In 2015 we brought you the Unicorn V1, the world’s first bulb-driven photocell modulator with tap tempo, the JHS Uni-Vibe. As of Spring 2018, we are proud to bring you the Unicorn V2!
Pink Floyd’s “Breathe,” Jimi Hendrix’s live Woodstock performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and Robin Trower’s “Bridge of Sighs” cemented the sound of a photocell-based vibe effect as an electric guitar standard. The JHS Pedals Unicorn is our version of this heralded effect, continuing the inspiring modulation/phasing/rotary sounds that never fail to push musical boundaries. And just like the originals, we included a toggle for choosing between a Uni-Vibe* effect and a traditional vibrato setting. What sets Unicorn apart from all other vibe-style circuits is that it is the first-ever fully analog, photocell-based vibe with tap tempo as well as ratio, external tap control, and external rate control via expression pedal (optional). And the Unicorn does it all with only four knobs and a mini-toggle switch. In a day and age when everything has been seen and done, we bring you the first-ever, 100% analog vibe photocell modulator with onboard tap tempo. You’re welcome.
SOUNDS AS GOOD AS YOU REMEMBER
The Unicorn is bursting with all the lush and washy pulsations that changed what the electric guitar could sound like in the 1960s. And this is no digital emulation. The Unicorn sports the real-deal, analog photocell topology of the original units.
– Sounds like the original because it’s built like the original
– All-analog signal path delivers a warm, touch-sensitive tone
– Dry/Wet toggle selects between a Uni-Vibe* and vibrato effect
IN-DEPTH TEMPO CONTROL
There are other analog vibe pedals and there are pedals with tap-tempo control, but– if you’ll indulge us in a brief humble brag –the JHS Unicorn is the first to put ‘em together. Add optional external speed control and a ratio knob that determines the rhythmic subdivisions (or as we like to say, how much fairy dust enters into the flux capacitor of the Unicorn) and you have one of the most versatile vibe pedals on the market.
– Control the rate of the effect with the Speed knob or onboard tap-tempo footswitch
– Want quarter note, dotted eighth, or triplet rhythms? They’re all found on the Ratio knob
– LED indicator notifies you of the effect’s tempo, even when disengaged
EXTERNAL TEMPO AND EXPRESSION CONTROL
But wait, there’s more! One of the things that makes the vintage Shin-ei* Uni-Vibes* so desirable is your ability to control the effect’s rate in real time with an external expression pedal. How could we not include that!? And to go one step further, you can slave the pedal to other tap-controlled pedals for rhythmic consistency across all your effects.
– Internal Tap/Expression mini switch controls the side-mounted Tap/Exp TRS jack
– Expression pedal control of the Unicorn’s rate in the Exp setting
– Use an external source to control the rate in the Tap Out setting (which coincidentally works great with our Panther Cub Delay and Emperor Chorus pedals)
COULDN’T BE EASIER TO USE
One of the things we’re most proud of with the Unicorn Uni-vibe* Photocell Modulator is how easy it is to dial up the exact pulse of a mystical Unicorn running across a field of 4-leaf clovers…but only if you dare.
– Four knobs and a mini toggle are all you need for a world of syrupy, modulated tones
– Left two controls are your tone, right two controls are your speed, toggle is your effect. It’s that simple.
V1 = Larger enclosure.
V2 = Smaller enclosure.
THIS PEDAL REQUIRES STANDARD 9V DC CENTER NEGATIVE POWER, CONSUMES 100MA, AND MEASURES 2.2” X 4.8″ X 1.6″.
VOLUME – Controls output volume. Left is less, right is more. *The Unicorn has some naturally occurring clipping, especially
with high output pickups. This is normal for classic Uni-vibe designs like the Unicorn.
DEPTH – Controls intensity of the effect. Left is less, right is more.
SPEED – Controls rate/speed of the modulation. Left is slower, right is faster. Will override tap tempo speed when rotated.
RATIO – Controls the ratio of the tapped speed. Choose quarter, dotted eighth, eighth, or triplet notes. This allows for faster
speeds with fewer taps.
DRY/WET TOGGLE – Dry mode is the classic Univibe sound, while Wet is a vibrato sound.
INPUT – 1/4” jack on the top right receives your instrument’s signal.
OUTPUT – 1/4” jack on the top left sends the signal out of the pedal to an amplifier or pedal chain.
TAP/EXP – 1/4” jack on the right side of the pedal. In expression mode, connect any TRS expression pedal to control the
pedal’s speed. In tap mode, connect an external tap tempo controller or another pedal that receives tap tempo to use the
Unicorn to slave the other pedal. Choose which one you want by the TAP/EXP switch on the inside of the pedal.
BYPASS – Left footswitch turns the pedal on and off.
TAP TEMPO – Right footswitch taps in the speed of the modulation.
INTERNAL TAP/EXP SWITCH – Internal switch lets you choose between tap or expression mode for the TAP/EXP jack.
POWER – Uses 9V DC Negative Center. Do not use more than 9V DC. Your warranty will be voided. 100mA consumption.
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