Walrus audio is a Oklahoma-based boutique pedal manufacturer whose creations found their way onto pedalboards around the globe. Founded in 2011 with Colt Westbrook being the primary helmsman, Walrus Audio is a collective of engineers, musicians and artists out to find the balance between art and performance in sound manipulation. Apart from rather conventional pedals like the popular Voyagar and the 385 Overdrive, the innovative minds at Walrus Audio come up with adventurous pedals like the Descent that combines a reverb and an octave with virtually countless possibilities for tweaking.
The product development process starts off, most of the time, with an accurate idea of a sound. By laying out different modules of a circuit, changing the order, exchanging certain parts and experimenting with their values the pursuit of this sound is achieved. Once satisfied with a prototype the pedal is put to the test in studios and by various session musicians. The detailed feedback helps to determine what needs improvement to create a truly desireable pedal. Finally after having chosen a proper name for the pedal, the artist Nathan Price will sketch out a few design ideas from which one will be the final one. Just like that a new pedal is born and ready to be released.
Having built various all-analog pedals, Walrus Audio has recently ventured into the world of digital signal processing. Hereby opening up to even more innovative and sonically suprising pedal creations.
Walrus Audio – a name to keep it mind!
More than a one-trick pony... The Walrus Audio Voyager can serve as a treble shaper, clean boost or as an overdrive. All of this with a great amount of definition and a broad dynamic range. Like many overdrive pedals its set of controls is reduced to three knobs. A volume knob to match the level or to drive the preamp a little more, a tone control to shape predominantly the high frequencies and a gain to go from crunch to lead.Apart from sounding great on its own, when combined with other pedals it can be used to shape the other pedalsâ sound in a superb and efficient way as a boos or a tone shaper. The build quality is top-notch and it is true-bypass.A bunch of good reasons to launch this voyage.
A versatile effect for the battle field. Walrus Audio designed their Warhorn thinking of guitar players who like to keep their pedal boards not too crowded. In other words, it is a one versatile overdrive pedal effect! It includes two EQ knobs (treble and bass), drive and volume knobs, these together already provide you with a lot or sound and colour. But Walrus Audio did not stop there, they added to the Warhorn Overdrive a clipping/compression toggle switch. The up position provides a more compressed, symmetrically clipped tone, and the down position is an asymmetric, more open and organic sound. Experience the two option in our player, you'll get the point.
The son of a projector. Yes, for real, the 385 by Walrus Audio is built after the Bell & Howell Filmosound Projector from the 1950s - therefore being a very different Overdrive Effects Pedal. We read on the net it's being described as an "amp-like" and "tube-like" pedal. Whatever it is, it sounds good and definitely provides that warm tone of vintage film projectors. Just like the Bell and Howell 385 Filmosound, the Walrus Audio 385 is a simple pedal, you will find on it two EQ knobs (treble and bass), volume and gain. That is it. We found the Walrus Audio 385 to be responsive and natural in feel, we liked Walrus' deviation from the original Filmosound by providing bass and treble EQ knobs instead of one tone knob, it really does make the 385 a more versatile pedal and a real joy to play through.