If you have spent any time experimenting with ambient guitar tones, you have probably realized that volume swells are very useful. On top of that you may have started to feel the need for a volume pedal rather than just using the knobs on your guitar. A volume pedal can really help even out the swell, but they have traditionally been bulky and unreliable. Today we are looking at the Bloomery Volume Pedal which sets out to change all of the traditional problems surrounding volume pedals.
This pedal may be small, but it still gives you a full sweep. It has just as much control over the volume as a more traditional pedal like the Ernie Ball Jr. In fact, It feels like this is even more sensitive to your playing. A nice feature in the design of this pedal is that at full volume it move a little bit past 90 degrees. If you are using an angled board, like the pedaltrain 2 featured in this video, it feels much more natural.
Of course the major design difference that sets this pedal apart from the others is that it does not use a string. Instead the Bloomery has a steel slide potentiometer. This means that six months after having the pedal you don't have to start worrying that each swell may be your last. Even without the string there is still a good amount of tension that makes the pedal feel solid under your foot. The tension is also adjustable which is a cool feature.
Not only does this volume pedal do away with the string, it has an active version which avoids any tone alteration. So many volume pedals negatively affect your tone but this pedal stays out of the way. It does come with an adapter to switch to polarity coming form a traditional power supply. Along with the active option there is also a passive version of this pedal. The cool thing about the passive version is that it can be switched to an expression pedal with the flip of a switch. If you have been wanting to add an expression pedal to your board but didn't want to sacrifice the space this could be your chance. One thing to note is that the pedal is not designed to switch between volume and expression on the fly. However, active or passive this is a quality volume pedal.
This pedal is smooth, sturdy, and will help you create beautiful swells like seen in this video. It has a nice smooth sweep pushing just past 90 degrees, and has a good even volume curve. The small and compact design will allow for more room on your pedalboard which we all know is very valuable. Overall I am giving a big round of applause to the team over at Tapestry Audio for this great volume pedal.
As you can see in this video this pedal will allow you to create beautiful swells. It features a smooth sweep with just the right amount of tension, and an even volume curve. The small design leaves room on your board for new pedals, or may finally give you an excuse to use an expression pedal. Overall Tapestry Audio really knocked it out of the park with this one.
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