EarthQuaker Life Pedal V2 Distortion, octave up, and booster
Sunn O))) and EarthQuaker Devices are pleased to bring you the compact, pedalboard-friendly version of the Life Pedal distortion. This is the same exact circuit as the WILDLY popular ultra limited-run version that was released in early 2019 but with the addition of expression pedal control over the octave blend and Flexi-Switch® Technology on the relay-based true-bypass footswitches.
• Distortion with a blendable analog octave up and a booster
- for instant earth-shaking Sunn O))) signature tones
• Features 3 different clipping options:
- symmetrical silicon, asymmetrical silicon & LED, and no diode op-amp drive
• Octave distortion and booster can be used independently
• Expression control over analog octave up a blend
• All-analog signal path
- allows for momentary and latching-style operation from a single footswitch
• Silent soft-touch switching with True Bypass
• Powered by regular 9 V DC PSU
(center-, 2.1 mm, ~15 mA current draw)
Life Pedal is a distortion with a blendable analog octave up and a booster combined in one compact package. The “Amplitude” side is faithfully modeled
after the classic “White Face” distortion unit, right down to the LM308 IC and tantalum caps. The only modifications made to the original circuit are in
the clipping section. The traditional circuit uses a single pair of silicon diodes for a tight, compressed crunch. The Life Pedal introduces two additional
clipping options to better adapt to different rigs. The first position is no diodes to allow for full, grinding Op-Amp assault at maximum volume. The
second position utilizes two silicon diodes and one LED in an asymmetrical clipping configuration. This delivers a slightly compressed and smooth
crunch, similar to a valve amplifier. The last position is the stock double silicon diode configuration which provides that classic tone you know and love.
The Octave in Life Pedal is an all-discrete, analog full-wave rectifier circuit built around a pair of Russian Germanium diodes. Located at the input of the
circuit, the Octave control slowly blends in the octave effects as you turn it clockwise. This feature can also be used via expression control allowing for
wild, hands-free octave swells mid-riff. Because this is an analog octave effect, it is monophonic and works best playing single notes above the twelfth fret
while using the neck pickup. Playing chords with the analog octave will sound clanging and chaotic. Using the bridge pickup and playing below the twelfth
fret will produce a very subtle octave effect. Going full Octave transforms Life Pedal from a simple distortion device into a swelling, raging fuzz similar to
the classic Super Fuzz!
The Life Pedal V2 features EarthQuaker Devices relay-based “soft touch” Flexi-Switch™ Technology for both momentary and latching footswitch operation
as well as a very low 15mA current draw. Designed and manufactured by EarthQuaker Devices in the dark corridors of Akron, Ohio.