EarthQuaker Devices has announced another opportunity to Immerse yourself in the full spectrum overdriven sonic palette as used on Sunn O)))'s Life Metal and Pyroclast albums. The compact, pedalboard-friendly version of the Life Pedal distortion is designed and manufactured by EarthQuaker Devices in the dark corridors of Akron, Ohio, and is limited to 2,500 units worldwide. It offers the same circuit as the WILDLY popular 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. Available now from your friendly EarthQuaker Devices dealer!
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.
Amplitude: Output volume for the octave distortion side. Clockwise for more hearing loss, counterclockwise for a healthy life in old age.
Filter: This is a low pass filter with a frequency response from around 500Hz to 30kHz. Turn counterclockwise for more high-end, clockwise for less.
Distortion: Turn clockwise for more distortion, counterclockwise for less. This provides about +60dB of gain.
Magnitude: This is the output volume for the booster. Clockwise to blow up your amp, counterclockwise if you are a baby. Unity is somewhere right around noon on the dial.
Octave: This blends in the analog octave as your turn it clockwise.
Octave EXP: Connect any expression pedal to this input to control the analog octave blend. Before inserting the expression pedal, make sure the pedal is powered off.
OpAmp- No diodes to allow for full, grinding Op Amp assault at maximum volume.
Asymm- 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.
Symm- This is the stock double silicon diode configuration which provides that classic tone you know and love.
Life Pedal is handmade in Akron Ohio, has a lifetime warranty, and includes Flexi-Switching technology for latching and momentary operation.
Riffer: Jamie Stillman
Video: Chris Tran
Controls: Jeff France
Cables: D'Addario & Co.