Ernie Ball 6165 Stereo Volume/Pan Pedal
Volume & Expression Effects Pedals
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Back and forth or up and down, this pedal gives you control of your sound!
This Ernie Ball 6165 stereo volume/pan pedal is designed for easy flexibility and great sound. Its 2 input and 2 output jacks accommodate stereo TRS cables or mono TS cables and let you quickly select between volume control or pan control.
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Comments about Ernie Ball 6165 Stereo Volume/Pan Pedal:
This is a great stereo volume pedal. Very well built and durable (very heavy, though, for a pedal). Used as a volume pedal, it works very well. If you use two amps, this will increase or decrease the volume on both amps simultaneously. Great for adjusting volume on the fly. Use for violin swells or to increase volume for solos. Always stay in the mix with the rest of the band to achieve perfect balance at all times.
The pan feature is a different story, however. Yes it will pan from one amp to the other, but with the pan in the "middle", both amps are at 1/2 volume!! This pedal uses two 500k ohm potentiometers mounted together on the spindle. Both are 0 - 100% utilizing the full sweep of the pot. As you depress the pedal, one pot goes from 0-100% and the other goes from 100-0%. In the middle both pots are at 50%.
Ernie Ball's R&D dept. should have used pots like in the Fender TBX tone control that go from 0-100% in the first 1/2 sweep, and stay at 100% through the last 1/2 of the sweep (again, one pot sweeps from 0-100%, the other sweeps from 100-0%). That way, when the pedal is in the middle, the volume of each amp would be at full signal. As the pedal is rocked forward, the volume of one amp stays at 100% and the volume of the other amp is gradually decreased to 0%, vice versa when the pedal is rocked back.
Another BIG flaw is that you can use ONLY the volume feature OR the pan feature....it doesn't store your pan setting when you switch to volume. If you use the pan feature to set the balance between your amps, as soon as you hit the switch to change to the volume feature you lose your pan balance setting, it goes back to the 50%/50% middle setting for pan.
Why have both volume and pan features in a pedal if you can only use one of them?! To utilize both features you would have to buy 2 pedals and keep one set to pan and the other set to volume. but then you are paying for 2x two-feature pedals, but only getting/using 2x one-feature pedals. Big waste!! Twice the cost, twice the bulk, and twice the weight. Plus you still have to deal with the 50% signal problem from the pan.
It's really very disappointing...this could have been a great product with a very little bit more R & D.
Get the Boss stereo volume pedal and save (since you really can't use this EB pedal as anything other than just a volume pedal).