Modulation is often what makes a guitar tone stand out. In the old days, guitarists experimented with unusual effects and ways of getting that little extra. One trick was to plug a guitar into a rotating speaker cabinet, which was designed for organs. In this review we’ll look at a new addition to the world of modulation and rotary pedals. The Micro Vent 122 from Neo Instruments.
David Gilmour has been using rotary cabinets since the very early days. His solo creation on Pink Floyd’s Ummagumma, Narrow Way, feature a Leslie speaker cabinet and from the recording of Dark Side of the Moon in 1972-73, the effect became pretty much a staple in his rig.
Neo Instruments should be well known for everyone. Their Ventilator has become almost an industry standard when it comes to rotating speaker simulation in pedal form. A lot has happened over the last decade and the technology has come a long way. Companies like Strymon and even digital simulations from IK Multimedia sound very impressive.
The newly released Micro Vent is my first introduction to Neo Instruments. The Micro is, as the name implies, a smaller pedalboard friendly version of the considerably bigger Ventilator and, I must admit, much more appealing to me as a touring musician.
There are two versions. The 122, which is based on the Leslie 122 and the 16, which is based on the Fender Vibratone.