The Berkeley Vibe is the proud result of 2 years of near rabid fascination with creating the perfect 'Giant Killer' of a vibe pedal. The Berkeley signal path is almost exactly identical to the original late 60’s vibe. Carbon film resistors, Mylar caps, transistors chosen for very very similar or identical characteristics to the originals. There are 4 photocells, but no bulb. Hand chosen Vactrols are matched one by one in a custom test fixture to make sure that every component works within a well defined ‘sweet spot’ range.
No guessing here.
The LFO that controls the photo-cells is digital but analogue smoothed so there are no uncharismatic spikes or glitches. As every original vibe was different, there are 3 trimmers inside the Berkeley to tune its behaviour to your idea of the perfect vibe. Turning up Input Impedance brings back brightness, volume and a more modern sound at one extreme, warmth and chewiness and the other. Phase Notch Depth allows you to fine tune the balance between the wet and dry signals in chorus mode. The Voicing control is more complex. I call the extremes Vintage and Modern. At the Vintage extreme, the LFO shows the full idiosyncratic behaviour of the vintage units. Dialling it back to the Modern extreme, the Berkeley shows less and less of these characteristics and the depth becomes as wide as the unit can operate. Wider sweeps paint a more contemporary picture. All of these controls are continuous, so dial in YOUR position.
Thanks for your continued support, and remember, these videos are intended to show off the PEDALS and what they can do, not what a brilliant guitar player I am - there are plenty of shredder videos out there, and besides, I'm really a drummer :)