The Ice 9 is a multi-function overdrive designed to the exact specifications of worldrenowned guitar icon Joe Satriani and named after his well-known song of the same name. Joe wanted an overdrive that would offer the best modern overdrive tones, combined with the warmth, musicality and character of the finest overdrives in his collection of vintage pedals. He also wanted to incorporate his favorite function from the acclaimed Vox Satchurator, aptly named “More”, versatile tone-shaping that he uses to punch in his leads and break through the mix.
The result is the Ice 9 Overdrive. Using carefully selected components, the Ice 9 brings you the best in vintage and modern tones, each is designed to Joe’s exact specifications using carefully selected components.
Vox engineers paired together a special Op Amp and premium diodes for a warm and rich Vintage tone while the Modern mode utilizes a Germanium diode to kick up a cuttingedge overdrive that is altogether new and aggressive sound.
While most overdrives simply offer a single EQ knob, the Ice 9 is voiced with both a custom Tone control and an extra Bass response knob, so you can create your own monster tone.
The Ice 9 is like having two overdrives in one – Modern and Vintage. Both tones are quickly accessible via a mini toggle switch. Each voice uses its own diode for a distinct tone that is all your own.
This is another very useful feature. While most overdrives offer a simple tone knob to control the EQ, the Ice 9 is voiced with a bass control that gives extra bottom end to the signal pre drive. The Tone control gives the Ice 9 its distinct tone by voicing the EQ post drive. These EQ points are the exact settings Joe uses to create his huge guitar tones.
Designed to give your guitar that extra push when it needs it most the More switch gives an extra 14dB boost to your tone.
There were a lot of practical reasons Joe chose these knobs over something more modern looking. For one, they just look cool! Joe and the Vox team also agreed that it was essential to give you the most precision possible in exploring and documenting your own favorite sound settings.