Based on EQD, Hummingbird is a choppy, sawtooth tremolo modeled on the vintage “repeat percussion” capable of producing everything from classic “50’s style” shimmering tremolo to a synthy, delay-like chop that turns your signal into a burst of short pings and on through to near ring modulation.
Features the possibility of plug it into an expression pedal and an optional Rate LED-diode that can turn this EQD based pedal into the DBA territory!
The people from EQD revisited another classic forgotten pedal, as is the Vox Repeat Percussion Tremolo, adding volume and depth control, plus the rate mod toggle that switches in between capacitors altering the behavior of the tremolo.
They also included the possibility of controlling the Rate with an external pedal.
For this layout, we have made a deep analysis of both circuits, the Vox and EQD version, to deliver the best possible version.
Both versions originally feature a 2N2646 transistor for the tremolo section; however, as this part is often hard to source, we made a little adaptation to work with the modern 2N6027.
We have also included an external LED that follows the Rate speed below the components recommendation section; we explain the proper functionality.
We also considered the reports of many pedal builders about this project on different forums across the web where they were reporting a constant issue, the ticking of the LFO louder than the tremolo effect itself. To deal with this, we included a power filtering resistor and also replaced the low gain wn3904 for a high gain 2n5089 transistors.
- Rate mode Switch
For further analysis on this circuit take a look at this thread on Free Stomp Boxes Forum.