Boutique pedal brand Walrus Audio are known for creating some of the most inspiring modern day guitar stompboxes. But what separates them from everyone else? When it comes to Walrus Audio, there is often more than meets the eye.
We’ve picked out five of the coolest features you might have missed. Strap in and be inspired.
About Walrus Audio
Based in Oklahoma City, the company consists of artists and engineers influenced by their favourite pedals. In turn, they’ve been shaping some of the most experimental and unique sounds out there today.
While some larger companies lean towards building versatile pedals in order to cater to a larger market, smaller stompbox brands tend to put more focus on niche tones. Walrus themselves state it’s their aim to create interesting effects to both look at and play, and they’re certainly doing a top job.
From punchy overdrives to distortion, ambient reverb to tremolo and swirling phaser to chorus, there’s a wealth of effects to discover. Let’s take a look at the intuitive features Walrus Audio are serving up.
Tap Tempo Sync
Any Walrus pedal with a tap tempo switch can sync up with another tap tempo pedal. This means rather than setting an accurate tempo for each individual pedal, you can use a Walrus pedal’s switch to set it for both, saving yourself a few extra very precise taps.
You’ll find the nifty feature on the ARP-87 digital delay, Monument tremolo and all-encompassing Bellweather analogue delay. This function normally works with any tap tempo stompbox with an open switch and active low. Simply connect the two with a patch cable and you’ll be right on beat.
Jupiter Fuzz Adjustable Noise Gate
The V2 Jupiter model introduced a number of exciting hands-on and decorative additions to the gritty, thick-sounding fuzz pedal.
As well as an increase in gain, higher sensitivity tone knob and hot new artwork, the V2 has an internal trim pot gate control you could use either to dial down the aggression or implement hard cut-offs for a stuttering ‘dying battery’ effect. This way you don’t have to power the Jupiter from a noisy non-isolated source or use a virtual battery for the same effect.