Submitted December 6, 2007
"If you need a simple expression pedal, get this one."
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If someone comes up with the guts of the EV5 in a metal housing (like an Ernie Ball volume pedal) and a jack instead of a fixed cable, I'll replace my EV5 in my setup.
This pedal does not produce a sound, but it helps you to control devices that do make sounds, and in that capacity, it is very good. I have owned a used EV-5 for over six years and have used it live and in the studio extensively, with a number of devices from rackmounted multi-fx units to stompboxes. I am currently using it to control the low pass filter on an xotic Robotalk pedal. The EV-5 is deceptively sturdy, has a decent feel to it, and always functions flawlessly for me. I have tried other expression pedals (Don't use this for volume), including the much more expensive Roland EV7, and they just don't cut the mustard.
Straight up, no BS. A pedal and a pot. The pot may or may not be used, depending on the application. The pot is mounted so that the top is flush with the side of the pedal which keeps it from being broken or accidentally turned.
Ease of Use
Very easy to use. Plug and play.
Even though it's a light plastic pedal, this thing can take some serious abuse. My only beef is that the cord is attached to the pedal. Some people might consider this a feature, but I prefer to be able to disconnect the cable.
This is hard to rate. The pedal does what it's made to do and does it well. That being said, I think it costs a little too much for a plastic unit.
The Wow Factor
Having tried a bunch of different expression pedals, I always come back to the EV-5. It's so good, I'm getting another.
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