ICE SCREAM

MID-BOOSTING OVERDRIVE

This pedal is discontinued, but it available until November 29 as part of our Klein Bottle launch.

The ICE SCREAM overdrive pedals are designed to push higher gain amps into meltdown. It all starts with a mid boost stage before the gain circuit. Tune the voicing of the mid boost with the MID knob, and then use the variable low and high cuts to further sculpt your tone to cut through the mix.

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Demos

How It Works

Features

Tech Specs

Story

ICE SCREAM BLOCK DIAGRAM

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FEATURES & CONSTRUCTION

TrueSoft  Bypass

Extended Headroom

Custom Alpha Pots

DualMode Switching

We combine durable true bypass relay switching with an effect-side FET switch for pure and smooth switching.

USA Made PCBs

Our circuit boards are made in the USA by Advanced Circuits (large PCB runs) or OSH Park (small PCB runs).

A simple voltage inverter circuit was used to effectively turn 9V into 18V. More voltage means more headroom & bigger tone.

WIMA Capacitors

WIMA is a world leader in film capacitor technology. We use 5% tolerance for consistent tone from pedal to pedal.

The GAIN, FAT, HARD, and SOFT controls are built in the USA with custom-designed tapers specifically for the Alpha Dog.

DualMode Switching can convert the footswitch into momentary operation.

To use, wait 5 seconds, then press the sequence tap+tap+hold until LED flashes.

All VFE Pedals are built by hand in Puyallup, WA and include:

 

- Rugged diecast aluminum enclosures

- DualMode standard or momentary switching operation

- Industrial-grade Carling switches & Neutrik audio jacks

- Alpha pots soldered directly to PCB

- 5% WIMA film capacitors & 1% metal film resistors

- Ultra-pure, eutectic silver solder

- 1 year warranty on parts & labor

DIMENSIONS:

Enclosure dimensions: 2.37"W x 4.37"L x 1.16"H  (60 x 111 x 29mm)

With knobs & jacks: 2.6"W x 4.4"L x 2.1"H  (66 x 111 x 53mm)

 

POWER:

Standard 2.1mm, negative-tip 9V to 15V power supply or 9V battery.

 

INPUT IMPEDANCE:

100K to 1M-ohm via internal trimpot

 

CURRENT DRAW:

~25ma continous

+30ma surge for 4ms during on/off switching

BY THE NUMBERS:

19 RESISTORS

24 CAPACITORS
1 INDUCTOR

3 TRANSISTORS

9 DIODES

2 OP AMPS

3 INTEGRATED CIRCUITS
9 POTENTIOMETERS
3 SWITCHES

3 JACKS
2 CIRCUIT BOARDS

HOW THE ICE SCREAM CAME TO BE

THE STORY

"I was looking for an OD pedal with the flexible midrange control of the ST9, but the warm drive characteristics of the TS808; something that could push the front-end of a medium gain amp into a tight and punchy high-gain sound. With control over the cutoff frequencies inherent in this style of OD, and switchable clipping modes, Peter came up with an OD that exceeded my highest expectations.

 

The Ice Scream has rich, chocolately lows, warm, creamy mids, and a sprinkle of cool, minty highs. Add two scoops of unprecedented belligerence, and you have the Ice Scream; the perfect recipe for driving an amp into sweet, icey aggression. Awesome."

-- Kirk Harris --