After much experimentation with classic flanger units, Catalinbread found that enveloping a flanger in a massive reverb created a unique sound that brought a new dimension to the standard flanger effect. They implemented this effect into the STS-88, and it's a remarkable pedal that's great for creating cinematic soundscapes, washed-out shoegaze tones, and everything in between. If you've been searching for a powerful modulation pedal that can conjure a wide variety of flanger and reverb sounds, look no further than the STS-88.
The first thing you'll notice when you plug into this unit is that it doesn't hiss or hum like many other pedals - it's surprisingly quiet and keeps your tone pristine. Catalinbread found that the flanger/reverb combination was susceptible to noise, so they used a gentle noise gate to mitigate inherent guitar hiss and LFO clock noises.
Once you're ready to start dialing in your tone, you'll discover that the STS-88's 4-knob interface makes it surprisingly easy to find your dream sound. The MIX knob controls the wet/dry blend, while the DEPTH knob sets the amplitude of the LFO - set it higher for a more intense flanger and lower for a more subtle effect. The RATE knob adjusts the speed of the LFO from 0.077Hz to about 6Hz, and it can be used to create slow, soupy flangers or rapid, choppy warbles. Lastly, the REVERB knob controls the length of the reverb trails, and it's great for adding an ambient, cinematic element to your sound.
A unique take on two classic effects, the Catalinbread STS-88 is a fantastic flanger/reverb pedal with a wealth of experimental and conventional tones at its disposal. Check one out today if you've been looking for a one-of-a-kind modulation pedal that'll revamp the way you play.
Controls: Depth, Mix, Rate, Reverb
Power Requirements: 9-18V DC Center Negative
Current Draw: 100mA
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Dimensions: 1.96" X 2.36" X 4.33"