Electronic Orange Moon Vibe review

January 5th 2011 | Posted in Reviews | 49 Comments

Although not as frequently used as the Big Muff or delays the UniVibe has since Dark Side of the Moon been associated with David Gilmour – along with legends like Jimi Hendrix and Robin Trower. Electronic Orange offer a wide range of clones of vintage classic pedals and their Moon Vibe UniVibe clone has gained a lot of praise lately. Here’s my review.

The UniVibe was introduced in the late 60’s. The idea was to emulate a Leslie rotating speaker but the effect turned out to be quite unique in it self. David Gilmour incorporated the original UniVox UniVibe in his rig in early 1972 when Pink Floyd premiered their new piece Eclipse (later released as Dark Side of the Moon in 1973). The pedal was used on almost all of the songs in the set mostly with a slow speed setting but an expression foot pedal allowed faster rotary sounds on Brain Damage. On Dark Side of the Moon the UniVibe was mainly used on Breathe and the pedal was featured on David’s 1973-75 touring pedal board. In 1994 Phil Taylor customized David’s UniVibe into a rack unit with an additional switch for slow/fast speed and dedicated control knobs. The UniVibe rack unit is still in David’s rig.

The Moon Vibe is a clone of the original late 1960’s UniVox UniVibe with a couple of new features and upgrades. It feature the same design based on a pulsating light bulb to control the phase stages. The pedal feature a true bypass on/off switch, a mode switch for classic chorus and vibrato tones, volume and intensity chicken head controls and a large speed control allowing to use your foot to control the speed rate. The pedal also feature internal trim pots for controlling intensity and character of the phasing effect. There’s also an optional buffer stage inside the pedal allowing to choose between vintage and modern character. Check out Electronic Orange’s site for more details.

I’ve tried tons of different UniVibes throughout the years. A very few seems to capture that classic tone while most either tries to alter the effect with new features or doesn’t quite manage to capture the essence of the tone. Still, as with any effect the UniVibe is also a subject of taste and preference. Some prefer a dark throbbing tone while others prefer something closer to a phaser like the excellent RotoVibe by Dunlop. I must say though that the Moon Vibe was a huge surprise and by far one of the best clones I’ve tried.

Compared to most clones the Moon Vibe is able to both sound dark and have those crispy bright tops that add a nice attack to your picking. It blends nicely with your tone and the versatile intensity control allows everything from a slight phasing effect to wild Leslie tones. A common problem with both the original UniVibe and most clones are that they have an annoying volume drop when engaged. Part of that is the nature of the effect and the higher you set the intensity the deeper the throbbing gets and the pedal sounds more dominating. This can be a challenge with the low speed setting needed for songs like Breathe but the Moon Vibe’s volume control allows a slight volume boost that nicely solves the problem. On higher intensity and speed settings the volume boost adds an even more saturated tone. An extra bonus is that the Moon Vibe isn’t much bigger than a TRex or RAT making it perfect for a tight pedal board.

I guess one can debate whether a UniVibe is a must for your Gilmour rig or not. You can easily use a vintage 4-stage phaser like the fantastic MXR Phase 90 ’74 reissue but nothing sounds quite like a UniVibe and the Moon Vibe is an excellent clone capable of producing classic Dark Side of the Moon tones and crazy whammy mayhem Hendrix stuff. The price tag should also fit most budgets. Check out ElectronicOrange.cz for more info and sound clips.

49 comments so far

  1. Great Review…
    You should also try the SwetSound Ultra Vibe II….

    it is by FARRRRR the best Univibe out there…. i’ve tried several Univibe clones… and believe me…. The Ultravibe does a Superb job

    [I've tried it and I agree. It's a great sounding unit and indeed very similar to the MoonVibe. They both capture that authentic tone. However I think the MoonVibe is better on lower rate settings to produce a full sound. IMO the UltraVibe gets a bit thin on slow settings. - Bjorn]

  2. Darkside says:

    Nice review, and nice tone!

    I use a Danelectro Cool Cat which is a VERY reasonably priced Univibe clone. To my ear its pretty close to a Uni-Vibe, and for about £30 (UK prices) its certainly worth the money.

    The Moon Vibe sounds really nice and smooth though – it’d be interesting to hear you play through it with EMG’s, Bjorn…try to replicate the tones from Pulse perhaps?

    [There isn't much difference between the EMGs and the SSL5 on cleans. The EMGs adds a warmer touch on overdrives and distortions though. - Bjorn]

  3. Jaco says:

    Great review, nice clips… what else can i say? This is gonna cost me some more money…

    [LOL! - Bjorn]

  4. Scott says:

    Thanks for the review. How does it compare to your MJM Sixties Vibe?

    [Hm... They're very similar. I do think though that the MoonVibe has a slightly fatter tone. Hard to describe but it seems to work better with cleans and mild overdrives than the 60s, which can sound a bit thin on cleans and lower speed settings. Still, they're very similar. A huge bonus though is that the MV is much smaller. - Bjorn]

  5. Murray says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    How do you think the Moon Vibe compares to the MJM Sixties Vibe?

    [See my answer below. - Bjorn]

  6. Giorgio says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    The pedal must be good I believe, but this time I thought your settings were a bit too fast for my liking. Would love to hear some demos with lower settings. I think that the clips you did for the MJM were more authenthically gilmourish, in my opinion (I am taking the demonstrations of David for the DSoTM documentary as a yardstick to measure perfection). However I think one of the hardest tones to control with the univibe is when used with fuzz or overdrive like on Breathe reprise. Also on the record versions of Breathe and Any colour there is always a bit of warm dirt on the rythm parts that is just divine. Not sure if that’s coming from the Univibe itself or if there is a bit of fuzz or overdrive in the mix. Anyway thanks for the article, hints and clips as usual. Cheers

    [I guess they're a bit fast but that's how I prefer it and I wasn't really trying to demonstrate David's tone or playing... just the pedal. No problem getting those DSotM 2003 tones. - Bjorn]

  7. L. de Wit says:

    Yet again, a great article. However, I was wondering to what extent this univibe can be combined with a fuzz or distortion pedal.

    [I've always found the UniVibe with a distortion or fuzz on a clean amp like David's setup a bit too fizzy and thin. Rolling off the treble on the amp and setting the sensitivity control fairly low on the UniVibe seems to work. It also sound much better with warmer pedals like germanium fuzz, RAT and the triangle Muff compared to silicon fuzz and ram's head Muffs... IMO. - Bjorn]

  8. kdc113 says:

    Nice review, I like the tone. Two black strats?? Now your rosewood neck strat is another blackstrat??

    [Basically because I'm swapping pickups back and forth to see which setup I prefer on which guitar :) - Bjorn]

  9. Brian says:

    Thanks for the review! I love the Univibe sound and I’m always interested when new models come out.

    Another tip to share: the ’75 vintage MXR Phase 45 reissue ($99 USD) does an excellent Univibe simulation, particularly at lower settings. If pedalboard real estate and cost is a concern, the Phase 45 can cover Univibe tones very well. I have a Rotovibe and a Fulltone Deja Vibe and the Phase 45 can definitely get in the ballpark. It has fewer features and tonal options than both, and it’s not as gooey as the Deja Vibe, but it’ll get there you there in a pinch.

    [Agree. The 45 is a great mellow phaser than perhaps better than the 90 emulates vintage UniVibe tones. - Bjorn]

  10. rodrigo says:

    i was lisening us & theme, is definitely an univibe unit at low speed, any color you like at fast speed. Brain damage and eclipse both are leslie, you can tell for the colour of the sound!!!!

    [Us & Them is UniVibe and Brain Damage and Eclipse is Leslie as you say. I'm not so sure about Any Colour though. Doesn't quite sound like a fast UniVibe. A theory is that he might have used a filter effect on the HiFli processor. - Bjorn]

  11. Nathan says:

    Can you buy this pedal in the U.S.?

    [It is possible to order it from their website. - Bjorn]

  12. sid says:

    Bjorn!! i need your help!! I´m tryig to put a Collection of Great Floyd bootlegs-the golden floyd era!!! would you care to suggest the finest ones? thanks!!

    [Oh... That's a tough one. Lots of great shows... Atom Heart Mother Goes on the Road 1970-71, From Oblivion (San Diego 1971), Moonwalk - early Dark Side (London UK 1972), Colmar France 1974, Echoes in the Gardens (Boston 1975), Ivor Wynne (Canada 1975), Welcome to the Machine (NY USA 1977), Plays the Animals (Oakland 1977), Who Was Trained not to Spit in the Fan (Montreal 1977).... - Bjorn]

  13. Mark says:

    Hi Bjorn, totally off topic, but I have a picture of Davids rig for the Momentry Lapse tour, you may have already but noticed it was not on the Momentary section. If you want you can get in touch on my e-mail, p.s Awsome site I’ll need to get some photos of my rig uploaded soon :)

    [I have some pictures of the rig that I'll use for the new site I'm working on but thanks anyway :) Feel free to send me a pic of your rig :) - Bjorn]

  14. Eric Nyberg says:

    Hey Bjorn happy new year, best wishes for 2011. I just bought a Trex replica and am very impressed with it. There’s only one thing that I’m worried about and that is the power supply. All of my 12v slots are taken from other pedals so I have it hooked into the 9v 100mah output on the board, it works fine but I want to make sure it won’t damage the pedal because it’s not meeting spec. Do you think this is anything to worry about?

    [Happy new year! I'm not that good with technical stuff but I'd be careful using adaptors that have a lower voltage. Not sure if it can fatally damage your pedal but it's better to use say a 18V instead of a 9V. It also gives the tone a bit more headroom and sometimes a bigger sound. I'd send a mail to TRex and as. They're usually very helpful. - Bjorn]

  15. Nate says:

    Uh oh Bjorn you’re going to cost me some money again! Have you tried the deja vibe? I’m wondering how you would compare the two.

    [Yes I've tried it. Very similar... hard to tell them apart actually. - Bjorn]

  16. Glenn says:

    Is the power supply compatible for the states?

    [It's a standard two pin European adaptor. Ask them for a US supply or simply get one at your local hardware store or similar. - Bjorn]

  17. nigel says:

    Hi Bjorn
    Have you tried the Neovibe?
    Nigel

    [Nope. Should I? - Bjorn]

  18. Vergil says:

    Bjorn strikes again… dangling more delicious gear in front of our hungry eyes and ears… My wife will not be pleased…

    I was wondering do these companies let you keep these pedals you review? That would be a nice little compensation for all the work you do on this magnificent website.

    Also, do you use Gilmour’s signature GHS Strings? I do, and I really like the custom string gauges he picked out… they feel really good.

    And third and final question, did you recieve the link to the Floyd guitar neck plate that I emailed to you?

    Later – Vergil

    [I get to keep everything yes. Don't like to brag about it but as you say, I consider it as a compensation for not taking any fees for covering the costs of maintaining the site. I use the Strat signature set on my DG replica project Strat (maple neck) and Ernie Ball heavy bottom (10-52) on the rosewood neck Strat that I mostly use for Airbag. The Les Pauls and Tele has standard 10-46 GHS Boomers. Yeah thanks for the link. I have a couple of those plates lying around :) - Bjorn]

  19. Vergil says:

    Sorry… one more thing… and I don’t mean to sound annoying, or nit-pick or anything like that… I only say this because I think you would want to know, because I would want to know too…

    When you were playing Brain Damage, I think one of the chords was not quite right… There’s the D, and then the D-minor… then the D shape goes up 2 frets to an E of some kind… but then you played what looked like a sort of G with some open stings I think? But that chord should be an A7, (an A chord with the added G note on the third fret of the high E string)… The only reason I know for sure, is from this guy…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmDbEVEiJA4

    Cheers – Vergil

    [Yeah. You're right... Always played it with the open G but the A7 makes more sense. Cheers! - Bjorn]

  20. Brad says:

    Hey Bjorn. Nice review, I really like the sound of the pedal. I will most likely get one myself! But, I have something thats off subject, and I appologize, but, do you hear much of a difference in the Pink Flesh pedal and the Pig Mine? I wanted a Pink Flesh but….yeah they dont make em anymore, so I was gonna go with the Pig Mine. Maybe they are alot alike…Im not sure. Im either gonna get that one, or go with the green russian.

    [I've only tried the Pink Flesh so I can't speak for both but I understand they're very similar. Depends on what tones you're looking for really. The Pink Flesh was designed to sort of capture David's tone on the Animals tour especially - the ram's head Muff + Colorsound Powerboost combo. It sounded great but I found it a bit hard to tame as it was very loud and had extreme ammounts of gain. Persoanlly I prefer to have a milder sounding Muff and the option to either use it alone or with a booster with desired ammount of gain. That leaves you with less noise and feedback. Again I haven't tried the Pig Mine but I think they're very similar. Alternatively I recommend the excellent BYOC Large Beaver or as you mention, a Sovtek preferably the green. Hope this helped. - Bjorn]

  21. Tyler Branham says:

    Good review! Wish I had read this before I bought a Dunlop Univibe about a week ago. How do you think the Dunlop stacks up as an overall pedal? I’ve got it paired with my fuzzface and crybaby and I’m not falling in love with it. I feel like it colors the sound too much and makes the fuzzface sound shrill and thin. I’m also not happy with this combination of pedals unless I use each by itself. The crybaby + fuzzface doesn’t sound great nor does the fuzzface and univibe. What are your takes on these? Thanks!

    [Hm... Perhaps I shouldn't say that it stinks now that you've bought it but let's just say there are several other models I'd chose over it :) It's not a bad pedal at all but I do think that many of the clones has manages to capture the vintage sound better. Most people expect a UniVibe to sound like phaser but it's really a different effect and IMO a bit more tricky to use. There are many ways to use a UniVibe in the setup. Cleans and milder overdrives seems to work nicely regardless of where the UV is placed in the chain but as you point out your self it caqn sound thin and shrilly with too much gain. Hendrix always had his UV between a fuzz and an overdriven amp, which makes all the difference. David's clean amp setup however is a bad combo and he rarely used the UV with fuzz. I always use mine with cleans and milder overdrives and if I need a similar effect for fuzz etc I use a Phase 90 '74 reissue. Works much better. The Vibe also works better with warmer sounding gain pedals like germanium fuzz, TS9/808 Tube Screamers and RAT distortion. Hope this helped. - Bjorn]

  22. Eric Nyberg says:

    Bjorn, I decided to run the Replica off the 12v power supply, I don’t want to risk wrecking something inside either the board or pedal, so thanks for helping me out there. Have you thought about reviewing the new 6 stage Phaser that Keeley has come out with, it’s got a tap tempo, ramp time and other features.

    [Haven't been able to try the Keeley yet but I'll check it out. - Bjorn]

  23. Harry says:

    Nice review Bjorn! I am still considering if I should get this one or not. May be your input will help. How would you rate this pedal against Dunlop Rotovibe? By definition, both are supposed to do the same job and both sound good to my ears too. Essentially, the rotating speaker sound is not same as using phaser (as you mentioned in the reply above too). So that would mean that Moon vibe (despite being called a Phaser/Chrous AKA Chorus/Vibrato) is not necessarily a phaser? Thanks.

    [The MoonVibe is a straight clone of the old UniVibe, which is neither a chorus nor a phaser although technically closer to a phaser. Hard to describe the difference with words but a UniVibe has a distinct wobble and a much deeper phasing while a phaser has a much more smokey flavour and a swoshy tone. The RotoVibe is somewhere between. Doesn't sound quite like neither but more like a very thick classic Phase 90. I think they all serve different purposes and although I prefer a UniVibe and sometimes a phaser for the Floyd tones I use a Rotovibe for my Airbag tones. - Bjorn]

  24. Jeremy Bowles says:

    Nice review as always Bjorn. I have a 2 part question. The 1st is that on the manufacture’s website for the Moon Vibe it lists a David Gilmour mod ( higher speed for Any Color You Like) although you had pointed out there is not a volume drop for using the slower speeds used on most of DSOTM so besides Any Color You Like is there another song that would use this “ultra” fast setting? Also have you had a chance to Demo Electric Orange’s 70′s Ram’s Head clone, Pig Hoof? It looks sweet and if it is on par with the Moon Vibe it might give some of the BYOC ‘s a run fir their money.

    [First of all I'm not sure David used a UniVibe for Any Colour. He might have but it doesn't quite sound like it and it could very well have been a filter effect on the HiFli processor he used for the sessions. There's no other songs where he's using a similar setting. The UniVibe is somewhat limited in terms of David's tones as he only used it for Breathe, Time and Us and Them but it's a wonderful effect that often is neglected. I've always been a huge UniVibe fan and use it as often as I can for my Airbag sounds as well. Haven't been able to try the Pig Hoof yet since they're still searching for the right parts to continue the production but I hope to have a review up soon. - Bjorn]

  25. Giles says:

    Bjorn,

    Perhaps you could settle a long running mystery for me. What are the two last chords in Breathe that you played before you hit the open E string? What are the finger positions? Thanks!

    [
    --------
    -6---4--
    -5---5--
    -4---4--
    -5---5--
    --------
    - Bjorn]

  26. Giles says:

    Thank you Bjorn!

  27. Patric says:

    Hello Bjorn – Just love your site! I’m a huge Floyd fan, and I am playing guitar, but just recently discovered your site! I’m no where near as good a guitar player as you are, but I’m getting better – slowly :)
    Checking out your gear recommendations I’m somewhere inbetween. I have a Peavey Classic 50 212, a Squier vintage 50′s Strat, and a Fender Blues Deluxe coming for my birthday :). Some time ago I bought a Boss ph-3 phase shifter. I shouldn’t have – I never can seem to dial in a sound I actually like. There’s a volume drop, and I can never get it to sound warm, it also always sounds muffled but with too much swoosh. Now a friend of mine has the mxr phase 90 – which sounds great – and both he and I were looking at the moon vibe.
    My question to you is: If you could only buy 1 of the two pedals – what would you rather have? The mxr phase 90 or the moon vibe? Which one would be best to get, to get the Breathe, Have a Cigar etc sounds?
    Thank you in advance!

    [Although the UniVibe is one of my favourite effects I think a phaser is more versatile. Neither was used that much by David but while the UniVibe works for Breathe etc it's not that good at replicating the thick phaser tones on WYWH etc. However, a phaser can easily replicate the sound of a UniVibe. If you can afford it I'd go for the MXR 74 reissue Phase 90, which is much warmer and smoother sounding than the standard model. - Bjorn]

  28. Patric says:

    Thanks for your quick reply Bjorn! Only issue with that mxr is that it isn’t ac-powered, so you have only a battery and thus have to disconnect the input to stop it from draining the battery. That rather sucks on a tight pedalboard. Would it be unwise to chose the regular mxr phase 90 for that reason?

    [They do sound quite different to eachother. Check out the Orange Phaser from Whirlwind pedals. It's a straight clone of the original Phase 90 designed by the same man. - Bjorn]

  29. Patric says:

    Thanks again Bjorn! I contacted the people at Whirlwind. Oh. And couldn’t stop myself – ordered a Moon Vibe as well :-) It’s an addiction!

    [Cool! I think you'll be very pleased. - Bjorn]

  30. Ian says:

    Hey Bjorn, have you tried the actual dunlop univibe reissue yet? It actually sounds aLOT like the original.

    [I did try it some years ago but found it too dark and swoshy... - Bjorn]

  31. paul says:

    great demo- thanks for that as I’m looking for a vibe pedal. I was also considering the mjm, but it is true that this is equally good and a much better price:)
    what do you think of the Wilson Haze vibe? Hve you had a chance to sample it or hear it?

    [The 60s and Moon are very similar. I haven't had the chance to check out the Wilson yet. - Bjorn]

  32. PAUL says:

    Bjorn, I am looking for a univibe sound that will defintiely hit the sounds of Angel or Machinegun, a hendrix sound. I am simply a little worried that the moonvibe is too bassy, too heavy in the lower end pulse This can be fatter, but also cloudier when playng, as it can become too prominent. It becomes a little like a wah effect rather than a vibe. Give me your thoughts as i need a good vibe and am trying to sort through all of the clips and info on the net. You seem to be one of the few reviewers who has tested all of these main units properly…and can write clearly about them!!!
    thanks so much for your help man.

    [I think Angel was recorded with a Leslie rotating speaker, while he used an original UniVox UniVibe on Machine Gun. The fact that he cranked his Marshalls meaning that the UniVibe was placed in front of a gain stage alters the tone dramatically and makes it more liquidy and not as wobbly as David's sounds. The MoonVibe and 60s are very similar and I have no problems achieving convincing Hendrix tones with either. Personally I think these are some of the most authentic sounding UniVibes on the market. - Bjorn]

  33. PAUL says:

    hey bjorn:) forgot to say that maybe the MJM vibe was less bassy so more suitable for those authentic sounds? Seems to be the case from vid clips on the net, but these can be deceptive…so seeing as you have both and have seriously tested both, lend me your thoughts on this…cheers!

    [That's not my impression. They're very similar. - Bjorn]

  34. nick says:

    Again, I love this site. I have used a number of Uni-vibes(dunlop, voodoo, deja, Megavibe) and Phasers but I have to say the uni-vibe takes it in spades. I do like the script phaser and the 45 phase the best out of the other phasers. The 45 does a better faux leslie and can get a better uni-vibeish sound than the phase 90. I play out regularly and am currently using a megavibe. I find that once you tweak the trim pot inside, you start to venture out of the darkness and into more brighter phase tones. About versatility, the mega vibe can be too dark sounding for most music but once you set the internal trim it becomes vastly more versatile. When playing in my band we cover entire Floyd Albums and it covers everything from Darkside to WYWH to Animals and The Wall. I will say again that you have to find the sweet spot on that internal trim(1:30-2:30) before you can get close to a phasey tone that will cover the Floyd base of sound. Can’t wait for the Moon Vibe!!!! June will not come fast enough!!!! It sounds like the Moon Vibe will fix my issues with the Mega Vibe. The Mega vibe is a true clone, where the Moon Vibe is a true clone with the fix in’s(mods). Thanks For Your Site Bjorn!!!!!

    [Cheers Nick :) - Bjorn]

  35. paul says:

    Hey Bjorn,
    thanks for all of your help and very insightful comments. They really do help.
    And i love your website and blogs…so much useful info about pedals, and some wonderful playing in your demos. Love your tone Bjorn.
    hope to see more reviews soon!

    [Cheers Paul! - Bjorn]

  36. Tony says:

    Hi Bjorn and Aloha from Hawaii,

    I recently received my MoonVibe after a few months wait. I knew it was going to be tough to knock my FoxRox AquaVibe off the board. This is coming from a Gilmour/Hendrix freak who is has highly discriminating ears for the smallest nuances. has tried every UniVIbe clone on the market. Where most clones fall short in my opinion, is on slower settings, they all tend to sound weak. So after much A/B -ing and carefully listening, I came to the solid conclusion that Aquavibe is the clear winner. Nothing I’ve ever heard compares to it’s distinct pulse and throb and it’s 3-D liquid quality. It leaves your tone 100% uncolored and has the deepest slow throb of any clone by far. Anything from Breathe to Machine Gun and beyond. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a true UniVibe that will give you everything you ever dreamed of. Although I do think the Moonvibe is superior to any others I’ve tried, looks great, sounds great and is of high quality, I feel the Aquavibe is miles above them all. The only issue is they can take a couple years to get. But WELL worth the long wait. Those interested may be lucky enough to find a used one. But there is a good reason no one is letting them go. Certainly not me.

    Keep up the good work!

    Tony

    [I haven't had the chance to try the Aquavibe but I will. The Moonvibe is so far the best I've tried. - Bjorn]

  37. Jaco says:

    Just a quick follow-up: i have had the MoonVibe now for some time and it’s an excellent pedal! Fat throbbing effect and great tone, just what i needed :D
    Thanks again Bjorn for the review and sharing this one with all of us. Jan is a nice guy and even personalizes the pedal for you so it’s really custom-made for you!
    I’ll ehh, go out and play some more… ;D

    [Thanks for the input :) - Bjorn]

  38. Patric says:

    I got my Moonvibe a couple of weeks ago!
    It is amazing, great tone… But also great build quality!
    And Jan personalizes it for you in a very nice way :)
    Thank you Björn for pointing it out, and thank you Jan for making a great handmade pedal – for a very acceptable price!

    Now I just need to fix my strat… Putting in new pots and “gimour switch” kinda went wrong…. :(

    [Congrats Patric! It's a great sounding pedal indeed! - Bjorn]

  39. David Brown says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I have this pedal, just wondering what settings you used for a breathe type sound?

    Cheers,
    Dave

    [Mode: phaser, volume 3:00, intensity 11:00, speed 10:00. How's that? - Bjorn]

  40. Maurus Fischer says:

    Hi Bjorn, thanks for your fantastic information, what would be your setting for the Voodoo-Vibe?
    Thanks, Maurus

    [You mean the Roger Mayer? I haven't tried that one so I can really tell. David's using a fairly mild tone so I guess the intensity around 45-50% and the rate around 40%. - Bjorn]

  41. kyle paulk says:

    Its close but I have to be honest:I have an original univibe , there is nothing like it. I have tried so many clones before i got the real one. If you can find one get it, YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT no matter what you end up paying. Do anything you have to do get one and the sooner the better as they are NOT going down in price. I think i have watched every demo for all the different clones , there is just something missing in all of them. The sickness is that i want another one , just so i can listen to the difference between them….

  42. Andree says:

    Hi Bjorn, hi guys,

    I got my Moon Vibe this week and today I’ve settled for a little research with the other units I hold (KR Mega-Vibe and Effectrode Tube-Vibe) just to clarify the eternal question: Which univibe clone is the best??? So this is what I got out of it:
    TUBE-VIBE: Very deep phasing even at very slow speed. It creates a very warm and let say “allround tone” (it’s sound a bit like a leslie speaker) which might be because of the internal tube preamp. The original signal lost some high frequancies and the unit boosts the mids and the bass a bit. Altogether a very nice sounding unit, but at an unattainable price (I’ve got mine by chance on a very low priced internet auction).
    MOON-VIBE: Very nice phasing at slow speed, but not as deep as the Tube-vibe. The Moon-Vibe didn’t shift the original signal as much as the two other units, but in my opinion it boosts it a little bit (like a linar boost, which is quit unusual for most of the univibe clones). So you have to experiment a with the Volume knob, but in comparison with the other two units I have to emphasize, that the transformation of the natural guitar sound is amazing (since most of the univibe-clones boosts the low frequencies). Anyway it’s more versatile than the other two units, since you can footswitch between chorus and phaser. In addition: a fantastic sounding unit at a reasonable price (and I have to point out, Jan did a very good job on this unit: It’s loaded with high-quality components, it’s properly soldered and as one can see it’s truely build with passion for detail).
    KR-MEGAVIBE: Indeed deep phasing but a little bit washy at low speed. This unit is a perfect example for the sound modification I pointed out before: It boosts the low frequencies a lot and it has a little lost of volume. Compared to the tube-vibe in my opinion it’s sounds a little bit “flat” in spite of the bass-boost and in comparison with the moon-vibe the natural sound of your guitar drops away a bit to hard, which leds to a very muddy sound (please don’t take this the wrong way, I’ve seen lots of guys who played Hendrix tunes with this pedal and it sounds brilliant). So for many vibe-nerds this might be the holy grail, but not for me (fortunately I borrowed it from a friend of mine, so I did’t have to buy it to chip in with my conclusion). Anyway the megavibe is a very clean an deep-phasing unit but I don’t like the sound-modulation it creates and futhermore it is very expensive.
    CONCLUSION: Be sure what you wanted to do with your vibe-clone or what is your ideal of sound: If you want to create a deep-phasing sound with a accent on the lows and mids (such as Trower played on his very first LP’s) stick to the tube-vibe or the megavibe (not to mention the mojo-unit some of you suggested). If you wanted to create a sound that is more based on the natural sound of your guitar you perhaps be better off with the moon-vibe, since it has a very little frequency lost during the modulation.
    It might be useful to post the recordings I’ve made to demonstrate the differences between the three pedals and to give you a reference for your own consideration. I will send Bjorn the sound files and he’ll decide whether he likes to post it or not.

    Best regards Andree

    [Thanks for the comment and review! I'd like to add though that a UniVibe reacts and sound very different on different setups. All the things you describe depends very much on what guitar, pickups and amp you use. Much of the secret behind Hendrix' huge tones are the germanium Fuzz Face and the Marshall stacks. It won't sound the same with a Big Muff and a Hiwatt. The Moon Vibe sounds, to my ears, dead on the original tones on some amps but a bit thin on others. I've never really found one UniVibe that covers everything and I recon that just the nature of the effect as with anything else. - Bjorn]

  43. Martin says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    as the Moon Vibe and the Fulltone etc. are pretty expensive, I’d like to know how the Voodoo Lab Micro Vibe and the BBE Soul Vibe compare to them (and to each other). I know that the Voodoo Lab and the BBE have the chorus mode only, but how good are they for this mode? I had no problem spendig quite some money on a Replica for instance, but that’s an effect I use very often. A Uni-Vibe is something that I’d use only occasionally as an alternitive to my great Phase 90 (vintage reissue) and my Neo Instruments Ventilator (a Leslie 122 simulator you should check out). On the other hand I really like using modulation effects for coloring my background parts, especially on ballads (my own stuff), and I’m thinking about a Uni-Vibe as a variation. If one of the budget models is good, I’d go for it, as I’m not really interested in the vibrato mode. If the cheaper ones are not really good, I have two options: Either I go for a more expensive one despite the price or I leave the Uni-Vibe out completely. I’m asking for your advice because where I live, it’s really difficult to get a couple of vibes at once to compare them. My next point is: Seemingly, a Phase 90 is a Phase 90 whereas they say that the original Uni-Vibes were very different from each other and that the sound of them changes due to aging, so that it’s not easy to make something like an authentic clone. All this makes it quite difficult for me with Uni-Vibes when I never had any trouble choosing other kinds of effects.

    Cheers
    Martin

    [The Voodoolab is quite OK. It has a bit more mids than the usual clone but it works really well. I don't recommend the BBE... my opinion. Check out the Lovepedal Pickle Vibe as well. Amazing tone! I also want to mention the MXR Custom Shop Phase 45. Highly underrated UniVibe-ish pedal. A bit milder than the UniVibe but very sweet! - Bjorn]

  44. Kim says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    Great review, nice clip!!

    moon-vibe is great vibe pedal.

    I have KR Mega Vibe, Sweetsound ultra vibe2 but moon vibe is excellent.

    I love my moon vibe’s modern sound mode.
    It have loud output, wide range and unique tone.

    cheers,
    Kim

  45. Damien says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    this is my first message on your website. For beginning, your site is my new Bible, congratulation. Have a question, i’m interessing about this pedal but have à Phase 90 (last generation). Is it justified to buy this pedal more? Or i’m crazy? ;)

    Thank you.

    D.LL

    [Thanks a lot for your kind words, Damien! Glad you enjoy my site :) You can use a phase 90 to replicate UniVibe tones but they're not quite the same. Being a huge fan of UniVibes I would say that there's nothing quite like it. The MoonVibe is one of the better I've tried. - Bjorn]

  46. Anton says:

    The Danelectro Chicken Salad and Cool Cat Vibe are also good cost effective alternatives that don’t brake the bank.

  47. TC says:

    I’d like to hear about how the vibrato sounds on the Moon Vibe. That setting doesn’t seem to feature in the audio demos.

    [I didn't feature it since I guess 99% of all guitarists doesn't pay it any attention - including me. All I can say is that it sounds OK. - Bjorn]

  48. Ivo says:

    Hello Bjorn,

    I have used a Dunlop Rotovibe for many years but have decided to take it out of my setup as I have noticed over time that it makes noise – the unit’s pulsating noise as if it were on – but when the unit is actually off in the signal chain. I do like the ability to control the speed when I play through it, changing from slow to fast and vice-versa, so having that ability is an important factor. Does the Moon Vibe allow for a foot control pedal to connect to the unit so as to control the speed?

    Thanks!
    Ivo

    [Never experienced that with my Rotovibe... The MoonVibe doesn't have that feature but the DryBell Machine Vibe does. - Bjorn]

  49. Keith says:

    @Ivo, I have the latest version of the Drybell vibe machine, and think it’s the most authentic, yet versatile vibe on the market. The company is also top notch!
    Peace, Keith

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