Empress Effects Demo Day

Nice Rack Canada is hosting an Empress Effects Pedals Demonstration Day at our Toronto Showroom.

Please join us on Sunday, March 17th from Noon – 5PM for a Free guided Empress Tone Tour for Bass & Guitar.

Empress is a 100% Canadian Company – Designed & Built in Ottawa. If you haven’t had a chance to check out these homegrown titans of tone, now is you chance to bring your guitar or bass and test drive some of the best sounding & feature laden effects devices on the market today.

Come spend some time with a tone pro on a guided tour of these amazing pedalboard tools by Empress. Enjoy being able to demo these pedals in a non-music store environment with an experienced tonesmith.

The complete Empress line of pedals will be available for demos. Buffer +, Distortion, Germ Drive, Fuzz, Compressor, MultiDrive, Para Eq, Phaser, Tremolo, Super Delay, Tape Delay & Vintage Modified Super Delay.

Nice Rack Canada’s dedicated Empress Expression Pedals will also be available for demonstration & purchase.

Sunday – March 17th, Noon – 5PM @ Nice Rack Canada Showroom Address & Directions

We recommend purchasing Empress Effects at retail from Moog Audio Toronto or Online from Axe & You Shall Receive

The Empress ParaEq w/Boost EQ Pedal is designed to be a simple device that does its job extremely well. We noticed that the EQ section of many instrument amplifiers offer a very limited range of control. We designed the Empress ParaEq w/Boost to give musicians a powerful, musical, high quality EQ in a conveniently small package. The signal path of the ParaEq w/Boost is comprised of the highest quality components chosen for their transparency, powerful tone shaping capabilities, and low operating noise. With the Empress ParaEq w/Boost your instrument will still sound like your instrument, only better.

 

The Vintage Modified Superdelay takes the award winning Superdelay one step further.

Say your delay is sounding sterile and boring. You’ve heard the best vintage delays use tape technology. Unfortunately, they’re expensive as hell and a bitch to maintain. Not fun.

We’ve revamped the tape mode of the Superdelay to give you more of the compression, grit, and saturation heard in tape echos. Except this vintage delay pedal still gives you the sweet features of the original Superdelay: presets, tap tempo, reverse delay, expression pedal inputs, and much more!

    • Killer Sound Quality – The Signal to Noise ratio is around 105dB.
    • 2.8 Seconds of Delay Time – For your extra long delays.
    • 8 modes – normal, tap, autoset (delay time is set by tempo played), reverse, rhythm mode (multitap), tape mode, misc (dynamic, gate), and 11 second looper.
    • Expression Pedal Input – allows you to control either mix or feedback with your foot.
    • High Pass/Low Pass Filter – high pass is good for electronic music, low pass is sweet for darker analog delay type sounds
    • Fast/Slow Modulation – slow adds extra texture, fast is a little crazy.
    • 8 Presets – Settings can be saved to 8 presets. With three stompswitches, accessing the presets is easy.
    • Tap Tempo with Ratios – many of the modes use tap tempo, and the ratio selection makes fast in-time delay times easy.
    • True Bypass – The Empress Superdelay employs true bypass, so you can be sure that it’s not affecting the signal when disengaged.Small Size – The enclosure measures approximately 5.7″ by 3.75″ by 1.75″, which is delightfully small when considering all the features packed into this unit.

 

 

Redefining the phaser effect from the ground up, Empress Effects has created a phaser pedal unlike anything else on the market. Employing a unique VCA based design, the Empress Phaser Pedal offers unparalleled signal-to-noise ratio. Choose between 2 stage, 4 stage or an Empress exclusive 3 stage mode; all controllable via tap tempo sweeping through an impressive set of 8 waveforms.

The Empress Phaser Pedal is the next generation in the evolution of digitally-controlled analog technology. It features an all-analog signal path but is controlled by a microprocessor, allowing it to maintain all its character and analog flavor while adding a ton of possibilities for control and adaptability. Sure, it does the classic jet sounds, super funky auto-wah and ring modulators, as well as having vibrato and Univibe sounds on tap. But what really sets the Empress Phaser Pedal apart are the auto modes: envelope following, audio-triggered sweeps, rhythms and direct control are just a few of the settings found on the Empress Phaser Pedal.

It also offers unsurpassed connectivity by featuring expression pedal control as well as accepting control voltage, external tap, external audio control and MIDI. All of this comes in a rock solid die cast aluminum enclosure with true bypass keeping things clean.

 

Compression is a tool used on pretty much every recording you will ever hear, yet this extremely useful and versatile tool is often overlooked by guitar players as part of their rig.

Other compressor pedals are often limited by oversimplified controls and heavily colored sounds. We have created a truly transparent compressor, complete with all the controls found in the studio. The result is a tool that allows for a wide range of sounds from subtly adding sustain to getting the “quack” that country players love.

We’ve also included a mix knob to blend in the dry signal for an even more transparent sound and a gain reduction meter so you know what the compressor is doing at all times.

 

The Empress Tap Tremolo Pedal is an original design built from the ground up to include innovative features without sacrificing tone. The audio signal path is analog, but the tremolo effect is controlled digitally via opto technology.

“The Empress Tremolo proved a royal ball to use. The tube setting sounded big and warm, the Two Speed Mode ramped up and down in a very cool manner, and the various rythms were inspirational… The Empress is pure tremolo aristocracy.”
– Guitar One Review

 

Rich, lush tape delay in an incredibly small box. 3 flavors of tape age let you choose how dark and gritty the repeats will get while filter and modulation controls allow for even more fine tuning. Tap tempos with ratio multiplier mean rhythms like dotted eights are all at your fingertips.

Now with an analog dry path, the Tape Delay is packed with features, all accessible from the advanced configuration mode. Presets can store all your settings and be recalled at the touch of a button, making switching live fast and easy.

 

The idea of blending amps together has been a studio trick used on countless recordings over the years. Being able to blend the stregths of certain amplifiers and have other amps fill in the weaknesses produces a richer, better balanced sound. Up until now, the only way to repoduce this live was to haul a few amps around with you on the road. After a few gigs of doing that, a lot of players end up compromising tone for the ease of carrying 1 amp around with them. This is where the multidrive shines.

The multidrive allows you to blend Overdrive, Distortion and Fuzz together, creating a full and rich array of tones that would not be available otherwise. Let the sustain of fuzz, the bite of distortion and the clarity and note definition of overdrive all work together! It’s like having an overdrive pedal, a fuzz pedal, and a distortion pedal, all in one box.

 

 
 
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