EBS Valve Drive DI

Tube Bass Distortion

  • Can be used as a preamp or distortion
  • For all styles from vintage to modern
  • Class A tube overdrive
  • True Bypass
  • XLR DI output
  • Incl. Power supply
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Deeply Delicious Drive

AltaRic, 08.07.2017
If ever there was an easily accessible secret sauce to give your bass or guitar an edge, this is it. Not only is this incarnation of the pedal provide a DI, but it can also be powered by a standard (Boss style) power supply - which certainly makes the unit much more practical on larger pedal boards.

Although perhaps voiced primarily for bass, I find that subtle settings make guitars come alive with a rich harmonic presence which is felt rather than heard. Of course, the drive can provide full on distortion if need be - so much do that this is the second of these pedals I own and I use them for different applications. My original Valve drive didn't have the DI and used a different power supply, but the rest of the unit functions the same.

As a guitarist who lives to run a very clean basic tone using a Roland Jazz Chorus amp, the Valve drive is an exceptional addition at the preamp stage to add the magic harmonic sauce. For basses, well you need look no further than this unit. Just play a deep dub reggae bass line with this unit giving you a mild to moderate beautifully valve compressed overdrive and you'll really not want to stop playing.

For a unit of this quality, despite its size in the era of nano pedals, I can find no cons whatsoever.

I can't recommend this highly enough.
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My favourite low gain overdrive

Tauzieher, 13.02.2014
Don't get me wrong, it has quite some gain on tap and I've used it as a high(er) gain overdrive in the past. But the low gain area is where it really shines.

With a 3 band eq, volume, gain, 2 channels, a -8dB pad switch and a switch that turns the "Active" footswitch from bypass to mute, it actually has many more features than you'll usually find on drives. This probably stems from the fact that EBS also advertises the ValveDrive as a tube preamp, not just as a tube overdrive.
The EQ section takes a little getting used to - but it is very well explained in the manual, so don't worry. The pedal is also huge and heavy as hell, and that's where the 4 stars for handling come from. The sound, however, is well worth the effort.

As for sound, the 2 channels are very different in nature. The modern channel, indicated by a red LED above the "Vintage" footswitch, produces a very focused, punchy sound that retains clarity even on higher gain settings. Upon pressing the "Vintage" switch, the LED turns to a warm yellow - welcome to the vintage channel. This one produces a much more "overdriven tube amp"-like sound: dirtier, grittier, crunchy and a lot less focused/punchy. Unfortunately, it loses volume (or at least perceived volume) on higher gain settings when compared to the modern channel. On low gain settings (im running the gain at about 9 o'clock) they're very well balanced, however, and you can really use both channels as independent sounds. Also, I've never heard a pedal do low gain on bass better than the ValveDrive.

The quality is great as always, built like a tank, just the right amount of resistance when turning the pots and quality switches. It also looks cool as hell with the chrome tube cage and the orange lighting inside it.
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