Walrus Audio at VGS 2020

VGS 2020: We hear a lot of charming sounds featured on albums a lot of us are listening to. 

From Dawes to Sigur Ros, from Sting to Mastodon, from Bonnie Raitt to Kendrick Lamar, and from Flying Burrito Brothers to Harry Styles, we are constantly listening to you play music. 

We are moved by songs, riffs, solos, melodies, lyrics and album art that come from your creativity and hard work. We’re moved by what moves you. That directly correlates to the development of a sound, a box, a pedal. 

It is our goal to make guitar effects that are as interesting to play as they are to look at. So that’s what we are going to do

Colt W, President Walrus

What started with a few guys in a small, almost closet sized office in Norman Oklahoma in 2011, has moved to Oklahoma City and grown to almost 20 employees that absolutely love what they do. And now we have a big enough office to actually have a closet.

Walrus Audio Team (March 2020): A collective of artists, musicians, engineers, video game nerds, cyclists and cat owners.

Walrus Audio Team (March 2020): A collective of artists, musicians, engineers, video game nerds, cyclists and cat owners. (Image credit: Walrus Audio)

Colt Westbrook, aka President Walrus

Colt Westbrook, aka President Walrus (Image credit: Walrus Audio)

Walrus Audio VOYAGER Overdrive

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Voyager Overdrive – first Walrus Audio model… still in our lineup

The Voyager is Walrus classic that dates back to the company's Brady Smith era. A gain/preamp overdrive, it uses a simple set of controls to open up a wide spectrum of tones. 

Keep the gain low and it can add some magic sparkle and life to your signal, with exceptional clarity. Ramp up the gain and you can take it into thick overdrive territory. 

All the while that clarity is remarkable and pronounced. Little wonder that the likes of Ed O'Brien, Joe Bonamassa and Nels Cline were big fans.

Walrus Audio JULIA Chorus / Vibrato

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JULIA Chorus / Vibrato – released 2016, first worldwide success

The Julia is a fully analog, feature-rich chorus/vibrato that has been updated for 2020 with top-mounted jacks, soft-switch bypassing and new artwork from Adam Forster.

You can use Julia as a mild and smooth chorus, adding depth and movement to your tone. Or dial in seasick vibrato for some through-the-looking-glass guitar tones. Julia will make all the stops in between subtle and warped, between classic and unique. 

From smooth and tight modulation at lower settings, to warbling detune at maximum, the Lag knob adds a new dimension to the traditional Chorus/Vibrato landscape

With controls like Lag, Dry-Chorus-Vibrato Blend, and selectable analog LFO wave shapes, Julia expands upon what you might think is possible with chorus. 

The Lag control is particularly special, allowing you to set the centre delay time that the LFO effect modulates from. With a turn of the dial you can for from smooth and tight to a warbling, detuned effect. This is chorus/vibrato with an extra-dimensional je ne sais quoi.

Walrus Audio SLÖ Multi-Texture Reverb

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SLÖ Multi-Texture Reverb – our top pedal for 2019 and 2020

The Slö Multi Texture Reverb brings a lot of different flavours of ambience to the table. You can use it for lush, modulated tones, perfect for psychedelic chords, or dial in sleepy and ambient soundscapes en route to dream-pop nirvana. 

Stocked with three different algorithms, each engineered for transcendent, musical textures, the Slö will close the distance between the subconscious and reality, opening up new musical possibilities.

2020 Walrus Audio Lineup

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Walrus Audio JULIANNA Deluxe Chorus/Vibrato

JULIANNA Deluxe Chorus / Vibrato (Tech Demo)

Julianna is able to produce mild smooth chorus, to seasick vibrato, to everywhere in between. Familiar controls like Lag, Dry-Chorus-Vibrato Blend, and selectable LFO wave shapes are all still here, but Julianna employs some new tricks: The Secondary LFO speed, modulation drift, tap/expression control and momentary features will have you commanding all new kinds of sounds not found in traditional chorus pedals.

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