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Click here to read the roundup of the pedals in the chart below https://dandreifort.com/2018/07/29/tap-tremolo-pedal-comparison-guide/ ---incl criteria
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Pedal & Link to it!on-board TapHold tap actiontap once resyncsEx tapExpPdl# of DivsDivTypesDotted?Rhythms/Patterns# of wavWaveformsVol RateDepthHold bypass for...size inches9v maHarmonicOther Featuresaprox $inclshipnotes / ?sColorstereo?total # of controlspresetsPedal & Link to it!
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Swindler Red Mountain V2
yesramp up or down 3 diff modes)yesyesrate or depth5quarter, dotted 8th, 8th, triplet, 16thyesno6sine, tri, squ, rampUp, rampDn, stutteryesyesyespreset
4.77*2.60
100Both harmonic and amplitude modesCV control, stores 1 favorite, 25 via midi, robust midi support, stutter mode, mono or stereo, phase switch to pingpong$200so small. decent feature set. Only drawbacks: no patterns. Easy to read controls. The one I picked after not loving the super pulsar (too big/complicated)White w/blk-txtyes81 onboard, 25 via midiSwindler Red Mountain
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Winner above. Silver and Bronze next. Honorable mentions below those. Others, at bottom. No particular order
Anybody can add a comment to this spreadsheet, FYI
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EHX Super Pulsaryesspeed brakeyesyesrate, depth, shape, phase, vol7quarter, dotted 8th, triplet, 8th, 8th triplet, 16th, 32ndyesyes4sin, tri, pulse, rhythmyesyesyesno
4.75*5.75
165no11 patterns, programmable, mono/stereo, CV (in and out) , 8 presets$205It's big. Largest pedal here, by far. It's feature-rich by comparison. But not overly user-friendly. Available way below retail on eBay.Blue w/wht-txtyes158EHX Super Pulsar
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Diamond Tremoloyesdoubler / undoubler - kill, in manual modenonono6quarter, 8th, triplet, rhythmic, chaotic, man - (via halftime tap on tripplet setting)yes4shark, sin, squ, chopyesyesyesno
4.69*3.70
35noDoubler changes some divs/patterns$224good combo of function and simplicity. Chaotic interval is nifty w/ hard square. Green w/wht-txt - other colors available directno7noDiamond Tremolo
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2nd and 3rd place above - Honorable mentions below. Then, the field.
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Drolo Twin Peaks v4yesnoyesnorate4quarter, 8th, triplet, 16th(via halftime tap on tripplet setting)no8saw, revsaw, squ, tri, sin, lump, revlump, randomyesyesyesmomentary on4.7*3.780Both harmonic and amplitude modestone knob, symetry knob (skew LFO left or right, off/on times of squ)$283I might not use those extra knobs, well, maybe? Haven't played w/ them! But one of my two favorite harmonic trem options.White w/blk/redno10noDrolo Twin Peaks v4
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Walrus Monumentyesnonoyesrate4quarter, triplet, 8th, 16th(via halftime tap on tripplet setting)no5sin, squ, ramp, lumps, randomyesyesyesmomentary on
4.67*3.68
100Both harmonic and amplitude modes$250One of my two fave harmonic trems. Simpler but slightly less feature-rich than the Drolo. So, it depends what you want.orange-brown w/ black & whiteno8noWalrus Monument
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Wampler Latitude Deluxe
yesnoyesnono4quarter, 8th, dotted 8th, tripletyesno3squ, sin, triyesyesyesno
3.50*4.50
30nospace(opposite of duty) and attack(symetry) knobs $2403rd smallest footprint of the frontrunners. font for labels not particularly great for legibility, white with blackno9noWampler Latitude Deluxe
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CusackTap-A-Whirlyesramp up or down (alternates presses)noyesno8quarter, 8th, triplet, 16th, etc. etc. etc.(via halftime tap on tripplet setting)yes24just so many. some of them are rhythms/patterns. 3 banks of 'em.yesyesyesno4.7*3.698nostereo out, preset toggle, , rca tap jack 7/8 and 5/8 pats, internal jumpers$249Poorly labeled divs and wavs. fade-in & brake speed are hidden controls. Zany # of wav-types. Internal dipswitch for mono/stereo operation.silver w/black and red textyes9yesCusackTap-A-Whirl
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Dawner Prince Starlayesnoyesyesno3quarter, 8th, triplet(via halftime tap on tripplet setting)no8rampUp, rampDn, squ, tri, sin, lump, revlump, randomyesyesyesno
4.42*2.37
30noRCA sync jack in OR out, also is ext tap, duty symetry knob on back 9v/12v/18v$270super-simple, I like the diamond's limited features more than the Starla's. Some will prefer this one.Just depends on your criteria for a simple tap trem.Purple w/wht-txtno7noDawner Prince Starla
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pedals below nixed b/c of one or more critical feature or UX criteria misses. (most are still GREAT pedals!) My criteria might not be similar to yours.
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Click here to read re: methodology https://dandreifort.com/2018/07/29/tap-tremolo-pedal-comparison-guide/
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Zvex Sonaryesswitchable delta spd up or down???nono3quarter, 8th, 16thnono(only via shift-knobs)???yesyeshidden???
4.70*2.38
10nomachine/distortion - attack/release/depth are hidden - has duty knob -$250too many things I care about hidden by shift key - no dotted or triplet divs.silver w/black white red orange text- available for $100 more handpainted in orange ?????????Zvex Sonar
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Empress Tremolo2yesslowdown, in knob mode???xany parameter5quarter, 3/4, 8th, triplet, 16th (has rhythm knob, too)maybe? the 3/4 subdivision?yes3tri, squ, "tube"yessharedyes???4.5*3.5100no8 rhythms via knob, incl 5/4! - 8 presets, tap and expression use same port, 9v/12v, cv, midi, etc.$229rate/ratio(div) is one knob. Have to switch the mode knob to either tap/knob/presetOrange w/blk-txt?????????Empress Tremolo2
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Catalinbread Semaphore Tap
yesnonoyesdepth, rate68th, triplet 8th, 16th, half, quarter, triplet(via halftime tap on tripplet setting)no8ran, lumps, hyptri, sin, tri, squ, rampup, rampdnyesyesyesno???14no9 or 18v, shape knob for wave skew, N/ADiscontinued. None for sale :( (the last one sold on eBay >2months ago) there's a non-tap model, too. oh, and a stereo model too. white blue greenno8???
Catalinbread Semaphore Tap
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Stomp Audio Wavesyesnononodiv/rate/depth11Six normal-ish, Four rhythm. One rando???yes3squ, sin, tri (modded by shape knob, too)yesyesyesmomentary on???70nostereo (out only) - shape knob mods waveformN/Aonly available used, and seemingly seldom. Would be an honorable mention nonetheless, but company hasn't responded to email.2 turquoise-ish tones, w/ black txtyes8noStomp Audio Waves
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Throne Room Tremoloyesnonoyesno6half, qharter, third, 8th, triplet 8th, 16thmaybe? via the 1/3 subdivision?no8???internalyesyesno5.0*3.9???nodistort knob is skew/symmetry, external clockable, exttap is send/receive$250no accesible volume control nixes this one for meblue with white textno7???Throne Room Tremolo
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Source Audio Vertigonononoyes3.5mm TRRS or TRS - any parameter4selectable only via presets or midi - quarter, 8th, triplet, 16th(via halftime tap on tripplet setting)no3squ, sin, sawyessharedyesno4.5*2.75220yes3 presets, neuro editor, midi (using hub), USB, more shapes w/ neuro editor$150no onboard tap, divs only via presets or midi, or via shared knob only when using ex tap, one jack for tap/exprum, maybe like a chartreuse mixed with olive drab with white text yes6yesSource Audio Vertigo
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Chase Bliss Gravitasyesnonoyesseveral params6dipswitch or midi to change which bank of 3 divs(via halftime tap on tripplet setting)no9"modushape" controlyesyesyesvia dipswitch only???20dip switchyes. lots. too much stuff to list. if you want a zany versatile, small pedal, take note.$300only 1,2,4 divs OR 3,6,8 divs available at one time w/out dipswitch - can do harmonic-amplitude simultaneously. 16 dip switches, volume isn't volume?, versatile, learning curve, 9v 18vblack with whiteish textno302, via toggleChase Bliss Gravitas
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Strymon Flintnononoyesany knob, same input as ex tap4access via shared knob(via halftime tap on tripplet setting)nononosharedyesyesno???250yesreverb, effect order, $300no onboard tap, don't need reverb. lots of other misses dedicated trems hit betterblack w/ white textyes (out, not in)9only via optional "favorite switch"Strymon Flint
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Flower Pedals Dandelionyesspeed brakenonoratenoquarternono4ramp, tri, sin, squyesyesyesno???100yeshas a second trem, adjustable by holding shift $260no subdivisionsblue w/ whte textno9noFlower Pedals Dandelion
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Stone Deaf Tremotronyes300$300says won't work w/ truetone one spot power. zany # of LEDs, can't find anything about default divisions. (versatile divs via midi)Stone Deaf Tremotron
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Zvex SuperSeek Tremyes$340just more than I'm looking for in a trem - so many knobs, and several do multiple different things. 26Zvex SuperSeek Trem
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Supro Tremolonoyesyesgood tonal control$220no onboard tapSupro Tremolo
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Lightfoot Labs Goatkeeper v3
yeson backayoobetchyavolume knob is small, on rear, amidst jacks.
Lightfoot Labs Goatkeeper v3
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TC Electronic Pipelineshared$125on/off switch is also tap. hold 2 sec to turn into tap.TC Electronic Pipeline
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Luma Truenoyes"dissastro" ring mod-ish modeno, but will in next firmware, maybeyesphase, depth, rate4quarter, 8th, triplet, 16th(via halftime tap on tripplet setting)yes8sin, saw, squ,+ morenoyesyespreset loading mode
5.59*4.25
???yespresets, ringmod, stereo w/ phase control -- midi in next firmware, allegedlyN/Apreorder only? -looks like it'd be a contenderblack w/ white textyes78Luma Trueno
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Coda Montagne yesnononono6half, quarter, dotted quarter, 8th, triplet, 16thyesno6random, lumps, sin, tri, squ, rampupyesyesyesvia "hold" switch4.77*2.6100nosymetry knob, hold switch allows momentary onN/ANo Volume knob. none in stock, but there's a waitlist 15euro shipping to USno9noCoda Montagne
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Matthews The Conductor v2
yes$200tap is way close to knobs - why??? - moronix UX
Matthews The Conductor v2
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Dedalo TresyesnoN/Ano easily accessible volume control - not always available-discontinuedDedalo Tres
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Fulltone Supa-Trem2yesnonononono subdivisionsFulltone Supa-Trem2
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Seymour Duncan Shapeshifter
yesshareddiv/speed knobs combined
Seymour Duncan Shapeshifter
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Copilot Polypusyesshareddiv/speed knobs combinedCopilot Polypus
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Line 6 Tap Tremolosharedtap lightly for tap, tap harder for on/offLine 6 Tap Tremolo
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EQD Hummingbird v4nonononorate$160no onboard tap5EQD Hummingbird v4
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Ernie Ball Expression Tremolo
nonononoit IS an exp pdl!$200no tap
Ernie Ball Expression Tremolo
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Moog MF Tremnonononospeed$100no onboard tapMoog MF Trem
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This spreadsheet is a work in progress. Please, let me know if you want edit permisions to add stuff, or send me a note about what to add.
I am in no way insinuating the pedals I nixed are poor pedals. Some of them are GREAT pedals. They're just not what I'm looking for. E.g. the Strymon Flint. The Chase Bliss Gravitas. The Empress 2. Supro. Etc. Etc. Those pedals are incredible. They're better than the "winners" of this shootout in some ways. But I have criteria. Read the blog post for more Click this text.
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