Made out of repurposed vintage vibrato scanners and reverb tanks from unwanted Hammond organs, the SCANNER is quite simply a pure joy to plug any kind of noise-maker into. Laurens Hammond invented and started selling the technology in 1935. From 1935 to 1975, the vibrato scanner remained virtually unchanged until Hammond stopped producing tone-wheel organs. The science behind The Scanner is really where the magic happens. Applying the audio signal to a delay circuit produces 9 phase-shifted copies of the signal, thus creating a vibrato effect. These signals are applied to capacitive plates mounted inside the scanner assembly. A rotating armature then “picks up” the phase shifted signals off of the plates, producing an incredibly rich vibrato sound.
Analog Outfitters improved the original design by adding a DC brushless motor. This specialized motor helps vary the speed of the vibrato, giving users more control over the sound. The Scanner's reverb circuit is very simple; hi-fi grade components drive the reverb tank and then mix that signal with the vibrato signal. We also added a foot switch so users can select only reverb, only vibrato, both effects, or the “dry” signal only.
The top of The Scanner is made from a high-quality, clear, ¼” plexi-glass material. Additional features include a pad switch on the ¼” input, XLR line input and output jacks, a line output attenuator, a 4 pin XLR switching jack, and a ¼” TRS input for an expression pedal to control the speed of the unit.
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