Creation Labs Holy Fire - HOLY SMOKES!

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  1. cvansickle

    cvansickle Supporting Member

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    Did anybody else try the Holy Fire at NAMM last weekend? I thought it was remarkable! Clean boost, overdrive and distortion all in one pedal, with the ability to stack the sounds within the same pedal.

    There were lots of great pedals to try at NAMM, but this stood out, IMHO.
     
  2. 73171

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    Yeah, it's pretty amazing....but I'm prejudiced....my brother-in-law is one the electronic wizards at Creation Audio Labs in Nashville, TN. (really!) (no, I don't work for them, I work for the government in North Carolina)

    Due to this connection (and despite my lack of guitar chops!) ;) I've got one of these at home to beta-test. (Tested with a '76 Les Paul Custom into a '68 Princeton Reverb.)

    1) The pedal has NO bass loss at all, even at bedroom volume.
    2) The overdrive is very, very, smooth. Even maxed out, it's smoother than my Bad Monkey. The overdrive works separately, even if the distortion is completely off.
    3) The distortion works by itself, or, if you have the overdrive on, the distortion cascades on top of the overdrive.
    4) The boost can be used as a clean boost, boost the overdrive/distortion circuits, or you can just set to unity.
    5) The tone knob rolls off the high frequencies as you turn it counter-clockwise, but leaves ALL of the bass intact.

    The guys at CAL tested the pedal with some Nashville session players, so hopefully one of them will post a clip on CAL's website.
     
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  3. Sniper-V

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    Looks very interesting...

    I have the MK.4.23 Boost and I dig it.


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  4. CWFurst

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    Played it myself and it sounds phenominal! So natural and so sensitive.
     
  5. dividedsky

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    Wow, I'd like to hear that.
     
  6. guitarpkr67

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    This looks like something I'd be interested in. How long are we looking at time-wise before it's out?
     
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    Based on reviews, it's sounding like they should have named it "Holy Cow!" instead.
     
  8. BrianWampler

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    I'd have to disagree a bit... I thought it was pretty decent, but no "WOW!" factor to it... sort of sounded like a smooth clipper and hard clipper all in one. Looks very cool though, just wasn't the tones that I look for in an overdrive or dist. I'm sure it will do very well for them -
    bw
     
  9. cvansickle

    cvansickle Supporting Member

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    Not a little biased, are you Brian? ;)

    No worries, your stuff sounded great too. I especially liked your Brent Mason pedal. Truthfully, there were a lot of really great sounding distortion pedals at NAMM this year.
     
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    This is Danny at Creation Audio Labs.

    Thanks for the kind words about the Holy Fire. We're excited about it, too.

    For those of you looking for more info we just took the Holy Fire web page online a few moments ago. There is a new video clip of Vince Genella demonstrating the pedal.

    You can check it out at www.creationaudiolabs.com/holyfire

    Thanks!
     
  11. dbx

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    I see you're using a similar back-lit logo to the 4.23, what's the affect on the battery life? (Does this run on batteries?) I just got the control labelling (very clever..) Gain Overdrive Distortion...
     
  12. J.T. Guitar

    J.T. Guitar Platinum Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Greetings Danny, Welcome to TGP... loving my Mark 4:23... I want this pedal! God Bless, Jeff T.
     
  13. J.T. Guitar

    J.T. Guitar Platinum Member Silver Supporting Member

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    Alrighty then... question time.

    I was ready to click the pre-order button, and then I read the "must be used with the included power supply" phrase. ??? I use a board with 2 Pedal-Power 2+s and don't have room for any wall-warts. What does this pedal run on power-wise?
     
  14. big mike

    big mike Administrator Staff Member

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    Cool it on the insults guys.
     
  15. paraedolia

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    You're kidding? A religion-themed distortion pedal?
     
  16. BrianWampler

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    (about the earlier comment of me being a douche...)

    nahh... just being honest :)
    sounded decent, but it didn't blow me away like some other pedals do (yes, I DO buy pedals from other builders too!!) :)

    bw
     
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    didn't mean to come off that way... just not my personal bag o' tea... honestly, I dig the KOT type tones more, as far as what other builders are doing.

    bw
     
  18. guitarpkr67

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    Instead of trying to start problems, how about just not posting in this thread.
     
  19. J.T. Guitar

    J.T. Guitar Platinum Member Silver Supporting Member

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    :agree

    I think a private company still has the right... for now.

    I wonder if his opinion is the same with this pedal?

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  20. rays44

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    I have the Mk 4.23 boost pedal and it stands alone in the world of clean boost pedals. I've been comparing it to my newly purchased BOR. As good as the clean boost is on the BOR, the CAL pedal is bigger and more natural sounding by a little bit. Both do very well in front of a 2061 Marshall or similar amp.
     

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