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Expression pedals - any one better than the other?

October 23, 2009 - 11:34 am

I am looking to get an expression pedal for my Factor pedals and was wondering if one was better than another. Any suggestions or advice?

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Joined: Oct 14 2009
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October 23, 2009 - 04:32 pm

Hi thejay,  from

Which Expression Pedals are supported?
Our Stompboxes will work with any Expression Pedal that is a simple resistive load (potentiometer) with a max value of 25kOhms. For the best performance we recommend the Ernie Ball VP Jr. 25k. Connect the Output to the Eventide Stompbox Expression Pedal Input. We have also had success with the M-Audio MGear EX.P Expression Pedal.


Joined: Sep 29 2009
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October 27, 2009 - 03:45 pm

Yes, I have seen that but I was curious if anyone uses anything else. I already pulled the trigger and the Ernie Ball is on it's way Big Smile

Joined: Jun 16 2010
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June 16, 2010 - 02:04 pm

I'm new to expression pedals... So, does the Boss FV-500H work as well as the Ernie Ball with the Pitchfactor as an expression pedal? Thanks.

Joined: Dec 11 2009
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December 31, 2009 - 02:54 pm

I use both the Roland EV-5 (which has a 10K B pot) and a random volume pedal (also a 10K B pot) that I soldered an extra jack to. Anything that introduces a variable resistor (potentiometer) between the Tip and Sleeve on a 1/4" audio jack will do it.

Joined: Jan 2 2010
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January 02, 2010 - 11:01 am

I've tried a couple diff ones, old Boss volume pedals, Roland EV-5, and indeed the Ernie Ball seems to work the smoothest and feels natural and great in use (as it does for most uses...). About to get the Digitech 3-switch to really get all all functions for live perf.

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January 08, 2010 - 10:22 am

Has anyone used the Ernie Ball (or Boss) expression pedal when it is not plugged directly into an Eventide stompbox directly? In other words, you are plugging it into your MIDI controller exp. pedal input instead. This is a very important issue for me, so I would appreciate any help.



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January 08, 2010 - 10:37 am

p.s. The Ernie Ball pedal description says that it is for use with active electronics (pickups). Will it work just as well with passive pickups??

Joined: Dec 5 2009
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January 08, 2010 - 12:33 pm

The resistance is too low in the active EB footpedal for it to "work well" in a normal setup - you need something a bit higher.

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January 08, 2010 - 12:36 pm

sorry pressed wrong forum button - did not mean to suggest jcshirke as an answer

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January 20, 2010 - 12:57 pm

I believe that I am going to go with the Mission Engineering EP-1R expression pedal. It has a 20kohm pot and a reverse polarity switch. It looks to be just as sturdy as a Vox or Dunlop wah, where the M-Audio and Ernie Ball VP pedals seems to be too "flimsy" to me

Joined: Jun 4 2010
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June 04, 2010 - 07:22 am

Hi, i just get my EvPiFa and i bought an expression pedal with high imp.

I took the Boss fv500H which is a volume pedal for guitar and get an expression out on it.

Less expansive than EBall pedals and same beefy made.

You can setup the pedal smooth back of the pedal with a screwdriver.

It works like a charm for me.

Hope it helps

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June 04, 2010 - 01:15 pm

Boss FV-500 in whatever flavor ,smokes the EB as far as build quality and smooth action

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June 04, 2010 - 04:18 pm

Well, i dont know the EB, i buy this brand as guitar strings for the moment and i know StingRay Bass.I bought at the beginning of the year Boss gear as the FS6 dual footswitch, i and like the way it is, i mean its metal part and the buttons and electronic seems strong and well done, so i stayed on this heavy volume pedal to keep it longer in the life time.

I am on the way to buy Eventide eclipse and id like to know if the roland FC300 is good to use it.

I use an elevenrack too, and i'd like to loop the eclipse in it for live gigs, i hope it could fit as what i have in mind ;-) And now with the pitchfactor i'll be able to control the eclipse too.

If someone got any suggestions for a comfortable FootController for eclipse...


Joined: May 10 2010
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July 01, 2010 - 05:57 pm

I listened to the recommendations of the moderators, picked up an EB VR-Jr.25k and it works perfectly well.  No issues, it's not expensive, and it does exactly what it's supposed to do.

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July 06, 2010 - 08:37 pm

I had used the Roland EV5 and the M-audio expression pedals, with results from both about the same.  Switched to the ernie ball and found the degree of control and stability is much better. When you take your foot off, it stays where it is without being accidentally nudged.. when you want to change settings, you can feel some tactile resistance there to gauge your travel.  Highly recommend this ernie ball 6181 Vp Jr. Active.

Eric Zimmermann
Joined: Nov 6 2010
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November 07, 2010 - 12:48 am

I too use the Ernie Ball 25k Volume Pedal and it works perfect.