The Carl Martin Classic Flange Pedal is from their Vintage Series as opposed to their Pro Series, the latter contains mainly Boost and Drive pedals whereas the Vintage Series includes effects such as Surf Trem, Classic Opto-Comp, Classic Chorus and DC Drive. The interesting thing about this series is that many of the pedals are available in 2 different housing variations, either the wider pedal housing with Chicken head knobs and the slimmer pedal as in my demo with the cream round control knobs. As far as I know both variations contain exactly the same circuitry and controls.
The Classic Flange is capable of everything from subtle modulation for a Hendrix style effect through to the crazy alien ship taking off style sounds. It is a true bypass pedal with another footswitch that controls the speed mode, slow or fast. You can setup a fairly slow flange effect and then switch modes for more of a tremelo effect as I demonstrate in my demo the key with getting a tremelo sound is not to go overboard with the feedback which is inevitable when you first get a Flanger. Just to point out, these two modes share the same settings they aren’t two different presets so whatever the feedback and pre-delay levels are for instance are carried over between fast and slow.
The pedal has four controls, Speed (how fast the sweep of the flanger should be), Depth (the amount of effect which works in tandem with the feedback control), Pre-Delay (controls what frequencies the Flanger accentuates and attenuates, as it is a moving filter that sweeps up and down following the Speed control) and Feedback (the amount of signal that gets send back through the sweepfilter, at low settings it gives a chorus like sound, increasing it will give it the more hollow ghostly sound).
The pedal can be powered either by a 9v Battery or by a 9v regulated external power supply, in my demo I used a 9v Battery.
In the intro you will hear a track that I recorded especially for this demo where every guitar part uses the Classic Flange pedal in some way, I have put an explanation in the video on the left hand side so that every time you hear a different guitar part come in you will see an updated explanation and video of the actual settings on the pedal. I added a drum track using Toontrack’s EzDrummer® and a bassline to fill the track out a little.
For more information about the Carl Martin Classic Flange check out the website – http://carlmartin.com/manual_classic_flange.htm.