Hello Effects Fans!

It seems like time for another update, but not much has changed.  The supply chain problems continue to make parts unavailable and there is no particularly believable plan or timeframe I know of for these problems to be resolved anytime soon.  Perhaps early next year?  Perhaps not? 

We lost another supplier that has been supplying boards to us for several years.  Luckily, there are other suppliers that can make our boards and we’re in the process of switching to one of them.  We’ll have to go through a testing and validation process with the new supplier to make sure there are no technical glitches in getting our specs to them and that their results will meet our quality standards.  This takes some time, but we should have that resolved before parts become available.

I’m concerned that more parts may become unavailable if the supply chain problems continue.  Available stocks are being depleted.  I’m also concerned that demand for dwindling supplies, as well as the increasing cost of energy and transportation, along with high inflation, will force us to have to raise prices to cover the increased costs.  Shipping costs have always been an issue, but are now often higher than the cost of the items being shipped.  That represents a significant overall cost increase.  If you’ve been following us, you know that providing the best selection of the best rack effects is our mission.  But you will also have seen our frequent use of the word “affordable” in our objective.  It’s not difficult to make expensive things that few can afford.  We want our rack effects to cost no more than pedals, less when possible.  We’re nearly there and will do everything we can to avoid going backwards.

While the outlook is not what I would like, it’s not all doom and gloom!  I don’t idle well.  I run best near the red line!  To that end, I dug through the R&D backlog and knocked out another 10 – 20 new module configurations.  I know I shouldn’t be doing that right now, but who can sit around and do nothing for this long?  Not me!  Many of these are what you might call “new classics”.  If you consider the “classics” as being those ground-breaking effects of the 60’s and 70’s, these new classics are mostly from the 80’s, 90’s, and early 2000’s.  There were a lot of great effects released in that timeframe and these will make very nice additions to some thin spots in our offering.  With these new modules, the number of effects we “compare to” in our offering will be over 350.  That is *a lot* of effects to choose from, all in rack format and built by hand here in Dallas to suit your needs.

That’s it for now.  I probably won’t send another update until after the holidays, when hopefully parts will become available and there will be more interesting news to report.  Until then, all the best to you and yours through the upcoming holiday season, and thank you for your continued interest in the world’s best selection of the best and most affordable rack effects available!  

Cheers,

Bill Gerlt

President, Gerlt Technologies

Dallas, Texas

14 November, 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.