NAMM 2020: Walrus Audio’s Julia V2 has landed

Upgrades include top-mounted jacks and ‘click-less’ bypass switching.

NAMM 2020: Oklahoma-based Walrus Audio has updated the Julia Analog Chorus/Vibrato pedal with a few added features.

V2 of the Julia now comes with top-mounted jacks and a ‘click-less’ relay bypass switch. The former allows for pedals to be placed shoulder-to-shoulder without any connection issue – a welcome upgrade for those with packed pedalboards. The latter allows for the pedal’s effect to be engaged and disengaged without triggering a loud disruptive ‘pop’.

While the Julia V2 retains its predecessor’s purple enclosure, the art has been updated by illustrator Adam Forster. The pedal will also be one of the first enclosures to have the Walrus Audio logo stamped into its backplate.

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The control panel of the Julia V2 remains the same as well, with a two-position toggle to switch between sine and triangle LFO waveforms, and four knobs controlling rate, depth, lag and ‘D-C-V’. The lag control sets the voicing of the Chorus effect and controls the centre delay time from which the LFO effect modulates, while the ‘D-C-V’ knob controls the amount of blend between dry, chorus and vibrato sounds. The Julia V2 is also compatible with bass guitar due to the ‘D-C-V’ feature.

In our recent interview with Walrus Audio founder Colt Westbrook, the effects wizard cast his thoughts on the future of guitar effects: “You’re going to see people obsessing – in a good way – with pushing the envelope and others hell-bent on preserving the past. Between the two is where great sounds are made and as long as that’s happening, the inspiration to design new gear will continue.”

The Walrus Audio Julia V2 is available for $199 / £179. For more information, click here.

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