Volume War (Solo Booster Pedal)

Posted: November 6, 2011 in FX, Volume War
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So I have been having this idea for a pedal for a while that is really basic. There are already loads of pedals out there that do a similar job to this, but most in a subtly different way.

Basically I want a pedal that boosts my volume during solos and drops me back for rhythm. For me though a traditional volume pedal is no good – I don’t want to change my sound, I just want it louder. Using a volume pedal or a clean boost will blow this, as it will change the signal the pre-amp is getting therefore altering the tone when the input signal is at different levels. So the solution has to lie in after the pre-amp.

I think Award-session do this best with their solo booster pedal. This sits in the FX loop and acts as a secondary volume that reduces the volume getting fed to the power amp (you set it up so when it is off you have your “boosted” volume, and when it is on you have your rhythm volume), therefore not altering the main tone produced by the pre-amp, but creating 2 switchable volume levels. It is a great idea reducing power amp volume rather than boosting, and one I’m surprised more people don’t embrace. By the way check out Award-sessions Cleartone cables – they are a bit of a gem for a great price.

This is going to be housed in a Hammond 1590A, it will be passive but have and option to use a LED to indicate when the pedal is NOT engaged (i.e. in solo mode) and the name is inspired by those jams where each guitarist (bassist or whatever) constantly cranks his own volume a bit so in the end both players get increasingly louder until they can’t hear each other talk and they have reached the point of utter bnoxiousness ! The pedal is also likely to take a bit of an artistic nod from Advance Wars (google it if you are unfamiliar, or just look below for an idea!) and in an ideal world I would love an LED bar graph to show the current rhythm volume (compared to solo) kind of like a defcon meter, but in all honesty it probably won’t be feasible in  the enclosure (seriously just squeezing in one 3dpt, 2 jacks, a 9v power socket and a pot can be tight enough).

Advance wars image

First things first though is to get the first Leech and Morse Device painted, decaled and operational!

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