Catalinbread Soft Focus Gold


Plate reverb based on the Soft Focus patch from Yamaha FX500.

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Catalinbread Soft Focus is an instant shoegaze experience based on the Soft Focus patch of the Yamaha FX500.
The Soft Focus patch on the Yamaha FX500 was widely used in the ’90s by early shoegaze bands, most notably Slowdive on Souvlaki. With its roots in that patch, the Catalinbread Soft Focus is intended to be an instant shoegaze button, while addressing the most glaring issues of the original unit. The original unit had a very plug-and-play approach, offering no mix control, a sub-par preamp and a ghastly tone-sucking bypass signal.

At its heart, the Soft Focus is a heavily modified plate reverb with adjustable time, which is subsequently split into three. One path contains a “symphonic” chorus modulator, another features a well-appointed octave-up mixed in with the reverb, and the third path leaves the reverb untouched. The Mod knob controls the rate of the chorus on path one, and the Symphony knob controls the level of the octave on path two. All controls are “coupled” to the tone of the reverb to give users an expansive playing field of sounds to discover and fine tune.


Highlights Plate reverb based on the Yamaha FX500
Shoegaze reverb with modulation
100% reverb possible (wet/dry mix)
Controls: Symph, Mod, Verb, Mix, Vol
Limited Gold edition
Made in Portland, Oregon, USA
Bypass Buffered bypass
Power consumption 9-18V DC center negative (power supply sold separately)
100 mA
Dimensions H: 5,3 cm
 (incl. knobs)
W: 6,1 cm

D: 11,2 cm
Weight 247 g.