This new overdriver is named after the Spanish moss, which flows over Mississippi and Louisiana trees…
Depending on the settings, it will sound mild or dramatical, with a tight grain or else with a long growl.
In this aim, SpanishMoss uses a special saturating system…
The Tube Screamer® family is so reference since its release in 1979 that it’s been cloned up and down, and one must say without much initiative …
However, one can imagine overdriven sounds less centered on the midrange, with a less compressed and scratchy grain, and more open dynamics.
I also desired experiment new types of components in the overdrive circuit.
In this state of mind, SpanishMoss features an extension of the possibilities already opened a few years ago in my overdrive The [S]cream …
• Techno: Op Amps and feedback network combining two different technologies.
• “Texture” original control to mix the effect of these components, with their resulting grain and headroom.
• 3 presets to get more tonal possibilities.
The circuit is intended to operate between 7 and 12V.
Internal 9V battery or external power supply. 2.1mm coaxial plug, center negative.
Typical consumption: 8mA.
Internal electronic filtering eliminates common power noises.
Hiss from switching power supplies, Hum of poorly filtered transformer power supplies.
Common controls of classical overdrives
Drive, Tone, Volume.
Tone presets (switch on the left side of the enclosure)
— Classic : Midrange contour of the TS9®, centered on 900Hz, a little less darkened.
— Brite : enlarged treble, while keeping lighter bass below 250Hz.
— Deep : Wideband 80-5500Hz contour , for a whole and more contemporary sound.
Novelties by Guitar Poppa
The diodes and MOSFET transdiodes network.
Saturation network combining two specific technologies
— Silicon diodes : compressed and a bit bushy grain, with the original TS9® 1N914 diodes.
— MOSFET Transdiodes: soft grain and aerate headroom, analog to tetrode tubes.
The “texture” control
It mixes diodes and MOSFETs effects, and modulates the texture at a given drive setting :
— More dense and bushy grain (diodes) or softer and sustained (Mosfets)…
— Compressed dynamics (diodes) or more open headroom* (Mosfets) …
The game consists of discovering the positions of the button for which one can ear something remarkable in the grind, the rendering of the attacks, the sustain…
Right : the two “Drive” and “Texture” controls
This is the dynamic range below which the sound remains clear before the overdrive effect. Squeezed with diodes, open with MOSFETS transdiodes …
Its value determines the impression of dynamics: it is space to let your muscles play !
It is also space to receive the natural timbre of the instrument, which, to the ear, seems to be preserved below the grain of overdrive ….
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Price down ! 139 €
• Classical Drive/Tone/Volume controls.
• 3 tone presets.
• Special Texture control.