Valeton EP-2 Passive Volume Expression Pedal
While a smooth taper and a durable casing are a must-have for gigging musicians, those of us who mostly play in our bedroom and lightly (if ever) gig don’t really need to shell out a bunch of money for the best gear money can buy.
While Valeton may not be a household name, the EP-2 is worth a solid look for anyone who’s just wanting a basic volume/expression pedal to get the job done. The unit, as implied by the name, pulls double duty as an expression and volume pedal; two tasks which it performs admirably.
- Design: Volume Pedal
- Circuit: Passive
- Best For: Works with both Passive & Active Pickups
- Dimensions: 5.85" x 2.58" x 2.40"
- Weight: 0.55 lbs
Being a passive pedal, the EP-2 also doesn’t require any external power source in order to function. Because of this, it’s a bit more hassle-free than a unit that would require either a battery or a power adapter.
The main complaint that some musicians have with the unit is that the taper isn’t the smoothest around. A taper is the curve which volume reduction follows, with a smooth taper offering a lot of room between full volume and no volume. This is a bit of a drawback if you’re planning on using this pedal a lot, but it won’t be as big of a deal if you’re using it in a more limited capacity.
The unit also comes with a hard plastic casing, which while not reliable enough for gigging will likely hold up just fine under regular practice conditions.