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EBS ValveDrive and EBS Unichorus. Who use them still?

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by Driven Crane, Apr 9, 2018.


  1. Driven Crane

    Driven Crane

    May 30, 2014
    Tell me more about your experience...
     
  2. scotch

    scotch It's not rocket science! Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Albany, NY USA
    Please see Profile for Endorsement disclosures
    My Valve Drive is still one of the only "always on" pedals I use! Great for creating tube warmth and mild, amplike saturation!

    It's on my large studio pedalboard which I also haul around for bigger shows and tours.
     
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  3. Bassist30

    Bassist30 Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2004
    NEW YORK
    Still Have my Black Label Uni-chorus. Feels like I had it forever. Thinking of getting something different but I never do. But I have an old TC Electronics Chorus, The SCF .... Don't care what people say but to me the best chorus pedal made. Wish it had a 9v connection to it
     
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  4. Driven Crane

    Driven Crane

    May 30, 2014
    Before i got Subdecay Quasar v.1 - i have used to think of EBS Dphaser is the best phaser all around. Ok, it is the second. The third is Pigtronix EP-2, for sure.
     
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  5. Bassist30

    Bassist30 Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2004
    NEW YORK
    I have the DPhaser too.... Great Pedal.
     
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  6. zapped777

    zapped777

    Jul 6, 2011
    I still love my ebs multi drive for mild grit.....
     
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  7. Driven Crane

    Driven Crane

    May 30, 2014
    EBS Unichorus and EHX Bass Big Muff Pi are gone for a trade - i got back a Brimstone XD-1 (in a few days, i hope) boardohh. .
     
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  8. sigterm

    sigterm ;) ;) ;), love y'all Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2003
    Atlanta G of A
    I have black label uni, I like it. It's not going to blow anyone away but it is has a range of features I like and the tones I get I like. I'd only replace it if something really just blew my mind at a good value.
     
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  9. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    Unless I'm using a class A tube amp my first gen Valve Drive is an always on device. Lately with my preferred amp in for repair I've been using it as a preamp in front of an SWR Amplite class D power amp and liking it a lot.
     
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  10. Driven Crane

    Driven Crane

    May 30, 2014
    Valve Drive is a part of my tone now. Modern is for pick and vintage is for my fingers.
     
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  11. Bassist30

    Bassist30 Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2004
    NEW YORK
    I like EBS pedals. You can't go wrong with them. I did have the Valve Drive. I sold it. I tried to make a certain amp sound warmer but I couldn't so I sold it. Latter I sold the amp, and wish I still had the valve so I can make a better comparison cause the problem really was the amp. But EBS pedals you can't go wrong with them. Even if you feel it may not be the best ( and can be your favorite too) it will do a good job.
     
  12. Bassist30

    Bassist30 Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2004
    NEW YORK
    Impressive setup.
     
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  13. JN8642

    JN8642

    Aug 19, 2015
    The MultiDrive was my first pedal, definitely a great first drive, love the sound of the ValveDrive and definitely want one in the future. Watched a bunch of live Sigur Ros videos, their bass player uses 2 and his tone is amazing, easy 10 imo
     
  14. Josh Thatguy

    Josh Thatguy Registered abUser

    I had a Multidrive a few years ago, sold it, and of course now wish I had kept it.
    My Valvedrive, on the other hand, will never get sold! I recently cleaned up my board and got rid of a few pedals (Sansamp VT, Big Muff, Tremolo) but the Valvedrive is permanent, and add me to the list of always-on users.
    I keep a few different 12a_7 tubes on hand to have a variety of tubetones available, from mild warmth & compression to all-out Lemmy MurderOne rig saturated distortion.

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  15. Driven Crane

    Driven Crane

    May 30, 2014
    qqqq.
     
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  16. sigterm

    sigterm ;) ;) ;), love y'all Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2003
    Atlanta G of A
    Right by the pickle

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  17. S.F.Sorrow

    S.F.Sorrow

    Dec 6, 2014
    I've used one for a long time. It's typical an "always on" pedal for me, just to add a hint of dirt, but it depends on the amp. If I use a dirty sounding amp, like my old Marshall Super Bass, I won't use the Valvedrive. It can easily get too muddy. But if I use something ultra clean like my DR201, or is forced to use a solid state amp (which I normally tend to avoid) it can be great to add a little dirt.

    It doesn't take well to being boosted by other pedals though, gets very muddy and farty it it's pushed too far. So I always need to take care what pedals I have in front of it and make sure their settings play well with the Valvedrive.

    It has it's issues but I love it. In the right enviroment it's one of my favourite pedals. But it CAN sound awful if pushed too far. The sweetspot is when it's delivering just a touch of dirt. I don't really think of it as an OD pedal, more of a preamp.
     
  18. Brian Dominiecki

    Brian Dominiecki

    Sep 18, 2015
    I’ve had the ValveDrive on my board now for a few years and have considered getting rid of it to free up space and because I play thru a valve amp but honestly it just makes the bass sit in the mix so much nicer and I think adds some nice compression. So it’s a keeper and always on. I also use it to add just a touch of grit. Curious if anyone has tried using it after distortion pedals? I’ve always had mine as the first pedal going into distortion pedals like the Bass Big Muff or Alpha Omega.
     

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