Swedish company Elektron is known for its excellent synthesisers and drum machines. The Analog Drive 2016 was their first outing in the direction of the guitar universe. Unfortunately, it was launched with a price of just under 400 euros, which was quite high priced. Now three years later Thomann is selling them for under EUR 90 a pop, a nice bargain price for an all analogue audio circuit drive pedal.
The Analog Drive from Elektron is the little brother of their Analog Heat effects unit and was designed with guitar players in mind. The case may seem a bit bulky, but inside are eight (8!) individual analogue circuits, which can even be stored with their own settings, making it easy to recall your drive patch tones! As a cherry on top you can retrieve the presets via MIDI as well, perfect for complex setups perhaps?
The Distortion Sounds – Clean Boost, Middrive, Dirty Drive, Big Dist, Focussed Dist, Harmonic Fuzz, High Gain, Thick Gain can be fine tuned using the Level, Gain and 3-Band EQ controls with semi-parametric mids. The tinkerers amongst us can even connect two expression pedals to control gain and mids.
Bargain Drive Tones?
I’m not sure how much of. bargain this is, but at under EUR 90 I ordered myself one today and it is currently estimated for delivery within a week. So, if you fancy a nice versatile programmable overdrive, distortion/fuzz pedal for under a EUR 100 including shipping then don’t wait too long. I’m pretty sure these will sell out fast at these prices!
If you haven’t heard one before, then be sure to check out the Ola Englund and That Pedal Show YouTube demo video below, where they both review the Analog Drive in full.
RRP – EUR 395. Thomann Deal Price EUR 89 (usually EUR 230) plus shipping.
UPDATE 23/5/19 – All Gone!
Looks like they have all now sold out, but hopefully some of you managed to order some of these bargain priced analogue drive pedals before they all went.