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  1. Richard Wright says:

    Hi Bjorn,
    Was about to purchase a RT-20 but noticed a new version of the Strymon LEX has just released, with volume for both dry and wet. Do you think this will be better for Davids rotary tones? Or is the RT-20 still the best?

    • Bjorn says:

      Depends on what sort of rotary tones you want. The Lex is IMO the best sounding Leslie sim out there. It captures that dry, woody tremolo or rotary tone. The RT20 has more of a chorusy tone, which is closer to the Doppola speakers David used in the 90s and the Yamaha RA200 he’s been using on and off since the mid 70s.

      • Richard Wright says:

        Thanks for the reply. I’d like to be able to imitate David Gilmour tones but having a standard Leslie tone would be nice as well. I maybe need 2 pedals in that case. Cheers.

  2. Simon Barden says:

    I’ve just dug my RT-20 out from the cupboard it’s been languishing in for quite a few years now and had a go at getting some Gilmour-style tones. As the RA200 only has rotating horns, with a fixed bass/mid speaker, I’ve got good results setting the balance all the way over to the horn side, so no drum effect at all.

  3. Dbiesen says:

    Hello Bjorn. First of all thanks for your great website.
    Please what is for your point of view the best pedal to emulate the rotary speaker for any colour you like live and studio ? Thanks in advance

    • Bjorn says:

      Thanks! First of all, there’s never been a good source confirming what David used to record Any Colour. The studio version could be a Leslie but more likely a UniVibe or possibly the HiFli multi processor. My favourite setup is a mild overdrive going into a Strymon Lex, which gets me very close to the 1972 live version of Any Colour – like in this video that I did. You could also use a Phase 90, UniVibe or a different rotary simulator, like the Boss RT20.

      • dbiesen says:

        Thanks Björn Nofretete your answer. But what do you think about rather dynacord cls222? Is it a good simulation? The best ? Or

        • Bjorn says:

          Depends on what type of rotary sounds you need. In my opinion the Strymon Lex is the best sounding Leslie sim out there. Do check out the Dawner Prince Pulse as well for David’s Pulse rotary sounds.

  4. Poya says:

    hi Bjorn just a quick question
    is there any way to emulate the rotary on shine on you
    likeee using phaser and flanger but flanger at a low output so that you dont hear it too much?
    :) ?

    • Bjorn says:

      You’d have to have a phaser or flanger with a mix/volume control to be able to mix it in with the dry sound. I don’t think I’ve seen that. At least not among the vintage sounding ones. You might also want to look into a Boss CE5 or the Mooer Ensemble King, which are capable of that and producing some nice modulated rotary sounds.

  5. Harry Miller says:

    Have you tried neo instruments mini vent? I found it to be alot warmer and more realistic than the rt20.

    • Bjorn says:

      Yes. I have commented on this many times. To me, the Strymon Lex is supperior but that’s a matter of taste. It just sound closest to a Leslie rotary wood cabinet. The Vent is great and perhaps a bit more open sounding but again, to my ears the Lex wins :) The RT20 is a pretty lousy Leslie simulation but it works much better for David’s tones because he always blended his rotary cabs with the Hiwatt and the Yamaha RA200s, which he used back in the days, had a much more chorusy character compared to the more tremolo-like Leslie. With the RT20 set to about 50-60 mix I think you’ll get a much more accurate Gilmour setup.

  6. Anthony says:

    Hello bjorn! What settings would you recommend for Animals and the wall era? Is it the same how you explain in the video or different other wise?

  7. aldo says:

    Hi Biorn, thanks in advance for everything. Do you have any advice for the three tones of The WALL with the FRACTAL AX8 …. I’m going crazy can you help me. Thank you

  8. Shane Olsen says:

    Hi Bjorn, once again awesome stuff im using a DLC rotosim do you have any experiance wth this pedal i mainly use it for SRV but have recently thrown it on my gilmour pedal board and trying it out i guess its all trial an error. Keep up the great work ;)

    • Bjorn says:

      Never tried the DLC so I can’t really tell but the reviews are really nice. Doesn’t seem to have a master effect level though, which you would need to be able to mix it with a dry sound like David… or maybe you can do that with the horn/drum levels? I don’t know…

  9. Sam Mason says:

    Hi Bjorn – greetings from London. Thank you so much for all this incredible content. Would you set up the RT-20 a certain way for David’s earliest use of Leslie cabs? I’m essentially trying to re-create his early 70s ‘BC108’ fuzz era tones rather than his 80s/90s tones. Thanks.

    • Bjorn says:

      Not really. It doesn’t really have that deep Leslie tremolo but raising the wet signal a tad would get it closer I guess.

  10. Ernie says:

    Hi Bjorn,

    I know this question isn’t related to the post but I wasn’t sure where else to ask and o couldn’t find the answer anywhere else on the site. Do you know what mics David used for vocals on the PULSE tour? I’m using talk box more lately and it looks like his mic is not a ball type omnidirectional. The ball mic I have tends to push the tube out to the side to much for it to be comfortable and pick up the sound straight on. I’ve read rumors that he just uses an sm57 with an A2 windscreen but can you confirm this?

    Many thanks,

  11. KEITH says:

    Excuse the really numerous typos, my phonesp keyboard is in dire need of recalibration. I assure you I’m an excellent speller, but even after proof reading my posts, they come out wrong!? Keith

  12. KEITH says:

    Excellent little video taste of the RT-20, a pedal I’ve had on my board without exception since I started building it. It is everything you say, and maybe a little more, as I found many uses I never imagined. It’s definitely no Leslie, and the distortion, and uni-vibe are useless for the most part, but once you spend several hours finding the sweet sounds that until you find them, the 2-4 settings seem useless, but therecare non_Gilmour uses for every “mode”, but 1 is definitely the place fir fhe Doppola like tones. Thanks for revisiting this pedal!
    Keep it up mybJedi Master, KEOTH

    • Bjorn says:

      Glad you liked it Keith :) I rarely play Gilmour anymore, apart from the occasional jam in my home studio, but I’ve always loved the RT20 for those subtle rotary sounds and I use it all the time when I record stuff for my projects.

      • KEITH says:

        I find using it with my 24 track dp24 Tascams latest, and most pro sounding recorder when used for tracking, then bouncing the tracks to your favorite DAW,( which at the moment is Reaper), I can use it in stereo, panning each input channal chmost all the way to left on on channel, and right forvthe other. It can give me the best sounding stereo chourus, akin somewhat to thecwonderful stero chorus i used to get on my modified JC120 wherevI had a tech split the two output trannsformers so the 2 speakers in the amp were thev right, and the extention eabinet was made into the left channel. So,cusing it to record in stereo gives you that same wide chous like; beautiful sound, but zero noise, and just so many things you can do to your recordings with it. ItdI one of only 2 used pedals I brought, and wwas brand new when I paid $125 for it at Guitar Center. I found that it eas fun for us and them, and a few other songs that it emulated his effects well for, but the pedal didn’t really come into it’s own until I started experimenting with different settings when recording. It was there whetr I found the true versatility of the RT-20, and all the wonderul things it could do for recording riffs behind the main rythyms, and I’ve even had some great sucess with Tommy James ( sort of) type vocal effects. I could go on, and on about one of the finest pedals Boss ever made.
        Peace to you all, KEITH

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