WHAT IS AN EXPRESSION PEDAL?
For all you sonic explorers out there!
An expression pedal is a pedal that allows you to manipulate certain parameters of an effect or device in real-time. It provides a hands-free way for musicians to dynamically control various aspects of their sound during live performances or recording sessions. The purpose of an expression pedal is to add an extra level of expressiveness and control to certain effects or devices.
It is typically connected to an input on pedal that supports expression pedal functionality, commonly labelled as 'EXP PEDAL'. By rocking the pedal back and forth with your foot, you can manipulate parameters such as volume, wah-wah, modulation speed, delay time, or any other parameter that is assignable to the expression pedal input.
Expression pedals can look like volume pedals - so don't mistake one for the other!
Scroll down to learn a bit more about how you can use an expression pedal in your playing!
WHAT IS AN EXPRESSION PEDAL AND HOW TO USE ONE...
What can I do with an expression pedal?
Here are a few of the things you can control via an expression pedal!
1. Volume Control
Many expression pedals can be assigned to control the volume of an effect. This allows you to smoothly fade in or fade out the level of the effect, creating swells or gradual transitions in your sound.
2. Modulation Parameters
Some modulation pedals will connect to an expression and give you the ability to control parameters such as the depth or speed of modulation effects like chorus, flanger, or phaser. This enables you to adjust the intensity of the effect in real-time.
3. Delay Time
In certain delay or looping pedals, an expression pedal can be assigned to control the delay time or the amount of feedback/repeats you can hear.