British musician, artist and songwriter, http://www.vinceneads.com/
“The best sounding vibe pedal out there! The team at DryBell clearly understand what performers demand from their gear.
After searching for the ultimate sounding Uni-Vibe pedal for many years, The DryBell V2 does everything I need and is the most amazing and authentic vibe I’ve heard.”
CA, USA, guitar player (Silvertide, Mount Holly)
“Over the years I have played countless vibe pedals, and the Drybell Vibe Machine is simply the best sounding and most pedalboard friendly you will ever come across. It’s versatile in ways many are not, and above all else it captures the warm and complex textures we have all come to know and love on our favorite records. Inspiration in a box!”
Bari, Italy, guitar player and producer
“I’m a V-1 owner, so first of all: “Why I decided to upgrade?” I was very impressed by the sound of the Vibe Machine V-1 and completely satisfied with how it works out of the box. I bought it in August 2016 and since then I’ve used to play it mainly at 2 different speed that, when live, I had to change on the go. One extremely slow and the other at 1 or 2 o’clock (max). So when I had seen the video demonstrating how the external footswitch works, I decided that such options, for me are worth the upgrade to V-2.
To set the footswitch to work as I desire was super-easy. For sure easier to be done than to be read in the manual. So in about 2 min I had the “perfect vibe” with the options I needed.
But there’s more that I found out when I received the new pedal. I don’t like to tweak internal jumpers, but I gave the new “GRIT” a try now that it is on the side. I just turned it a little CCW to get the presence that best fits my chain and…ok, now it is the “perfect vibe for my gear”, Amazing!”
McMurray, United States, guitar player
I had a chance to try out my new Vibe Machine V-2 and it is absolutely wonderful. It is the seventh vibe pedal that I have owned. I keep trying new ones because I’m never quite happy with them. Well, I believe my search is over. As soon as I turned the Vibe Machine on and played it for a minute or two, I knew that it was exactly what I have been looking for. It really sounds beautiful in so many ways, and I haven’t even tried adjusting any of the trimmers yet.
Please tell everyone on the DryBell team that I said THANK YOU for this wonderful pedal!!
Rochester, United States, guitar player
Psycho Moon Project
“This is, by far, the best Uni-vibe clone I have played. Slow speed, high speed, clean or dirty, this one does it all. I find myself jamming with it ‘on’ more than with it ‘off’!
Hats off to the DryBell team for making such a great pedal. My search is finally over for the best Uni-vibe on the market!”
Recycled Pedalboards, Mohawk, United States, guitar player
“The Vibe Machine is the real deal! It’s compact, it’s versatile, and it’s a tone machine. The Vibe Machine has that vintage feel that you look for in a Univibe pedal.”
Vancouver, Canada, guitar player
“It’s an honour to get an e-mail from you, thank you. You guys have such a great company and top notch customer service. I bought the v-1 Vibe Machine last year and convinced a friend to buy one also. I thought the v-1 was great and used it for daily practice and home recordings. I also used an expression pedal with it. When I saw your ads for the v-2 I was excited and knew I had to buy one. The voicing on it seems to have more presence than the v-1 and sounds better with dirt (at least on my set up…orange or15 head and 1×12 cab). The vibrato setting is more transparent or just less intensity which is nice. I have been having such a great time with it that I haven’t had a chance to explore all the footswitch options. Just plugged in the expression pedal and began playing. I also have not explored the new chorus and grit trim switches as it sounds great as it is…So overall I am very stoked on the pedal and happy to own it. Best of luck with your company and thanks for the great pedal.”
from the Netherlands
“Hi Zvonch, Thanks I am still very happy with the pedal.. it is a well built device and works perfectly with my other pedals. I still have not tried all the options but the standard settings work great for me. Well done and good luck in the future!”
Kapolei, United States, guitar player, Kelly’s VM demo
“Just wanted to let you guys know that I received my V-2 today. I’ve tried a lot of different vibes but this new model is the best out there. It’s hard to top the V-1 but you guys did it. This thing cuts thru the mix and sounds amazing. Thank you ever so kindly for a super vibe pedal. Kelly
Los Angeles, CA
The pedal is just amazing. The custom mode sounds stunning. It’s even better then the old version….hard to believe.
South Yarra, Australia, guitar player
It is super juicy and warm. Incredible oozes when I play it. It’s definitely in the ‘always on’ category if I feel like it.
Love your work. And thank you. Lots of emotions in this pedal.”
Taylors, United States, guitar player
“Hi Zvonch, as a long time user of the V1, I really like the V2. Seems to have a better tone on top of all the other new improvements. It took me a while to understand the speed ramp-up settings, but finally got it. The only thing I would want different is a light on the external switch.. Thank you! Mark”
Koprivnica, Croatia, guitar player
“I always liked that Hendrix sound. I never got near of it until I’ve tried the Vibe Machine.
It is the ultimate Hendrix sound, and I use it on everything, it just adds that 2nd dimension whether you use it with jazz, blues or metal.Now I can’t live without it anymore. It’s “on” most of the time, with softer or harder intensity.I can’t wait to see what you guys will launch next!”
Ballwin, United States, guitar player
“Hello Zvonch, My Vibe Machine arrived Friday just before I was leaving for work and I had a 12 hour work day on Saturday. Earlier today I finally had a chance to compare it to my ’69 Shin-Ei Uni-Vibe… Wow! Without adjusting any of the trim pots it was closer to my original than any pedal I’ve ever tried! I had somewhat low expectations because every other Vibe I’ve tried sounded nothing like my original, but I was hopeful the Vibe Machine would come closer (out of respect for the other companies I won’t list the models I’ve tried, but it’s a very large number!). To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement! Some people get hung up on what transistors, resistors, etc… go into their pedals. I’m a player, not at collector so the SOUND is all I care about. I can’t say that it sounds exactly like my old Vibe, but it’s close enough that I can put it on my board and stop searching for any more Vibe clones (except maybe another Vibe Machine to go on my small board). It’s also worth pointing out that it doesn’t suffer from the volume drop you get with original Vibes. And being a huge David Gilmour fan, I think it’s great being able to tap between 2 different speed settings like his customized Vibe can. I could go on forever, but the main point I want to get across is that the Vibe Machine is one of the best sounding pedals I’ve ever heard and it has more than enough features to please even the most demanding players! Thank you and the whole team at DryBell! My search is over! Be well and take care!”
Fulerton, United States, guitar player
“Wow! I am very impressed that you or anyone would actually be checking in with me to see how I am doing with their product. Well, it is safe to say that your pedal is supreme in so many ways and is the most natural and uncoloring of my tone, that I have experienced. So many other vibes add highs or lows, but yours is just warm, clean vibe heaven with no extra tone changing junk. Thanks for checking, Greg Yarber”
Fort Collins, CO, USA, Guitar player
“From the first time I heard Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys I had a thing for uni-vibes. Most that I’ve tried get pretty close but they lack the deep “throb” and unmistakeable tone that is inherent in those vintage photocell units. I picked up the v2 and it was everything I hoped it would be. Luscious, authentic vibe tones and, somehow, they managed to get it into a very small enclosure. I quickly dialed in the Intensity and Speed controls and BOOM – Machine Gun! Per usual, DryBell included a multitude of switches and trim pots for ultimate tweak-ability. Paired with The Engine and a good germanium fuzz, I’ve finally found THAT tone I’ve been chasing for years. Awesome.”
legendary guitarist for Billy Idol
I got the pedal safe and sound. It is incredible. Sometimes people get hung up on Univibe pedals having to be exactly like the original 1969 version. I believe that if you can use modern technology to improve on something, then by all means do it. That’s how i feel about the Vibe Machine, it actually sounds like the best recorded examples of Univibe sounds, Hendrix & Trower come to mind. I am putting together a new travel pedalboard and your pedal will be on it for sure. BTW this video is fantastic, and creative. I hope to meet you next year when Billy Idol plays Croatia.
All the best,
Steve Stevens “
NY, United States, guitar player, songwriter, www.mickhayesmusic.com , www.facebook.com/mickhayesmusic
“Finally my Vibe search is over!!! I have spent countess dollars and hours researching boutique vibe pedals that you cannot try in music stores around the world. I found myself disappointed time and time again. On my studio recordings I have used an original Uni-Vibe I have owned for quite sometime but it’s never taken outside of those scenarios! When it came to the live shows I told myself I can live without that specific effect or better yet, avoid those songs. Since hearing the DryBell Vibe Machine I cannot emphasize enough how impressed I am. When I strum a chord it just keeps pulsing/throbbing and with my semi-hollow guitar it gives me the PERFECT feedback and feel for those dramatic intro’s we guitarists love. That is something other “VIBE” pedals just didn’t do for me. I’m proud to say that my Vibe Machine is now being built on to a custom Vertex Effects system so that I have it at all gigs and for the studio too! Thanks to Zvonch and the team for being such an integral part of my tone.
Lake Balboa,CA, United States, guitarist, Buddy Miles band/The Babys,
“JP is the only other guitar player, other then Jimi, that kicked my ass!” – the legendary Buddy Miles, http://www.jpcervoni.com
With my new power trio “Hendrix’s Gypsys” I perform music of Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Miles (myself and the drummer have been fortunate to work with both these Legendary Musicians).
The sound of a Vibe is extremely important here, I can tell you that I have tried many pedals and my search is over, your pedal does the job!! It’s compact and it has great options for fine-tuning the sound, and…WHAT A SOUND!!
JP’s trio is now the official Ambassador band of “The Jimi Hendrix Foundation
CA, USA, guitar player (Silvertide, Perry Farrell, Mount Holly)
“I already have 2 Vibe Machine pedals and I’m about to order my 3rd. I have them on all my boards and the truth is there is NO BETTER vibe pedal on the market. Over the years I have played them all. The Vibe Machine stands tall amongst the best. It’s versatile in ways many are not, and above all else it captures the warm and complex textures we have all come to know and love on our favorite records. If you’re in the market for a vibe pedal there is NO OTHER PEDAL that comes close. And have I mentioned how small and pedalboard friendly it is? It’s the best. Period.”
Riverside, CA, United States, guitarist and songwriter,
“If you’re looking for a vibe pedal that perfectly mimics the old Univibe and lives in a small footprint, look no further. This is the best vibe pedal I’ve ever played. It will be on my board forever. It’s not going anywhere… And luckily, it fits on any board!”
Berlin, Germany, Session Player, Songwriter, The Voice of Germany www.robinsonsartorius.com
“I have been playing all kinds of boutique uni vibes for many years, and some of them were great. However, the Vibe Machine just went on my new board. The DryBell pedal sounds outstanding. Loads of mojo, yet defined and dynamic. Also its compact size and extra features like the bright switch make it extremely user friendly. Other Vibes often have a volume drop, especially in combination with drive pedals or fuzzes. Not this one!
I play a lot for TV shows etc, with in-ear monitoring. In that setting you hear every little detail, and gear has to be quite and extremely reliable. I highly recommend the Vibe Machine. It’s reliable, small, practical, and sounds the bomb. Thank you DryBell, the search is over!!!
BTW the vibrato is extra spooky…..”
Bloomington, IN, United States, guitarist
“The DryBell Vibe Machine is not only the best sounding Vibe unit I own, but no matter if I’m in the studio or playing live, it’s versatility allows me to get the sounds I need to be creative and unique, and it’s small size allows me to put in on even my most cramped pedalboards!
The Vibe Machine V-1 is my “Go To” pedal for almost all my modulation FX needs!
I have rarely found an effect as versatile, and superior sounding as the vibe. I have several vibe units none sound as good or have the parameters available to me as an artist. I use it with a control pedal to change speed, and I prefer the buffer setting, not only makes the sound more out front but preserves my signal with the long cable runs used by most sidemen on big stages. It has replaced two modulation effects on my main pedalboard. It’s my go to pedal for most of my flanger and leslie simulations. I can’t tell how impressive this pedal is, and it gets constant attention from other professional players wanting to know what the sound they heard was! “
L.A., US, guitarist, songwriter, http://www.normanmerten.com
“I’m a fulltime working musician and I’ve gone through a few vibe pedals. I always thought they could be improved upon like adding more presence or highs.
In a bigger band with keys and another guitar some of the uni clones get lost in the mix. I’ve tried I few that were brighter but the essence of the univibe was lost….sounded more like a brittle phase shifter or something. The Vibe Machine seems to keep that together, it kind of glues together with the guitar sound like a good vibe should.
I still have my old vibe which sounds really good but I just use for studio stuff……it’s too large for the board and drops in volume when engaged. Can’t wait to record with the Vibe Machine though. Also, I’m glad you added the option to switch on an input buffer AND/OR an output buffer. This seems to help in getting it to work well with different amps and pedals. Since you have your own custom photocells what about a 12 pole unit with stereo capability? You could even probably get close to flanging territory with more photocells, or 16 pole stereo/mono with the ability to add in the poles 4 at a time. I’m sure you guys are working on something.
Again, thanks for your hard work in developing this pedal and keeping that elusive vibe tone intact….plus the small size!
Best Regards, Norm “
London, United Kingdom, guitarist
“Having owned my Vibe Machine for about five days now I felt compelled to write a little review. Let me start by saying this pedal is the best Uni-Vibe I have played to date, I have owned two of the most sought after pedals in the Uni-vibe market and played a few others and the VM has quickly retired both of them.
If you are reading this review the chances are you are the type of guitarist who obsesses over the sonic bliss that a good Uni-Vibe can give, for some reason these pedals have the ability to transform mobs of guitarists in to drooling children begging for Christmas to come early! Well fear not kids because Christmas is here! Sonic delights to be had for all!
First off let’s dive in to the texture and sound of the chorus side of the pedal.
The chorus offers a very lush swell, if you are familiar with the vibe sound then you will know what to expect here but it is the tonal dynamics and feel that set this pedal aside from other boutique Vibes I have tried, it is warm but clear creating a pristine shimmer that extends from chewy swirly side of the sound, so even when you are playing bass notes they are not lost in any muddiness, equally higher register notes are vibrant and clear but not in any way tinny or thin. In the past my complaints with other top name vibes has been either muddiness, tininess or flatness, the feel and sound of this pedal just has a certain something in the mix, a sort of presence if you like, when I played this in front of some overdrive it was electrifying! It felt as if it had a life of its own. With the right balance and tone I was very quickly able to recreate recognisable and convincing riffs ranging from Hendrix, Trower and Pink Floyd, tons of chewy swirly texture to get stuck in to as subtle or in your face as you like!
Not many people seem to be bothered about the Vibrato side of Uni-Vibes but to me this is a very important part of the pedal, my quest on the Uni-Vibe trail began when I found out that it was vibrato that Hendrix used on the song “Hey Baby” released on the lesser known Rainbow Bridge album and I’m sure on a few others, but this track really stuck with me because of the very subtle fast shimmer coming from the main rhythm guitar. Previously on other vibes the vibrato sides have been hit and miss but I’ve never found one where I was happy with both sides of the pedal, again the VM just nails this shimmering sound, set fast with almost no intensity this pedal delivers the mysterious shimmering action I’ve been looking for all this time, again as with the chorus side there is just this air of presence breathing life in to the sound coming from your guitar, a sheen perhaps?
For the purposes of this review I have left my pedal at factory settings as far as any of the dials on the side are concerned and the switches inside, running it at 9 volts and with the bright switch off. In summary this pedal feels alive compared to my other Vibes, it may not be as fat or bassy as some but it doesn’t need to be, it exudes energy and when overdriven it bristles and burns!!!
Just another vibe pedal? or epic gift to your arsenal on a par with some kind of mythical sword? You decide.
A biased review?
Just a bit! These guys got it right on a grand scale.”