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!

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.