It took two years of intensive development to see the birth of the new range of effects from the very serious Japanese brand. The Integrated series, is entirely designed and manufactured by the Custom Shop, based in Yokohama. The Black Vehicle BV-1V is a very high-end pedal equipped with the best and most reliable components on the market. Here, production was not taken into account with a cost price in mind, but with a need for a goal to be achieved.
The Free The Tone Black Vehicle adopts a new box specific to the Integrated range. Extremely well finished, painted in the cabin, with an irreproachable finish and ultra easy access to the battery. Appreciable thing, it will be noted that the food was placed on the top. The pedal has a sober and classy aesthetic. And believe us, it's as pretty on the outside as it is on the inside! Very high-end PCB, sorted components, perfect welds... It's beautiful, a real exercise in style.
In terms of controls: Level, Mix, Bass, Treble, Gain and pre-boost / post-boost. These controls have very specific modes of operation with a unique interaction between the EQ section and the Mix control. Indeed, Bass and Treble only impact the effected signal, the Mix allowing to measure the quantity of dry signal and wet signal. This helps minimize phase errors and prevents the sound from being drowned out when the amount of gain is large. Clear contours and first-rate dynamics are retained. The “Pre Boost” controls the amount of signal sent to the Overdrive section and the “Post Boost” adjusts the output level. These controls allow you, for example, to only increase the volume without changing the character of your sound, increase the amount of distortion without changing the volume, etc... You have great flexibility in the settings. Note, the pedal is equipped with the latest HTS buffer (Holistic Tonal Solution) which allows you to keep all of your signal and not degrade it even with long cable lengths.
The Black Vehicle is an ultra versatile Overdrive - Distortion. It covers a maximum of styles without having to add other pedals. If you have a fuzz on top of that, that's all you need!
The first thing you notice once plugged in is the very low noise it generates even with high gain settings. The second thing is an immediately identifiable "amp like" side from the first notes. It's fat, very thick, very fluid, it doesn't sound "pedal" but clearly like a tube pre-amp. You've got all the dynamics and responsiveness of a real amp at your toes. Likewise, the Black Vehicle cleans very well at the volume knob, so you can sculpt it with your bass controls without having to tweak the controls. pedal settings. It gives you a whole range of sounds, from light overdrive to very dense fat drive with huge sustain. This drive is very complex, with lots of headroom and an extremely rich top end. It's sparkly, it slaps, the dynamics of your bass is not impacted thanks to the very effective EQ section and Mix control. The 2 boosts are incredibly effective. If you have a small rig and only need to bring a single drive pedal, the Black Vehicle will create a comfort zone in any circumstance.
With the Black Vehicle BV-1V Bass Overdrive, Free The Tone offers us a real Swiss army knife of insolent quality. As always with the Japanese brand, nothing has been left to chance, everything is precise and designed to offer you the best of its kind. A benchmark of its kind!