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Catalinbread Zero-Point Manual Flanger Pedal

The Zero Point offers an accurate recreation of studio tape flanging by creating two subtly modulating delays that can be altered by the flange push-button. (2) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Catalinbread Zero-Point Manual Flanger

The Catalinbread Zero Point Flanger is the most direct analogy to studio tape flanging that anybody has come up with. It is a REAL TIME effect not a typical modulation effect. That is to say, unlike all other pedal flangers, there is no LFO that presents a predictable up and down swooshing sound, the trite flanger effect that died in the 80s. Thus there is no need for extraneous knobs or switches. It is a straight-forward pedal that has only one powerful control that behaves like pressing and holding your thumb on tape flange.

When the Zero Point is engaged two delay lines are turned on, subtly modulating against the other simulating the comb filtering effect akin to the playback of two tape machines. Pressing and holding the "Flange Push-Button" causes one of the delay lines to slowly shift time toward the other delay line, up to the point that your signal begins to cancel out, THE ZERO POINT! Release the Flange Push-Button and the delay line begins to automatically fall again. The result is the whispy subtractive 'thru-zero' sound that creates a sense of space and mystery. An effect that up until now we've only heard on records. It behaves just like manually advancing the take up reel and pressing your thumb on the supply reel to slow the program down.

The Zero Point Flanger automatically powers up in the inverted phase mode, resulting in a more dramatic subtractive flange effect. If you press and hold the Flange Push-Button while powering up the Zero Point you enter the positive phase mode which because it sums the two delay lines, never cancels out. This mode is a bit less dramatic than the subtractive mode but still a very tape like analogy. There are merits to both modes, ultimately it is best left up to personal preference.

Start out by first plugging your Zero Point in toward the end of your pedal chain, after your favorite dirt box. When you turn it on for the first time you will be struck by how it adds a nice tape compression and gritty tape-like harmonics to your sound as well as adding very subtle modulation simulating the tape machine tension arm's effect on the inertia of the moving tape... Within a short time of interacting with the Flange Push-Button and playing you will find your mind free of thought, while music effortlessly flows from your fingers. This pedal is a complete paradigm shift that makes you play differently. It is certainly NOT a pedal for everybody. It is for the player who tires easily from the predictable and knows that you cannot think your way to creativity.

Check out the Zero Point Flanger in this video by Catalinbread:

Features:

- Authentic studio through-zero flanging the way it was originally done
- Designed for use with a center-negative 9V DC power supply

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Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 0.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): Zero Point
zZounds Expert Review
For years, guitarists have been longing for an effects pedal that will faithfully recreate a studio tape flanger -- and now it's possible with the Catalinbread Zero Point flanger. I like it because it's simple: there aren't all these unnecessary buttons and knobs, only two buttons to produce the flange. The Zero Point stands out from the rest of the flangers because there isn't an LFO inside -- which means that you won't be getting the same sound every single time. The unpredictability will give you an awesome effect, producing some pretty far-out tones. You should definitely try this pedal if you're looking for something out of the norm.

- Dan, zZounds Guitar Expert

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4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Great Flanger"
Overall: Great, Awesome sound. Finally a Flange that's just not a preset sweep. Really organic. You can control the amount of sweep by holding the button down and depending on the pressing and releasing, you can start the sweep before the end of the last and really have something more like studio controlled analog flanging. A must have. I can't imagine not having it in my chain.
Style of Music: Rock
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Overall: Being able to manually trigger the start of the sweep is the feature I have being looking for. Build quality is good and the sound is real good. I might wish for a feedback control to intensify the effect if they come out with a version two. But overall very happy. It does what it's supposed to.Haven't needed factory support so can't really rate it.
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