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Line 6 ToneCore Roto Machine Guitar Effects Pedal

 
Roto-Machine - Rotary Simulator Effects Foot Pedal Stomp Boxes The Line 6 Roto-Machine is a ToneCore(TM) series professional Rotary Simulator effects foot pedal for electric guitar and bass. The unit is powered by a standard 9 volt battery or the ...


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Ease Of Use Like the entire Tone Core line, I find the Roto Machine pretty easy to operate, but it does take a little time to get used to all of the knobs and switches. You have your 2 speed settings, fast a slow. These are the speeds that the pedal ramps up or down to. You also have your drive and blend knobs, to add a little drive and to blend between your drum and horn.

This is a stereo pedal and it takes advantage of the Tone Core's stereo ins and outs. Man I wish I had been able to try it in stereo! I am sure it would have sounded killer.

The ramp feature is also pretty easy to use, I will explain how to use that feature in the 'Sound' section.

Even removing the module is pretty easy. All you need to do is depress the recessed black circular button near the power in jack, and the module pops out. You can put the module back in just by snapping back in its original place.

Everything is pretty self explanatory, you might just need to sit down with it for a bit to figure out what settings work best for you.



Sound My main rig is an Egnater Mod 50 head with the Bassman and SL2 modules through either a Mesa 4x12 or 2x12 cab. My main guitars are a Gibson Les Paul and a Fender Eric Johnson Strat.

I have to be honest of my lack of experience with leslie sim pedals. Granted, there aren't many true leslie sim pedals out there. The traditional way to get leslie sounds out of your rig are by using phase or chorus pedals and setting the speed really fast. This simulates the speaker pointing at you briefly and then rotating 360 degrees over and over again. This has been how most guys have done it live. But, the Roto Machine is much better than the conventional method.

The beauty of this pedal is the vast array of leslie sounds you can get out of it. From a slow warble to a fast organ sound. The filter switch selects between three different models, each of them having their own EQ so to speak. You can also filter the EQ a little by using the bend knob.

Another really cool feature on this pedal is the drive knob. Everyone loves the dirty organ sound! I prefer the drive knob set pretty low since it seems to get a little too saturated and harsh when you really crank it. I haven't tried this, but I think this pedal would sound killer with an Electro Harmonix POG in front of it. That would be the coolest guitar organ sim ever!

The absolute coolest feature on this pedal is the ability to ramp up and down the speed of the rotating speaker. You have three ramping speeds selectable on the pedal. To engage the ramping function, you just do a 'soft tap' on the footswitch (a tap not hard enough to turn on or off the pedal) and the pedal speeds up or slows down to the desired speed, just like a real leslie!

On the negative side, there was a little noise associated with using the pedal, but it wasn't that bad. If it was totally quiet, it would get a perfect score.

In general, this pedal is pretty convincing as far as making your guitar sound like it is being put through a leslie rotating speaker cab. I have heard some leslies in real life and it gets pretty close. It isn't the same, but then again, no modeling gear is perfect... yet.


Reliability These pedals are freakin' heavy! The modules look to be a little fragile, but overall they should probably be fine.


Customer Support Never had to deal with them.


Liked about it Great leslie simulator!
Lots of features
Cheap!


Didn't like A little noisey
Modules are a little fragile feeling


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By Severinsteelsmit
Jan 05, 2010
 
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