmth you need, and true bypass to boot. But instead of giving you early 70s flange, it gives you something of a modern update on the flange idea. This I like, because I do not play a lot of classic rock and I do not care for most "vintage tones." But the WARMTH of vintage tones is there, and that's the important part.

        If you are familiar with flange pedals, you will find the controls on this to be somewhat unintuitive. On the other hand, there are a lot more tones in here than in your more traditional flanger. I was pleased to discover that you can get something close to a harmonic vibrato (Uni-Vibe) sound from this pedal. Plus the chorus and flange tones you would expect.

        The Trance feature is interesting. Its impact on the tone ranges from inaudibly subtle to over-bearing. If you don't care for it, simply disengage the Hypnotic button and proceed as though it doesn't exist. However, with patience you can discover a lot of hidden potential in that knob.

        Great pedal and an excellent value - but I do not recommend it for people who prefer vintage sounds or simple controls.

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        2.0

        meh--

        By shorthenry

        from Reston, VA

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        Comments about Rocktron Hypnotic Flange Pedal:

        Not much effect as is; like most mod effects it should be used with an overdrive ahead of it. The overdrive will maximize whatever juice it has. Or buy a Danelectro flanger. It does impart a nice sweet old-time tone. Good for playing Juanita at a picnic.

         
        5.0

        Nice, Rich and Smooth!

        By The Sparkmeister

        from Naperville, IL

        Comments about Rocktron Hypnotic Flange Pedal:

        I love this Flanger! It does not erode your original signal and it is a different kind of flanger. To me, it is more like a deep sweeping chorus. Although you can get some pretty beefy flanging effects when you crank up the controls. Sounds great both clean and distorted.

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