The Soundblox 2 Orbital Modulator from Source Audio is now Available

Published 10 years ago on March 22, 2013

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

The Soundblox 2 Orbital Modulator from Source Audio isnow Available -

Source Audio, innovators of the award winning Hot Hand® MotionControlled Effects and Soundblox effects pedals are introducing theSoundblox 2 Orbital Modulator. The Orbital Modulator is acombination phaser, flanger, chorus, and tremolo modulation effectspedal, designed to work equally well with guitar or bass. Thispowerful cast-aluminum stompbox offers rack-mount function andflexibility in a surprisingly compact 4.5 x 4.5 inch footprint.

Source Audio introduced The Orbital Modulator at the 2013 WinterNAMM Show in Anahiem, CA where it received praise from both GuitarPlayer and Premier Guitar magazines. Guitar Player called thepedal, "an insanely flexible, killer sounding mod box that runs thegamut from classic to otherworldly." Premier Guitar raved that theO-Mod packs "just about every modulation flavor imaginable withsome extra Source Audio tricks and filters."

The Orbital Modulator offers three chorus effects from a classicsingle voiced chorus to mega-lush two and four voiced effects. Itsfive flavors of flanger include a remarkably realistic tape flange(aka through zero flange) and two thoroughly unique Resonatorflangers. Five luscious phaser effects range from a simple Uni-Vibeinspired modulation to highly complex 8 and 12 stage phasers.Tremolo can be embedded into any of the Orbital's effect types fordramatic three-dimensional effects like rotary speaker simulationor thumping chopper-like amplitude modulations. Each effect typeoffers an endless range of possibilities with nine adjustableparameters including DEPTH, FEEDBACK, DELAY, FREQUENCY, VOLUME,LoRETAIN (Source Audio's own low-end preserving algorithm),TREMOLO, MIX, and SPEED.

In an effort to make the Orbital Modulator totally userfriendly, a reset function has been included, which automaticallysets any of the effects to a meticulously fashioned default settingpersonally dialed in by Source Audio's tone obsessed engineeringcombo of Bob Chidlaw and Jesse Remignanti. Users can save twopresets that are easily recalled via two footswitches. Plus, theOrbital offers "Universal Bypass" which offers a choice betweentrue-bypass or a special analog buffered bypass.

The Orbital allows users to control each effect's modulationeither internally or externally. Sine and square wave LFO offervibrant internal modulation with on-the-fly Tap Tempo SPEEDadjustment. Plus forward and reverse Envelope Followers offereffect modulation reactive to incoming guitar or bass signals. TheOrbital is also compatible with MIDI control signals, the SourceAudio Dual Expression Pedal, or any of the Hot Hand® Motion SensorRings. Each external control device operates effect modulation orcan be assigned to any of the nine adjustable parameters.

Source Audio's proprietary state-of-the-art 56-bit DigitalSignal Processor and 24-bit converters deliver precision controland pristine sound quality well beyond most analog pedals and manyof the over-sized digital units on the market today. The unit comeswith a 9VDC power supply.

Source Audio was founded in January 2005 by former engineers,scientists, and executives of Analog Devices, Kurzweil MusicSystems, and Thomas H. Lee Partners. Since the 2006 release of itsflagship product, the Hot Hand motion-sensing ring, Source Audio'sdistortion, modulation and Hot Hand products have been recognizedthrough multiple awards from Guitar Player, Guitar World, BassPlayer, and Premier Guitar Magazines.  



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