Why Volume Pedals
One of the most essential pedals for any ambient player is the volume pedal. It is hands down the best way to create nice smooth swells that will fill tons of space within your songs. These moments are especially great for showing off your creative delays, reverbs, and other modulation settings you have worked so hard to create. In this video our swells were created using the new Bloomery Volume Pedal created by the team over at Tapestry Audio.
This volume pedal made its way onto my board a few months ago and won’t be going anywhere. It is truly revolutionary to the entire volume pedal game. The most obvious feature of the Bloomery is the size. This thing is Tiny! Whats amazing is that even though it is so small and compact it doesn’t feel like any pedal is missing. Not to mention the solid steel construction. In fact, this pedal is just as heavy as my last volume pedal even though it is half the size. The bloomer feels solid under your foot and is rugged enough to last for a long time. I’m a big fan of the small size because it has given me enough room to add a compressor to my board. This extra real estate was reason enough to love this pedal.
While its footprint may be small, the Bloomery volume pedal still has a nice full sweep. I feel just as in control using this pedal as I did my old Ernie Ball Jr. One really interested thing about the design of this pedal is that it goes just past 90 degrees for full volume. This means it’s a little more natural feeling on an angled board like the Pedaltrain 2 featured in this video. These little quirks are what sets this pedal beyond the others on the market.
No Strings Attached
However, what is most important to me is the sound quality of this pedal. Tapestry Audio gives us two options to choose from, active or passive. This video features the active version of this pedal. This allows you to use the tuner out without any tone loss to your signal. Tone loss is an issue that has been plaguing volume pedals for years. It is refreshing to have a volume pedal where I don’t have to worry about that. The other feature that sets this volume pedal apart from is competitors is that the builders have finally done away with the string design. Instead of a string that could break at any moment the Bloomery uses a slide potentiometer and a drive shaft. Finally we are free from a world where you have to worry if your pedal will fail with every swell.
One other feature of the bloomer is that it may be used as an expression pedal. The only limitation is that this feature is only available on the passive version of the pedal. The small size of the pedal means that you may finally be able to justify the space needed to use an expression pedal on your board.
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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