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Sep 3, 2021

Walrus Audio Eras Distortion

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Dirt box lovers have the inclination to collect dozens of pedals that do the same thing in slightly different ways, whether it’s distortion, overdrive, or fuzz. Modern dirt boxes aim at making these folks’ lives easier, by providing one device that can deliver a wider palette of tones. Enter Walrus Audio Eras, a fully analog stompbox built on the same form factor as the Ages Overdrive that does exactly that within the high gain distortion realm through its 5 modes.

These are the five flavors you get, affecting mostly the mid-range:

I. Tight mode with a slight mid-cut, LED hard clipping, and internal volume control. Fastest response, great for palm muting.
II. Tight mode with a slight mid-cut and silicon hard clipping. Smooth with added compression.
III. Dual clipping mode with a slight mid-cut and both silicon and LED hard clipping. Rich & full with added sustain.
IV. Rhythm mode with a deeper mid-cut, LED hard clipping, and internal volume control. Scooped mids, tight response.
V. Rhythm mode with a deeper mid-cut and silicon hard clipping. Rhythmic, warm and full.

A useful Blend knob lets you reintroduce some clean signal when needed for extra dynamics and clarity, while Bass and Treble allow for a fair amount of tone-sculpting and amp-tailoring – reportedly, the bass control can add a massive amount of low frequencies, which makes sense, considering that this pedal is targeting metal players. This makes it sound great on bass, by the way!

Time to hear how this beast sounds, in the videos below!

Eras is a no apologies, high-gain distortion that’s ready to chug, shred, and palm mute with tight response and multiple clipping options. Use the Blend knob at max for a full distortion onslaught or roll back the Blend knob to creatively stack and mix other dirt pedals placed in front of Eras. Great for bassists that want to blend in their dry signal as well. Anywhere you set it, the Eras is ready to deliver a diverse world of speaker ripping sounds.

The Eras features a five-position rotary knob that offers the following gain states:

I. Tight mode with a slight mid-cut, LED hard clipping, and internal volume control. Fastest response, great for palm muting.
II. Tight mode with a slight mid-cut and silicon hard clipping. Smooth with added compression.
III. Dual clipping mode with a slight mid-cut and both silicon and LED hard clipping. Rich & full with added sustain.
IV. Rhythm mode with a deeper mid-cut, LED hard clipping, and internal volume control. Scooped mids, tight response.
V. Rhythm mode with a deeper mid-cut and silicon hard clipping. Rhythmic, warm and full.

Think of each position as a different “flavor” of the pedal. Blend in dry signal or other pedals in combination with the gain states for a near-infinite amount of distortion sounds.