Ernie Ball have released two new pedals operated by foot controller. This lets you easily adjust the effect in a live scenario using a treadle similar to the ones used in their popular volume pedals. The Expression Overdrive and Ambient Delay aim to offer you ease of use in shiny gold packages.
Both pedals were announced earlier this year at Winter NAMM Show and are only now starting to appear. The concept is simple: control the amount of effect with your foot, just like a volume pedal. The mechanics of the design are based on their existing range of food controllers and so should be pretty solid. They apparently use PVC-coated kevlar cord and spring linkage to make the mechanism ultra durable. Lets hope they don’t snap, then!
The Expression Overdrive 6183 is a simple layout drive pedal that allows you to tweak how much drive you get with your foot. So you can boost your drive sound as and when you need to. This is of course pretty useful and if the actual drive sound is any good then could be popular with players. Ernie Ball mention all the usual ‘it sounds tube-like’-type marketing in the blurb, yet there is little information on their site about the drive’s specs.
I like the idea, as it’s always good to be able to control an effect easily and quickly in a frenetic live environment. I’m used to wah and volume pedals anyway, so it should be easy for me to adapt to doing a similar thing with a drive pedal.
RRP GBP £209.95 available in August
The Ambient Delay 6184 uses the same concept, meaning that you can adjust the delay time using the treadle. It will go from 50 milliseconds to 1 second of delay time. It has a reverb/delay effect and this is I imagine how they came up with the ‘ambient’ part of its name. Not much information is available yet in terms of reviews, and the Ernie Ball site – again – has little technical information on the full specifications, either.
RRP GBP £209.95 due in August
Ernie Ball Expression Overdrive and Ambient Delay: site