The Cross Over Drive contains four discontinued FET transistors designed to emulate an amp's organic overdrive.

Sydney, Australia (October 22, 2013) -- MI Audio are now shipping their new limited-run overdrive called the Cross Over Drive to selected retailers. This pedal was designed to be the swiss-army knife of drive pedals with a seamless transition from boost to overdrive to distortion to fuzz with a sweep of the GAIN knob.

The backbone of the Cross Over Drive are four discontinued FET transistors designed to capture the response and touch-sensitivity of an amp’s organic overdrive. But making a FET stage behave like a particular tube stage is actually a very complex affair and is not a simple substitute like most other FET-based preamp circuits. Our experience in designing valve amplifiers at MI Audio has seen us obsess over every minute detail of the Cross Over Drive’s circuit from operating points, dynamic range, scaling of clipping thresholds, output impedances, intrinsic capacitances due to the Miller Effect… you get the idea! This obsession has led to an original pedal design like no other that becomes a natural extension of your guitar, amp and playing style.

The most coveted guitar tones are those where the guitar, player and amplifier work as one. Every attack on the guitar string, be it by plectrum or finger pick, legato to down-stroke, neck or bridge pickup –all provide a different tone and feel that traditional overdrive pedals can struggle to capture. This response has been the driving force behind the design of the Cross Over Drive and this attention to detail is what sets it apart from the pack.

At its lowest gain, the Cross Over Drive is a boost/enhancer adding some extra sparkle to the guitar’s natural tone. Mid gain mode gives some nice, complex, tube-like overdrive but allows clean-up of the signal via the guitar’s volume knob that A/B’s well against a standard clean. Add a bit more gain for a smooth, harmonic-rich, sustaining lead sound from 70?s rock to jazz-fusion and crank it to enter loose fuzz territory for those big stoner-rock riffs! Due to the nature of its design, every player will make this pedal sound their own – responding to every nuance and attack of your style and genre.

The two knob EQ of DETAIL and BALANCE helps maintain the full drive sound whilst allowing for refinement of the top- and bottom-end. The DETAIL knob provides the body of the overdrive tone with lower settings perfect for bright amplifiers. The BALANCE control allows for the adjustment of the amount of top-end harmonics for either a smooth, round lead sound or turned up for a tone that will cut through a mix.

Street price: $199.95

Watch the company's video demo:

For more information:
MI Audio

A bone nut being back-filed for proper string placement and correct action height.

It doesn’t have to cost a lot to change your acoustic guitar’s tone and playability.

In my early days, all the guitars I played (which all happened to be pre-1950s) used bone nuts and saddles. I took this for granted, and so did my musician friends. With the exception of the ebony nuts on some turn-of-the-century parlors and the occasional use of ivory, the use of bone was a simple fact of our guitar playing lives, and alternative materials were simply uncommon to us.

Read More Show less

While Monolord has no shortage of the dark and heavy, guitarist and vocalist Thomas V Jäger comes at it from a perspective more common to pop songsmiths.

Photo by Chad Kelco

Melodies, hooks, clean tones, and no guitar solos. Are we sure this Elliott Smith fan fronts a doom-metal band? (We’re sure!)

Legend has it the name Monolord refers to a friend of the band with the same moniker who lost hearing in his left ear, and later said it didn’t matter if the band recorded anything in stereo, because he could not hear it anyway. It’s a funny, though slightly tragic, bit of backstory, but that handle is befitting in yet another, perhaps even more profound, way. Doom and stoner metal are arguably the torch-bearing subgenres for hard rock guitar players, and if any band seems to hold the keys to the castle at this moment, it’s Monolord.

Read More Show less
x