This is one of the first guitar pedals to be released from recent the collaboration between JHS Pedals, Ryan Adams, and PaxAm. The best way to get an idea of what this pedal can do is to spend some time with Adams most recent record "Prisoner". This record is dripping with 80's reverbed chorus reminiscent of artists like The Cure and The Smiths. This pedal can transport your tone back to the 80's in an instant.
The VCR was developed with simplicity in mind. The bypass switch acts as a master bypass turning the entire pedal on or off. Each effect comes with a toggle switch that controls the effect individually. In effect, you are able to create your own VCR Preset.
The volume knob is a transparent boost that can be used to add presence to your tone or can be used to overdrive an amp that is already on the edge of breakup. Next, you have the chorus control which is set to automatically give you that classic analog chorus sound. The know allows you to change up the depth and rate parameters. As you turn it clockwise the rate will be increased and the depth will decrease. AS you turn the knob left of noon the opposite is true. The depth will be increased and the rate will become slower.
The final available control and effect is reverb. think haunting reverbs have become a signature part of Ryan Adams records, so it is not surprising to see it appear on this pedal. The cool thing about the VCR is that reverb is set exactly to Adams preferred specs so players are able to get that sound without and hassle. Since reverb decay and modualtion is already set this knob simply acts as an effect level. You can increase or decrease the reverb to taste.
This pedal is all about simplicity. It eas easy for players to get caught up in tweaking their guitar pedals, and spend less time on the music. The VCR by JHS Pedals is a plug and play pedal that is perfect for songwriters who just want to focus on their music. Be sure to check is out and see how you can use these tones in your own work.