Regarding the robust aluminum enclosure which is about the same size as the Eventide H9, you can definitively identify the influence of the Eventide Factor series. Besides the common knobs for delay time, feedback and mix, the Rose also provides a pot for depth and rate for the modulation. To me, the filter pot is especially interesting – more on this later.
The two footswitches are an on/off switch and a Hotswitch (which is able to assume various functions). By using the active switch and the Hotswitch at the same time, you can enter the preset mode to activate respective presets.
The pedal can be used true bypass or buffered.
The type of modulation can be chosen by the shape switch. A Delta switch serves as double/half time or rather pitch control. And a third button activates the reverse function.
To select a certain preset, you can use the preset switch. The secondary function of the shape switch as well as of the preset switch serve to configurate the pedal.
The bright rose on the top of the pedal displays the speed and its color shows the kind of activated modulation. The LED beyond the Hotswitch is able to display the speed of the delay.
At the front side of the Rose you can find the mono in and output, as well as jacks to connect an expression pedal and a 9V power supply. A small switch allows to choose between line level and guitar level.
The Eventide Rose is definitively a transparent digital delay. With the filter maxed, the pedal creates percussive repeats in studio quality. By reducing the lowpass filter (which actually works analog), the sound becomes almost analog. The repeats become darker and the digital transparency fades into the background. As only the delays of the Rose are created digitally, the rest of this pedal works analog. By using the feedback pot, you will therefore be able to create marvelous oscillations.
A half turn of the filter pot will lead to a resonant sound that fits perfect into the mix and seems to emphasize the sweet spot of the guitar. Beautiful!
The analog modulation offers freely selectable sine or rectangle wave forms with a sound from a slightly drifting to crazy modulation.
To me, the envelope mode is the best. Only few delay pedals provide such a mode, which offers the possibility for an envelope-controlled modulation. By playing the riff quite softly and digging in harder at the prominent points, you can imitate the modulation of a tape echo in a brilliant way.
For the randomness of its arrangement, the random modulation also gets pretty close to the tape echo modulation.
And, in addition, you can control the modulation via an expression pedal or even by CV.
In the second part of this review you will learn more about certain functions of the Eventide Rose delay.