DryBell Vibe Machine V-1 Review – Best “Uni-Vibe” Pedal?


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5
On November 4, 2015
Last modified:November 8, 2016

Summary:

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An essential, yet often overlooked part of Jimi Hendrix’s signature sound was his Shin-Ei Uni-Vibe. Especially live, it seems like it was engaged more often than not (Live at Woodstock and Band of Gypsies come to mind). In my quest to approximate his tone (and that of some of the greats who followed in his footsteps) I’ve owned a couple of Uni-Vibe style pedals, both accurate clones as well as budget approximations. The best sounding ones were always the most unpractical, since they took up a lot of space on my board, required a bulky wall wart adapter and were relatively pricey, if you even could manage to get your hands on one.

But recently the young Croatian company, DryBell, have managed to fit the actual Uni-Vibe circuit in a standard sized enclosure, without any ‘exotic’ power needs, a huge waiting list, or a ridiculous price tag. It’s been high up on my watch-list ever since the first version was released back in 2011, and I’m glad I finally get to put it through its paces to (finally) find out if they managed all this without compromising that classic sound.

Features:

  • Faithful Uni-Vibe circuit in a regular sized enclosure
  • ‘Intensity’ control
  • ‘Speed’ control
  • ‘Vibrato/Chorus’ switch
  • ‘Bright/Original’ (input buffer) switch
  • Expression pedal input
  • 9-16 volts DC operation (regular center negative boss style adapter only, no battery)
  • External trimmers for ‘Volume’, ‘Range’ and ‘Symmetry’
  • Internal ‘Output Buffer’ jumper switch
  • Internal ‘Leslie Acceleration’ jumper switch
  • ‘TFC’ connection input
  • True Bypass (even with input/output buffers engaged)
  • Status LED which indicates speed when engaged

Technically the Uni-Vibe belongs to the ‘phaser’ family of modulation effects, which is why some phasers are (inaccurately) marketed as ‘Uni-Vibe’ style pedals. The heart and soul of a true Uni-Vibe circuit are the filament lamp and its four surrounding photocells, which are fairly obscure parts that are expensive to implement. Regular phasers use cheaper and more consistent op-amps to achieve a similar, but somewhat more sterile sounding result. A setup using a bulb and photocells is relatively crude in comparison, and it’s this imperfection that causes a very musical phase modulation paired with some tonal filtering (a fun thing to note is that with the enclosure opened up you can actually see the bulb fading in and out through the back of the PCB).

Sourcing good quantities of high quality reliable photocells is a problem for companies building Uni-Vibe replicas, which is why DryBell have their photocells custom made and then matched using their specially developed in-house matching process, improving consistency from unit to unit, something I doubt was done during the production of the original Uni-Vibe.

DryBell-Vibe-Machine-V-1-Review-Best-Uni-Vibe-Pedal-07Technical details aside, the obvious main ‘feature’ here is the ridiculously small footprint. This is mainly made possible by the use of Surface Mount Technology (SMT) which uses miniature sized components (Surface Mount Devices or SMD) that are machine soldered onto a much smaller (and often multilayered) circuit board. As this technology is getting more affordable, smaller companies are slowly but surely starting to manufacture using this format, which has really kickstarted the ‘downsizing’ hype. A lot of effort goes into accurately downsizing a vintage circuit like this, as SMD alternatives to the full size components need to be sourced and tested, and obviously the circuit board layout needs to be redesigned to accommodate them.

Going over the usual controls on the front panel we have the regular ‘Speed’ and ‘Intensity’ controls (affecting the speed and depth of the modulation respectively), as well as the ‘Vibrato/Chorus’ switch. ‘Chorus’ is the classic vibe sound, and ‘Vibrato’ is a true pitch modulating vibrato. Technically speaking, on the ‘Vibrato’ setting the dry signal is eliminated, leaving only the modulated signal, which causes a pitch (and slight volume) modulation, but no phasing.

The DC jack accepts anything between 9-16v, but the manual clarifies that due to a voltage regulator circuit (which likely bumps up the voltage to around 16v, like the original) feeding it with different voltages won’t affect the headroom.

The DryBell Vibe Machine is a completely accurate Uni-Vibe circuit from what I understand, but they also managed to cram some cool additions in there. The most obvious one being the input buffer (‘Bright – Original’) switch on the front panel, which raises the input impedance of the circuit when set to ‘Bright’, preserving the treble frequencies. When it comes to copying those vintage sounds, the high end roll off of the ‘Original’ setting is generally a good thing, especially these days, with the rest of the signal chain often being a lot brighter due to high quality cables and buffers, etc., but I really appreciate being given the choice, since I’d rather be in control of where in my chain the high end gets rolled off and by how much.

DryBell-Vibe-Machine-V-1-Review-Best-Uni-Vibe-Pedal-06Next up, there are 3 small holes in the left side of the enclosure. These house tiny trim pots for volume (located on the front panel on the original Uni-Vibe, but not present on a lot of replicas), as well as ‘symmetry’ and ‘range’, which would generally be found inside (if at all) and are usually best left alone. They are thankfully impossible to move by accident, but again, I appreciate the extra effort that went into making these more accessible since they might require tweaking at some point.

Moving to the inside, first of all the incredible detail that went into the design becomes clear, as there is absolutely no wasted space. The main internal ‘features’ here are the two jumpers, one for the ‘Leslie Speed Acceleration’ which affects the speed control whenever an expression pedal is plugged in, basically delaying its response by slowly ramping up or down to the desired speed, similar to that of a mechanical rotating speaker cabinet. The second jumper switch is for the output buffer, which similar to the input buffer, preserves the high end but also decreases noise, especially when followed by long cables or a lot of unbuffered guitar pedals.

Another noteworthy feature is the expression pedal input. This isn’t technically an upgrade since the original Uni-Vibe also had one, but it used a DIN plug, as opposed to a much more common 1/4 TRS connection as used by the Vibe Machine. In my understanding this is where the latest version of the Vibe Machine (V-1) differs from the very first version (serial numbers #702 and lower) which required the expression pedal to be of a specific value (100k Ohms). DryBell really went out of their way to increase compatibility in this area, and the Vibe Machine now accepts any value between 5k – 250k Ohms as DryBell also developed a procedure to calibrate the pedal’s range to correspond with the minimum and maximum available settings.

Tweaking the speed while playing is an essential part of the Uni-Vibe sound, but the expression pedal sadly gets left out quite often, even on some relatively fancy Uni-Vibe clones, so I’m glad to see DryBell not only including an expression pedal input, but also making sure it’s compatible with most pedals out there.

DryBell-Vibe-Machine-V-1-Review-Best-Uni-Vibe-Pedal-04To effectively use the Vibe Machine’s expression pedal functionality, DryBell recommends using a Mission Engineering expression pedal such as the EP-1. (Mission Engineering were kind enough to send us their EP-1, in an eye catching glossy red finish.) Mission Engineering are a household name when it comes to expression pedals, with their units featuring a sealed pot and sturdy metal shell (similar to the standard Dunlop/Vox wah, but with a wider sweep) which makes them infinitely more durable than the common plastic models on the market today. The EP-1 is their standard (10k Ohms) multi purpose expression pedal, and it’s compatible with many products out there, ranging from regular analog pedals like the Vibe Machine to more advanced digital pedals and MIDI controlled devices. For those with specific needs, their line-up also features spring loaded and switched versions, as well as product specific models. (Mission Engineering actually made a EP-100K model specifically for use with the DryBell Vibe Machine. The EP-100K is required for early V-1 pedals with serial numbers 702 and below. The EP-1 works with all current V-1 pedals, 703 and above.)

Lastly, there’s the mysterious ‘TFC’ socket, which from what I can tell is a somewhat gimmicky voltage controlled switching system, but at the time of writing there are no compatible products available. In its most basic form this would enable other pedals to engage when the Vibe Machine’s foot-switch is pressed, which in the day of MIDI loop switchers seems somewhat obsolete, but I’m just guessing here, as I have no way of trying this feature and confirming that it doesn’t have a whole lot of other tricks up its sleeve. Obviously it’s not a feature I would have missed, but maybe it’s a hint at some of the things DryBell have coming up in the future.

It seems like DryBell experimented with a few different finishes and colors along the way but settled on a nice matte red with high quality print. On the bottom plate, besides the serial number and such, there is also some quick information on the function of the side trimmers and internal jumpers.

Also included in the box were a very thorough manual, which definitely came in handy a bunch of times, as well as a classy dark leather key chain pick holder. Although some case candy is expected with a premium pedal like this, I found it to be a very nice touch.

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Sound & Performance:

Although it’s maybe somewhat of a niche and underused effect, I tremendously enjoyed playing the Vibe Machine, and it’s safe to say I did plenty of playing before I started writing this.

There would be absolutely no point in going through the huge effort to resize the circuit if the tone suffers in the process, but I’m happy to report that DryBell really succeeded in recreating the authentic Uni-Vibe sound. It gets that typical liquid throbbing sound which I’m only ever able to nail completely with a true photocell based Uni-Vibe circuit. When played clean, most people quote Pink Floyd’s ‘Breathe’, and it certainly gets that sound when played using a Stratocaster into a clean amp, but in my opinion a vibe doesn’t really come alive until it’s followed by a driven amp or OD.

Obviously Hendrix is my benchmark for overdriven vibe tone, but for that matter, there are some great relatively unknown players who were heavily influenced by Hendrix and have a Uni-Vibe style pedal as an integral part of their sound. Robin Trower’s classic ‘Bridge of Sighs’ usually gets mentioned, but my absolute favorites are Doyle Bramhall II and Philip Sayce. I’d suggest also checking out the often overlooked but highly influential Frank Marino for great use of a Uni-Vibe in a more hard rock setting.

The original Uni-Vibe was designed to emulate a Leslie cabinet (although it didn’t do a very convincing job), so the range of the controls is fairly limited, and its sounds aren’t what one would consider extreme by today’s standards, ranging from a psychedelic swirl to a relatively fast warble. The most useable settings on the ‘Intensity’ control are found between 10 and 3 o’clock, and it has to be noted that at any setting past 2, a fairly heavy bass oscillation occurs, which again is inherent to the Uni-Vibe design and depending on the amount of bass present in the rig can be somewhat overbearing.

DryBell-Vibe-Machine-V-1-Review-Best-Uni-Vibe-Pedal-03When it comes to the ‘Speed’ control, a lot of the classic sounds are found with the speed all the way down, at which point its wobble isn’t so noticeable, but it’s mainly acting as an overall filter, enhancing the frequencies that make the guitar sound a bit more vocal-like, while still adding some nice movement. When set like that it is almost an ‘always on’ type pedal, and I certainly spent a lot of time playing it this way.

I tend to think the ‘Vibrato’ setting was perhaps overshadowed by the ‘regular’ (‘Chorus’ although it should have technically been called ‘Phaser’) setting, as most people think of that as the classic Uni-Vibe sound, which is a shame because the ‘Vibrato’ setting is very useable in its own right. It doesn’t require the controls to be set very differently either, and usually just flipping the switch is enough to get a good vibrato sound.

The input buffer surprised me, since it brightens things up without getting shrill or unnatural sounding and this is definitely the way to go with a heavier distorted amp and humbuckers, or some more modern sounding distortion/fuzz pedals. In general I found the Vibe Machine works equally well with humbucker and single coil pickup equipped guitars. All this definitely makes it a suitable vibe for more modern rigs. The output buffer does what it’s supposed to do, which could be handy, but in my case the Vibe Machine is rarely ever last in the chain, so I left the buffer out of the circuit as the difference is negligible when used that way. After some experimenting I left the the trimmers that affect the shape of the warble (‘Range’ and ‘Symmetry’) set to factory default, as it simply sounds best (and strongest) that way.

As I mentioned before, a lot of classic Uni-Vibe tones are achieved by combining it with other effects, mainly overdrive, fuzz and delay. Pedal order is very important here, and getting the desired result is greatly dependent on the placement of the various gain stages (including the amplifier) in relation to the Vibe Machine. Whenever pedals are placed in front, their high frequency content gets accentuated whenever the phasing is at its peak, which can result in a somewhat shrill sound, but with a strong and clear phase modulation. With gain stages following the Vibe Machine, any clipping tends to either smooth out or completely mask the phasing. All of this seems to be especially true when it comes to fuzz pedals, which often require a lot of experimenting until the perfect balance is achieved. Phase modulation also somewhat decreases the overall volume, so the following gain stages tend to be cleaner than they would be when played direct.

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Using it with the Mission Engineering EP-1 expression pedal I mentioned earlier opens up great possibilities, and certainly closer to the way it was intended, as gradually changing the speed of the modulation adds another layer of expressiveness. The EP-1 is very responsive and the taper of the pedal feels identical to that of the pot on the Vibe Machine itself. After changing over the DryBell’s internal ‘Leslie Speed Acceleration’ jumper switch, whenever the EP-1’s position is moved, the Vibe Machine takes a little while to catch up to the new speed, which is great when going between more extreme settings. A realistic ‘ramp’ like that is difficult to do ‘manually’, even when turning the knob by hand, so I ended up leaving the jumper in the ‘On’ position.

The enclosure and switches feel sturdy, although in order to make it all fit it seems everything is board mounted, but when designed properly this is not an issue, and since it’s hand assembled, the parts that might wear out are most likely serviceable by any competent tech. Really my only gripe in regards to construction is the fact that the DC jack is not attached to the enclosure itself, so it moves around a little more than I’d like it to whenever I plug in a power source, risking potentially damaging the PCB. Overall build quality seems great however, similar to other pedals in its price range. Besides the impeccable sound quality it really feels like a high-end pedal, from the finish to the feel of the switches and pots, and I almost feel bad permanently mounting this on my board, where it’s going to collect dirt and grime and have to stand all sorts of gigging abuse.

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Overall-Rating-5.0

The DryBell Vibe Machine V-1 most definitely belongs to the crème de la crème of Uni-Vibe inspired pedals and replicas. It’s exquisite both in appearance as well as sound quality, and most importantly, it absolutely nails the classic Uni-Vibe sound. In short, the original has been greatly improved upon and the competition outsmarted, mainly due to the Vibe Machine’s small footprint but also by adding the buffers, trimmers and the flexible expression pedal input, all without compromising the sound. I’m impressed, and although at the time of writing this is the only product from Croatia-based DryBell, considering their highly innovative debut, I really hope it won’t stay that way for long. I also have to mention I appreciate seeing a company from central Europe active in the global boutique pedal market, since there is a ton of talent out there, both musically and electronically.

That concludes our DryBell Vibe Machine V-1 review. Thanks for reading.

 

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527 COMMENTS

  1. I generally prefer more conventional ‘phaser’ sounds but this uni-vibe is really convincing. I would actually use it with guitar and analog synth as well.

  2. Vibe is one of those effects that’s very difficult to get right. It looks like Dry Bell have actually improved on the original with the Vibe Machine.

  3. Sounds pretty authentic to me! I’ve had a Dunlop Hendrix tribute Univibe for a while and really like it but I think the DryBell might be even better

  4. One of the best of these newer smaller versions comes in a pedal called The Dry Bell Vibe Machine V-1. The dream of every guitarist…

  5. I would love to own a Vibe Machine, there are so many songs in my repertoire that would be greatly benefit from one. man oh man……. pick me pick me !!!!!

  6. Definitely a good bit and well done review. Very good explanation of the effect and it’s operation. I would love to have a go at it and work it into some of the material I’m working on.
    Cheers.

  7. Fantastic pedal, large tones of Hendrix, Trower, Gilmour in a small pedal sounding amazing !!!! also it has everything you want from a vibe pedal.

  8. Yo this is pedal is awesome! It just really compliments so many different sounds I can achieve with my rig! And what I like the most is that it really adds to an ambient atmospheric sound by giving it alittle bit more depth! Great pedal!

  9. This is THE Vibe pedal I want. Been using the Line 6 Vibe modeling which leaves alot to be desired. Please send this pedal my way!

  10. I could see myself playing around with this pedal for hours before I finally settled on a setting to keep it on. Even then it would be fun to keep changing things up for all the amazing tone you can get from this box. Definitely going to add this to my wish list.

  11. A stellar offering from DryBell! That bright toggle switch is going to be handy for preventing too much muddy throb delivered by thick humbucker tones. I’d like to add a vibe to my floorboard that has a small footprint and these guys nailed the tone in a reasonable stompbox guys!

  12. Great review. Lots of info on the history of the original Uni-Vibe, which was quite interesting. It’s also RED – so it must go very fast. If I won it – I would plug a banjo into it and play ‘The Star Spangled Banner’, because if Jimi was “Alive’ today (Pearl Jam pun with Uni-Vibe solo) he would have naturally gravitated to the banjo.

  13. If I had this pedal I would use it live and I would probably buy the expression pedal too since there is a store near me that has one.

  14. Haven’t tried this pedal, but based on the review it seems like something I would use every day in my recording and live rig because of all the unique features.

  15. I was looking for a vibe effect that would work well with humbuckers. After seeing this review and a few other demos, I might have to invest in one of these. Nice!

  16. Great review! Quite a ‘guitar-nerd-tastic’ (it’s a word, yes) detailed description of the history of the Uni-Vibe. Like many considering a vibe (most are too friggin’ big) so I was quite excited by the MXR Uni-Vibe re-issue, but the Dry Bell’s sound, the addition of the exp. pedal input and the fact that it’s RED nails it for me. After reading and watching your review, I went and plugged in my TC Shaker Vibrato (for which I discovered a ‘Uni-Vibe-esque’ toneprint) and of course played Pink Floyd’s ‘Breathe’ (the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ guitar shop riff of Uni-Vibe pedals) The Dry Bell sounds much ‘warmer’ (it could just be the red) and I’d love one, so I can sigh on my bridge, feel ‘Alive’ and hoist my ‘Star Spangled Banner’ (even though I’m Australian.)

  17. Excellent pedal! Very warm sound with numerous of possibilities, obviously made with a lot of effort. Would be very glad and happy if I had one :)

  18. I love the sound of this guy. I would use this pedal as part if a slow switling wave of pschedelic haze in my krautrock band.

  19. What an awesome review. This is a killer pedal. I really like the sounds that you got out of it. It really sound nice and fat. It’s very rich and the bright/ normal switch seems very useful. I also like the internal options that are included. Cheers

  20. What an awesome review. This is a killer pedal. I really like the sounds that you got out of it. It really sound nice and fat. It’s very rich and the bright/ normal switch seems very useful. I also like the internal options that are included. Cheers great review.

  21. This is probably the best sounding vibe pedal I’ve heard, I’ve tired a couple of other vibe pedals and they really didn’t sound quite right. Would love to add this one to my board.

  22. Would love to have one of these. Decent footprint and great sound for Floyd, Hendrix and improvising dreamy arpeggios. Cheers

  23. Man sure like ta win one of those luv ta have one never have had one ,sure b great hope I can win it and use it forever and then sum have never one any thing as well constructed as this well thanks for your time ……. p.s. hope I win and thanks……

  24. I would love the chance to own the Dry Bell – Vibe Machine and try all the settings to find the sweet spot on my guitar rig . I hope I win this awesome pedal !

  25. of all the uni vibe type pedals I’ve heard of, all say this one is the best for capturing the original sound, but winds hands down for pedal board space

  26. Awesome pedal! Flexible with a lot of option, more a buffer input are 2 great feature in this Dry Bell Vibe. As in a live pedalboard or into a recording studio it unleash a liquid and accurate univibe sweet tone.

  27. Honestly I’ve been wanting to get my hands on this pedal since the day I found out it existed. I will either continue to want or eventually cave and drop the $350 to get my hands on one. There’s not much point to even researching other pedals because it seems they just don’t hold a candle to this one. Either you guys will choose to gift me one and make me the happiest dude in the United States or I’ll continue to walk my Bridge of Sighs until I can pony up the coin for my own.

  28. Wow this is a great form factor AND it allows you to use an expression pedal! I have an MJM Sixties Vibe that I really like, but it doesn’t have an expression pedal option. The Dry Bell has lots of options too. Good stuff!!

  29. Pedals are addicting. Used to buy all in one processors but bought a few pedals to try, now I can’t stop buying them. This one seems pretty cool.

  30. The Dry Bell Vibe Machine sounds fantastic. It has the vintage vibe that I want to apply to my sound, and I have been checking every pedal out there. I have tried the “original”, i returned it as it seemed to have faulty bulbs or something, lack of quality control, and lacked depth…
    I have also tried other vibe pedals. Most of the pedals I have checked out “hint at” a univibe sound, but no cigar.
    The Dry Bell Vibe Machine sounds like what univibe is supposed to sound like… and it’s flexible, it can be used subtley or heavily, and just plain sounds great whether enhancing or going psychedelic…
    Yeah, I’d love this!!!

  31. Judging from the review, this seems like a top shelf vibe. It sounds very organic and super smooth, with an apparently solid build. Would love to try this one out!

  32. I have done ALTO of research and with the exception of the Ventura Vibe, which I still need to try, the Dry Bell seems to be in a class by itself! I had one on order and when one was finally available for purchase I had to decline to Medical expenses. Even though I clearly had to take care of my medical bills first, I debated with myself a bit trying to figure out how I could get away with buying the Dry Bell First!!

    One day I will own this pedal!!!!

  33. This is the closest thing to the original Shin-ei sound, in a compact size. One important update to this modern classic is a true bypass circuit when the pedal is not engaged. A key characteristic of many boards today is a true bypass pedal chain. As a buffer, I use the Mission Engineering Vm-pro. This pedal keeps the highs in tact and allows for great control of volume swells. My confidence in Mission’s products allows me to believe the expression pedal would work just as well as the vm-pro in each pedal’s respective effect.

    I have been planning to pick up one of these Vibe Machines from Croatia as soon as possible and I found this great opportunity in which I needed to participate. The hype of this pedal is certainly worth a before and after review.

    Very cool stuff! The DryBell Vibe Machine would make a great addition to any rig.

  34. This may be one of the best damn vibes I have ever heard! I’ve been using a Fulltone MDV 3 and while I love it, the Drybell sounds like it blows it away! Would love to add this swirly wonder to my board!

  35. Of all the effects out there, I think that vibe can be one of the most beautiful. Like any great “seasoning” a little goes a long way when that vibey sound mixes with a gorgeous guitar sound, something amazing happens.

  36. Very nice! Sold my last vibe a while ago and I sure miss having a vibe. Drybell seems to make a great compact vibe that still sounds like an authentic vibe.

  37. The ability to use an expression pedal, combined with the small size definitely makes this the best choice in my mind; and the fact that it sounds so good!

  38. Great Review “Best Guitar Effects !! this is an awesome Vibe Pedal !! hope i get the chance to play my guitar thru it with your monthly giveaway !! Thank You Sincerely from D.Faze

  39. The tone options and choice of vibrato or chorus make the Dry Bell Vibe Machine extremely versatile. I love the Uni-Vibe style tons and optional expression pedal control. Very cool! Would love to make this a permanent addition to my rig.

  40. Probably the most versitile vibe I have ever heard. If you want to propel yourself back in time to 1970 when Hendrix rocked the face’s of all those who heard Machine Gun live, get this pedal. If you want to send yourself into sonic nirvana add this pedal. Just be safe people, warn your family you’ll be going on a journey with Trower for a while and not to worry.

  41. When it comes to uni vibe, this is about as good as it gets. Quite an engineering feat to get all of that into such a small box.

    Even better, it sounds super awesome.

  42. Woke up this morning, everything allright…read the review…listened to that sound…and now? Everything changed because I heard Jimi callin´ “go and get one”

  43. Woke up this morning, everything seemed to be allright… read the review… listened…and now…?
    Everything changed because I heard Jimi callin` “go and get one” !

  44. I’m really starting to get into effects and I especially love jimi sounds. The pedal looks and sounds really nice but I would love to test it out myself.

  45. Inwould love to include this pedal on my pedalboard to create unique vibes on my songs. It would be a great great tool for me, and to me it is the greatest sounding UniVibe inspired pedal !

  46. Although I want this for myself I really want to win this for my partner. He has been stressed for a long time and recently has been getting back into jammin and I have seen a boost in his spirit. He’s been talking about building a nice pedal board and this would be really cool to add to his collection. He loves his looper but doesn’t have too many effects.

  47. This looks like a really cool way to get some effective vibrato tones through my music. Have always looked to Hendrix when even thinking about writing and his sound.

  48. Definitely a Go to pedal, it has all your classic sounds (Take hendrix or Cantrell!!!) Space saving unit (Chorus/Vibe and Vibrato) and it includes an Exp pedal jack!!! Which makes it even more versatile and way cooler!! Hello dynamics!!! Awesome unit!

  49. Great review. More details on the basic sound would have been even better. For example knowing the ideal amount/type of reverb would have interesting.

  50. Whoa great looking Pedals the Vibe and Cali 76. Bet you could drive a truck over them still Work. Would Love to have Both but i am dreaming. Gratefully yours Derrick

  51. Whoa the vibe snd Cali look do good great they sound incredible. Ha wish i had both lol. That’s Me Dreaming. Gratefully yours Derrick

  52. Truly blown away by the creamy swirly gooeyness that oozes from this box! Never heard anything else so true to that classic uni-vibe sound! I’ve always wanted a pedal like this to use with the organ settings on my Korg! Let alone the most accurate Jimi sounds! Would love to get my hands on one and let it inspire me!

  53. Thanks for letting me in,never had a guitar effects box hope I win them well thanks again ….. .phil . P.s. talk at u again. Later.

  54. This pedal is very unique. I love how you can switch between vibrato and chorus and adjust intensity as well as speed. If i had this pedal, I would play it and maybe give it to my boyfriend because he plays more than me.

  55. The sheer size of vintage pedals has steered me clear of them for a long time. It’s nice to see a company coming up with ways to faithfully reproduce classic sounds in a smaller package. This sounds like a must-have pedal!

  56. Been wanting a good vibe for a long time now, but the student life has prevented me so far. Would live to play some Trower and Floyd with this thing!

  57. I saw this pedal reviewed/advertised by a couple magazines. To be honest I haven’t read them as I was not interested enough, having a great univibe pedal on my board (moreover probably my favourite pedal). But now I was like “Come on, lets see what it is about, especially if it’s the subject of the monthly BGE giveaway :D”. Now I’m pretty impressed.

  58. Most compact “Univibe” pedals are nowhere close, and you can tell it from the demos. From the demo, this really sounds like a Univibe, not a modded Phase 90 like so many others. That is already an impressive start. Sounds as good as any big box unit I’ve heard, too. On my radar now.

  59. This pedal looks pretty amazing. Great review also. I hope I’ll have the opportunity to test it to see if it could be on my next x-mas gifts list :)

  60. I cannot believe this is the giveaway pedal! I’m saving for this pedal since last year, since I have a student tight budget I deposit every spared coin and little bit of hope in the jar, so I really hope that this pedal travels to brazil! If so I’m sure I’m gonna be closer to achieve one of the most admirable tones I’ve heard, the Hendrix’s Machine Gun tone.

  61. Oh my… This looks amazing. I don’t know how many hours i spent on ebay looking for a nice uni-vibe-pedal.. They’re too often just crazy expensive or lacks some feature.. And here it is in a great size and exp-compatible.

  62. This sounds wonderful! I’ve been searching for a way to get that univibe tone without dishing out a fortune or a pedalboard worth of space, this sounds like a great candidate!

  63. Love the review, I’ve been looking for a smaller vibe than the Oxvibe that I’m using for some years now. Realy nice in dept review. Great job!

  64. Love the review, I’ve been looking for a smaller vibe than the Oxvibe that I’m using for some years now. Realy nice in dept review. Great job!

  65. Having checked out a number of vibe pedals, this seems to have the best combination of size, sound, and features, especially having expression control over rate and being able to set the ramping speed.

  66. When I hear this pedal Jimi Hendrix sound comes to my mind first. I think it would bé a good effect to get a vintage rock sound with my strat. There are lof of diferents sounds to get from this little unity. In one word, awesome.

  67. Nice and warm tone for this beautiful chorus / vibrato pedal.

    There is a great potential for new and creative effect, as well as classic lush tone.

    The pedal socket is a great asset indeed. It allows you a better control for both live and studio performance.

    Overall, this nice piece of gear would be a great asset in my project studio.

  68. I had a rotary machine to emulate pink floyds any colour you like but broke it recently. Love the warped sound this thing gives you, throw in some distortion and you’d be sorted!

  69. The Univibe is one effect I’ve never tried, but I think I would love it. I like the option to eliminate the dry signal as I love pitch vibrato.

  70. My favorite song/style for vibrato/chorus vibes is the band Dallas. Taylor Johnson (I knew him most for playing electric for worship leader Phil Wickham) uses vibrato in some awesome creative ways! It’s also seen in the worship music he’s been a part of the past few years (even on popular song “This Is Amazing Grace”). Would love to have this pedal and especially with the versatility of chorus which can be used tastefully in the same way!

  71. I quite like that. I have a Warped Vinyl MKII which, although it is awesome, confounds me in many ways due to the huge range of options. The vibe machine seems much less Byzantine.

  72. I would really like to try this awesome pedal ! I can not give a honest review or thoughts until I have tried this pedal ! But I have a couple of Mission Engineering wah pedals and I love them ! M.E. would NOT steer me wrong ! Hope I win this nice pedal and then I could give a honest review and thoughts ! Sincerely, M.E. fan

  73. What a great review of a lovely sounding pedal and great to see Doyle Bramhall II mentioned as a player who is associated with the Uni Vibe sound, one of the very best players around.

  74. Vibe Machine by Dry Bell offers quite a bit of control which overall makes this a Cool Beans pedal.
    If your into Vibe then this is a must have !

  75. Vibe Machine by Dry Bell offers quite a bit of control which overall makes this a Cool Beans pedal.
    If your into Vibe then this is a must have !

  76. Would love to replace a larger vibe currently on my board with one of these Vibe Machine pedals. The Dry Bell sound is absolutely stunning for old school Hendrix and Trower strat tones!

  77. Can’t wait to see if I win. The Dry Bell Vibe Machine can really create those tones of the 60’s and 70’s that i love so much.

  78. I need a vibe pedal and after reading your review and watching your video I know that the Dry Bell Vibe Machine is the one for me. Hoping I win this one!

  79. Truly great pedal.

    Just close ones eyes and you can feel the vibe of vintage guitarists around you.

    Great review and demo.
    I last played when i was 19. Came to Canada for workwork and haven’t picked up a guitar until i trued my daughter’s acoustic last year.
    I am 41 now and all of my earnings i have spent on my wife and only daughter qhich is fine .She’s 11 now and plays the acoustic guitar and electric if she needs to and her keyboard.

    Great pedal to habe for those who can afford one. Thanks for the information. Something worth saving for. An electric guitar too , if i ever get the chance to.

  80. sounds like a great Vibe would love to try it out,lots of competition out there though. pickle vibe sounds cool to at a good price!!

  81. Your reviews are always so thorough! Thanks so much for always making in clear which option is the better of a wide array of choices

  82. I felt the vibe at Groove City guitars recently and would have bought on the spot had I had the fun tickets. Groovy sounds of the 60s and 70s. I want!

  83. I’d love to hear this under some sort of high-pass shimmer like the Neunaber Seraphim for a nice ambient string vibe. I hope I get to try it out!

  84. Man this sounds amazing.
    I’ve really been filling this hole with the depths by earthquaker, but this demo, this thing hits since really nice sweet spots, I wouldn’t mind it bumping it from my board.

  85. I’ve been looking for the right vibe pedal for sometime. Just couldn’t pull thr trigger due to the price on so many.

    This one looks and sounds amazing.

    Was checking out the voodoo labs micro vibe, but after reading this I’m not sure

    Great Review !

  86. Love the sound of this pedal. I have a multieffect but it can’t come close to producing these amazing sounds. I need to try this with my setup.

  87. I’m getting a good vibe about this pedal:)
    Great review and while I’m not looking to get a lot of new gear this year, this pedal is on the wish list already.

  88. This is one of the very best sounding vibe pedals out there. I’ve got the TC Electronic Viscous Vibe, which is pretty damn good (for the money I spent on it, especially).

    I’d love to see a shoot out/comparison demo between the Dry Bell Vibe Machine, the FoxxRoxx vibe (name escapes me…a friend has it and swears by FoxxRoxx) and the TC Vibe….

    Bound to melt earwax…. ;)

  89. This Vibe is amazing!!!!! Aside from the pedal….. Your review is mind blowing… This has been the most thorough review I have ever read! Keep up the good work. Seriously, companies should hire you to write up their products!

  90. I have a VL Micro Vibe, it gets the job done….I thought! I have watched/listened to several clips online as well as reading this article – the Dry Bell Vibe Machine clearly puts the majority of “Vibe” pedals to shame!!!

    IF I had not promised my wife to not buy any new gear without selling off some of my “unused” gear first, I would already have one – Just the best sounding Vibe pedal I have ever heard. MAJOR GAS – I WANT ONE!!!!!!

  91. I like SMD, it makes for a whole lotta “Yeah, that can be done!” in terms of tones, but also “Yeah, that’ll fit on my board”.

    Great pedal for a giveaway… Wait a sec, this isn’t a compressor! ;~P’

  92. It really is an interesting effect. As opposed to other vibe effects it has a kind of synthetic quality that differentiates itself and gives interesting possibilities in that respect. I wonder if paired up with other vibe/rotary effects how that would work. It would probably be interesting to run another vibe pedal first with this in the chain. I would like to experiment with it.

  93. “… it’s this imperfection that causes a very musical phase modulation”

    Exactly! The reviewer gets what the original was all about, and convinces me that these guys have managed to nail it in a small package.

    Hey DryBell! You should hire this guy!

  94. You fellas sure have a way of making me instantly lust after pedals that weren’t even on my radar! I sure hope I win this one!

  95. Great timing for this to come out just as I’m starting a search for a nice vibe that’ll work well with bass! I’d love to try this one out!

  96. there is much to explore with vibrato effect – and i’ve been looking for a good one for a while but couldn’t make my mind – this could be the one.

  97. Wow, so feature-laden in such a small footprint!
    Plus, by all accounts, it sounds rad-tastic!
    I can’t imagine any vibe-type sound you wouldn’t be able to dial in, in a studio setting, for instance.
    And yet, it has a super-simple, set it and go, uncomplicated “vibe” for playing live. Excellent!
    And when you put it up against some of the most “authentic” boutique vibes out there, this one sounds killer. That’s the most important criteria in my book! I’ll take it, yes please thank you please!
    Big thumbs up!!!

  98. this sounds great! I recently bought a dunlop univibe. It sounded great in the demo, but the unit I received new seemed to have a some issue with the opto. It seemed to take a while to ramp up, then if moved back it just died out. I don’t know if the optical components have a burn in period or what, but I returned it. Anyway, this has QC manufacturing, sounds alot more flexible, and sweeter in tone. I’ll probably get one of these when I can. I want it for the typical sounds we all love, as well as to emulate the old boss black box chorus, it had a good leslie style chorus/vibe effect that this pedal can pull off. Thanks for the info, definitely the right info!
    BTW, Do us all a big favor, and use regular working men’s guitars for demos, because the bulk of the demos are being done on 3k axes, and the majority of us don’t have P90’s in a PRS… Hell, The most expensive guitar I’ve ever purchased is about 1k, until they become vintage… Tell the other pedal reviewers too, I will… Thanks again!

  99. this sounds great! I recently bought a dunlop univibe. It sounded great in the demo, but the unit I received new seemed to have a some issue with the opto. It seemed to take a while to ramp up, then if moved back it just died out. I don’t know if the optical components have a burn in period or what, but I returned it. Anyway, this sounds alot more flexible, and sweeter in tone. I’ll probably get one of these when I can. I want it for the typical sounds we all love, as well as to emulate the old boss black box chorus, it had a good leslie style chorus/vibe effect that this pedal can pull off. Thanks for the info, definitely the right info!
    BTW, Do us all a big favor, and use regular working men’s guitars for demos, because the bulk of the demos are being done on 3k axes, and the majority of us don’t have P90’s in a PRS… Hell, The most expensive guitar I’ve ever purchased is about 1k, until they become vintage… Tell the other pedal reviewers too, I will… Thanks again!

  100. Sounds great, never paid much attention to uni-vibe pedals before but this sounds pretty useful! Thanks for the great demo, and great licks by the way

  101. This is a Decent Looking and Sounding Vibe Machine ,, it also dont take up alot of space on a pedalboard ,, i would recommend this

  102. This is so small, a great use of pedal board space. Thanks for explaining the manufacture process a bit, I have been mystified by how the same great sounds get smaller and smaller over the years.

  103. Honestly I’m just impressed its in a tiny regular size for what it does, rather than these big vibe clones with less options. Sweet!

  104. That’s really cool! This is definitely a pedal I don’t have much experience with but after reading this it makes me want one.

  105. This pedal sounds really nice and warm. Looks cool too. it has unique features and knobs that most pedals doesn’t have. Very unique pedal.

  106. This sounds great! I’m not normally into univibe tones but this seems to get a really cool throaty sound that’s pretty sweet.

  107. What an awesome sounding pedal. Really dig that he’s playing Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra in the demo video! :-D

  108. Ei pedal me parece fantástico y hay una canción en especial que me gusta con ese efecto. Rivera paradise de Stevie Ray Vaughan.

  109. The attention to detail in the creation of the DryBell Vibe Machine pedal is awesome! I can’t wait to make it sing those great tones when I play.

  110. Totally rocks. There’s tons of potential for Gilmour-esque sounds in here which is exactly what I am looking for in a vibrato pedal.

  111. David Gilmour used the Uni-Vibe better than anyone. That tone in “Breathe” and “Have a Cigar” – I need that in my arsenal. I’ve tried the Line 6 modeling versions of the pedal, but it’s not even close. I’ve tried a combination of a Moog Phaser with a LPF with better results, but it’s not the real thing. But this appears (and even sounds) like it might be the holy grail. I already have a spot on the pedal board – I shall await it’s arrival.

  112. I want one of these so bad. I have a digital uni-vibe emulator on a multi-fx pedal, that got me hooked on the sound, but sounds fake. I looked into making one and there are several DIY guides that are just way too complicated for me. This is the one I need, especially with the expression control capability!

  113. Would live to run the Vibe Machine after a compression and a wah pedal to create a really unique sound; moving Hendrix tone to the next level!

  114. This seems like a winner in the ”Univibe sound” league of pedals for the modern player and as close to a mini pedal as we’ll get,if you want all of the features available here.Sounds great and takes up minimal board space.

  115. Wow! Your Vibe Machine review sounds great. Stomp box with a dedicated pedal! now this sounds like an awesome giveaway sign me up!

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