CREATiON AUDiO LABS HOLY fiRE BASS DVERDRiVE PRICE £ 1 9 5
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A s I said earlier, the Holy Fire
has been carefully engineered so
that none of your bass's natural
frequency range is lost, which
m ean s that even at extrem e
settings an old Precision will still
sound like an old Precision, and the
tone from your active Ken Sm ith
will retain all of its quality. If you're
in the m arket for an overdrive, it's
worth considering that both the
build and the sound of the Holy
Fire are outstanding and place this
pedal well above the average for a
b a ss overdrive. H
treble fre q u e n cie s w h e n turned a n ticlo ck w ise and ad d s th em in as
you turn it up. Th e so lid on/off fo o tsw itch w o rk s sile n tly and above
it the sta tu s L E D c h a n g e s co lo u r fro m red to y e llo w as the sign al
sta rts to overdrive.
Th e sig n a l p ro c e ssin g in sid e th e H o ly Fire re sh a p e s th e disto rtio n
w ave fo rm u sin g algo rith m s m o d elled on early co m p u ter techn olo gy.
In p ractice , th is m e a n s a d istin ctive o verd rive so u n d that d o e sn 't
affect or co lo u r the b a ss's natural tone at all. In o ther w o rd s, no ne of
the low fre q u e n cie s of your b a ss are lo st even at the m o st e xtre m e
se ttin g s: th is is qu ite u n usual in a foo t pedal and v e ry w e lco m e . The
o verd rive and distortion co n tro ls interact w ith each other: u sin g both,
th e re 's a m a ssiv e range of e ffe cts available from the m o st su b tle
M o to w n valve so u n d right through to a 1970s sci-fi an alo gu e sty le
fu zz, co m p lete w ith sa ta n ic su sta in and slo w ly d e co m p o sin g sign al.
B ein g la st in the sig n a l chain, the gain w o rk s w h e th er or not the
fo o tsw itch is on, and in th is re sp e c t it's better to th in k o f it a s a
m a ster vo lu m e. It d o e sn 't actu ally affect the am o u n t o f o verd rive or
d isto rtio n , ju st the o verall o u tp u t level, s o it's b e st to sta rt w ith the
gain s e t h a lfw ay (w hich se e m e d to co rre sp o n d to the vo lu m e of the
b a ss p lu g ge d d ire ctly into the am p) and then se t your distortion and
o verd rive, before a d ju stin g the o utp ut level w ith the gain control.
T h is w ay, w h e n you sto m p on the fo o tsw itch you 'll have the right
vo lu m e level.
B ackin g off the o verd rive and w o rkin g w ith ju st the distortion
co ntrol to sta rt w ith , the so u n d is su rp risin g ly subtle. If you like your
b a ss o verd rive taste fu l and natural, yo u 'll find w h a t yo u 're looking
for here. W ith the gain se t halfw ay, little h a p p e n s until the distortion
control g e ts to ab out 10 o 'clo ck, w h e n a w arm , natural crunch slo w ly
d e ve lo p s alo ng w ith a sm o o th in cre a se in volu m e. W ith ju st the
o verd rive, the effect is m uch m ore strikin g and by the tim e yo u 've
turned it fu lly up, yo u 're liste n in g to the so rt of o verd rive your dad
u se d to b o a st about, like a 1960s M arshall sta c k or a Su n n C o lise u m
rig w ith the tap s up full. T h is w a s the o p p o site of w h a t I had
e xp e cte d , a s no rm ally the d istortion w ou ld be far m ore a g g re ssiv e
than the overd rive. B u t both are d istin ctiv e an d m u sica l: u sin g both
co n tro ls together, and ca refu lly a d ju stin g each, you 'll find e xa ctly the
so u n d and effect yo u 're after.
TECHNICAL SPECifiCATION
PRICE
£195
FEATURES
Gain, overdrive, distortion, hi-cut
POWER
48VDC to 260VAC power supply
included
WHAT WE THiNk
PLUS
| Solid build, no unwanted noise and
perfect for your next Halloween gig
MINUS
| Can't be run on batteries;
powered by a hefty 48V PSU which means
you can't daisy-chain it from other effects in
your pedalboard
OVERALL
| Another top quality pedal
from Creation Audio Labs. W ell made and
definitely worth an audition
b g m
r a t i n g
BUILD QUALiTY
SOUND QUALITY
VALUE
bass guitar magazine
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