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Review: Roland EV-5 expression pedal

Submitted On May 30, 2013 by Contributor:
Roland EV5


No - Sound

Build Quality

Ease of Use


Overall Value

Total Score

81/ 100

Review Details

Price: $79


Works well

Knob on side limits lower velocities




Price – way too expensive for what is ultimately a big hunk of plastic


My Review

Need some more expression in your life? You COULD take up interpretive dance as a form of physical expression. Or sit down with John Coltrane’s last studio album “Expression” – not to be confused with Chick Corea’s “Expressions” album. Or maybe just look in the mirror and practice some new facial expressions. But if you’re looking for an expression pedal, then move along….


Ok, its not THAT bad. In fact, I’ve used this pedal through a bunch of different keyboards and guitar multi FX units and its worked great in all cases. Love that the pedal has a knob on the side to adjust the range of the data being sent – set to 0 you get full 0-127 range, set to 10 you get 40-127 range, and variations inbetween. I do wish there was another knob that could limit the high range as well. Note the pedal is made out of 100% plastic, so its not rugged or “heavy duty” in anyway, though I have not broken it yet and I’ve used it for years. If I was gigging I would look into a different pedal, but this one is fine for studio use. 


However, being an all plastic design, the price for this pedal is OUTRAGEOUS!! Thankfully I got mine on sale, but for the $79 street price this is NOT a good value pedal. If this broke, I would probably try a different pedal just out of principle. But perhaps there is a reason for the seemingly unnecessarily high price tag. 





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