The Hummingbird by EarthQuaker Devices is a unique pedal in that it provides you with drastic or subtle tremolo sounds, as well as adding a hint of delay to your signal making the pedal like none other out there. You can think of it as a modulated delay or as a tremolo with extra features.
The Tremolo effect can be anything from lush 50's style surf sounds to heavy sawtooth synth type tremolo.
What's new for version 4?
The new V$ pedal has a flexi-switch which allows for latch and momentary operation. Other V4 features include top-mounted jacks for easy pedalboard integration and silent soft-touch switching so that you don't get any nasty pops coming through your amplifier.
You can control the Rate of the Tremolo by plugging in an expression pedal. This means you can go from slow lush trem to fast and harsh trem sounds. This will expand your creativity with the pedal exponentially and allow you to tackle new sonic territory.
The Hummingbird has also got plenty of clean gain on tap that actually be access by turning the depth control to 0 - it'll turn the pedal into a JFET style boost!
Here's what EarthQuaker Devices say about the Hummingbird
Welcome to the new Humminbird Repeat Percussion tremolo! The Hummingbird V4 is a choppy, sawtooth tremolo modelled on the vintage repeat percussion unit and similar to those found in old Valco and Vox amplifiers.
- Repeat percussions / Tremolo - Vintage choppy, sawtooth tremolo tones
- Dark, dreamy, murky delay sounds reminiscent of vintage oil-can and tape units
- Variable waveshape LFO - adjustable from triangle through square wave
- New flexi-switch - allows for latch and momentary operation
- True bypass - Silent soft-touch switching
- All-analog dry signal path
- Top-mounted jacks - for effortless pedalboard implementation
The Hummingbird V4 is capable of producing everything from classic 50s style shimmering tremolo to a synthy, delay-like chop that turns your signal into a burst of short pings and on through to near ring modulation speeds.
Simply choosing between modes 1 (slow), 2 (mid-tempo) or 3 (fast) and adjusting the rate and depth controls will unlock a whole new world of amplitude modulation at your feet.
The Rate is also expression pedal accessible to allow instant changes on the fly. Using an expression pedal opens up the possibility of true random amplitude modulation! In addition to the modulation, the Hummingbird has plenty of clean gain on-tap allowing you to either boost or cut the signal using the level control. If the Depth is turned to zero, the Hummingbird will become a JFET clean boost!
To make things even more fun and expressive, the new Flexi-Switch allows you to use the pedal in momentary mode for sudden accentuations of parts with slow subtle airwaves or bursts of aggressive and fast choppy synth-like trem tones. For standard latching operation, tap the footswitch once to activate the effect and then tap again to bypass. For momentary operation, hold the footswitch down for as long as you’d like to use the effect. Once you release the switch the effect will be bypassed.
The Hummingbird V4 is all analog, true bypass and handmade one at a time on a gilded cloud in Akron, Ohio.