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 light grit 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 combine two technologies ; silicon diodes and MOSFET transdiodes.
• “Texture” original control to mix the effect of these components, with their resulting grit and headroom.
• 3 presets to get more tonal possibilities.
The circuit operates 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 noises coming from the supply.
Hiss from switching power supplies, Hum of poorly filtered transformer power supplies.
1. Choose the Op Amp option.
2. Specify the delivery area.
3. Click <add to the command>.
4. Click <Cart> on the main menu to finalize.
• Classical Drive/Tone/Volume controls.
• 3 tone presets.
• Special Texture control.
• Op Amp to choose when ordering.
More detailed features
In the continuity of tradition..
Old school préamplification :
JRC4558D or MC1558G Op amps from the 70s, ensuring a sustained but not sour grain.
• JRC4558D : The TS9’s Op Amp… Gives a compact and well integrated grain.
• MC1558G : a rustic op amp, if you prefer a more dirty and grumpy texture.
Original 1N914 feedback diodes
They saturate more gently than the contemporary and banal 1N4148s.
Usual settings of any classic overdrive:
Drive, TS9® typeTone , Volume.
The MC1558 Op Amp by Motorola.
Originalities by Guitar Poppa
3 presets to diversify the sonic contour
— Classic : the medium contour of the TS9®, centered on 900Hz, a little less darkened.
— Brite : unbridled treble, while retaining attenuated bass below 250Hz.
— Deep : 80-5500Hz wideband contour, for a full and more contemporary sound.
Saturating network combining two specific technologies
— Silicon diodes: bushy and compressed grain, with the original 1N914 diodes of the TS9®.
— MOSFET transdiodes : open headroom and more lasting grain, a bit like tetrode tubes.
The network of MOSFET diodes and transdiodes responsible for the overdrived grain.
An originality in the little world of overdrives : 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 grit, 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 grit of overdrive ….