Hello Effects Fans!

It has been pretty quiet here since my last update, as expected, but not silent!  Earlier today we announced our new 3U Pedal Rack and our new Double Looper configurations.  These two offerings are designed to make migrations to our rack solutions easier, providing more and better ways to continue using your third party rack effects and pedals in an all-rack solution. 

Our status hasn’t really changed much.  You are probably aware that there are some serious supply chain problems in the electronics world.  Those shortages are affecting the availability of many end products from appliances to automobiles, to, yes, Gerlt Technologies rack effects.  We are simply unable to get some critical parts right now.  Projected back order dates come and go with no new parts becoming available.  For us, these are simple, but critical parts used in our circuits.  They haven’t stopped making them or anything like that.  It’s just that they aren’t able to make enough of them fast enough with staff, facilities, and transportation that continue to be impacted by COVID all over the world.  Of course, the small supplies that are made are going to The Big Guys first.  It will be a while before availability trickles down to smaller companies.  That’s just the laws of supply and demand in action.  It will eventually get sorted out, but in the meantime small manufacturers like Gerlt Technologies will just have to wait.  That’s why we stopped taking orders earlier this year.  We plan to be a survivor, not a casualty, of the COVID aftermath.  I still don’t know when we’ll be able to restart, but some of our latest backorder dates for parts will almost certainly push a restart into early next year.

The best news is that live music is back!  Every day I see more and more info about tours and local shows.  I hope that all you professional and gigging musicians are getting more bookings – we’ve missed you!  For all of us that don’t play publicly, COVID has been a nasty reminder about taking our lifestyles for granted, as has been the passing of some great musicians like Dusty Hill and Charlie Watts.  Enjoy your favorite music live (and safely) when you can!

We appreciate your patience with us during our temporary shutdown.  Once things are back to “normal enough”, we’ll be ready to do what we can to earn your business and get you into some excellent rack effects.

Cheers,

Bill Gerlt

President, Gerlt Technologies

Dallas, Texas

26 August, 2021

 


 

Gerlt Technologies makes hundreds of customizable rack effects, at prices comparable to regular guitar pedals.  It's time to dump that pedal board and get Your Tone off the floor!

 

 What We Do

You know them as guitar pedals

We build them as rack effect modules you can customize to get Your Tone

Put several rack effect modules into a 3U rack enclosure

Connect power and audio on the back like guitar pedals, adding connections for remote switching

Add a remote footswitch unit to turn rack effects on and off

Add as many rack effect modules, enclosures, and third party products as you like. Plug in your guitar and amp. Rock it! It's that simple.

 

Quick Hits:

  • Check out our GT Effects Overview to see why we do this

  • Check out our Compares To charts to see the full list of effects we offer

  • Follow the menus from Products, to Modules, to Modules By Type to get a list of our effect types.  Select any effect type to get a list of all our effects of that type.  Select any effect to get full information including pricing.

 


 

   

Hello Effects Fans!

The new GT Mudslinger module is an original GT design that doesn’t compare directly to anything else that we know of. It is designed specifically for bass players. It isn’t really an effect itself. It’s more like “a secret sauce” that makes other effects better for bass. If you have tried effects with bass, you probably have found that many of them don’t really sound all that great. There’s something about the physics and human perception of low-frequency sounds that cause many effects to sound flabby, loose, or otherwise unusable with bass. Effects that add gain, such as overdrive, distortion, and fuzz in particular often sound unpleasant, although there are a few exceptions here and there.

The problem is with the lowest frequencies, typically somewhere around 80-200Hz. Not only do effects not handle that range gracefully, but they often reduce bass to minimize the problem. A reduction in bass, complicated with flabby sound, can cause the rhythm to get lost in the mix. You probably know that while the root bass notes are in that low-frequency danger zone for effects, each note is also accompanied by a lot of harmonic content well above that note’s frequency. Those harmonics give bass some definition, clarity, pop, and presence. Those harmonics are well above the danger zone.

The Mudslinger takes advantage of this fact. As your signal comes into the Mudslinger, it divides the low and high frequency content. You get three choices for that crossover frequency, as the best crossover may differ from one effect to another. The high content is routed to a loop, where it can be run through guitar effect modules, which might not normally sound good with bass, but sound great with guitar frequencies. The low notes go straight through, without effects, keeping your rhythm tight. Then the two paths are joined by a Mix control so you can adjust the dry lows and the highs with effects. The result is a somewhat lower level of effect, but without the flabbiness, looseness, and general silliness you sometimes get when you send bass through effects. And your root bass notes keep your bass line driving. We think it is the best of both worlds. The biggest benefit is that you can experiment with virtually any guitar effect, instead of limiting your selection to those few designed specifically for bass.

Buffers are added in the path to make sure the split signal doesn’t degrade, particularly the high path that might go through a lengthy chain of effects. We think this ranks the Mudslinger right up there with compressors and EQs on the bass “must try” list.

You can see the details about our Mudslinger at: Mudslinger.  Or look for it in the Bass Modules section under Products -> Modules -> Modules By Type.

(Please pardon the printing error on the front panel of our prototype unit above! )