Impact pedals are a new pedal category that incorporate Maven Peal's patented Sag Circuit power supply design features into a small, compact pedal. Impact pedals change the feel of the strings as well as the sound of your tone without negatively impacting your neighbors, family, band members and your ear drums.
"What's really fun about the Howler is that you can use it in a variety of ways, including a Clean/Fat Boost, a Clean Treble Boost, Jazzy/Tweedy Dark Compression, Overdrive and as a Clean Buffer for driving long cables/difficult loads, or as a Clean Buffer with additional sag. You can do so much with this pedal, some guitarists are already using two Howlers: one in front of the amp as a Clean Treble Boost and/or Overdrive, and one in the recording signal chain to add warmth (sag) to the signal," explains Dave Zimmerman, Maven Peal's president and circuit designer. "You can't make a loose amp tight with the Howler, but you sure can take a tight amp, such as a transistor or modeling amp, and make it bloom like never before."
The Howler is handcrafted using the same audiophile quality components used in Maven Peal amplifiers, giving you a transparent tone and very low noise floor. The Peal knob allows you to add that saggy, compressed feeling and smoothed out high end of a cranked amp to any amplifier, including transistor and modeling amps. Because the Peal knob behaves differently with different guitar volumes and Gain knob settings, and doesn't need to be pushed into overdrive to sag the signal, the Howler offers a new and unique range of control over your tone.
The Howler offers Gain, Tone, Peal™ and Volume knob controls and runs on an 18 volt adapter for more headroom (no internal batteries). Input, Output and Power jacks are located at the front of the box (as opposed to the side) for easy access when mounted to a pedal board. Retailing for $450 plus shipping, the Howler is available direct from Maven Peal Instruments.
The Maven Peal Sag Circuit (patent numbers 5,635,872 and 5,909,145) takes MI amplifier technology into the 21st century by giving guitarists and bassists genuine control over the vintage sound and feel of power supply sag using today's components. Maven Peal Instruments, Inc. uses nonlinear analysis (chaos theory) to design audio and musical instrument amplifiers.