031 | Walrus Audio Luminary V2: A Closer Look at this Quad Octave Generator Pedal | Transcript

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Scott Schwertly:
Hello, and welcome to episode 31 of the Sonic Renegades Podcast, where we're exploring renegade pedals that have changed the music landscape. Up for today we're going to be talking about Walrus' Luminary Quad Octave Generator Pedal, sounds like a mouthful. Specifically I'll make it even more complex, we're going to talk about version two of this pedal. It's a great one and we can't wait to unpack it on the other side.

Hey everybody, Scott Schwertly and Eric Wilson of Siren Pedals with you guys today. Today we're going to be talking about the Walrus Luminary Quad Octave Generator Pedal V2, this is a fun pedal. I know Eric you have a heart and passion for the world of octave pedals so I know this one definitely has a close place in your heart.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, I picked up this one, I think it was last year now, to replace a POG2 that I had and it's been really great. I've really enjoyed it, it has a lot of really great features and a couple of things that just kind of help it stand out from some other octave pedals I've had.

Scott Schwertly:
Oh yeah. I mean it's definitely feature rich, so it definitely stands apart from your typical octave pedal which is really impressive and I'm excited to actually walk everybody through all the different knobs and options that you get with this thing because it's a good one for sure.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, it's got a lot going on with the flutter knob and the improved low pass filter and attack control, it's just really great.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah, definitely. I mean it's got so many different bells and whistles for an octave pedal which is fantastic. And in addition to that, I mean obviously here at Siren we love good artwork on a pedal and I know this thing has sort of its infamous eye that's on it. I think according to a couple of things I read online it's the dystopian dictators watchful eye, which is really cool. And so I know with V1... I probably like the V1 version a little bit better as far as the artwork, it's just kind of this menacing eye, and then then kind of made the eye open up a little bit in version two which is still really cool, but that's definitely a standout feature. So between all the different features and the artwork it just makes for a really fantastic pedal.

Eric Wilson:
The eye has to be a little bit more open just because it's more clarity, more clarity in the octave, eye's got to be open more.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah, that makes sense, that's a good fit. Speaking of the different versions, for those that have not heard about this pedal before it's actually fairly young. The version one of this pedal actually came out in the spring of 2016, April 18th to be exact, and then after about two years they decided to make some updates to it. And actually on April 24th of 2018, which is the pedal we're going to be talking about, they rolled out with a version two and that one actually had several cool updates that really kind of helps separate it from version one.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. So I don't have any experience with version one at this point, but just in looking at my manual and with my experience with the version two, some of the features and the updates that they made is momentary bypass features, so you can decide on whether you want to have momentary bypass or obviously the latching bypass, there's a tremolo effect added to the flutter knob, which is honestly really cool if you have it as an ambient fade in sort of thing. And then just the refined active controls and low pass filter and then a lengthened attack time as well. So just kind of an overall feature boost in a way, overall a little bit of a quality boost, and I really enjoyed it.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. So with all that stuff the price tag on something like this, you're looking at about $319 for version two. I'm not sure how much V one is these days, I'm going to try to snag that. But yeah, for all that you're getting there, not too bad. Obviously a little bit more expensive than your typical sort of boutique pedal, but yeah, you're definitely getting a lot with it to justify that price point. Eric is that about how much you spent for yours or did you get yours new?

Eric Wilson:
So mine was actually a Christmas gift, so I have no idea how much it cost. But as far as active pedals go, I'd say it's pretty spot on with the POG2 or some of the other ones that are out there.

Scott Schwertly:
Nice, yeah. The POG2 is actually a pedal that I've had my eye on for quite some time, and I haven't immersed myself as much in the world of octave pedals as you have, but slowly getting there, and it looks like this obviously might be a good one to start with. So speaking of just octave pedals in general, obviously there's a lot of artists that generally have an octave pedal in their board, specifically looking into this one, there's actually a few names that were cool to see on the list of artists that actually use this pedal. One was Albert Hammond, Jr. of The Strokes, which I thought was cool.

Eric Wilson:
Oh wow.

Scott Schwertly:
And then actually a YouTuber that I really enjoy, Tyler Larson of Music Is Win, he was actually spotted with a Walrus Luminary V2. And I think actually Albert Hammond actually uses the V1 on his board if I'm correct.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. I think I saw that one when I was looking it up and I also saw it... I mean they had Corey Wong doing the demo which that dude is a killer player, good Lord, he is so good.

Scott Schwertly:
Oh yeah, yeah. I do have a heart for him, I actually have a blue Strat and it's really just inspired because of Cory Wong and his blue Strat. Yeah, I guess that was me trying to mimic him or me wanting to be Cory Wong, but yeah, I love his playing, he's so good. Yeah, I think he was actually in Nashville I think in January of this year and I had it on my calendar forever, never actually went through with getting tickets, but I'm kind of regretting it now, I wish I would have actually got to see him play live. Hopefully maybe again sometime in the months ahead once we get past all this COVID stuff. Have you actually had a chance to see Cory play?

Eric Wilson:
I haven't had a chance to see him play live but I'd love to go and check it out.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. I mean he's solid like you mentioned. Well perfect. Well let's go ahead and actually talk about... We've kind of hinted at some of the features that you get with this pedal, but we'll kind of go through it in detail. There are several knobs, lots of different things that you can do. So yeah, we'll just kind of walk you guys through those real quick.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. So your top row of knobs is going to be your octave controls, so it starts from left to right, it's down two octaves, down one octave, up one octave, and then up two octaves, and obviously you blend those in.

Respectively with the knob down at the bottom left which is your dry wet mix, so obviously you blend your dry signal with the active signal.

Next to that is the attack knob, so the higher that you turn that attack knob the slower the octaves will be to fade into your signal. So all the way down it should track right with your playing, as you fade it up it's more of a swelling effect.
Then next to that is the filter knob which is a low pass filter to kind of tame those highs if you want to add more highs into your signal, but they're just getting a little harsh, you can turn that up and it kind of keeps it tame, keeps it in a good range to where you're not ripping your ears off. But it also, as you turn it further, you can kind of make it operate as like a envelope `filter kind of thing, kind of quaky sort of thing.

And then next to that, to the right of that, is actually the flutter knob. And so that's kind of where you can add that tremolo effect and as you turn that up, the tremolo effect gets faster. So you can get some really cool sounds with it. I know I've used it for a lot of really ambient stuff, but also I can blend in the octaves if I need to make a lead line a little bit thicker or something like that.
And then also you have three presets on tap which I actually find to be extremely useful. Well because having presets is useful, but it's also not eight presets like the POG2 where I can't possibly think of any reason why I would need almost 10 presets for just octaves.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. Overall this pedal is really impressive, I mean it's just got so much that you can do with it. In fact one thing I thought was really cool is earlier when we just kind of researching all the different things that this pedal does, Rabea Massaad, another one of my favorite YouTubers, he was able to get some really moody, organ type tones from this thing. And again, just one small piece of all the other things that you can do with this pedal, which is a again really, really impressive. So again, it makes me want to get something like this and add it to my board because it's definitely lacking on my board at the moment. So yeah, really cool.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. It's one of those pedals that can add pretty much no matter what you're doing. So you can either add an octave down or octave up and do an octave fuzz kind of thing if you have a fuzz pedal on your board. Or you can also create those organ tones like you were saying, third into a lot of delay, a lot of reverb and create some really cool different soundscape stuff that's really good for cinematic type music and stuff like that. So overall I found it really useful, really versatile, and it's been great for me to have that.

Scott Schwertly:
So on that note it seems like this is a really good jumping off point to actually go ahead and take this thing out for a spin. So we're going to go ahead and plug this thing in now and let you guys actually listen to it for yourself. Eric, what guitar are you going to go with today?

Eric Wilson:
I'm going to go ahead and play my Les Paul today. The first demo I'm going to do, I'm going to do more of the theorial organ type stuff just to kind of show you how it can add to a cinematic type vibe. And then after that going to go to more of a straightforward octave thing, show you a little bit of the different features with the flutter and things like that. So still playing through the iridium, through the chime channel, going straight into logic.

Scott Schwertly:
Awesome. Can't wait to hear it. So we're going to get that all set up and we'll see you guys on the other side.

Eric Wilson:
All right, that was the Walrus Audio Luminary, the version two. It's a great octave pedal, I love having it and you should definitely check it out.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. And I mean it's definitely solid and yeah, a great one, great addition to any board for sure, and got to love all the features, got to love the artwork, a typical Walrus pedal. Yeah, really a solid build.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. I think it's a really good happy medium between having the Nano POG where you only have a few controls and then having the POG2 where you have this giant box that has a ton of controls and a ton of presets. It kind of combines the two, gives you kind of a happy medium and as well as with some of its own characteristics that are really nice.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah, definitely, for sure. Well there you go guys, that's what we wanted to cover today with the Walrus Luminary V2 Pedal. Join us next time, we're going to get into covering another delay pedal, I think we've only covered maybe a handful of delays here on the podcast. Specifically we're going to talking about Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man 1100-TT Delay Pedal, sounds like a mouthful. Basically it's going to be the Memory Man Tap Tempo Delay Pedal. It's a good one and we're excited to be talking about that one in the next episode. Until then guys I hope you have a great day, hope you have a great week, and we will catch you in the next episode.

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