One of the company's earliest entries in the world of phasers, the Roland AP-5 Phase Five bolstered the standard intensity and sensitivity controls with fast/slow parameters for Leslie-style warble and an onboard LFO when you want to send your sound to space. Able to ramp the speed of the effect up and down with the third footswitch to achieve analog organ-style swirl, the trump card in this early oddball is the C.C./T.C. (Continuous Control/Touch Control) which makes the effect respond to your input, producing enormous echo chambers. A collector's piece and pedalboard crown jewel for '70s effects enthusiasts.
It’s a great-sounding vintage effect pedal – lovely rich phasing effects – the speed ramps up or down between the fast and slow settings (using the footswitch on the right) just like a Leslie speaker. The touch control option increases the phasing intensity as you play louder – very expressive…
Sensitivity: controls the sensitivity of the effect to the input signal. Intensity controls the depth/amplitude of the modulation (the size of the range in which the effect sweeps).
Slow Rate: controls the speed/rate of the LFO wave that controls the effect
Fast Rate: controls the speed/rate of the LFO wave that controls the effect
Slow/Fast: switches between the modulation speeds set by the Slow Rate and Fast Rate knobs
C.C./T.C.: switches between Continuous Control mode (C.C.) and Touch Control mode (T.C.). In Continuous Control mode the phaser is controlled by an LFO, in Touch Control mode the phaser responds to the input signal.