Something special arrived at my door today! In this video, we unbox a bunch of goodies courtesy of our friends over at One Control. These guys make fantastic guitar pedals, be sure to check them out over at www.one-control.com. Well, let's dive in and see what we got!
Little Green Emphaser: https://amzn.to/3uyYEzO
Cranberry Overdrive: https://amzn.to/2ZTXK2A
Honey Bee OD: https://bit.ly/2ZTWA7w
Lemon Yellow Compressor: https://amzn.to/3aVo5DN
Sea Turquoise Delay: https://amzn.to/2PeU3mf
Tiny Power Distro Pack: https://amzn.to/2NFwEKc
Agamidae Tail Loop: https://bit.ly/3byGZPS
Hey guys, you’re here with Luke from GuitarIQ.com. Usually, when I shoot videos I’m over in the studio. Today, I’m going to do something a bit different. So, welcome to my kitchen table! You’re sitting down with me and we're going to have a look at a few little things that rocked up in the mail this morning. So a few weeks ago, I contacted One Control about getting one of their little new switching units in the studio to try it with a pedalboard that I'm putting together—which I must say, I'm fairly excited about. But a quick shout out to Bobby who's an absolute gentleman, he (bless his cotton socks) put a whole bunch of other stuff in the mail! So I'm really excited to delve in and see what we have.
First up, we have the Little Green Emphaser. Okay, so no this isn't a phaser. It is, as far as I understand, a type of booster pedal. Let me just bring up the website here. So with the unpackaging we have a little manual which seems to be in another language (which is not the one I'd speak and/or read) but it does have a nice picture of Bjorn, who’s the genius that designed all of this stuff. We have some nice protective foam. For those who can see, it comes a bit like that—very well packaged. And in here we have the unit itself. Okay, the Little Green Emphaser. It is little, it's not all that green, and it just has a simple knob—oh, that's a good feeling knob, which is what you want in a pedal really. So what this does, it’s a booster and it kind of blends between, as far as I understand it, a more standard type boost with a treble boost. So you can kind of set it anywhere in-between for the tonal character you're looking for. I'm really starting to get into boost pedals, not so much for a gain jump to push the amp, but more as a color thing—a tone conditioning tool you might call it. So this is going to be really cool to check out.
Okay, pedal number two. Let’s see what we have here, we have the Cranberry Overdrive. Now, this little unit here I believe is based on one of their popular units called the Strawberry Overdrive. They've released two pedals either side of that. A version of that based on the same circuit which does the lower gain type thing and a version which takes what the Strawberry Overdrive does and boosts up the gain a fair bit. Three simple controls: volume, treble, and drive. So yeah, beautiful… I love the look of these things. I don't know if it comes out across on the camera but it's this really nice metal enclosure. Everything feels completely solid and well built—so bonus marks!
Okay, next up we have the Honeybee OD. Now, I’m assuming OD stands for ‘overdrive’ (which is probably a fair assumption). It could stand for ‘obsessively distorted’, perhaps it stands for 'obviously dope’ (I’ve never used the word ‘dope’ in my life). Anyway, this packaging is similar to all the others obviously, because it's the same company. This is a bit of a bigger pedal we have here. I must admit, I am going through a bit of a mini-pedal fetish. But this is a bit of a bigger unit, does it have a bigger tone? I'm not sure. This is a beautiful color, I'm all about the design of pedals. I like my things to kind of look as good as they sound. And this just feels good. Anyway, so this is one Bjorn's better known pedals. As the website says, they’re proud to announce this is the latest version. It contains all the revisions and improvements from the previous models. It has a vintage mode and a modern mode and is known for its warm overdrive crunch—which is easily adjustable with the twist of a knob (which is what we want!). Okay, very cool. The Honeybee OD. Done.
Next up, the Lemon Yellow Compressor—very cool. I freaking love compression, I've got to say. I know there are some guitar players out there that either don't like compression or don't really understand it. Especially when you're starting out, when you step on a compressor pedal, you might not quite understand what it's doing. For me, I don't really like compression as an effect. I know some genres (like funk or the chicken-picking thing) might use it to get that ‘ultra squishy’ sound. But for me, oh wow, this is like illuminating. But for me, a compressor should be almost an always-on type thing. It's not so much about an effect or changing your tone (even though different compressors will impart different tonal characteristics to your sound). It’s much more about getting more sustain, leveling out things, and getting just a better feeling tone. A better feeling tone? You know what I'm saying. So for those who aren't familiar with how compressors work, they basically tame the top part of your dynamic range (so the spiky parts, they bring down) and that way when you bring the overall level up, all of those quieter parts get more audible. So even though a compressor limits the dynamic range of your playing, ironically, it can make your playing sound more dynamic because it's bringing all those quiet bits up. So very cool, I'm keen to check this out. Again, a very simple setup with the three knobs. There is a switch on the side which I believe changes the attack. Which is basically, does it hit the front of your note or does it basically leave the attack in tact and increase the sustain. So a very cool looking pedal. I'm keen to check that out. As I am, with all these obviously.
And last for the effect pedals, we have a Sea Turquoise Delay. Awesome. Let me just bring up some stats here on the website. Is this a analog delay or a digital delay? I am unsure. Maybe it's analog. But it doesn't say which makes me think its digital. Its got the power consumption as 27ma, which I would have thought is pretty low for a digital pedal. And cool, again we just have the same aesthetic we do with all the other pedals. A beautiful enclosure, I love the kind of matte thing they've done here with the metal. 600 milliseconds of delay. Feedback control over… blah, blah, blah. There's a kill switch on the side of the pedal which determines whether it's dry or wet. So basically, you can run this in parallel and kill the dry signal if you want, which is a very cool feature. Okay, so we're not sure whether this is digital or analog. Either way, I'm sure it sounds fantastic. That is the Sea Turquoise Delay, very cool.
Now, we have a tiny power distributor. This is an all-in-one pack, very cool. This is a surprise. Okay, so basically this comes packaged like that inside. We have a couple of other little boxes. Here we have, and there's more in the box, a bunch of your cables that can connect to the unit. Here we have, this is pretty light, so I assume this is the power bank that switches the unit. Which is a US power supply (which doesn't work in Australia) but I'm sure I’ll be able to remedy that. I assume, when you buy from a retailer in your country they will specify the power to your needs. And the unit itself. Okay, this is extremely light. So essentially, this is the exact same size as all of their other units. But it's a distribution box, it has a bunch of outlets here, and it has a 12 to 18 volt outlet that you can adjust. Which is very cool! So this can be used to power up 9 pedals (and as I mentioned it has that 12 to 18 volt switch). Is this isolated power? I'm not sure, it doesn’t say. But either way, that is very cool. So I’ll certainly check that out.
Okay, now onto the final thing. This is the initial thing that I contacted One Control about. This is the thing that I'm easily the most excited about. It doesn't make any noise but it does something very cool. Now, this is a pedal switching unit. It’s called the Agamidae Tail Loop. Again, not in English but that's cool. Wow, this is freakin awesome. Okay, let me just show you a little bit how it's packaged. Now, believe it or not, even though this is substantially bigger than all the pedals we've just looked at, for what this is, this is tiny. This is a pedal switcher, so why do you want a switcher? Don’t pedals already have switches on them? Well, yes they do. But there are multiple benefits to having a switcher. And I’ll go through this when I actually do a video on this bad boy here. But you can basically run your ins and outs from all your pedals into something like this and use this to switch them on and off. The beauty of that is you can program different banks with this unit so you switch different pedals on and off at the same time in conjunction with other pedals, which is very cool! It also has the benefit of taking noisy pedals or pedals that suck tone out of your loop, to give you the cleanest possible signal. So that is very cool. As I said, this looks really well built and it feels nice and solid. And I am so excited to try this out on my new pedalboard!
Well, that was just a little unboxing video courtesy of the good folks over at One Control. Again, a shout out to Bobby. Thank you so much. You’re a gentlemen, good sir. I'm so excited to try this out in the studio, so let me know in the comments what of these pedals you'd like to hear and what you'd like to have on your own board, if you had the chance. I'm certainly very keen to try out that Tail Loop on the board that I'm putting together, so I'll definitely be bringing you a video on that one. And I'll be featuring some of these in future videos as well. As always, do all the normal things if you haven't already: like, subscribe, leave your thoughts in the comments. And if you'd like to check out any of my guitar books, then head over to GuitarIQ.com for more information. Awesome, we’ll see you next time. Cheers!