Flanger pedals: Knobs for rate, depth, maybe some modest delay control. Feedback is a must. It needs to sound like a jet taking off.
While some people think of this '80s type flanger—and deservedly so this is when flanger pedals took off—many of us think about that awesome tape flanging sound on Hendrix's "Voodoo Child." You know, the kind that was made in studios by placing one's hand on the flange of a tape machine? Fear not, friends. The Zero Point from Catalinbread is that type of flanger. How can you tell? There are two footswitches. That's it. Catalinbread is making a slight return to how flangers used to work.
Pressing the momentary switch starts the flanging process, and releasing the switch slowly allows the virtual tape reel to catch up—right back to where you started. The process is a hair warm and compressed, just like a real tape machine.
The Zero Point would be remiss without a couple secrets; one of them is a Gain trimpot inside the unit. It's already set for a slight bump in volume; adjust it as you see fit.
The other "secret" is subtractive mode, accessed by holding the momentary switch and then powering on the Zero Point. The pedal defaults in "additive mode" which keeps both signals in phase. In subtractive mode, the two signals are out of phase with each other, thinning out the sweep until the "zero point" is reached—complete cancellation.
Contrary to most marketing spiel, the Catalinbread Zero Point IS your grandfather's flanger. It just weighs a lot less and occupies a lot less space.
Catalinbread Zero Point Flanger Features:
Warm, analog-sounding tape flanger
Ever-so-slightly compressed character—like a real tape machine
Additive and subtractive modes
Made in Portland, Oregon USA
Standard 9v center-negative power operation