Neo Instruments has announced the Micro VENT 122 and the Micro Vent 16, two pedals that offer the same vintage Leslies speaker tones as their larger Ventilator.
The Micro VENT 122 is modelled after the Leslie 122 rotary speaker, with its algorithm simulating the classic micing technique of one mic on the horn and one mic on the drum rotor. The pedal’s Distance knob allows you to vary the emulated distance of both mics.
The Micro VENT 16 simulates a 10-inch speaker with a single rotor – approaching the sound of the Fender Vibratone. The Distance knob, in this case, moves a single emulated mic back and forth. According to Neo Instruments the Micro VENT 16 is “less complex and dominant” than its 122 counterpart.
Aside from the Distance knobs, both Micro VENTs offer Speed, Ramp and Blend controls to adjust the sound, as well as mini toggle switches to engage different bypass modes. With the Switch Mode engaged, the bypass footswitch will instead choose the secondary speed option, normally accessible by holding the footswitch down. The Ramp knob will determine how quickly the pedal accelerates between the two speeds.
The Blend knob allows for some dry signal to be added back in, creating that subtly modulated tone used by greats such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and David Gilmour.
Both the Micro VENT 122 and the Micro VENT 16 are available from January 2020. More information at neo-instruments.com.