Walrus Audio has updated its Iron Horse Distortion to V2, adding more functions to the original design. There’s also been the obligatory graphics overhaul, too. So what exactly does this horse have in store for us this year?
Walrus Audio Iron Horse V2
This distortion is based around the popular LM308 chip, the same one they use in RAT pedals and has a bit of a cult following with collectors and tone snobs.
The Iron Horse V2 updates are as follows: the updated Level control is now easier to dial in unity gain and so hopefully it will get on nicely with your other pedals on your board. The Tone control now allows more treble to be dialled in if desired. The updated Distortion control is now better at “smoothing out the range of distortion”, apparently, which sounds like it could make it easier to dial in tones with lower gain settings.
As on the original, the V2 includes a three-way toggle switch that chooses one of three different clipping diodes, and is also, of course, true bypass.
All that glitters
‘Galaxy Gold’ is the official colour of the Iron Horse V2 and it looks pretty swish, I think. The graphic provided by illustrator Adam Forster features a new ‘battle ready’ stallion cloaked in full armour plate. The price has gone up slightly on its predecessor, but the new functions have been refined enough to warrant it, I feel. The new Iron Horse V2 is certainly more than just a new fancy graphic on the front of the pedal.
Gearmandude has already done a nice review of it on his YouTube channel and I must say, I think it sounds pretty damn good myself. But then I always enjoy his review videos anyway, because he sounds like Jack Black!
RRP USD 199
Walrus Audio Iron Horse V2 Distortion product page