Origin Effects introduces its first ever overdrive pedal – the RevivalDRIVE

After several years of research and development, Origin Effects has unveiled its first ever overdrive pedal – the RevivalDRIVE.

As well as being a first for the company, Origin Effects boasts that the new pedal is also “the first overdrive of its kind, ever!” That’s because the RevivalDRIVE houses a complete valve amp-style signal path recreated using all-analogue electronics.

The new pedal accurately delivers a wide range of British and American amp tones, from clean to fully cranked, with the ability to dial in exactly the drive characteristics and dynamic response desired.

The RevivalDRIVE’s unique circuit design incorporates not only the preamp, phase inverter, power amp and rectifier stages, but also a synthesised mains power signal and a speaker-emulating reactive load.

Because these stages behave and interact just like the real thing, the RevivalDRIVE is the first pedal capable of delivering true amp-like overdrive, power amp sag and the characteristic “ghost tones” generated when cranking certain vintage amps.

Origin Effects has also built in a range of EQ compensation features that let users fine-tune the output of the RevivalDRIVE to suit a range of popular amps – or even plug straight into a flat-response power amp.

There will also be a RevivalDRIVE CUSTOM, designed for maximum versatility and featuring additional front-panel controls as well as a secondary EQ that will let you precisely match the pedal with almost any amplifier.

As well as this, Origin Effects has created an optional two-button Revival Footswitch, which features override dry blend control and the ability to activate mid boost.

The RevivalDRIVE and RevivalDRIVE CUSTOM will be officially released at the end of April, with Origin Effects expecting demand to be high. Only an initial 200 units will be available for pre-order as of 29th March.

The RevivalDRIVE is priced at £469/$549, while the RevivalDRIVE CUSTOM will cost £569/$659. Pricing for the Revival Footswitch is TBC.


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