Catalinbread Soft Focus Shoegaze Reverb Guitar Pedal

Catalinbread isn't one to stick to the status quo, and the Soft Focus is case in point. Bring those '90s shoegaze tones to life with the touch of a button!

The Soft Focus patch on the Yamaha FX500 was widely used in the '90s by early shoegaze bands, most notably Slowdive on Souvlaki. With its roots in that patch, the Catalinbread Soft Focus is intended to be an instant shoegaze button, while addressing the most glaring issues of the original unit: no mix control, a sub-par preamp, and a ghastly tone-sucking bypass signal.

At its heart, the Soft Focus is a heavily modified plate reverb with adjustable time, which is subsequently split into three paths. One path contains a multi-voiced chorus modulator, another features a well-appointed octave-up mixed in with the reverb, and the third path leaves the reverb untouched. The Mod knob controls the rate of the chorus on path one, and the Symphony knob controls the level of the octave on path two. All controls are "coupled" to the tone of the reverb to give users an expansive playing field of sounds to discover and fine tune.

Catalinbread's Soft Focus is not an exact recreation but was exhaustively compared with the FX500; the difference is that a fairly generic fixed-time digital delay is present on the Soft Focus patch. Catalinbread found that leaving this feature intact ate into the circuit's memory just a little too much for such little payoff, so they leave more detailed delay-tweaking to you and your favorite delay.

- Name: Soft Focus
- Type: Plate Reverb
- Quick Pitch: An instant shoegaze experience based on the Soft Focus patch of the Yamaha FX500
- Weight: .4 lbs.
- Product Dimensions: 1.96" X 2.36" X 4.33"
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 6 x 4 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CAT SOFTFOCUS

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Phone: 503-841-5098


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