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NAMM 2013: New Billy Sheehan bass pedal

Ronnie Dungan
NAMM 2013: New Billy Sheehan bass pedal

Sound Technology is launching a new EBS Billy Sheehan Signature Drive pedal in the UK.

The new pedal is based on the concept of mixing together a clean signal with a distorted signal to be able to preserve low frequencies and find a balance between distortion and definition.

The option to activate a built-in compressor makes it possible to keep the note differentiation clearly audible even when heavily distorted.

“This pedal is a distillate of several important principles in the signal chain for bass. Compression, distortion, tone-shaping and blending all together,” said Billy Sheehan.

The pedal also offers unlimited pre-post mix tone shaping, through the unique features of a clean loop and a drive loop. Users can also add any other pedal in each loop to create a signature effect, such as a graphic EQ to the drive to change the character of the distortion, or a favourite compressor to the Clean Loop instead of using the built-in offered in the pedal.

On the new extended sized stomp box there are controls for Drive (gain for the overdrive engine), Tone (sets the frequency scoop for the drive), Level (sets level for drive channel post Drive Loop and pre final compressor) and Clean (sets level for the clean channel, post Clean Loop and pre final compressor).

The pedal offers three different compression modes: High, Mid and Off. The level of compression on the Mid setting can be determined by the user through an internal trim pot.

Meanwhile, Sound Technology is also shipping a new DigiTech JamMan Solo XT advanced compact looper pedal. 

The pedal brings JamSync technology to link multiple loopers, Micro SD card expansion, and flexible hands-free control.

It features a unique pedal-linking capability called JamSync. For multi-phrase looping, a guitarist can link together multiple JamMan Solo XTs and record different length phrases in each while staying in perfect sync. Link together three JamMans and the JamSync provides three synced phrases, and so on. Loopers can now use as many phrases as they need to create intricate loop layering.  Bands can use looping by linking together individual pedals and having each member control their own loop contributions.

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