Here we go, the most niche of the niche products. I’m sure the amount of our readers that need to sync up multiple time based effects (usually delay, but also tremolo, some reverbs, the occasional filter, etc) is slim, but I’m happy to cater to the maniacs with pedalboards the size of coffin lids, or racks taller than their amps. I’ve known players who have hooked up Y-splitters to momentary footswitches to trigger the tap function of two delays at once, but you start to run into issues there. And what if you have three units in need of a sync? Or more, because you’re fucking crazy?
Enter the Molten Voltage Tempode. Just tap your tempo and it’ll send out midi clock information that all of your effects can sync to. I find this especially useful when your effect forgets its tempo upon a preset change. Just set it to receive clock information and it’ll remain locked into your tapped tempo regardless of what patch changes you need mid-song.
Of course, not every effect will accept midi clock, but most with a midi input will. Molten Voltage is updating a list of compatible units on their website, on the tempo’s description page (linked above). It’s also worth noting that they have a separate product, the CTL-Sync, that will accept the clock and then convert it into a 1/4″ output. So if you have, let’s say, a Boss DD-20 you can still sync to a clock even without a midi input.
The Tempode is available for $139 from Molten Voltage’s online store.
- Stand-alone or Inline PedalBoard MIDI Clock Generator
- Precision Tap Tempo control
- Stores and recalls tempo for 128 programs
- Start/Stop and Tempo can be remotely controlled with MIDI Control Change messages
- Optional MIDI Clock Auto-Start on Program Change
- MIDI Input Filter and Repeater
- Riveted Steel MIDI Jacks
- 2-color LED
- Compatible with all major MIDI controllers
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