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Sep 11, 2020

Walrus Audio Ages

Walrus Audio just unveiled a new, multi-mode Overdrive called Ages.

The pedal offers a rather simple knob layout, with knobs for Volume + Gain, Bass + Treble, and a Dry control to reintegrate some of the clean signal. But the heart of this pedal is the Mode knob which discloses the circuits five clipping modes:

I.    Low-gain mode with symmetric silicon soft clipping. Compressed and smooth.
II.   Low-gain mode with symmetric LED soft clipping. Pushed, open, and sparkly.
III.  High-gain mode with symmetric silicon soft clipping. Increased saturation and tight.
IV.  High-gain mode with symmetric LED soft clipping. Saturated, punchy and big.
V.   High-gain mode with symmetric silicon hard clipping. Heavy compression, thick and chewy.

At $199 the Walrus Audio Ages seems like a great toy for the tone obsessed looking for a device that keeps giving.

For Ages, overdrive has been the one effect vital for so many. It’s used to charge through front lines of the mix and deliver a clear message that won’t soon be forgotten to its loyal listeners. Ages is a massively versatile overdrive machine standing at the ready for any amp and pickup combination that is thrown at it. An overdrive with innovative features that can stand on its own and stack well with other drives, Ages is ready to stand its ground and convey an unforgettable sound.

The five-position rotary knob offers the following gain states:

I.    Low-gain mode with symmetric silicon soft clipping. Compressed and smooth.
II.   Low-gain mode with symmetric LED soft clipping. Pushed, open, and sparkly.
III.  High-gain mode with symmetric silicon soft clipping. Increased saturation and tight.
IV.  High-gain mode with symmetric LED soft clipping. Saturated, punchy and big.
V.   High-gain mode with symmetric silicon hard clipping. Heavy compression, thick and chewy.

Think of each position as a different “flavor” of the pedal. Fine-tune each of these gain states with the dry knob for a near infinite supply of gain options.

We haven’t released an overdrive since 2016 and with there being more over drives out there than stars in the sky, we didn’t want to create another one unless we thought it was important. And with five different gain-states, a dry blend knob that can go from transparent to thick and saturated and a boost/cut bass control that hits your signal before it hits the overdrive we felt this was something worth sharing.