The new Origin Effects M-EQ Driver is the British company’s second overdrive pedal this year. Following on from the Halcyon Green Overdrive released back in July. But rather than another TubeScreamer-style drive, this time we get an overdrive with a Pultec-style EQ section.
Origin Effects M-EQ Driver
The key feature of the Origin Effects M-EQ Driver is the Pultec-EQ which the pedal is based on.
This is also the basis for the mid-boost function and this has its own mid-controller. This can be changed in frequency via the historically correct KCS (Kilocycles per Second) toggle switch. And goes between 800, 1000 and 1200 Hz.
Which makes the pedal perfect for both single-coils or humbucker pickups. Having a studio-grade EQ on your pedalboard is very useful.
Studio Tone Sculpting
In addition, there is an Adapt toggle switch, which, together with the cut control, trims the highs. Making it easy to sculpt your tone further.
This all allows you to get some lovely smooth clean and overdrive tones, without too much fuss. The Adaptive Cut responds to volume changes and also to your playing dynamics.
It has the usual high-quality design including the transformer in the circuit, input with high impedance, buffered bypass and “premium” components everywhere.
All this has its price, but you get what you pay for and I have always found Origin Effects’ products to be solid choices for working musicians. I would suggest you check out the video demos below to hear it in action. It does sound like a very musical pedal and one that would work well for many situations, both live and in the recording studio.
MSRP – GBP 259/USD 319
- Pultec-EQ: Origin Effects
- Studio Grade EQ in and overdrive pedal: Origin Effects