Members GuyaGuy Posted July 6, 2006 Members Share Posted July 6, 2006 well, gentlemen, the Empress is here... i've only had about 1/2 an hour to play with the unit but i must say my expectations have been met! 1. WAVEFORMS the "tube" or trem is gorgeous. the rampwave ends up being less versatile than on the Pulsar (inasmuch as you can't adjust the ramp) but the Empress matches the setting i always dialed in on the Pulsar anyway--and does it better! a little more whumpy, if you will. the square wave doesn't seem quite as harsh as on the Pulsar--sort of like a square with rounded edges. the triangle wave seems pretty similar to the Pulsar. 2.TAP TEMPO for those who still don't understand why i'm so impressed by the idea of ratio tap on a trem let me explain it this way... you know how on the DD-20 you can set it to an 1/8 note so that the delay is actually twice the speed as what you tap? well the Empress does that! this is really handy on a trem, as trem speeds tend to be a bit too fast to tap. ratios are 1:1, 1:2, 1:4. the switch feels kinda like ones used on Line 6--you feel the click but there's not a lot of resistance. 3. RHYTHM ahhhhh...the rhythm.... the rhythm is gonna get you.well, it got me. these rhythm settings are the real reason i had to get this thing. they may not impress some but i've been trying to figure out how to get these sounds for a while now. and the Empress makes it sooooo easy! and they seem like they'll be really inspiring to play around with. you know the trem on "How Soon is Now" by the Smiths? you know how Johnny Marr set up the 2 amps and fiddled for hours to get the 2 trems to synch? well, now you can just turn the knob and tap the tempo! from an email from Steve @ Empress: Here's the eight rhythms ( '0' is strong, '-' is weak): 1) 0000 (normal tremolo) 2) 0-0- 3) 0--0-- 4) 0---0--- 5) 0--0--0- 6) 0-0-00-0-0 (this one is in 5/4) 7) 0--0--0-0-0- 8) 0--0--0---0-0--- (i think this one's the "a clava") 4. GAIN very transparent, up to 6dB. 5. TWO SPEED MODE either double or halve your trem speed with one stomp! WHEEEE!!! i'm still working out how it chooses whether to go faster or slower. it's not explained in the 2-page manual so i'll email Steve at Empress, who, btw, was EXTREMELY helpful with questions before i bought it. 6. RATE neither as fast nor as slow as the Pulsar--but still slower and faster than i'll ever need to go. ....... yes, the 3 waveform choices show a debt to Pulsar and Semaphore, which probably also inspired the gain knob. and yes the Cusack Tap-A-Whirl is the FIRST analog signal path tap trem. but, as discussed in another thread, different players have different needs. the half/double time feature, rhythm setting, and tap feature are what sold me on it. so is it worth the $225US? well, it is to me! i can see myself using the rhythm settings and tap A LOT so it's worth the dough; others might find all that superfluous. it all just depends on what kind of trem you want. i will say, though, that the box is extremely easy to use. even the Pulsar has a learning curve, but this box pretty much explains itself! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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