The Black Cat Vibe was the flagship of the original Black Cat product
line. It garnered a reputation among many as the best Univibe
recreation ever made, and can still be found in the rigs of many
well-known players. We've taken every measure to ensure that the new
Black Cat Vibe will sound identical to its legendary predecessor. In
addition, we've incorporated some improvements that will allow each unit
to be more durable, reliable and consistently produced than the
The new Black Cat Vibe was initially
available in a stompbox format. It is also now available in the original half-rack format.
Black Cat Vibe FAQs
Are there any demos of the new Black Cat Vibe?
Yes, here's a great demo video of the new Black Cat Vibe by Nick Jaffe (Just Nick). Same circuit as the rack.
Does it have the flashing light thingy inside?
Yes, the Black Cat Vibe is a real authentic vibe, based on the original
Univibe made famous by Jimi Hendrix, Robin Trower, and David Gilmour. It
uses a flashing lamp and four photocells to create its distinctive
sound. The Black Cat Vibe also uses another lamp for the indicator,
whereas most other Univibe based effects use an LED.
Is this the same as the original Black Cat Vibe made by Fred Bonte?
Well, obviously it looks different. But yes, the circuit is the same as
the original Black Cat Vibe. In fact, we auditioned several original
Black Cat Vibes, picked the sweetest sounding one and reverse engineered
it to create the new Black Cat Vibe. And it uses a 12V AC power supply,
just like the original. The new Black Cat Vibe ships with its own 12V
AC adapter (USA 120V AC only at this time).
Rack version available again in 2013!
Back panel has jacks for input, Output, Remote Bypass Switch, and Expression speed control.