EarthQuaker Device has announced its latest innovation with the launch of the Plumes, a low to medium gain overdrive.
The Plumes is based on the trusty lime-green overdrive that has been an industry staple since its inception, that works in conjunction with a good valve amp to create the warm saturation people like to call “transparent”. While this circuit has been the foundation of countless other overdrives available today, the Plumes has a few twists and turns to make it unique enough to stand out, claims EQD.
• Unique approach to a classic tube-like overdrive circuit – offers more headroom, lower noise and far better signal integrity
• Features 3 different clipping options: symmetrical LED, asymmetrical silicon and no diode OpAmp drive
• Re-imagined tone control – helps to sculpt low end, clear top end and focused midrange
• All-analog signal path • Flexi-Switch™ – allows for momentary and traditional latching-style switching from a single footswitch
• Silent soft-touch switching with True Bypass
• Powered by regular 9 V DC PSU (centre -, 2.1 mm, ~25 mA current draw) The Plumes does away with the trusted JRC4558 OpAmp and the BJT buffers and replaces them with low noise JFET OpAmps for a more robust and precise signal with a significantly lower noise floor.
The 9v power input is internally converted to +/- 9v for more headroom and a clarity that is almost three-dimensional. The input impedance has been rasied to a whopping 10 megaohms for a stronger signal with more clarity and chime. Adjustments have been made to the cutoff of the tone control to deliver a more useful range of travel with more booming bass on the low end without sacrificing the cutting midrange and bright top end. Last, but certainly not least, the Plumes offers three different clipping options to ensure that it will work with a wide variety of gear and playing styles. Mode 1 is symmetrical clipping utilizing a pair of light emitting diodes. This is the crunchiest setting the Plumes has to offer. When played through a clean amp, it’ll deliver a reasonable facsimile of that classic crunchy valve amp tone. Mode 2 is clean boost mode. This eliminates the soft clipping diodes altogether and leaves you with straight OpAmp drive. This is perfect for pushing your clean tone out in front or driving the preamp of an already overdriven amp into tasteful breakup territory. Mode 3 is an asymmetrical silicon diode arrangement similar to the stock screamer but with more output and clean clarity; the tone some people describe as “transparent”. The Plumes features EarthQuaker Devices relay-based “soft touch” Flexi-Switch™ Technology for both momentary and latching footswitch operation as well as a very low 25mA current draw. Each and every Plumes is built one-at-a-time by delightful little hands in Akron, Ohio; the charred, black heart in the heart of it all…
Plumes will be shipping to dealers in the UK from ADG and available for public sale on the brand’s own EarthQuaker Day – August 3rd 2019