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059 | Walrus Audio Monument: A Closer Look at this Harmonic Tap Tremolo Pedal | Transcript

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Scott Schwertly:
Hello, and welcome to episode 59 of the Sonic Renegades podcast. We're exploring Renegade pedals that have changed the music landscape. For today's discussion we're going to be taking a look at the Walrus Monument. If you love tremolo, that's what we're going to be talking about. We'll see you on the other side.

Hey, everybody. Scott Schwertly and Eric Wilson of Siren Pedals with you today. Hope you are having a fantastic one. Well, for today's topic we've got the Walrus Monument, specifically the Walrus Monument harmonic tap tremolo V2 pedal. This thing has been an absolute gem over the last couple of weeks. I know I've enjoyed it quite a bit for someone who typically runs a Boss TR-2 to pedal, I felt like this has been a nice upgrade. Yeah. I'm really looking forward to talking about this one with you guys today.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. I've really enjoyed getting to mess with this one for this morning. And, well, really since I picked it up from you, I've kind of been messing around with it. So it's really usable. It's got a lot of really great controls and has a lot of really great features to, like you said, make it a nice upgrade from something like a TR-2.

Scott Schwertly:
Absolutely. And I know when they came out with V1 back in, I believe April of 2017, it was obviously in a bigger enclosure size, and they've been able to take some of the greatest hits from that, shrink it down into this smaller enclosure. And this one here, this newer one, the version two that we're talking about. I believe has been around for about two years. So it actually came out in March of 2019. So yeah, definitely, Walrus's take on tremolo is been a really great thing to see.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. And when I saw this pop up, it popped up around the same time is the JHS Kodiak. And so originally I thought I'm like, "Oh, these are probably almost the same thing." Just because they looked very similar. They had a lot of the same features. They only differed in a few different areas. And so I had bought the Kodiak and I was looking at this as well. But now that I've tried this one, and I had the Kodiak before, they are very different, but they're both very good. And just a really great tremolo pedal.

Scott Schwertly:
And for those of you that are maybe in that same boat, maybe you are thinking about getting into the world of tremolo or maybe you're wanting to revamp your board. Like I mentioned, just a minute ago, I've been a longtime user of the Boss TR-2 tremolo pedal and wanted to see what else was out there. Yeah. Found an opportunity to get this one, but yeah, if you're in that same boat and you're looking at the Monument versus the Kodiak, I believe we actually covered the Kodiak on this podcast several episodes ago. I don't remember the exact episode number, but if you wanted to do a comparison or two, definitely go back and look for that episode.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. That was definitely a great pedal. And you should definitely check that one out too, if you're looking at either of these.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. It's definitely a great episode and yeah, definitely worth checking out. Well, obviously you guys are here to learn more about the Walrus Monument, so let's go and get into some of the nitty-gritty with this pedal and, yeah, talk about some of the details. So again, we're talking about V2 here. Yeah, and I'm really happy with this pedal. I think a lot of the changes that they made in comparison to V1 from 2017 are really great. And then obviously the big standout for me is, obviously it's on a smaller enclosure size, it takes up less space. Some people have complained that with it though, it's a little bit more subtle. You get a little bit less mids, but at the end of the day, I still feel it's a very, very solid pedal.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. I kind of wonder if those criticisms are actual or just kind of psychological. But yeah, the thing that I really like about the V2 is they expanded the capability of the side jack. So it now supports external tap tempo. Or it can function is an expression control for any of the many parameters that you can control with that. And then I also noticed that they listed in their improvements, improved tremolo response across all different tremolo rates. Now, I haven't tried the V1 so I can't attest to that, but something to note.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. I mean, there's definitely a lot that's offered within this small package and I, too, have not tested the V1. So it's hard to fully chime in on that one, but looking at the V2, and for what it's worth. Yeah. It's been really enjoyable. So let's go and actually talk about knobs and what you can expect. There's a lot that's packed into this small stomp box. So really what you're dealing with here are really five knobs and total you've got volume, division, rate, shape, depth, and, yeah, really the option here to go between... There's a toggle switch between for harmonic and standard. So yeah, there's a lot at your fingertips. So we'll go through this in a little bit more detail.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, so obviously the volume adjusts your overall volume. If you put the volume at noon, it's going to pretty much be at unity whenever you turn the pedal on, for the most part, give or take a little bit. The shape knob changes, the LFO wave shapes. You can move between sine, square, ramp, lumps, and a random wave cycle, which I think the Kodiak had a random thing too, or it was a rhythmic or whatever. But those modes are really cool. And then they also added a harmonic and standard toggle switch. So standard is your standard tremolo and harmonic is more of that vintage Fender tremolo kind of thing, which actually harmonic is my personal favorite. So I really liked that this has that. Rate obviously helps you set the rate of the tremolo division, sets the tap tempo subdivision of whatever you tap it'll be subdivision of that. And then the depth obviously controls the strength and then you got your bypass and your tap switches and then your expression jack. But yeah, all around it's really approachable, really usable. Nothing too complicated. So, yeah.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. It definitely seems like there's a lot based on the different parameters that were outlined, but yeah, if you just sit down with it for a few minutes, yeah. It's not as intimidating as it sounds so pretty straightforward. And for me, honestly, I don't use tremolo a ton just here and there on certain things that I'm working on and it's more than suitable for that sort of environment. So it's probably more of a pedal than what I need, but it's got everything I need if I want to grow in that world of tremolo. So yeah, it's been an excellent fit.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, well, and a really great feature about the Monument is the bypass momentary function. So it has the ability to where you can hold down the bypass switch and it'll have the effect on for however long you're holding the switch. And then as soon as you release it, it shuts it off. So that's a really cool thing. Because you can do a lot of really cool stuff if you're playing and you want a certain trap or tremolo or something, you don't have to click the pedal on, click the pedal off super quick for a certain part. You can just hold it down instead.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. So yeah, definitely lots of bells and whistles like that all packed within this pedal. Well, awesome. Well, if you guys are curious to actually hear what this thing sounds like, we're going to get everything connected and, yeah, give you a taste of what the Walrus Monument is all about.

Eric Wilson:
Sweet. So yeah. So I'm going to use the Strat into the Monument, then into the Iridium, and then into Logic.

Scott Schwertly:
Perfect. Well, we're going to get this set up, guys, and we'll see you on the other side.

Eric Wilson:
That was the Walrus Audio Monument, a great tremolo option if you're looking for this sort of thing and, yeah, definitely recommend checking it out.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. And you can pick one up if you're really sold on getting one. Brand new they're about $199 on typical sites like Sweetwater or directly from Walrus. So not absolutely terrible. Obviously what you can expect with sort of a boutique, high-end pedal, but yeah, if you really want to up your game in the world of tremolo, this is definitely a good one to add to the collection.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. Walrus is always putting out great stuff in that boutique market.

Scott Schwertly:
Agreed. If you purchase a Walrus product, you're always going to get something of quality and you're going to get the great artwork as well. So yeah, big fans of what Walrus is doing. Now, on the opposite end of that, we're going to completely change gears for next week. We're going to get into the new line of pedals from Amazon Basic. So we're going to, basically, go from boutique and quality to cheap and maybe not so much on the quality end. So, specifically, we're going to take a closer look at the Amazon Basics distortion pedals. So there's a lot of buzz going on online right now. I mean, there's a plethora of videos and other things, articles that I've read talking about Amazon Basics' pedals, and yeah, we're going to spend a few minutes next week and share our thoughts on one of their pedals. So yeah, looking forward to having that discussion.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. That'll be great. I always like being able to find budget pedals to suggest to beginners or people who are just getting started into pedals. So that'll be great.

Scott Schwertly:
Most definitely. So yeah. Excited to have that conversation and until then, have a great day. Have a great week and we'll catch you in the next one.

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