Positive Grid has launched a new pedal at Musikmesse 2017. BIAS Modulation slots into the existing BIAS pedal format, with strong echoes of previous releases Distortion and Delay. This unit focuses – surprisingly – on modulation effects, and is once again priced in the premium segment. Is there enough on-board to make this a winner at this price? Let’s take a look…
So which modulation effects have Positive Grid picked up here? Pretty much everything I could think of: Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Vibrato, Rotary, Tremolo, Pan, RingMod und AutoSwell.
The pedal has seven controls: Depth, Rate, Intensity, Tone, Tweak 1, Tweak 2 und Level. They all go to 11, by the way. On the left-hand side there’s a preset control with 10 positions. Opposite there on the right-hand side there’s a three-way switch for the LFO covering Sine, Triangle and Square shapes. Four footswitches are available on the front, the first three accessing the presets and the fourth letting you tap the tempo. MIDI is also included for syncing up to other gear, and you can connect to an EXP pedal, too.
This unit also uses similar technology to the BIAS amp head, as well as the other previous two pedals in this range. The BIAS concept revolves around using the dedicated software on your DAW or iPad to cobble together the effects you want and then transferring the tones to the pedal using USB or a wireless connection. Add to that Positive Grid’s ToneCloud feature, where you can store and download more user-made tones. The idea of accessing thousands of additional presets does have its attractions, and goes some way to making the high price a bit more palatable.
Price and availability
Like the other pedals in the range, this one will retail for USD 349 (excluding taxes), so probably around EUR 399. Yes, that’s a lot for a pedal but this does seem to cover a vast number of bases. But at this price, a pedal should really inspire you when you explore it. This is one to check out and try at a store to make sure it pushes your buttons before parting with your cash. But if you’ve already bought into the BIAS platform and are a ToneCloud user, I’m sure the BIAS Modulation will be an attractive proposition.
Positive Grid BIAS Modulation page