Earthquaker Plumes Small Signal Shredder Overdrive PedalItem ID: EQDPLUMV1USA
Plumes, the new overdrive from Earthquaker, takes a legendary staple circuit that is famed for taking beautifully-saturated amps to places that defined careers, and gives it a face-lift in all the best places.
A different set of OpAmps/Buffers, a higher impedance level, more headroom, and special attention to the tone control and cutoff coupled with 3 different clipping modes, places this classic on to modern pedalboards.
It also features silent switching, an all analog signal path, and only draws 25ma. And as with all Earthquaker Devices, the build quality is off the charts.
The Plumes is a low to medium gain overdrive based on the trusty lime-green overdrive that has been an industry staple since its inception. This is the kind of overdrive 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, we feel the Plumes has a few twists and turns to make it unique enough to stand out.
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. We’ve raised the input impedance to a whopping 10 megaohms for a stronger signal with more clarity and chime. We’ve also adjusted 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.
Controls & Highlights
- Unique approach to a classic tube-like overdrive circuit offering more headroom, lower noise and far better signal integrity
- Features 3 different clipping options: symmetrical LED, asymmetrical silicon, and no diode OpAmp drive
- Reimagined tone control to sculp low end, clear top end, and focused midrange
- Features EarthQuaker Devices’ proprietary Flexi-Switch™ Technology
- True bypass / All-analog signal path