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The FourBanger mk2 is Now Available

Published 9 years ago on June 7, 2012

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

The FourBanger mk2 is Now Available -

This is an exciting 4-in-one boost that gives you a choice offour distinct flavours of boost to suit any occasion or style.Pushbutton switches allow you to choose any combination of thefour, which allows for many "stacked" sounds that result in adiverse range of overdrive, distortion, and fuzz tones. This iswhere it truly stands apart from other boosts… it's like a dozenpedals in one!

The boosts are as follows:

R - Rangemaster - a modern recreation of the classic Rangemastertreble boost. I have painstakingly replicated the signaturevowel-peak slightly dirty boost using modern components for lowernoise and higher consistency and reliability.

M - MOSFET - my version of a popular boost known for its superhard sound. Not a simple copy, I've redesigned the circuit tofeature my noise free "non-crackling" gain control and use alower-noise transistor. The tone is clear and clean at low gain,and loud and fat when turned up.

O - Opamp - an original design boost circuit using an opamp.Designed to sound neutral and clean at low gain, but becomes a hotoverdrive when turned up. Can be used as a high-quality buffer atminimum gain.

J - JFET - this is a hot boost based on the SRPP topology andutilizing Toshiba 2SK117 audio JFETs. The sound is an intense boostwith a slightly lean low-end. When overdriven by the other boosts,it has a very tube-like character that makes it ideal in the lastposition.

The finish is hand-painted acrylic over baked enamel primer witha tough gloss over-coat. Each one is an individual and no two areexactly alike. It is as interesting visually as it issonically.

Check out this demo of the SOULSONICFX Four Banger:

The Illuminated Overdrive is the result of my workreverse-engineering the popular Klon Centaur overdrive. But thisisn't a simple copy, I use higher-quality components wherever I canand try to do whatever possible to wrench the most performance fromthe circuit. The most obvious difference is the addition of the3-way toggle switch labelled "Norm, Hot, Asym". This selectsbetween three different clipping modes, each with its owncharacteristic tone.

Norm is the normal mode - this gives the same signature darkoverdrive sound as the original Centaur.

Asym gives an asymmetrical clipping mode which has a more activeharmonic character and a tone many people consider "tube-like".

Hot is very loud and crunchy - almost the exact polar oppositeof the soft, dark normal mode.

The finish is a true work of art as beautiful and unique as theoverdrive itself. Each is hand-painted a deep metallic gold usingiridescent acrylic pigments with a breathtaking silver vein patternover top. A tough gloss over-coat protects the beauty.

All Illuminated Overdrives now include a True Bypass/Bufferedtoggle that allows you to select which bypass style works best withyour rig at no additional charge!

Find out more at www.soulsonicfx.com.


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