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TC Electronic Viscous Vibe Univibe Guitar Effects Pedal

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Spot-on recreation of legendary Shin-Ei Uni-Vibe.

TC Electronic introduced the original TonePrint line of pedals back in 2011 and instantly they became a success, with a no-nonsense approach to the essential functions that guitarists want, along with the ability to load TonePrints from the megastars of rock royalty.

Not just standing still, we now present Viscous Vibe - an absolutely fastidious digital recreation of the original analog Shin-Ei Uni-Vibe. Viscous Vibe brings all of TC Electronic' dedicated DSP and programming know-how into a compact pedal. With the added ability for guitarists to create and design their own pedal via the TonePrint editor, this makes Viscous Vibe perfect for anybody who wants to implement truly authentic and classic vibe tones into a modern-day pedal board.

Where Technology and Tone Meets
The original Shin-Ei Uni-Vibe is a highly unique, complex and gorgeous-sounding analog unit, so when TC Electronic set out to recreate it digitally they knew it wasn™t going to be easy. Through countless hours of meticulous side-by-side testing with the real thing and by pushing their insanely powerful DSP to its very limits, they™ve been able to recreate this legendary effect to a tee. You™ll get all the lush, syrupy vibe tones heard on countless tracks by Pink Floyd, Robin Trower and Jimi Hendrix and when you dive into that opening Machine Gun riff, you™ll be convinced they nailed it.

Vintage Vibes and Modern Strides
With Viscous Vibe you get the best of both worlds in a pedal that perfectly combines old analog warmth with modern-day functionality. With True Bypass for uncompromised tonal quality and stereo I/O for an ultra-wide sonic perspective, you get the perfect pedal for everybody who wants to implement classic-rock tones into their contemporary setup.

TonePrint
TC Electronic's proprietary TonePrint technology is just another upside to this already amazing pedal. So if you feel like making that stock vibe tone sound a little more like ¦ well, you ¦ then hook it up to their free TonePrint Editor and enter tone-tweaking heaven. On top of that you can also beam custom-made vibacious tones straight through your pickups and into the pedal via their free TonePrint App.

The Viscous Vibe is mapped out with the same controls as the original Shin-Ei Uni-Vibe, but has some nice modern features as well.

Speed
How fast do you wanna go? Dial it back for an amazingly lush and warm sound, or go full-on for those intense and mind-bendy classic rock tones.

Intensity
Go from wide warbles to syrupy sweet swirls in an instant with this knob.

Volume
This controls the overall mix between your dry sound and the Vibe effect. Crank it up and get instant Hendrix tones, or dial it back a bit for those glorious Gilmour sounds.

Mini-Toggle
Switch between the two classic Shin-Ei Uni-Vibe sounds for either a thick and phasey chorus tone or an amazing swirly vibrato. Flick the switch to the middle position for your very own take on this legendary effect via TonePrint.

True Bypass
Viscous Vibe was made to let the œyou in your playing shine through. Its True Bypass design ensures zero tone coloration, letting your tone shinethrough with no loss of high-end.

Analog-Dry-Through
Viscous Vibe always lets your original sound pass without ever converting it to digital, keeping every nuance in your tone intact with zero latency.

FEATURES
1:1 recreation of the legendary Shine-Ei Uni-Vibe
TonePrint enabled
Compact Design
Stereo I/O
True Bypass or Buffered Bypass
Analog-Dry-Through
9V/100mA

Add this classic tone-shaping pedal to your rig.

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TC ElectronicViscous Vibe Univibe Guitar Effects Pedal
 
3.7

(based on 7 reviews)

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60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (4)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (3)
  • Performances (3)
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(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not the affordable Univibe option that I've been looking for

By RJoz

from Nevada

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Pros

  • Versatile

Cons

  • Sucks Tone
  • The 'off' function takes 2 seconds to work!

Best Uses

  • Amateur performances

Comments about TC Electronic Viscous Vibe Univibe Guitar Effects Pedal:

I was really hoping that this would finally be the affordable Univibe option that I have been looking for.... it isn't. Although this pedal has some sort of usable Univibe-type sounds, this comes at a price. For me, I experienced two things that I found with it that bothered me enough to just return it.

First, when the pedal is engaged, it kills some of your high end tone. It almost sounded like someone put a blanket over my speaker cabinet. After seeing and hearing all of the satisfied TC Electronic user experiences out there, I totally did not expect this. I even tried to move it around to different locations on my pedal board, to no avail.

Secondly, when you hit the switch to turn off the effect, it stays on for a full 2 seconds AFTER you turn it off. This was too much for me to accept, so I returned it. I will probably look now at either Fulltone or Catlinbread as both seem to have the closest alternatives, although both are significantly more expensive than this Viscous Vibe was.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hendrix and Trower

By Wayne

from undisclosed

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Comments about Viscous Vibe Univibe Guitar Effects Pedal:

I do mostly original music, but for fun I cover a couple Hendrix and Robin Trower tunes. This pedal captures that Uni-Vibe effect better than others I've tried. It's a lot of fun. I haven't tried the Tone Print feature, but the initial tone print that comes set in the pedal sounds great.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Cool Vibe

By Guitarman 15

from Wisconsin

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Pros

  • good quality

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Practice and concerts.

Comments about TC Electronic Viscous Vibe Univibe Guitar Effects Pedal:

I am finding new ways to use this pedal all the time. It has a very cool vibe form a chorus effect to a rototy speaker sound. The coolest feature is the tone print that lets you download preset sounds from your smart Phone.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic, after a full year of use

By Sugafixx

from New york

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Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about TC Electronic Viscous Vibe Univibe Guitar Effects Pedal:

    This has been on my board for a full year. I can honestly say that if you cannot get a good tone out of this pedal then something is wrong with you.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    My favorite pedal... T.c. wins again

    By Kevin

    from Denver

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about TC Electronic Viscous Vibe Univibe Guitar Effects Pedal:

      I was instantly in love with this pedal. The tone print app compatibility issue with my phone was disappointing however. This effect is great and powerful but it isn't like the classic fender tremolo so I will still probably get a traditional style tremolo. The only true shortfall with this pedal that I have discovered is that I wish the speed could get about 20 percent faster into the stupid fast realm. This pedal is amazing with a bass guitar as well. Despite the cons this is my favorite pedal.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Not for the bass guitar

      By Chris

      from Valencia, Ca.

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      • Compact Design

      Cons

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          Comments about TC Electronic Viscous Vibe Univibe Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I bought it for my 6 string bass, doesn't sound right. Probably works great for a regular guitar.

           
          2.0

          Un-good coolness?

          By Some guy in a band somewhere

          from Cleveland, Ohio

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Good Vibrato in one pedal
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • doesn't stop immediately
          • Scoops out high tones and adds lows

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about TC Electronic Viscous Vibe Univibe Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Pretty awesome sounds but there are a few issues that are hard to overlook.

          1) When you turn the pedal on it almost takes a second for the the "Speed" to catch up to where it needs to be and is delayed.

          2) When switching the pedal off the effect still continues on for about 1.5-2 seconds. It makes it really hard if you need to use the effect and then want to cut right out to another effect or just go straight to a clean sound...this pedal won't let you do that!

          3) When playing anything with distortion it sorta cuts some of the high end tones out of your sound which can become seriously weird if you are trying to get a good fuzz or you already have a lot of lows going on.

          Overall i think its a 2.5 maybe 2.9 maybe a 3...but man the latency thing really kills it for me. I have custom made fuzz pedals and distortion that sound crazy because they viscous vibe won't turn off immediately (effect keeps going) then all the sudden my fuzz pedals that i use have a different tone and that is also a bummer...

          Anyone else notice the things with the pedal? I still think its cool and has its place but yeah out of everyone that "LOVES" this pedal no-one seems to mention any of those issues. weird. Not sure what vibe type pedal I'm gonna go with. (i play live and record and do band stuff like every other guitar monkey out there so you don't have to take it from me, but I would plug into this one first and check it out before you buy it. (G.C. wanted 130 dee-naros for this guy lol))

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