Hello Effects Fans!

It has been a while since my Jan 31 update, in which I announced that we stopped taking new orders for a while until the COVID situation and the pieces of the economy that impact us improve.  We’re hoping that the ongoing vaccination programs will help, but still cannot predict when we’ll be ready to fully open up for orders again - so no news on that front.

If you have been watching, you’ve seen a steady stream of new module announcements as we continue to clear out the work we had in progress.  We just put out the announcement of our AstroFuzz module this morning.  That is the last of the modules we had in our queue, but it is a great one – one of our favorites.  There won’t be any more new module announcements for a while.  We still have a long list of new modules we are itching to start on, but we really have to stick to our “pause” plan for a while.  We’ll still probably bend the plan a little bit to sneak in tiny bits of R&D time here and there so we won’t be starting with an empty queue when we “resume”.  But don’t tell anyone.

We also had some other products besides new modules that were making slow progress in our R&D queue before the pause.  One of them is our “Naked Pedals”, which we also announced today.  These are pedals we sometimes build to try out a new effect circuit.  Once we build them, we have no further use for them.  We are now offering them for sale, even during our pause.  Check them out.  Just search for Naked Pedals or look for them in the Products menu.

In addition to the Naked Pedals, we have another pedal-related product that we may make available in the next couple of months or so.  It is something a bit unusual, but we think it is very useful and complements our rack products nicely.  It bends our pause plan a bit more than we probably should, so we’re still considering whether we need to wait until we resume instead.

While we’re paused, we have only very limited time available for our normal activities.  However, if we can manage it, we hope to begin putting together some product videos.  Yes, you’re right – it’s about time!  With our unique way of building effects, along with the sheer volume of effects we offer (hundreds!), this is a gigantic activity for us that is going to take a long time to just catch up with the effects we already have.  We’ll probably know more about our plans for this in the summer, so maybe I’ll have news about that in my next update.

We had a brutal freeze here in Dallas a few weeks back, but the sun is shining and Spring has arrived.  It’s one of my favorite times of the year, the return of warm weather!  What I especially hope is that we’ll soon be hearing live music, both indoors and outdoors.  They say music is the soundtrack of life, and that’s really true for me.  This past year without live music has been sort of like those big “clunks” I used to get between (or during!) songs when my 8-track player switched tracks.  2020 was the year of the “clunk” for me.  But now the sun is shining, the pool is warming up, and the optimism of Spring is in the air!  

Cheers,

Bill Gerlt

President, Gerlt Technologies

Dallas, Texas

12 April, 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!

Today we announce our new Super Drive module.  You may have missed the Boss Dual Overdrive SD-2 pedal of the early 90's.  It was only made for a few years, and didn't really catch on with the majority of players.  The pedal is basically two completely separate effects in a single enclosure.  There is an overdrive/crunch channel and a distortion/gain channel.  They each have their own Drive, Tone, and Volume controls, and you could switch between the two channels. 

Back in those days, Boss had great OD and distortion pedals, as did Ibanez/Maxon, and lots of others.  Players had plenty of good choices.  Perhaps that is why the SD-2 didn't really catch on.  It seems a good portion of players thought the OD channel in the SD-2 was nothing special, perhaps compared to other widely-available pedals.  But the Distortion channel rocks.  Many feel it is the very best of the Boss pedals for lead, also comparing favorably to lead pedals from other manufacturers.  Since switching between OD and Distortion on the fly required you to either turn a switch or buy a second remote control/switching pedal from Boss, it wasn't convenient to use both channels, which may have also contributed to its small fanbase.  

However, many players still like the OD and many of those that have tried the lead/distortion circuit love it.  Here at GT, we love this module. Both the Crunch and Gain channels are great.  The Crunch channel goes from a slight boost to a nice solid tube-like crunch.  The Gain channel goes from a light crunch up to a feedback monster high-gain tube distortion, particularly with the Extra Gain option.  The tone is thick and crunchy, but remains nicely articulate with good note definition.  The Tone controls cut more highs when the Tone is turned down than they cut lows when the Tone is turned up, making it more focused on the lows.  You'll get a little noise with the Crunch/Gain and Volume up, but you don't notice it when you're playing.  We think it's best to ignore the labels of "overdrive" or "distortion", and just approach it as a couple of different "drive" effects.  Let what your ears be your guide, but don't forget those Tone knobs.  Anyway, it's a "super drive", and we really dig both channels.  The more we play, the more we smile.

We offer two configurations of the SuperDrive.  The first is the SuperDrive 2.  This configuration includes both the OD/Crunch and Gain/Lead channels.  In addition to the standard on/off footswitch, we've added a second footswitch for switching between the two channels, making it easier to use than the original.  The second configuration is the SuperDrive Lead.  This configuration drops the OD channel and second footswitch, leaving you with what may be the best Lead/Distortion effect Boss ever produced.  It is also priced a bit lower and takes up less space in your enclosure.

We have made a few part substitutions in the circuit.  The original pedal used some cheap, "nothing special" op amps, transistors, and clipping diodes.  We have changed those out to better components.  Perhaps that contributes to why we like this circuit so much.  The advantage of these parts is that they cause less noise, a Good Thing in OD and Distortion circuits.  Plus, authentic non-counterfeit ones are available at lower cost, a Good Thing in all circuits!

We do offer some options for the circuit.  Feel free to choose a different op amp, perhaps one with even less noise than the 4559P we use by default.  The lead section of the circuit is pretty complex for a distortion circuit.  Counting input and output, it has 7 active stages.  Many distortion circuits have 1 or 2, maybe up to 4 or even 5.  It also has both hard and soft clipping.  As a result we don't really recommend changing it up too much.  Op amp swap, no problem.  Maybe some clipping diode options, if you really know the circuit and have a specific change in mind.  Otherwise, we recommend you save your customization budget for other modules.

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