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BBE Soul Vibe review

Soulful simplicity from this rotary pedal

  • £117
  • €137
  • $185
The Soul Vibe is super easy to use, with just speed and intensity controls to take a tweaking

MusicRadar Verdict

Characterful modulation pedal with its own take on the genre.

Pros

  • +

    Good value. Ease of operation.

Cons

  • -

    Lacks the detail of some pedals.

While BBE designates the Soul Vibe as a rotary speaker simulator, its name might suggest that it's more of a Uni-Vibe-style pedal.

"What you get with the Soul Vibe is simplicity of operation"

The boundaries are blurred anyway, as the original Uni-Vibe was in fact designed as a rotary speaker simulator but delivered its own idiosyncratic signature throb.

What you get with the Soul Vibe is simplicity of operation, with just speed and intensity controls and a sound that offers a flavour, rather than all the detail, of the rotary sound, but which certainly has its own merits.

It's mono-only, without the edit-ability of the others, but it offers a familiar modulation effect at an affordable price.

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.