Hey there! I realize you may not spend your time scouring the web for new pedals to feed your horrible pedal addiction, which is why The Pedal File is at your service. It’s been a minute and I’ve been seeing blurbs here and there about various new pedals that are getting me all bothered and excited! I thought I’d share this stuff with you so you can also be excited and feel ahead of the curve and like you’re better than others (because you so are just for reading my site right now!).
Earthquaker Devices Palisades
I saw some forum posts about this new overdrive/distortion from the folks at Earthquaker. Apparently some goober was touring the shop, took a pic of this unreleased pedal, and thought it was cool to post on Tumblr or something, which of course spread through the pedal community faster than Ricky Martin’s butt cheeks in front of a mariachi band. No big deal, right? Honestly, not a huge deal, but he probably should’ve asked if it was cool beforehand as it seems Earthquaker was scrambling to stop the wild speculation of what type of pedal it was and let it be known this was no hoax. But now, ToneReport has the scoop that this baby is a indeed a distortion device, featuring parameters that seem to combine distortioning, EQing, and buffering.
(***Pedal File Editor’s Note: Premier Guitar printed a press release from Earthquaker claiming the Palisades is basically a TS808 Tubescreamer with all the bells, whistles, mods, curves, and angles you could possibly want on the TS808 circuit. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the Tubescreamer, but I’m still excited because do you know what I’m a big fan of? VERSATILITY!)
My favorite tweakables are:
-the ability to toggle between two different gain settings (via Gain A/B knobs & a stomp switch)
-you have some control over the bandwidth frequency going into the pedal with a rotary switch. There are actually 5 total frequencies to select, so you have a lot of tone options there. Kind of like a frequency knob on a distortion pedal (think the Rat here).
-another rotary switch selects how you want to ‘clip’ the signal or in other words – how do you want to distort the signal? The Palisades offers 6 ways to do so:
Diode life (no clipping): not sure what this means. I’m guessing you can use this setting more as a clean boost or for tone shaping?
LED: more of a low-gain, edge-of-breakup sound
MOSFET: higher gain
Asymmetrical Silicon: clips the waveform unevenly or asymmetrically providing more compression/clarity.
Full silicon: I assume this is symmetrical clipping meaning it clips the positive and negative cycle of a waveform evenly giving the effect of more distortion (as opposed to asymmetrical clipping)
Schottkey diode clipping: I’ve never heard of this diode before. After some research it looks like people traditionally put them directly in their guitar with a way to switch them on for more gain. I like the idea of using something in a way it was not intended. The description of the way they sound makes me think this has a ‘germanium’ texture to it.
This is apparently what happens when a man like Jamie Stillman gets to be alone all day with electronics. If you need to replace your whole collection of overdrives with one pedal, this one could and should be it.
For some more info/pics check out the most recent ToneReport.
Wampler Latitude Deluxe Tremolo
I’m a big fan of Wampler pedals. They are solid, versatile, and sound great. So naturally I’m excited for their new deluxe tremolo. The Latitude, much like the Palisades, is a knob-tweaker’s dream. Most tremolos these days are suited for either a vintage or modern sound and feature about 2 or 3 knobs (yawn!). Empress and a few others make very nice and tweakable trems but they’re awful expensive and big. Wampler has proven again that they really can compete in the pedal trade by jamming so many cool features into such little enclosures (You get controls more recognizble on a delay pedal for instance, like tap tempo and four selectable time subdivisions). Brian Wampler is stepping up his game, yo!
My favorite tweakables are:
– the wave form selector. Select from square, bell, or sine waves for different trem flavors. Get some vintage amp tremolo or modern helicopter (judo) chop.
-the spacing knob. Increases the space between volume bursts or ‘throbs’ or ‘pulsations’. It controls the amount of ‘dead space’ while you play.
-the attack knob. Adjust from punchy all the way to rolled off attack. Possibly can do volume swells. Sweet! With these three controls alone you can do much more than the average tremolo.
The Latitude has no price listed until the official release (May 29th) but I’d imagine this one falls around the $200 mark. If you’re in the market for a new tremolo I just found it for you.
Check out Wampler’s site for more info.
That’s my update for you, I hope you feel that much more informed. Stay tuned for some cool new things coming soon the the site!
Thanks for reading.
The Pedal File