Digging into Dynamic Expression™ with the Catalina Chorus Pedal

Posted on by Jayla Siciliano

This demo showcases the functional capabilities and tonal clarity of the Catalina Chorus pedal – focusing particularly on the unique Dynamic Expression feature.

Dynamic Expression™ is a foot-switchable function on the Catalina Chorus that allows the pedal to react to your playing style in real time. The unique Dynamic switch allows you to interact with the Depth control as you play: the Hard mode signals the chorus depth to increase as you play with more intensity, or flip it to Soft mode and you will receive more effect as you play lighter. There’s also a Threshold control to dial in the sensitivity of the Dynamic feature. The Threshold Knob also features a visual LED light that gets brighter as the Chorus effect becomes more prevalent, and dims as the effect diminishes. A green light indicates that Dynamic Expression is in Hard Mode, and a blue light indicates Soft Mode. (This proprietary Dynamic Expression feature is also found on our Andromeda Dynamic Delay and Silver Lake Reverb pedals).

Sound Sample 1:

Showcases the Catalina Chorus with a Fender Jazzmaster loaded with Antiquity II Jazzmaster pickups – both clean and overdriven. The Dynamic Expression is set to soft mode on the pedal.

Sound Sample 2:

Showcases the Catalina Chorus with a Don Grosh Retro Classic T “Tele” loaded with Zephyr Telecaster pickups – both clean and overdriven. The Dynamic Expression is set to hard mode on the pedal.

Sound Sample 3:

Showcases the following sound samples from the Catalina Chorus User Guide Sample Settings using a Ibanez AZ2402 with Hyperion Humbucker pickups:

Sound Sample 3a — “Classic Chorus” setting

Sound Sample 3b — “Vibrato” setting with Dynamic Expression engaged on “soft mode”

Sound Sample 3c — “Deep 80s Goth” setting with Dynamic Expression engaged on “hard mode”

Sound Sample 3d — “Double Track” setting

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———GEAR USED IN VIDEO—————

Fender Jazzmaster loaded with Antiquity II Jazzmaster pickups

Don Grosh Retro Classic T “Tele” loaded with Zephyr Telecaster pickups

Ibanez AZ2402 with Hyperion Humbucker pickups

Vise Grip Compressor Pedal – used for all tones

Pickup Booster Pedal – used for all tones

805 Overdrive Pedal – used for crunch and lead tones only

Forza Overdrive Pedal – used for crunch and lead tones only

Catalina Dynamic Chorus Pedal – used for all tones

Morgan SW22R head with matching cabinet

Shure SM57 Microphone

Sennheiser MD 421 Microphone

UA Apollo Twin Audio Interface

Logic Pro X DAW

Written on December 19, 2018, by Jayla Siciliano

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