The M440 is the world’s only current production dual axis panning and volume pedal. It’s Up/Down motion controls the overall volume of an instrument signal and the Left/Right pans signal to two outputs. With the Up/Down motion you could also control expression while keeping the single input panning operation. When another input is added the pedal you can control dual channel panning with simultaneous expression. This dual channel panning can also be switched to dual volume.
Built on the same chassis as the new 4E the new M440 is even more ergonomic than it’s predecessor the M440SE. This is because the angle of the Left/Right motion is slightly reduced for a more compact range of motion. The new M440 is also a full pound lighter than the M440SE. Even though you can destroy a car with the M440SE there was weight that could be removed and the pedal still remain stable. Also, the treble bleed panning and volume circuitry stayed the same as that of the prior. To us it is still the best passive panning pedal available.
Our multi-axis pedals have a significant advantage over their predecessors. That’s because our design started with ergonomics first. Using wooden models we tested multiple pivot points of both axes. If you look at all other multi-axis pedals you see the foot plate spins at the center. That means you have to twist your entire leg at the hip to spin it. Our patented design rotates through the center of the leg. That means your foot rolls left to right naturally and works great at both in standing or sitting.
With all the flexibility of the M440, there are many ways to use it. See below for more information on the four connection scenarios.
- Simultaneous Volume and Panning of an instrument signal.
- Simultaneous Expression and Panning.
- Two Inputs for Dual Volume or Panning with Expression.
- Heavy Duty steel and aluminum construction.
- 1 Million cycle to fail, dust and water spray sealed Mega Pots (Nema IP66).
- All passive components.
- Ergonomic pedal motion, good at both standing and sitting.
- Tuned passive treble bleed circuit for smooth volume and panning response.
- High resistance audio potentiometers keeps the signal from loading guitar signals.
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Here are the four different ways of using the M440 Dual Axis Stereo Volume Pedal.
Volume and Pan –
A single guitar input splits to two outputs. Overall volume is controlled on the Up/Down axis and the signal pans between outputs using the Left/Right axis. This can be used to mix two amplifiers or two channels and control the overall volume. L/R motion can pan between clean and dirty channels to give on the fly distortion control.
Expression and Pan –
This is like Volume and Pan except and effect signal is controlled by the Up/Down motion. A single guitar input splits to two outputs. The signal pans between outputs using the Left/Right axis. This can be used to mix two amplifiers or two amplifier channels and control the overall volume. L/R motion can pan between clean and dirty channels to give on the fly distortion control.
U/D Expression and L/R Dual Pan –
Two inputs can be panned between the two outputs. The Up/Down controls expression on an effects unit. The Left/Right motion brings the amplitude of one signal up as the other goes down. This can be useful for dual pickup instruments with dual output signals to blend those signals and at the same time change effect parameters.
U/D Expression and L/R Dual Volume –
This is similar dual pan except the the two separate signals are volume controlled by the Left/Right motion. The Up/Down controls expression on an effects unit.
WxLxH – 4.80″ x 9.96″ x 3.00″.
Left right rotation is 20 degrees.
Up down rotation is 20 degrees.
Weight is 3 1/2 lbs.
Up Down volume only potentiometer resistance 500k.
Panning potentiometer resistance 500k.
Up Down expression resistance is 50k linear tip positive.