A tip of the hat to Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde's classic sound and his distinctive tone (especially on the 'No More Tears' album), The AMT CH-2 Ozzulator could very well be your latest must-have pedal for that ever-increasing collection. Rodney McG tells us more.
When it comes to chorus pedals, there are usually two main camps. One is the warm, rich, and rolling sounds, usually a favourite with fretless bass players and more elegant styles. The other being the shimmery, hyper clear and hi-fi sounding choruses popular with distinctive tones from artists like Alex Lifeson of Rush. The Ozzulator is definitely in the latter camp. It offers a precise sound with a number of controls designed specifically to get exact tonal colourations that offer wide stereo affected styles of chorus, while maintaining clarity and detail.
Looking at the routing options, the Ozzulator is a true stereo pedal with two ins and two outputs. As far as controls over the sound, the four main dials on the face of the unit offer a wide range of effects from traditional chorus to flange and even tremolo and ring modulator style sounds.
Although the Ozzulator is an incredibly small and compact pedal, I didn't have any problems getting my hands around the dials and was able to operate all of them without touching or affecting any of the others.
The effective knobs are:
Width—determining how wide the modulation swings.
Rate—adjusting the modulation frequencies from .1hz to 10hz.
Mix—sets the level of processed signal versus dry signal.
Delay—offering control over the exact amount of time before the affected signal is placed against the original.
The additional options that make this pedal stand out from other choruses are the two switches on the left and right. The first being the chorus type that, in its upper position, offers a chorus with three lines of delay and sine modulation. In the lower position chorus is a stereo chorus with two delay lines and a square modulation. The lower position offers a richer and wider stereo image, while the upper is a little more focused and direct.
The other switch is colour. This chooses the effects overall brightness. In the up position, it's at maximum brightness, and the lower position is slightly rolled off for a less present and aggressive tone. I was able to imitate sounds and signature chorus tones on fretless bass reminiscent of bands like Pink Floyd and players like Pino Palladino. For guitar, getting multiple eras of an Alex Lifeson style tone from Rush, Zakk Wylde's signature style chorus, and especially a lot of the greatly sought after choruses from the 80s used by solo virtuosos like Joe Satriani.
Finally, via its rear of the pedal port, it can also be integrated into the new AMT bricks pedalboard, which allows all of their units to connect together without cables and communicate with each other for advanced switching and programming options.
The Ozzulator excels in hyper clear sound while maintaining richness and balance. I found it worked well on guitar and bass equally.
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