Playing the World Tour DI pedal is like having the preamp section of an Eden amp on the floor, including 3-band equalization, compression and ‘enhance’…
The Eden World Tour DI – or just WTDI – serves multiple purposes as it is able to shape your tone in a number of ways and at the same time you can use it as a DI to feed the Front of House, or you can run directly to an audio interface with balanced XLR inputs when recording.
The EQ section has three knobs that cut or boost up to 15 dB at 30 Hz (BASS), 550 Hz (MID) and 5 kHz (TREBLE). The MID knob also has a MID SHIFT button that you can use to switch between the default 550 Hz as the center frequency and 2.2 kHz, which will give you control over the high-mid frequencies. In this section, you will also find a BASS BOOST button that increases the very low frequencies quite significantly.
The GAIN knob on left side of the lower row is the first stage of the preamp circuit, but please note that it also affects how hard you drive the compressor, should you decide to use that.
The ENHANCE knob gradually boosts the lows, high-mid and high frequencies, while at the same time creating a dip in the low-mids. In other words, this knob scoops your tone.
The COMPRESSOR knob is a ‘one-knob operation’. You can dial in subtle compression or crank it up for more obvious compression.
Finally, the MASTER knob sets the overall output volume of the pedal.
The WTDI has so many possible setting combinations that it would be hard to take a methodical approach from end to end so I made a compromise and demonstrate the Compressor and Enhance sections methodically, but the EQ section is covered in a looser manor.
The physical layout of this pedal with rows of knobs that have markings on the side makes it hard to add a precise photo of the knob setting for each sound clips as I usually do, but I will make sure to explain in words how the knobs are set as we move forward.
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NOTE! If you are on a mobile device, please turn it to landscape mode to see the knob settings of the pedal for each audio clip.
The creative possibilities with the Eden WTDI pedal are vast. From subtle flavoring of your natural tone to heavily processed monster sounds. In fact the range of most knobs is so huge that I hardly ever got beyond the +/- 2 setting of the EQ, ENHANCER or COMPRESSOR. Once you go much beyond +/- 6 dB on the EQ or above 25% on the ENHANCER or COMPRESSOR, I found that an essential part of the core tone tended to get lost. That, however, doesn’t mean that you can’t get great sounds out of the WTDI. Using it within that range (that may seem subtle, but really does something to your tone), you can indeed get some great-sounding results.
With the many tone-shaping tools available, the WTDI sure is versatile, and then you can add the compressor on top of that. While the compressor does work rather well at subtle settings for gentle smoothening, I would probably prefer having a dedicated compressor pedal on the board at most times.
Finally, the DI functionality obviously also adds to the overall versatility of this pedal. Most of the time, I use the DI output on my amp, but it’s actually quite comforting to know that you always have an extra DI ready should anything happen during the gig.
The WTDI is based on the same platform as the other Eden pedals (CaliforniWAH and I-90 Bass Chorus), and like them this pedal seems solid and should be able to survive a long time on most FX boards.
When it comes to the design, there are two main issues. The first is the 15V only power input. The pedal does come with a dedicated power supply, but I would prefer having it run on a multi power supply with the rest of my pedals, which is not recommended by Eden in the manual. Also, there are not that many multi power supplies around that support 15V.
The second issue that I have to address is the fact that the red LED that comes on and off when you stomp the pedal works in reverse. The labeling does say BYPASS so it is actually indicating what happens correctly, but usually pedals ‘light up’ when they are turned on – not off. Further, there is a second red LED that is always on, so at a quick glance on the board there are several visual factors that may cause a little confusion on the stage.
Today (2015), you can get a new Eden World Tour DI pedal for approximately $150, which is less than for example the classic Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI and VT Bass DI or the Tone Hammer from Aguilar. These pedals can not be compared one to one and which you prefer probably depends on your setup and personal preference. Overall, the WTDI represents good value for money.
No doubt, this pedal can help you tailor your tone in a number of ways, and I like the sounds I can create with rather subtle settings the most. I really like what you can add to a classic, passive bass like a Fender Jazz or Precision – just a little bit of extra lows, or a touch of mids to bite through and some subtle compression can make a huge difference once you find yourself as part of a busy mix.
Good build quality
Good value for money
Reverse LED indication
15 V power input