VALKYRIE DRIVE V5
The VALKYRIE has been my been quest for some time now for a tube amp saturated opamp drive pedal with the ability to get both tight and wooly.
(GREEN KRACKLE ENCLOSURE VALKYRIE V5 LIMITED EDITION HAS SOLD OUT)
•Can be used for guitar, baritone or bass equally well.
•Now in a new V5 version with improved layout, lower noise floor, a DEPTH trim pot that lets you set the cutoff of the first gain stage from the classic 720hz of the TS down to a thick and heavy 200hz.
•Originally a 741 for the initial gain stage, then the warmer/woolier LM308, I’ve now switched to my new favorite single stage OPAMP, the CA3130 which is MOSFET based.
•The VALKYRIE then brutalizes the front end of your amp with an LM386 (the “power amp distortion” chip of choice) for massive volume boost.
If you love midrange and want the option of cutting through the mix OR thick syrupy sludge, this is the pedal for you.
•The simple but very effective tone control lets you smooth out the top end and even at the lowest gain setting.
•With both preamp and power amp saturation controls the warm tube drive tone possibilities seem endless.
•There blend for retaining your original tone, equally effective for guitar (especially when running into a high gain amplifier) and of course retaining the low end of your bass!
•The previously underwhelming gain control (my own harsh criticism), has been drastically improved for all manner of low to high gain possibilities.
•The depth and gain trim pots control how tight or loose the preamp chip is and how much gain it has. When these are moved too much it can make the pedal squeal and howl (not in the good way) so I felt it best to keep those as a set and forget.
•The power section clipping is selected with three way toggle for LED clipping, no clipping (a huge volume boost) and mosfet clipping (more distortion, very organic but quieter)
•The second "response" toggle lets you select between full/tight/thick to go from razor articulation to thick and meaty, which can be pushed into fuzz territory.
•The top toggle is “clipping”:
•The bottom toggle is “response”
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