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Sunn O))) x EarthQuaker Devices Life Pedal V3 Review

Sunn O))) x EarthQuaker Devices Life Pedal V3 Review

Sunn O))) x EarthQuaker Devices Life Pedal V3 Review

The original Life pedal is holy-grail level stuff for a certain sect of heavy guitar players. a collaboration between a well-known experimental band and one of the best Paddle brand, housed in a unique, beautiful enclosure modeled after the sounds recorded by the band Steve Albini, The only way it could have cooled down was if it came with a free numpy Model T and the devil himself soldered the clipping diodes in place.

But the original was only a limited run. Despite being a bit more ‘standard’ version two was good too earthquaker Look at the pedal. version three? It’s here to stay, with a facelift, a revised circuit, and an additional footswitch.

Before we roll our amp volume up to antisocial levels, it’s time for a quick refresher on the basic topology of this circuit. The first in the series is a mixed octave fuzz, inspired by Shin-Ei FY-2 and FY-6. This runs into RAT-induced pathology before we get to the loud clean boost. So we can set some sonic expectations here according to the volume and gain levels we’re working on: If you need something to gently coax your amp to the edge of a breakup, the Life Pedal isn’t it.

Here, as in the second version, there’s an expression input that takes control of the octave mix if you want to adjust its level while holding your hand on your guitar. But now there’s also a footswitch just to toggle Octave on or off, if you don’t want to mess with blending it.

Sunn O))) x EarthQuaker Devices Life Pedal V3 Review

In use

All three parts of the pedal feature relay-based momentary switching. The first thing we notice is that the footswitch produces a slight ‘clanging’ noise when pressed, which is most noticeable when engaging distortion. It’s not actually louder than a standard clone of a true-bypass footswitch, but it’s a bit harsh.

However, this is not a big issue, as it is soon eclipsed by a wall of feedback. With a low-tuned guitar the pedal immediately gets you into the field of life metal And pyroclast: Bass response is huge, as is the output, before we even touch on the clean boost. The filter control (wired in standard RAT fashion, clockwise with rolling over height) is usable throughout its sweep, and never messes things up, even at more extreme settings.

Strangely enough, the pedals have a much more ‘tighter’ feel than our reference RAT: the low-end sound is such that the palm-mute sounds percussive rather than mushy, and the strong high-end presence is oddly pronounced. Keeps playing. As with a lot of RAT-alikes, especially those emulating the old end of things, this isn’t always the case, but the pedal has such a long history of variants that it will, of course, still be the case eventually. sound Like one, even if it’s a little more than happy operating in a cramped, modern high-gain application.

But fast chugging isn’t really the main event here. If you’re not familiar with his music, healthy o))) play play slow, Not only do ‘Doom’ slow: their chord changes are better measured with a calender rather than a metronome, so texture is paramount. This is where the analog octave comes in: blending it into an already saturated distortion invites a choir of harmonics to sing, shift, and change over the course of a note.

Here the Life pedal begins to actively encourage us to play at glacial tempo, just to find that harmonic asymmetry is going to make its way through all the chaos. The great juxtaposition of a good vintage fuzz is also given to our pick attacks at higher octave settings. It’s balanced by saturation and continuity, which won’t really work for droning notes as a full-blown old rasp.

The footswitch magnitude section on the left is reserved for the Clean Boost, which you can use with or without the rest of the pedals. If you find yourself with abundant headroom, this boost can easily find the ceiling and your amp’s tubes inviting to a party, adding even more distortion and harmonic saturation to the mix. If you’re already banging your amp loud, the neat boost can amplify this tube distortion even more if you please, or just give you a second volume level of your choosing—a third above the unity gain knob. is around.

Aside from the ultimate goal of sounding like numpy o))), it’s just a nice one-knob clean boost by the end of things, and it’s good at everything that one-knob clean boost is good at. You might find it superfluous to put the ‘More Loud’ button on the pedals that already make the guitar sound like someone playing Jenga with Stonehenge. If you do, it’s probably not the pedal for you, and you’ve probably stopped reading this review a few paragraphs ago.

Sunn O))) x EarthQuaker Devices Life Pedal V3

finally-numbing o)))

so who Is So for that? If you play low and slow, chances are you don’t need our word that it’s one hell of a distortion pedal. But if you doubt the hype, don’t: The third incarnation of Life Pedal is downright excellent, and can perform absolutely outside the confines of Drone and Doom. But within those limits, it’s actually something else: The sum of its parts becomes a one-stop-shop for massive, crushing sounds.

We’re also pleased to see that this more versatile version is the one that’s here to stay as a production run: The inclusion of a third footswitch was a commonly requested feature, for good reason. And while the design isn’t quite as striking as the original’s wedge enclosure, the visual overhaul means it still feels very Competition Compared to any other EarthQuaker pedal, it’s a bit easier to fit on a pedalboard than the V1’s hooked behemoth, while with top-mounted knobs.

The $299 price may strike you as a bit steep for a single stompbox, but it’s more than worth it when you consider the cumulative cost of a good octave fuzz, a boutique RAT with clipping options, and a nice clean boost. becomes appropriate. Those three together can get you into half-gorgeous territory, depending on what you want, so, according to our napkin-math, the Life Pedal warrants much more than its price tag. If you’re more budget-conscious, though, EarthQuaker Tentacle, a regular proco RAT and an LPB-1 will get you somewhere in the realm of these sounds.

Sunn O))) x EarthQuaker Devices Life Pedal V3

key features

  • worth $299
  • description Octave Distortion Pedal, made in USA
  • control Octave Blend, Clean Boost Volume, Distortion Volume, Gain and Filter, Clipping Selection Rotary Knob, relay-based footswitch for Octave, Distortion and Clean Boost
  • Contact AJAY Earthquaker Tools

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