I remember when tremolo was everyone's favourite effect, but proved a nightmare in studio because it was impossible to get it perfectly in time with a click track. Fortunately, Dawner Prince have come along and put together a super-versatile tremolo pedal called the Starla with TAP TEMPO! Yes there are others out there, but few come in such a slick format.
You dont need to have a degree in physics to understand what the pedal is doing to your signal. The Starla goes from soft and subtle, to machine-gun like by using the multiplier switch. You won't be stuck trying to find 'that' sound because you can change the waveform with the handy knob on the front. And for the courageous among us, the random waveform setting may well write your next hit.
My favourite thing about the Starla is its ability to force other pedals to follow its LFO rate (the speed you set with the tap). Once set up, your delay pedal (or any other with a TRS jack input) will obey the command of your tap tremolo, as it should be. Or it can be controlled by other devices too with the sync port.
Here's what Dawner Prince say
We took a challenge and went a step further by designing the most compact size, top sounding, all-feature tap tempo tremolo effect pedal nowadays!
Starla is a synthesis of two precisely combined electronics. It is a superb sound quality analog tremolo controlled by a versatile digital tap tempo microprocessor via optical technology – a light source and photocell.
On minimum settings, Starla can be used as a signal booster. Increasing the depth control, increases the tremolo effect in your signal; from light shimmering, through mild transparent-traditional, all the way to a deep swings and ‘machine gun-like’ sounds. Thanks to a huge depth range, this tremolo is able to chop up any signal sent in or out of it. It is very useful when put in front of high gain amps or pedals as it can cut the sound down to a dead silence.
There are 3 ways to set the speed of the tremolo effect: by using a speed knob, tap tempo footswitch or control voltage/remote tap switch via Sync port. Speed is affected by the position of the Multiplier (1/3/2) toggle switch. If the Multiplier switch is set at a higher rate, speed knobs sweep will change as well.
Starla utilizes eight different waveforms, including a random one. Combining every waveform with Duty trim potentiometer produces numerous wave shapes for you to explore. Duty trimmer pot modifies the duty cycle of all waveforms except Random.
We added volume control for two reasons: first to avoid a noticeable drop in volume when effect is engaged, which is a problem most tremolos have, and second to be able to use Starla as an excellent volume booster without adding any distortion to the signal when Depth control is on minimum setting.
This port allows Starla to communicate with other devices. Depending on how the internal jumper is set up (remove the backplate to reach the jumper), Starla can send control signal to synchronize other devices to its’ LFO rate or it can accept control signal to be synchronized by other devices. It can also accept remote tap foot switch.
Starla’s tap tempo microprocessor calculates tempo by taking the last two user taps so it plays in sync with your music. You can also choose different tap to tremolo rate ratios using 1/3/2 Multiplier switch: 1:1, 1:2 and 1:3. Once a tempo has been tapped in, Multiplier switch serves as an in-time speed control.
Starla Tap Tempo Tremolo is equipped with microprocessor driven true bypass relay switching system. Holding down Status footswitch during the power up allows you to preset whether the effect powers up in effect-on or effect-bypass mode.
We are very proud of our Starla™ Tap Tempo Tremolo effect pedal and we believe it will inspire you to be even more creative in making music! Enjoy!
- Power Input Voltage: 9 - 18V
- Power input connector: 5.5mm/2.1mm barrel connector (Negative tip)
- Power Consumption: ~ 30mA
- Size: 4.4” x 2.3”