With only three controls (Speed, Intensity, and a Wave selector switch for sine or square), the Rocktron Pulse is blissfully simple. A huge, neon-blue LED blinks in time with the pedal’s Speed setting, and the unit’s enclosure is sturdy and rugged.
The Pulse Tremolo has a nice range of slow undulations and fast choppy stutters. In fact, for a pedal in this price range, it gets the award for over-the-top helicopter trem. I was also very satisfied with the Pulse’s ability to ape a nice, subtle shimmer. The Pulse isn’t the most transparent pedal, however. Engaging it, I was pleased to hear a subtle, yet noticeable volume boost—which is always welcomed—but the feature is not adjustable, and it also brings up some high end.
The Pulse is an excellent bang-for-buck trem, and its simplicity, excellent construction, and easy-to-dial tones will find it a home on many a pedalboard.
- Vintage-style tube-amp tremolo
- Speed and Intensity knobs
- LFO-controlled pulse