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Kilpatrick Audio Vibro Man review

Dynamic control over your tremolo sounds

  • £179
  • $279
The Vibro Man benefits from intutive controls.

MusicRadar Verdict

By no means a perfect pedal, but good as a source of some deep tremolo vibes, Man.


  • +

    Easy-to-use intuitive controls.


  • -

    No tap tempo switch.

Kilpatrick is a lesser known pedal manufacturer on these shores. Founded in Toronto by electronics engineer (and classically trained muso) Andrew Kilpatrick, Kilpatrick Audio's latest design is the Vibro Man, a tremolo pedal with a touch sensitive Depth control.

This means that, in Touch mode, strumming lightly will set the depth to a lower level, while attacking the strings increases the effect depth.

The pedal also includes a band-pass vibrating filter and a vibrato effect, either of which can be selected at the same time as the tremolo.

There's a separate Depth control for the tremolo, which is your key to varying the sound. Setting up a non-tremolo equipped amp to a crunchy rhythm sound with the Vibro Man's Depth set low produces some gentle vintage sounds that really bring out the retro vibe of the pedal.

Conversely, putting the pedal in front of a higher gain sound and increasing the depth produces a modern gated effect. The filter and vibrato are both clocked by the master Speed control, so by choosing either of the two effects you can add extra tonal movement or pitch flutters to the tremolo sound.

The Vibro Man offers a good range of effects in one pedal, but we'd like to have seen a tap tempo switch for setting the speed of the swells. Nevertheless, the touch sensitive control of the effect depth opens up a different and very dynamic way of using the pedal.

I'm a freelance member of the MusicRadar team, specialising in drum news, interviews and reviews. I formerly edited Rhythm and Total Guitar here in the UK and have been playing drums for more than 25 years (my arms are very tired). When I'm not working on the site, I can be found on my electronic kit at home, or gigging and depping in function bands and the odd original project.