Subdecay’s Liquid Sunshine overdrive pedal helped put the Newberg, Oregon, company on the stompbox map in 2004. Since then, they’ve made waves with more adventurous builds like the Noisebox harmonic frequency generator, the Prometheus filter pedal, and the unique Super Spring Theory reverb.
Their latest creation, the Vector, marks a return to the company’s overdrive origins. But as Subdecay’s recent work might suggest, it’s more than another clone in an endless sea of distortion pedals. Instead, the Vector is an 11-voice preamp featuring an analog signal path and a digital control section. In essence, you get 11 dirt boxes in one small enclosure.
One Ice Cream Cone, 11 Flavors
The Vector looks cool with its very ’80s graphics and, for as much as the pedal can do, it has a simple and intuitive control layout. Under the pedal’s three standard overdrive controls—volume, tone, and gain—is a knob that lets you choose from the Vector’s 11 distortion and drive modes: drive 1, drive 2, crunch, vintage, fuzz 1, fuzz 2, meltdown, 1980s, 1990s, modern 1, and modern 2. In some ways, each of the Vector’s 11 channels could warrant a full review. So we’ll take a quick overview of the main sounds available.
While some of the Vector’s 11 channels take inspiration from classics, they aren’t clones. For example, drives 1 and 2 are inspired by the Tube Screamer circuit, although, to my ears, they are less transparent than my TS9. If anything, these channels are closer sonically to my Boss SD-1 than my TS9.