The Walrus Audio Fundamental Distortion belongs to the Oklahoma company’s first sub-$100 line of pedals, but its circuitry borrows from about a decade of experience in designing distortion pedals costing over twice as much.
Although the three controls are what you would expect on any distortion pedal (Gain, Tone and Volume), a touch of uniqueness is introduced via the use of faders rather than knobs – a trend that’s increasingly popular in the pedal realm.
However, what makes this pedal stand out tone-wise among its peers is the 3-way clipping switch, which delivers three slightly different sounds:
- Dark mode is based on a dynamic and touch-sensitive asymmetric silicon clipping with an added high-frequency cut for a warm, darker tone.
- Si stands for Silicon clipping, a diode used for hard clipping that delivers a more compressed and crunchy sound, great for cutting solos.
- LED diodes in this mode are also hard-clipping but less compressed, therefore ideal good for more open crunchy tones. This mode is noticeably louder than the other ones.
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Walrus Audio Fundamental Distortion, Builder’s Notes
The Fundamental Distortion is a 3-mode distortion with the tonal integrity to live on a professional’s pedalboard but with simplified controls friendly enough for even the newest effect pedal users. It covers a wide range of sounds from dark and doom through sharp cutting leads.
For the Fundamental Series, we challenged ourselves to design a set of pedals with the tonal integrity that’s required to live on a professional’s pedalboard, but with simplified controls friendly enough for even the newest effect pedal users. Each Fundamental pedal has three faders for tweaking the sound and a three-way switch for changing pedal modes. The result is a line of pedals that will keep you covered from your first band practice all the way to a sold-out arena. Designed and assembled at Walrus Audio headquarters in OKC, OK.
The Fundamental Distortion is a three-mode distortion. It covers a wide range of sounds from dark and doom through sharp cutting leads.
Gain – The Gain slider sets the amount of gain applied to your guitar signal passing through the distortion circuit.
Tone – The Tone slider controls the signal’s frequency response after distortion. Left of center cuts highs and right of center boosts highs.
Volume – The Volume slider sets the overall output volume of the pedal.
Slide Switch – The slide switch allows you to change between three distinct flavors of the pedal. Each position has different clipping modes or tone profiles.
Dark – Asymmetric silicon clipping with an added high-frequency cut. Think dark and dynamic.
Si – Classic silicon hard clipping diodes. Things get compressed and crunchy.
LED – LED hard clipping diodes. A dynamic and crunchy sound.
Note: The LED clipping mode will be louder due to the nature of the LEDs, so use your volume slider to compensate!