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Classic Bass Overdrive
SHIFT YOUR TONE!
GENZLER® AMPLIFICATION proudly announces a “redux collaboration” that brings Jeff Genzler and engineer Andy Field back together again — developing a new line of bass effect pedals under the Genzler Amplification brand. Both forces have shared design passions that date back to the early 1990’s while working together at Jeff’s previous company, Genz Benz. Andy, Jeff and current Genzler Amplification principal engineer Scott Andres were responsible for the products that put Genz Benz on the map, so many years ago. After parting ways after Genz Benz, Andy was soon brought-on at Mesa Boogie to develop their flagship line of Subway bass products. Eventually Jeff and his wife Catherine decided to jump back into the game, starting up Genzler Amplification along with Scott Andres as principal engineer. Jeff and Scott working together again developed such innovative products as the Bass Array cabinet designs, the Magellan series of bass amplification, the Acoustic Array combos, and recently the Nu Classic series bass cabs.
While Andy remains at Mesa designing new Mesa specific products, with the blessings of management there, this new “gig” brings back the fun and collaboration of working closely with good ole’ friends and compadres. “When you’ve worked so long together in the trenches over a few decades, having this team back together just feels good all over again”— Genzler states. Andy Field comments: “it’s like getting the band back together, again”.
And now, the GENZLER® AMPLIFICATION pedal line will explore a variety of pedal concepts based on their decades of collaboration together, looking back into hundreds of pages of their old design ideas, and to explore interesting circuits that were started but never used, blending them with new innovations. A retrospective of sorts, this is a chance to dig into their collective pasts to develop what they feel players would use and appreciate, going forward.
The first pedal in the line is the 4 ON THE FLOOR, CLASSIC BASS OVERDRIVE, offering 4 separate “gears” of variable analog overdrive textures and harmonic content to SHIFT through, along with a clean blend feature. HPF and LPF controls are included to shape the overdrive engine’s signal path. This pedal offers touch sensitive asymmetrical and symmetrical overdrive characteristics, variations of compression and overdrive complexity, along with a true bypass. The versatility allows this to be used as a clean boost, along with the various overdrive gears, up to all out heavy saturated drive. This pedal also offers another level of versatility as it accepts nearly any power supply; 9 – 18 Volts, either polarity. (Power supply not included).
The 4 ON THE FLOOR™ Classic Bass Overdrive is an ALL ANALOG bass overdrive pedal that gracefully emulates 4 different overdrive types found in classic tube circuit topologies and then gives the player additional control over drive/gain, overdrive path (only) with high pass and low pass filters and separately a clean blend. The result is the ability to tailor and fine tune the overdrive to fit with a wide spectrum of music and playing techniques, without the loss of touch sensitivity, musicality, or the addition of induced excess noise. This versatile pedal can be used as a clean boost, an “always on” tonal enhancement, or offering varied overdrive textures to shift through, for selected performance requirements.
Drive Select “Gear” Descriptions:
1st GEAR: Reminiscent of a tube amp’s clean channel (including natural harmonics) with a bit of overdriven tone when driven hard. A nice “always-on” selection.
2nd GEAR: Emulates a tube amp’s mildly overdriven tone, with a small amount of dynamically compliant clipping asymmetry. This is a natural feeling, touch sensitive algorithm with very mild compression that responds with more texture and complexity, the harder you dig in.
3rd GEAR: A more aggressive up-shift from 2nd gear, this moderate, asymmetrical overdrive is less compliant, with greater compression for a tighter feel.
4th GEAR: This is the most aggressive gear of all — a heavier, symmetrical, low compliance overdrive that can enter distortion territory when driven hard. While there are a lot of harmonics and compression present, this gear does not give up tone or feel.
With the versatility in overdrive algorithms and tonal options, the 4-OTF-PEDAL is an excellent compliment to either of our MAGELLAN 350 or MAGELLAN 800 bass amps.