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Rocktron Hypnotic Flange Pedal  

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    A unique flange that takes modulation to a whole new level with new twists on the classic flange effect.

    The Hypnotic Flange Pedal from Rocktron will put you and your guitar into a trance with its unique take on the standard flange effect.

    The ultra-cool “hypnotic mode” actually becomes a random low-frequency oscillator. This random mode dances anywhere from an arpeggio sound to a randomized chorus sound. The Rate control sets the speed of the modulation, while Depth controls the intensity of the modulation. The Manual control changes the modulation delay time. Feedback control varies the regeneration of the modulated output. Trance randomizes the low-frequency oscillator providing a great sonic twist. An FX/Level control is also provided, along with single input, mono/stereo output. The Hypnotic Flange is built into Rocktron’s heavy-duty chassis and equipped with an easy-access battery compartment that makes changing batteries during a gig a breeze.

    Flanger pedals usually sound better when placed after distortion in the signal chain. If using multiple pedal such as delays and other modulation effects, try the Hypnotic Flange in different parts of the signal chain until you find the sound you like best.

    Features

    • A unique twist on the flanger pedal
    • Functions as a standard flanger but also includes Rocktron's Hypnotic mode
    • Random low-frequency oscillator that dances anywhere from an "arpeggio" sound to a "randomized" chorus sound
    • Trance control randomizes the low-frequency oscillator
    • Flanger with speed, intensity, and delay time

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    RocktronHypnotic Flange Pedal
     
    3.9

    (based on 20 reviews)

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      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    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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          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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          5.0

          Really Nice, But Not For Everybody

          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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            3.0

            (Interesting Stomp Box)

            By UTK

            from Fort Wayne, IN

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            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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            4.0

            hypnotic flange pedal

            By jams

            from Hampton, virginia

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            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

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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

                  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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                      5.0

                      It grows on you

                      By -jim

                      from Nashville & NY

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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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