Electro-Harmonix has made some great tremolo pedals, such as the Worm and the Stereo Pulsar... but the new Super Pulsar Tap Tremolo is their most versatile yet, capable of creating all the trem sounds you'll ever need, from vintage bias tremolo to choppy Vox Repeat Percussion-style sounds. Find out more, and check our list of Top 10 Best Songs with Tremolo, to get inspired!
The new Electro-Harmonix Super Pulsar is a very versatile stereo tap tremolo, a truly super tremolo with powerful controls and signal routing. It gives you a much better control of the effect than any other standard tremolo pedals around. This means you're able not only to recreate many different, classic tremolo sounds, but also create some truly off-the-wall sounds!
This is an analogue tremolo, which means its circuitry yields warm, lush tone.
You can sculpt the tremolo’s shape with adjustable sine, triangle and pulse waveforms and create your own rhythmic patterns and store them, besides saving and recalling up to eight customized preset programs.
Check the demo:
And if you need ideas on how to use the Super Pulsar tremolo pedal, here's ten songs that make great use of a tremolo / vibrato effect. The Electro-Harmonix Super Pulsar is perhaps the only pedal available today that can give you enough flexibility to recreate all those different sounding tremolos!
1) The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter
The intro to this song is one of the most classic uses of a tremolo (from Keith Richard's Triumph Silicon 100 amplifier.)
2) The Smiths - How Soon Is Now
Few modern tremolo pedals can do such a "swampy" sound like this, but the Super Pulsar can! Johnny Marr's tremolo effect came from laying down a regular rhythm part with a capo at the 2nd fret on a Les Paul, then sending that out in to the live room to four Fender Twins.
3) Buffalo Springfield - For What Its Worth
A classic example of how tremolo can enrich any song... the subtle, slow tremolo makes two simple notes "shimmer", adding that extra, subtle, special dimension to the song. It just wouldn't be the same without it!
4) Link Wray - Rumble
Watch this video of Jimmy Page talking about the song, and its creative use of tremolo at its ending...
5) Radiohead - Bones
By the late 80's, early 90's, not many bands were using tremolo. Radiohead changed it by using the effect all over their second album. On this song, it's used at the intro, and also the big chords throughout the song, when the tremolo slows down, a very dramatic effect. Radiohead had to do it manually, but the Super Pulsar makes it easier by simply using the "Envelope" controls, as shown on the Electro-Harmonix Super Pulsar demo.
6) REM - What's The Frequency Kenneth
Another great example of how tremolo can make one simple chord sound more special, during the chorus!
7) Green Day - Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
The use of a strong, pulsating tremolo during the verses is an important part of the song.
8) Creedence Clearwater Revival - Born On The Bayou
Makes use of a subtle (amp) tremolo... which is a great effect to use in this kind of earthy, classic rock music! Listen closely at around 2:20 into the song... the very basic lead guitar wouldn't sound as good if the sound was just plain... the tremolo, once again, is used to add a little extra dimension to something simple!
9) The Black Keys - Next Girl
Dan Auerbach is the guitar hero for fans of gritty, bluesy, rock n' roll, and his use of tremolo with a wah pedal sounds really cool.
10) Spacemen 3 - How Does It Feel?
Jason Pierce's pre-Spiritualized cult band Spacemen 3 made extensive use of a vintage Vox Repeat Percussion, a different, really sharp and, well, percussive type of tremolo. 99% of tremolo pedals out there can't do this sound, which led to many alternative guitarists to seek "clone" copies by small manufacturers. The Super Pulsar (as shown on the Electro-Harmonix demo) is the only tremolo pedal by a major brand which does a perfect Repeat Percussion-style sound!