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Elektron Analog Drive – 8 Drive Pedals In One Box: What Do We Think?

Published on Jan 13, 2017

In this episode we check out the Analog Drive from Swedish company, Elektron. It is eight separate, analog drive circuits in one box. Digitally controlled, analogue audio path, and programmable to boot: sounds interesting, right?
We thought we’d better compare it to a couple of classics and of course, the Strymon Riverside.
It’s a big unit. But it’s eight pedals in one. Y'know, like one box. But eight pedals. Did we say that yet?

Pedals In This Episode…

• Elektron Analog Drive
UK & Europe:

• Wampler Tumnus
UK & Europe:

• Ibanez Tube Screamer Mini
UK & Europe:

• Strymon Riverside
UK & Europe:

• Lovepedal Purple Plexi
UK & Europe:

• Strymon TimeLine
UK & Europe:

• Plosive May Boost Treble Booster

• TheGigRig G2

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Interesting bits and go-to sections…

• Intro and background: 00:00 - 3:33
• Todays amps: 3:33
• First sounds – it’s just like a Tube Screamer!… 3:53
•…and a lot more besides…: 4:19
• What are today’s questions? 4:50
• Clean Boost mode: 5:33
• Mid Drive mode then Dirty Drive: 7:37
• Big Distortion mode: 8:40
• Focussed Distortion mode: 9:38
• Harmonic Fuzz mode: 10:12
• High Gain & Thick Gain modes: 11:00
• Presets: 12: 20
• Mid Drive mode compared to an Ibanez Tube Screamer: 13:58
• Parametric mid control and expression pedal: 16:34
• Gain control and expression pedal: 18:50
• Elektron, Tube Screamer & Riverside: 20:23
• Elektron and Tumnus compared: 23:35
• Elektron and Riverside compared for Focussed Distortion: 26:19
• Elektron and Purple Plexi compared: 28:40
• More Elektron and Riverside comparisons – higher gain: 32:40
• Closing thoughts: 35:58
• Elektron and treble booster in the front: 36:50

Amps in this episode
• 1961 Vox AC30 with 2 x12-inch Celestion Alnico Blue speakers
• Fender Super Reverb Reissue with 4 x 10-inch Jensen P10R speakers

Guitars in this episode
• Fender John Mayer Signature Stratocaster
• Fender Custom Shop ’63 Telecaster – watch Dan’s video at
• Collings 290 DC S – watch Mick’s video at
• Gibson Custom 1958 Les Paul Standard – watch Dan’s video at

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