There’s always something bold and intriguing about a one knob pedal. I am a fan of mid-fi pedals to begin with, but this is the one I keep returning to and play through most often because it is an incredibly “musical” pedal that adds movement and unpredictability to guitar riffs and phrases that might sound stagnant otherwise. It can go from subtle to psychedelic and there are many sweet spots along the way as you turn the knob. Really organic tone that gets you Pink Floyd or Tame Impala like vibes for days. When a pedal actually inspires you to write songs, it’s a keeper!
Tons of pedals out there do weird and do it proudly. Weird for weird's sake.
They're fun. You'd invite them to a party or dinner if they were a human, y'know, to kick things up a notch.
But 10 minutes into the party and they're all WOOHOO, taking over the conversation and the novelty has worn off.
So you bring in the old reliable...the predictable ones. They do their thing. It's okay, it's alright. They're pleasant. They're....nice.
Then there's this little thang. It struts up to your rig, doffs it's hat...then proceeds to shimmy shake a leg here, a finger there, an eyebrow everywhere. It teases and flits in and out of the shadows, intriguing and tempting but never giving more than a fleeting taste. Just enough to keep you hanging on, to add interest to anything it touches.
This is a pedal designed to animate and give life, but it never allows your ear to latch to a predictable pattern or tangible named waveform, and you cannot tell it exactly what to do...just suggest a general direction. Weird. But it is a musical weird that at every minute of the dial gives a beguiling musical flavour that your musical ear loves and wants more of but never gets sick of. Musically. Getting that?
From gentle tonal colourings to mind-spinning kaleidoscopic sonics the Random Phase & Vibrato does exactly what it says on the tin. But it also doesn't. And it'll make anything you create that much more interesting. You hope.
I spoke with Doug before I bought this pedal because I wasn’t sure which pedal I wanted. I said “I want it to get weird”. He responded “say no more”. This is such a unique pedal. It can be an always on kind of thing or for that one part where you want the audience to pass out from the vibe. Highly recommend.
As a phase and vibrato junkie, this pedal replaced most of my go to favorites. It can go from subtle smoothness to way way out with just the slightest tweak. Works great with other pedals and sounds killer with a wah. I have to fight myself not to put it on every thing I record.
- & it doesn’t need any more knobs.
I can’t praise this machine enough - a supremely thoughtful design where you can go super minimal and keep yourself entertained ‘n moving OR go full extreme at noon - all with the one control.
I love the concept of it being “random” because it functions how I enjoy hearing old tape machines work. It inspires me (as a long time player) the same way I felt when I was a teenager and I didn’t totally know what certain effects were going to do.
Me and the Random Phase Vibrato are great friends and will be for years to come.