Alesis Ampliton

Alesis Ampliton

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The Ampliton combines a tremolo with an autopan. The low frequency oscillator (LFO) of both the tremolo and the autopan can be independently set and the LFO can be set to triangle, square, sample and hold, triggered, and "uncertainty" waveforms. Each LFO can be sync'd, and a beat tap button enables the user to adjust the tempo.


Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $129.00

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User Reviews of the Alesis Ampliton

  • Submitted by RJ from Charleroi, PA (30 points) on Aug 30, 2007
  • Pretty much the other reviews are spot on. This is a really great pair of effects (trem / pan), two ins, two outs, really wide variety of speeds & patterns. However, the thing is also really weakly made and was intended for DJs I think, so it wasn't built for stomping on (the tiny button contributes to this too). All around a really good, surprisingly cheap effect, marred by a weak construction.
  • Good Points: Really good effect. Double in/outs.
  • Bad Points: The "bypass" light is ON when the pedal is bypassed, which is opposite to what most people (including me) are used to. Really weak construction.
  • Price Paid: US$30.00
  • Purchased At: ebay
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  • Submitted by Aphadaphaler from Portland, OR (154 points) on Apr 2, 2007
  • My unit is quiet and the pans are great. I have several of the modfx my phaser and phalanger are so full of hiss they are basically useless. This stereo panning is a great way to add motion to sounds, and to automate signal splits.
  • Good Points: cheap quiet bpm/tap
  • Bad Points: wall wort, cheap plastic.
  • Price Paid: US$33.00
  • Purchased At: novamusik.com
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  • Submitted by Gabriel from St, John's (20 points) on Sep 18, 2006
  • I can't add much to the previous reveiws other than to say that while I find tremolo and stereo panning of limited use in a harsh noise setting, I quite like the trem on vocals as it gives them a nice gritty sound. Follow this with your fav distortion, and you've got a nice gritty and not too tremy sounding ... uh ... sound.
  • Good Points: -stereo panner -tap tempo -stereo ins and outs
  • Bad Points: -what everyone else said.
  • Price Paid: US$40.00
  • Purchased At: private sale
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  • Submitted by series_ from Portland, OR (172 points) on Oct 23, 2005
  • Wow. I can't tell you how much I wish this thing was made of better materials. The concept of this pedal is just unbelievable. There are other Panner/Tremolo pedals available of better build. BUT this thing has unlimited routing possibilities. The Panner and Tremolo can be used simultaneously and sync'd to one another. The only really useful settings for the Patterns for both Pan and Trem are the Triangle and the Square. The patterns, Triggered, and the "Uncertainty" are all a little too obvious. There separate Depth and Rate knobs for both effects. OK the sound on this thing is a bit ridiculous also. There is a LOT of digital noise being added to the signal. And there's a pretty good amount of high end hiss added when the Trem is in use. Stereo In-Stereo Out. Tap Tempo. You can get these on MF right now for $25. I'm really debating getting another and switching it over to a metal box of my own. I can already feel the one I already own is on it's way out and I've had it for 2-3 months. Amazing + Amazingly Cheap Pedal. But The sound sound quality mid and the construction of the unit poor.
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  • Price Paid: US$25.00
  • Purchased At: Sadly: Musicians Friend
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  • Submitted by SPIKE from Houston, TX (112 points) on Aug 5, 2005
  • Very cool device. Auto pan creates a nice sweep across the stereo field. Tremelo for dramatic volume change. Stereo in and out as well as digital in and out when connecting multiple ModFX boxes together. Uses a special power supply.
  • Good Points: Great features on this thing. Very versatile. I like the controls and the choice of using Tap Tempo. The Reset is nice if want to get some timing setup. Having both a Tremelo and Panner in one device is pretty cool especially with this many features to tweak out the drone and noiz. The Gain control on the top is great if you are working with a low signal. Small package so it doesn't eat up a lot of table space. Will go from extremly slow to doubler delay sounding fast.
  • Bad Points: Power supply is special. Wish it just used a regular 9 volt.
  • Price Paid: US$29.00
  • Purchased At: Musician's FIEND
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  • Submitted by K. from Sealy, TX (508 points) on Mar 4, 2005
  • I'd been looking for a decently priced autopanner and picked this up off e-bay cheap. I've almost exclusively used this live in the send-return of my mixer and it provides some great panning action. Controls for rate and depth in each of the effect sections, and various waveform options can be selected for either the trem or pan. Can get pretty crazy and random setting the tremelo to "pattern" and "uncertainty" on the autopan. A tap tempo function is available which likely gives control for rate above and below the pre-set limits. I'll use this to get a really fast rate on the trem and use a slower rate with one of the panner pre-sets. Overall just a wide variety of options and possibilities from a couple of basic effects.
  • Good Points: waveform options for both tremelo and pan, tap tempo, stereo ins and outs
  • Bad Points: plastic housing and cheap-assed switches, probably won't last more than a couple of years. no longer available.
  • Price Paid: US$17.00
  • Purchased At: e-bay
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  • Submitted by Ben from United States (234 points) on Oct 13, 2004
  • Both the panner and tremolo effects in and of themselves are amazing. From slow to ultrafast, and with various modes of operation, the Ampliton does it all. Mono to stereo or stereo to stereo operation a huge plus, as is the input trim control. Feature rich. We need more products like this.
  • Good Points: Loaded with features. Input and output options. Trim control.
  • Bad Points: I'm not convinced the construction will hold up over time and I'll be sad when it finally dies.
  • Price Paid: US$39.00
  • Purchased At: MF
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  • Submitted by gr-eh? from Detroit, MI (374 points) on Aug 9, 2004
  • It's a tremolo. It pans for you. What more were you expecting? Simple operation, nice solid effect for creating some stereo dynamics when you're too busy tweaking some other pedal. I use this more for ambient styles, but it works fine in a noise environment too. Only wish they had expression inputs to control the parameters. This thing'd be great if I could nauseate via foot control!
  • Good Points: Small and powerful. Input level adjust is nice.
  • Bad Points: It's no Stereo Tremulus Panneur. Construction is weak, and the PS isn't standard size so you can't pipe it into your daisy chain.
  • Price Paid: US$25.00
  • Purchased At: ebay
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  • Submitted by nkondi from Portland, OR (574 points) on May 10, 2004
  • i was hoping that they would have seperated these effects cause i think they would have done a better job of having the trem with alot more rhythmic controlling, but since hteyve discontinued this line i dont think well have such luck... you get 5 different trems that more or less react the way youd expect from their appropiate name sake. these will give you all those rhythm parts that you might need, but dont seem very interesting and tend to get burried at times, which is also true for the autopan...maybe in a less noisier situation this pedal would sound cool, say on your drum machine, if you had one, but i dont and there are way better trems out there... a very big dissapointment from a series whos other pedals i really like...
  • Good Points: cool rubberized knobs, and easy lay out...
  • Bad Points: this thing was never meant to be stepped on, so alesis went the cheap route and decided plastic housing was the way to go...still im not overly concerned since its decent plastic...
  • Price Paid: US$30.00
  • Purchased At: ebay
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