Paradox Effects has launched the Futura, an all-analogue chorus/vibrato pedal with a bucket brigade chip and a few modern tricks up its sleeve.
The new pedal offers up classic, warm sounds not unlike Boss’ CE-2, but its circuit also features an embedded envelope follower, which tweaks parameters like depth and rate, depending on how you play your instrument.
The envelope is operated through a smart switch, which features a momentary mode, on top of the standard on/off. With the envelope in operation, you can opt to modulate rate, depth or both, via a three-way toggle switch. There’s also a two-way switch that allows you to choose between upward or downward swells.
The parameters are also governed by two dedicated knobs – tweaking the depth control modifies the intensity of modulation, while adjusting the rate control changes the LFO’s speed.
You can further sculpt the chorus/vibrato effect with these controls:
- Level knob:
- Governs the overall output
- Blend knob:
- Adjusts the dry/wet mix
- Lets you modify pedal’s character, ranging from classic chorus or vibrato tones, or modern sounds with both voices overlapping
- Sensitivity knob:
- Governs the pedal’s response to picking dynamics
- Also affects the sensitivity of the envelope, which determines the amount of pitch shifting during modulation
Here’s a quick rundown (video is in Spanish, so turn on CC):
Ships from March at $210. More info at paradoxeffects.com.