Vox Valvenergy Silk Drive

black_doug

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I just bought one of the Vox pedals that comes with a Nutube. It’s one of their Valvenergy series, the Silk Drive. I’ve been trying it out today with my acoustic guitar, in front of my DI, into my PA. I’m looking for a way of warming up and sweetening the sound of the acoustic a little. The Silk Drive has the lowest gain compared to the others is the series. Vox says it’s designed to give you the sound of a boutique tube amp. It’s eq has controls for bass, middle, and treble so it allows me to shape the tone as well.

I’m hoping to avoid ever having to replace a tube. I also want something to replace a rack-mounted ART Tube Channel.

I can hear a significant improvement and like what the pedal adds to the tone.

My next test will be to try it with my Strat, and Tele, in front of my tube amps.
 

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I had some time with the Silk Drive, a Tele, and a couple of my tube amps today. The amps were a Marshall SC20 combo, and the Fender SF Champ in my avatar pic. I don’t own more than one other OD pedal, unless you want to call a Rat an overdrive. I included it in my ”tryout” anyway, along with my T-Rex Møller. The Møller and the Silk Drive, I discovered, have pretty equal amounts of gain. The Møller has the advantage of having a mix function, and a separate boost circuit. The Silk Drive has a 3-way EQ, whereas the others just a tone knob. It’s more versatile in tone-shaping. It also has a bright switch.

Switching back forth between the three I found each one to have a distinct tone. No surprise.

Conclusion: The Nutube in the Silk Drive definitely provides a smoother, more even tone. This is what I was hoping for. I predict it will see a lot of use.
 

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Very nice! I love mine and never thought about trying it in for acoustic so I will.
I use mine as a direct electric solution (in the fx loop of a NUX cerberus) set juuussst clean with a bit of grit when you dig in, either with the cab sim or in preamp mode with a dark IR or in standard with a bright IR.
Wouldn't mind getting the Mystic Edge at some stage as it'll be closer to my tube amp and hopefully I can not mess with pedal settings when I going from amp to direct.
Have fun with it :)
 




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