Inspired by an old Akai GX 210D reel to reel tape machine from the 1970s, the JIVE - Reel Saturator was made to give you the gooey and warm saturation obtained when pushing the Akai’s pre-amps to the max.
This pedal is bold, gritty, present and simply chock-full of screaming old-school mojo. If you are into lo-fi garage tones, want to make your modern-day synth sound like 1972 or if you simply want to add a touch of vintage warmth and presence to your guitar/bass/vocals/whatever, then the JIVE - Reel Saturator is your sonic dream come true.
· Lo-fi Reel Saturator - from subtle tone enhancing, to mind-melting distortion
· Volume and Gain - for ample amounts of dB on tap
· 3 clipping diode selectors - mix and match diodes as you like, for ceaseless saturation combinations
· 9V to 18V operation - allows for increased headroom
· Powered by regular 9 V DC PSU
(centre -, 2.1 mm, <50 mA current draw)
The JIVE’s control set is supremely simple, yet staggeringly versatile. Familiar Volume and Gain controls make things louder and dirtier as expected, but what truly gives the Jive character is its three clipping diode toggles on the right-hand-side of the pedal.
The top toggle introduces an Asymmetrical Germanium diode, the middle inserts a Symmetrical Anti-parallel Silicone diode, while the bottom toggle presents a Symmetrical Anti-Parallel Germanium diode. You can mix and match all of these diodes as you please, for worlds of different dirt flavours.
Use Jive as a volume boost, a subtle compressor or even a semi-transparent overdrive, exalt your sound with variable distortion or tear some walls down with lots and LOTS of dB. It is all up to you.
You can even run this mojo monster on everything from 9v to 18v giving you even more headroom to explore the crackling and gritty textures within the Jive.