The Trimode™ tube distortion takes you from slight overdrive to full-on distortion. Think Mesa-Boogie in a pedal and switch instantly from rhythm to lead.Classic-V9
The Tonebone Classic-V9™ is an ultra-responsive distortion pedal that lets you precisely adjust and focus the intensity of the distortion to suit your playing style and develop your own musical voice.Hollywood
The Hollywood is a dual-mode distortion that delivers everything from slight overdrive to super-saturated solos. Think of it as a solid state version of the famous Tonebone Classic.Plexitube
The Plexitube™ delivers five generations of Marshall in a box. Triple gain stage delivers fat, harmonically rich tones that let you switch from rhythm to lead.Hot-British V9
The Hot-British V9™ is an updated solid-state version of the venerable Tonebone Hot British™ tube distortion pedal.London
The London is a super compact Marshall in a box. Features super rich, fat tones and dual-mode operation to seamlessly switch between rhythm and lead for soloing.Texas-Pro
The Texas-Pro is a compact but extremely powerful dual-function pedal, providing a versatile overdrive circuit as well as a high output signal booster.Regency
The Regency™ is a new type of pedal designed specifically to pre-emphasize the gain stage of today's high gain amps.North-Star
The North-Star™ is both an overdrive and a high-output power booster combined in one versatile and compact pedal.
The Vienna Chorus™ is vintage bucket-brigade chorus that delivers old-school analog tone. Dual-mode controls lets you switch from slow to fast choral effects like a Leslie.Vocoloco
The Voco-Loco™ is a foot-controlled effects loop that enables the lead vocalist, sax or trumpet player to incorporate guitar effects pedals into the signal path, just like an electric guitarist adds effects for soloing.MIX-BLENDER
The Mix-Blender™ is a multi-function pedal that lets you mix two instruments or effects together and then send the combined signal through a mixer-style effects loop for processing.
The Switchbone V2™ may well be the ultimate ABY/C guitar amp switcher. This device lets you switch and combine up to three guitar amplifiers without introducing distortion, switching noise or hum into the signal path.Loopbone
The Loopbone™ is a high-performance effects-loop switcher that enables the guitarist to insert, remove and combine pedals via two independent signal chainsHeadbone
The Headbone™ is a specially designed switching device that lets you toggle between two different guitar amplifier heads using a single speaker cabinet.Twin-City
The Twin-City™ is a class-A ABY switcher with Drag Control that delivers your guitar tone without introducing harsh sounding artifacts. Ground isolated to eliminate hum and buzz from gournd loops.MIX-BLENDER
The Mix-Blender™ is a multi-function pedal that lets you mix two instruments or effects together and then send the combined signal through a mixer-style effects loop for processing.Cabbone
The Cabbone™ lets you switch between two speaker cabinets using a single amplifier head. You will not believe how changing the cabinet can affect your tone!BigShot ABY
The Radial BigShot ABY™ is a compact ABY switcher that enables you to either switch between two amplifiers or combine the signal when you want both amps to play at the same time.BigShot EFX
The BigShot EFX™ is a true-bypass effects loop switcher that lets you set up two separate effects loops and insert them into your pedal chain at will.BigShot IO
The Radial BigShot i/o™ is an easy to use instrument selector that lets you quickly transition between any two instruments and send out the output signal to your amp.BigShot SW2
The BigShot SW2™ is a two channel universal remote control that can be used to replace the two amplifier foot switches and combine their main functions with a single pedal.PZ-Select
The Tonebone PZ-Select™ is a unique pedal designed to work with today's new breed of electric guitars and basses that employ both magnetic and piezo pickups.Twinline
The Radial Twinline™ is a unique device that enables a guitarist to share effects pedals between two amps when using the amplifiers' built-in (rear-panel) effects loops.Headlight
The Headlight™ is a unity gain guitar amp selector designed to easily integrate on a pedalboard and allow the artist to seamlessly switch between as many as four amps using a single footswitch.BigShot MIX
The BigShot MIX is an innovative pedal that lets you blend the original sound of your instrument with your effects pedals just like a studio mixer.
- PREAMPS & BUFFERSPZ-Pre
The PZ-Pre™ is a power-packed preamp that lets you switch between two acoustic instruments and feed the PA with a built-in Radial direct box. Piezo optimized for orchestral instruments.PZ-Deluxe™
The PZ-Deluxe™ is a studio quality instrument preamp that jam-packs a full array of features into a compact pedal for live stage use. Ideal for all acoustic instruments.Bassbone OD
The Bassbone OD™ is a bass preamp with two instrument input channels, each of which is fully equipped with a level control, super powerful passive-interactive EQ and a low frequency filter to help eliminate resonance.PZ-Select
The Tonebone PZ-Select™ is a unique pedal designed to work with today's new breed of electric guitars and basses that employ both magnetic and piezo pickups.Dragster
The Dragster™ is a super-compact load correction device that lets you adjust the load on your electric guitar pickup to make your instrument sound natural in the PA or when recording.Bassbone V2
The Bassbone V2™ is a power-packed bass preamp that combines on-stage efficiency, amazing tonal control and superb audio performance in a compact box. This makes it the ideal front end for both live and studio recording.ELEVATOR
The Elevator™ is a unique class-A multi-level power booster and buffer that provides the guitarist with a degree of customization to better match their playing style.BigShot PB1
The BigShot PB1™ is an ultra clean 100% discrete class-A power booster with Drag Control load correction and switchable mid-range boost. Likely the best power booster ever made.Stagebug SB-15
The Radial Stage Bug SB-15™ High Performance Signal Buffer lets you drive guitar pedals without added noise and also powers 15V Tonebone pedals.SHOTGUN
The Shotgun™ is a compact guitar-level signal buffer designed to drive up to four amplifiers simultaneously and fit nicely on any pedalboard.MIX-BLENDER
The Mix-Blender™ is a multi-function pedal that lets you mix two instruments or effects together and then send the combined signal through a mixer-style effects loop for processing.BUMPER
The Bumper™ is a unity gain instrument selector that lets you connect up to four instruments and progressively advance through each input using a sequential footswitch.Switchbone V2
The Switchbone V2™ may well be the ultimate ABY/C guitar amp switcher. This device lets you switch and combine up to three guitar amplifiers without introducing distortion, switching noise or hum into the signal path.JDX Direct-Drive
The Radial™ JDX Direct-Drive is a unique and powerful device that emulates the sound of a guitar amplifier while doubling as a direct box
Vienna Chorus FAQ
Can you explain how chorusing works?
The choral effect is created by splitting two signals whereby one is delayed and modulated by an internal clock. When the two signals are brought back together, they interact creating the chorus effect. Changing the speed of the clock and intensity lets you set the chorus from a slight effect to intense.
What is the difference between analog and digital chorus?
Digital chorusing works by converting the analog sound into digital, creating the effect in the digital domain and then returning it back into the analog signal path. The Vienna Chorus is 100% analog. This means that we create the choral effect using old, discontinued analog bucket brigade chips to store the signal and delay it, thus retaining the analog signal throughout the process.
How would you characterize the difference in tone?
Digital chorus pedals like the Boss CE5 provide a wide frequency response with more bass and more top end while the Vienna is more focused in the mid range. Digital chorus pedals are equipped with filters to remove the top end and bass so that the sound better approximates the sound of an analogue chorus. Both sound great depending on what you are looking for.
Why do some guitarists prefer the sound of analog chorus?
When you convert the signal to digital, you literally remove the guitar from the signal path. It essentially changes the feel of the guitar which for some just does not cut it. Try playing your guitar through a Marshall JCM800 and then connect to a modeling amp and you will immediately understand. Both are good… one is more organic.
If analog sounds better, why are most chorus pedals digital?
Several reasons: First is noise. Analog chorus pedals tend to be extremely noisy and getting rid of the noise is painstaking to say the least. It took us three weeks to figure out the design and over a year to get rid of the noise. Most companies will abandon the effort by going digital. The other problem is that these bucket-brigade chips are no longer being produced. They have been replaced by 'computers'. And with the advent of the lead-free initiative called ROHS, if not properly addressed, using old chips can be a problem.
Is the Vienna ROHS compliant?
Yes. All components inside the Vienna are 100% compliant except the Panasonic MN3007 bucket brigade chip. This has been socketed so that it can be removed. Should someone decide to discard the Vienna, Radial will buy back the chip so that it does not end up in a landfill.
What happens if the chip in the Vienna stops working? Can I still get parts?
Yes. We have stockpiled thousands to build these products and support customers should a ssrvice replacement be required.
Can you explain the 'Turbo mode' feature?
The usual chorus effect is created using a triangle wave to modulate the signal. With Turbo mode, we change the clock frequency and modulation to create a more radical effect. It both widens the tone while increasing the effect. It's fun!
Does the Turbo mode affect both channels?
Yes. But the depth range is sufficient that you can turn the effect way down on one channel if you are trying to create two very different effects such as a slight choral on channel-A and an intense warble on channel-B.
Why is the Vienna Chorus mono?
Most guitar players use one amp on stage. And for the most part, those that use more than one amp also use an ABY selector like the Switchbone, Twin-City or BigShot ABY to select the amps. ABY switchers take a mono input and split it to the amps. So the only time one could possibly use the stereo out from a chorus would be if one is using two identical amps in stereo all the time. We felt that given our goal to make the Vienna as compact as possible, having two channels would be more advantageous than having a stereo output which would rarely if ever be used.
Is the Vienna True-Bypass?
No. Chorus pedals – whether analog or digital – require buffering as part of their circuit so that they can mix the modulated signal with the original guitar tone to create the effect. Hard switching such as a true-bypass would introduce a loud pop or transient into the signal path when the pedal is activated. The Vienna employs EIS – Electronic Impulse Switching – to eliminate the mechanical aspect of a switch that tends to cause problems over time. This ramps up the effect so that the transition is inaudible.
What is EIS Electronic Impulse Switching?
Although the switches on the Bones look like regular switches, they are in fact special non-latching momentary switches that activate an internal electronic switch which does the actual signal switching. Because this avoids mechanical switching, problems such as wear and tear, or contacts sticking, are significantly reduced. The result: you get longer trouble-free switch life.
How can I achieve true-Bypass with a chorus pedal?
If you are adamant about true-bypass switching, then a better approach would be to employ a tool like the BigShot EFX effects loop insert pedal. This is designed to pull all of the pedals out of the signal chain when not in use for true-bypass performance.
Can I use the Vienna Chorus with bass or other instruments?
Yes of course. It sounds great on bass and amazing on acoustic guitar. If you are using an active bass, guitar or keyboard, make sure you do not overdrive the input beyond the range. If you hear distortion, turn down your instrument to compensate.
Where is the best place to position the Vienna in a pedalboard chain?
Most modulating effects like phase shifters, flangers, delays and chorus pedals sound better when placed after distortion pedals. So as a rule, one would start with a wah or fuzz, then distortion, then chorus and then ABY selector.
Can I use the Vienna with a 9V battery?
No. It is designed to be used with a Boss-style 9V power supply which is readily available at all music stores. When pushed hard, batteries quickly go dead and are not eco-friendly.
How close to the Boss CE-2 is the Vienna Chorus circuit?
They both employ the same identical Panasonic bucket brigade chips, but we have improved the modulation circuit to allow you to increase the effect and worked extensively at lowering the background noise.
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