Monday, June 9, 2008

TONE FREQ – Visual Sound Visual Volume – 10th Anniversary Edition

Volume pedals were never pedals I went bonkers for. I normally played my guitar with the volume wide open and seldom used the volume knob. When I heard that Visual Sound would be releasing a reissue of their volume pedal with their patented “Pure Tone” circuitry I was intrigued.

From everything I have read about Visual Sound’s “Pure Tone” circuitry it cleans up your signal when placed first in your chain of effects - PERFECT! This would allow me to use the Visual Volume first and place my wah afterwards. Since the Visual Volume also has a dedicated tuner out my tuner is now out of the chain. More often than not guitarists, me included, would loose their place in regards of setting volume with a pedal. This is not the case with the Visual Volume. The 10 LEDs are bright and easy to read with blue lights and red highlighting the 5 and 10 positions. You will always have a place of reference to set the perfect level. Volume swells are nice and easy to perform with the rocker performing very smoothly. There were no squeaks, pops or extraneous noises coming from the unit and preformed rather quietly. The pedal is much larger than your average volume or wah pedal but not as heavy as you would think due to the heavy-duty die-cast aluminum housing. The unit can also take a stereo input and output so keyboard players can use it as well! I powered the unit with Visual Sound’s 1-Spot but it can also be powered with a standard 9-volt battery. Since there are plenty of LEDs in the unit I wouldn’t recommend using the battery. Overall, the pedal’s killer performance and features won me over. The solid construction, bright LEDs, dedicated tuner output and the smooth action of the rocker combined with the “Pure Tone” circuit makes my tone soar. Coupled with other effects it sounded like I was plugged straight into my amp! Kudos to Visual Volume for making a volume pedal I finally went bonkers for!


See it at work: HERE

Check out www.visualsound.net for more info!



Freq’n out? E-mail Aljon: tonefreq(at)gmail(dot)com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Aljon Go is considered to be a “pedal junkie” by his peers often asked for advice when building pedal boards. He toured the world with his award winning band Mink and was the artist relations/marketing pro for a musical accessory company. He currently spends his time bringing new and exciting tones to regional acts Jaux King, JonesWorld and Mister Happy. He is also host of the long running “Local Buzz” radio show in Nashville and product specialist for a leading guitar company. Freq’n out? E-mail Aljon: tonefreq(at)gmail(dot)com.

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