Vibe Machine™ V-3
DryBell Vibe Machine V-3
V-3 features the same options as the V-2, so it’s basically the same product in the context of secondary options. However, we played around with the complex opto-system a lot. The main difference between V-3 and V-2 is in the modulation EQ. V-2 modulates just a slight part of the main tone (mid-range focused modulation), while V-3 blends in nicely with the main tone and modulates it without changing the EQ. V-3 has a wider modulation and brings more depth.
It’s hard to believe that 10 years has passed since we started our journey into the wonders of the beautiful Uni-Vibe. Looking back to the time when we started our experiments with that three-dimensional sound, everything was very different from today.
It was a simpler time in the pedal world. There were several big, well-known companies that produced most of the classic pedals and a handful of smaller boutique builders. At that time, most new pedals could easily get into the spotlight, to be explored and talked about. It was the beginning of a golden era for the world of guitar pedals. Back then, only a few Uni-Vibe clones existed, most following the same circuit recipe as that used by the wonderful Shin-Ei, they were mostly big, bulky and rather expensive.
When we decided to take a shot with our Uni-Vibe, we wanted something different and more practical. We wanted The Sound, but we also wanted to make ours much smaller than any other Uni-Vibe on the market. In 2011, when the Vibe Machine V-1 was born, it was the smallest ever photocell-based Vibe pedal in the World retaining all the features of the classic Uni-Vibe. People loved it, and they still do.
A few years later, after extensive development, with tons of new experience, and with feedback gathered from our amazing customers, forum members, reviewers, demo guys and fellow musicians, the Vibe Machine V-2 arrived. It looked very similar to its predecessor, but it was much more complex under the hood. Besides all those added features, The Sound was greater than ever and it rocked the vibe community around the world! As one of the best Uni-Vibe effects available today, the Vibe Machine has received many awards from the Music Industry and we’re extremely proud of it!
The V-3 version
Several months ago, we wanted to find a special way to celebrate our upcoming 10 Year Anniversary and we decided to pull out our Vibe Machine breadboard. We played extensively with the complex opto-system and one specific setting sounded out of this world. We tried tons of different settings, but we kept on coming back to this particular one.
It was like re-mixing your greatest album. You know it’s great, but you wanted to add some magic touches to make it even more special. We didn’t expect that our breadboard experiment would result in a completely new version of our Vibe Machine, but this one is really something else and we couldn’t just keep it to ourselves. We wanted to share it with the World.
V-3 has its own colorful magic going on. Is it better than its predecessors? With such a unique sound presence, it’s really a matter of personal taste. V-3 is simply different and it sounds beautiful.
The main difference between V-3 and V-2 is in the modulation EQ. V-2 modulates just a slight part of your main tone (mid-range focused modulation), while V-3 blends in nicely with your main tone and modulates it without changing the EQ. V-3 has a wider modulation and brings you more depth. The Intensity’s character has also changed.
V-3 features the same versatile custom sound options as V-2. There are 6 ‘set and forget’ side trimmers: CHORUS, GRIT, CUSTOM, SYM, RANGE and VOLUME. All these controls come with initial factory settings. Check the manual in the support tab for more detailed descriptions, but to begin playing you don’t need the manual or to adjust anything, just plug in and enjoy!
The CHORUS trimmer adjusts the depth of vibe modulation so the user can adjust the swirl/watery/chewy character of the Chorus sound. The CHORUS trimmer also affects the low end frequencies of the Chorus throb.
With GRIT you can set the overall brightness, it acts as a low pass passive tone control and also defines the output impedance. Try a fuzz/dirt pedal or just an amp after the V-3 and with GRIT you can find your tonal sweet spot with whatever is next in chain.
The CUSTOM trimmer adjusts the input impedance when the three way ORIGINAL/BRIGHT/CUSTOM switch is set to the CUSTOM position. If you switch guitars on stage, sometimes you may want to flip this switch to balance your guitar’s brightness.
The SYM and RANGE define the light bulb bias and character/response of the Vibe movement.
With the VOLUME trimmer at its maximum setting, it boosts your volume above and beyond unity gain.
The V-3 can be used with any passive expression pedal with a linear pot. Also, the V-3 has several functions that are controllable with the DryBell F-1L / F-1L3 footswitch or any other simple footswitch. With the footswitch you can engage the CANCEL function, TAP TEMPO feature, Fast/Slow with adjustable Leslie® ramp delay or a Two speed function.
CANCEL function – Just like on an original Uni-Vibe®, a warm & darker sounding preamp (Cancel on original Uni-Vibe®) is available using an expression pedal. Please refer to the Options manual for more information.
Just like on V-2, there are a couple of ‘set and forget’ options like different footswitch type compatibility, expression pedal pot taper adjustment and more. Check the V-3 options manual to see all of its features.
Throughout the years, The Vibe Machine continues to be a shining star on countless great pedalboards. It is a very specific ingredient in a musical color palette and we’re confident that this new V-3 version will very much inspire people to continue making great music with it.
We’re extremely proud of the fact that we can be a part of keeping the legendary sound alive. There’s no doubt in our minds that the V-3 is one of our highest achievements and a great way to celebrate our 10th anniversary!
A gift for you!
Within each Vibe Machine box purchased directly from DryBell, you will find a special gift for you – a handmade leather DryBell keychain pick-holder!
Try the Vibe Machine V-3!
Join the growing crowd of satisfied musicians and order your Vibe Machine V-3 now!
If you purchase Vibe Machine V-3 pedal from the DryBell website or from the DryBell’s shop on Reverb.com, your pedal will be shipped directly from our workshop in Krapina, Croatia. Overseas delivery time is approx. 2-3 working days with insured expedited shipping options – DHL, UPS or FedEx.
Depending on the time of purchase your pedal will be shipped the same day, or the next working day. We accept payment via PayPal and wire transfer.
Also, you can shop with confidence at any of our authorized dealers listed HERE.
So, order your Vibe Machine V-3 now, you won’t be disappointed!
Your DryBell Team
P.S. If for any reason you are not fully satisfied with your pedal, don’t forget you can always return it for a full refund within 14 days of receipt. You can keep your DryBell pick-holder.
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We reserve the right to change prices, design and technical specifications without notice.
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Good or bad, we love them all, so if you’re tried the new Vibe Machine V-3, please give us your honest feedback. Thank you!
McKinney, TX USA
“I just got your V3 version of the Vibe Machine and I puzzle as to why I have wasted my time using and trying several others. This is the GOAT! And your optional trim pots just put this unit further over the top from others. Whatever one feels or wishes the DryBell Vibe had, is easily adjusted in these pots. You had me at being able to adjust the impedance much less the other tweaks! I’ve had a few name Vibes in my day including an original Shin-ei many ages ago. Pretty much a moody, noisy, crap fest of a pedal with a terrible buffer and impedance. How in the world Hendrix and Trower were able to use it to such epic heights is a marvel to their genius. I’ve long been a fan of the analog photocell circuit vibe with an utter rejection of various digital renderings that just cannot produce the organic feel and tone of the photocell circuit. Your rendering of this pedal is just by far the best, and your array of options just really puts it even way more out in front, much less your price on this puppy is much less than many of the sought after rare birds out there. I mean $500 for a Vibe that is not as good as the Vibe Machine at $300 is extraordinary! DryBell is the king of the Vibe!
Many thanks and wish you continued success!” – Paul Angle (ancient of age guitarist and avid great gear user)
Norway, Guitar player
“One word: AMAZING!!!!!!! ?
I’m done with 3 hours of pretty loud guitar here.
Going through a Victory V100 and a Cornford MK50.
It sound so insanely close to Hendrix with my Pinehome strat with Wizz pickups, that i had to take a break to rethink my life ?
Both the Vibe and Engine is doing these tones better than anything i’ve tried before. And i have played since 1987.
I have had multiple Marshalls, Mesa, Vox, Fender, Bogner, CAA, Peavey, Brunetti, Carvin, rack stuff, digital amps, modeling (Axe-Fx II) and played a lot of other amps.
The Engine is closer to that early british tones that i want, than any of them.
Bright and punchy in the right way. (No ice pick)
The Vibe Machine V-3 is instant Woodstock and kills every vibe i have had and tried.
So thanks to the one who has tuned these pedals.
And a big thanks to you Martina, for the fantastic service. I wish you all the best.“
San Pedro CA, USA
“I received the V-3 a few hours ago and have been playing it since- it’s awesome!! I used to have a V-1, still own a V-2- but this one might be my favorite yet. REALLY squishy feeling and delicious tone. You guys are the best. Hvala vam puno!”
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