The Stone Grey is Mad Professor’s path of entry into the world of modern high-gain and heavy distortion.
The Stone Grey, however, is Mad Professor’s path of entry into the world of modern high-gain and heavy distortion. Björn Juhl and his team designed the Stone Grey to dish out gobs of gain with ultimate clarity and string-to-string definition. The result is a stompbox that will happily move from vintage high-gain zones to more contemporary metal territory with ease.
Mad and Molten
At the time of this review, I was working on a modern metal project that provided the perfect occasion to explore the mind of this particular Mad Professor, and I kicked off my exploration of the Stone Grey with a sweet, modern-metal combination of a Gibson Les Paul Baritone and a ’70 Marshall Super Bass. With the Super Bass set up fairly clean, the Stone Grey kicked out a big, heavy, and tight metal sound with a super-satisfying bottom- end chunk. The Tone knob was very effective for dialing in just the right amount of crunch without getting brittle. And the Distort control can be dimed without losing crucial definition. Staccato, rapid-fire metal riffs were ultra defined and still retained the basic character of the Marshall.
Moving over to a Stratocaster, I switched up the knob-setting recipe by cranking the Volume and backing the Distortion way down. This setup is the ticket to a muscular Stratocaster sound that flirts with Hendrix’s and SRV’s heavier sounds and crosses over into overdrive territory. It’s hard not to be impressed by this aspect of the pedal’s flexibility. Most distortion pedals that excel in high-gain territory fall apart when working like an overdrive. But the Stone Grey is rangey enough to cover both.
I’m a sucker for stoner rock and old-school Montrose, and the Stone Grey is just as willing to go there too. With a ’74 Les Paul Custom, I jammed on “Rock the Nation” and “Rock Candy” before changing up the settings and hitting Mastodon’s “Crack the Skye.” It’s almost impossible to play the latter convincingly without ample string clarity and punishing distortion, but the Mad Professor kept up on both fronts without a hitch.
Most 3-knob distortion pedals leave me wishing I had access to more EQ options, particularly bass and mids. The Tone control on the Stone Grey, though, is surprisingly effective and complete. As long as you’re using a solid foundation for the amp, there is no need for additional knobs. While edgy, the Tone control doesn’t get crispy, and backing off won’t make things dull and dark.
The Stone Grey is a distortion pedal that doesn’t step on the amp’s tone, it just gives it a shot of adrenalin that can range from massive to more mellow. The tight bottom end enables you to play at killing speed without loss of definition. The sheer amount of distortion you can generate without creating harmonic mud is astounding, and the effective tone control can add even more bite. Clearly the Professor is Mad, but if this pedal is any evidence, I think he might just be a little bit pissed too.
you want modern muscle-to-metal tones in a compact and solid pedal.
you don’t have the need for all that distortion.
Street $169 - Mad Professor - email@example.com
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Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
Origin Effects introduce the new M-EQ DRIVER mid booster & drive pedal. Based on a vintage Pultec studio EQ, this unique pedal offers a range of mid-focused tones, from a subtle mid boost to thick, resonant overdrive. Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
A choice of three mid-range frequencies ensures that you can boost just the right part of your guitar signal and, when pushed harder, can elicit a range of saturation from a classic “mid-hump” overdrive to fierce “cocked wah” distortion. Thanks to the Adaptive Circuitry, the high-end roll-off of the Cut control is reduced as the pedal cleans up. This allows for a smooth transition from warm overdrive to bright clean tones in response to playing dynamics or guitar volume knob changes.
Introducing... M-EQ DRIVER || Mid Booster & Drive
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The new finish, according to Lava Music, is “inspired by the beauty of the golden hour,” a shining time just before sunset and after sunrise when photographers covet to capture stunning pictures.
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Speaking of the HILAVA system, Lava Music also added four new effects: Nebula, Desert Rose, Cassette, and Edge of Breakup. As unique as their names sound, they are very much different from what we normally know about effects. Programmed into the HILAVA system, each of the four is powered by the company’s latest ArctanDrive algorithm and incorporates effects like Pitch Shift, Delay, and Reverb. And every one of those incorporated sub-effects comes with various parameters that players can adjust to design unique, overdriven sounds by just tapping on the multi-touch display. That said, those effects enable users to play with overdriven tone on an acoustic-electric guitar without even plugging in any external gear.
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