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News from products we distribute. Now featuring new Vintage Series from Carl Martin.

July 31, 2019

Carl Martin

Panama Distortion Pedal

Picture yourself on stage, in the middle of a set, going for that classic vintage 80’s over-driven guitar sound…..vintage you say? Yes! Remember that classic 80’s overdrive is almost 40 years old! Anyway, every time you crank up the OD, your tone gets a bit spongy and woofy…you know what I mean. If only you had a way to….wait….you have the brand new Panama Distortion pedal from that mysterious Carl Martin dude, and it comes with a Damping control. You switch over to the Panama, crank the Gain, increase the damping and your distortion becomes even more aggressive, more cutting and clear…just like….well, you know who. Decrease the damping, and your distortion becomes deeper, thicker with more bass dynamics. In other words you have an amazing overdrive pedal that you can customize on the fly! And…it’s analog!

The new Carl Martin Panama Overdrive, cool anodized case and that awesome Carl Martin DC/DC converter circuitry which allows the pedal to run with +-12V internally (this means better parts and better sound) while still being powered by a regular 9v 200mA external power supply. Check it out yourself, Gain Level and Tone controls along with the new Damping control, head mounted input/outputs and the new small footprint. Bigger sound, bigger tone, all analog, all Carl Martin!

 

June 30, 2019

DC Drive Overdrive pedal

When Carl decided to update the Vintage Series, it did not take long to decide on a drive pedal....the DC Drive.  Super simple but extremely versatile, the DC Drive features Level Tone and Drive controls which do the obvious, but it also has the Reg/Fat switch.....this is where the magic begins.  In the Reg setting you get a traditional overdrive sound that is very quiet and adds no color to your tone.  Dial in just enough to put an edge on your sound or crank it right up to full saturation, the DC Drive is pleasantly musical. Now switch over to the Fat setting and get more...much more.  There's more drive, more mids, more bass, more natural compression, more sustain, and.... who wouldn't want more of that?  The Fat setting is darker, and much more modern, so you get two distinct drives in one pedal. Only the clean boost was dropped from the original pedal in order to save space.  Carl, is a smart man.

Check out the new look DC Drive....cool, anodized, smaller footprint, die cast case, head mounted input/output/9v and that awesome Carl Martin DC/DC converter circuitry which allows the pedal to run with +-12V internally (this means better parts and better sound), all while being powered by a standard 9v 200mA power supply. Bigger sound, bigger tone, all analog, all Carl Martin!

May 31, 2019

Atlantic Chorus

 

Well, does the world really need another Chorus pedal? Hmmm good argument, does it? Does it really? Well yeah, if it has something to bring to the table. So what does the new Carl Martin Atlantic Chorus bring to the table apart from the stellar looks and smaller footprint? Well like the old Chorus, it has the same Speed/Depth controls, but it also has a couple unusual tricks that Carl found up his sleeve. First of all, the Atlantic Chorus has a Level control. This allows you to place the Chorus where-ever you need in the mix, or to hit the front of the amp harder and give the Chorus some edge and grit. Secondly Carl has added a Rate control which goes from pure Chorus (0) to Vibrato (10) and every level in between. These two features along with that famous Carl Martin analog sound, take the Atlantic Chorus to a new plateau where creativity becomes second nature! Check out the new two-toned Ocean Blue anodized diecast case, head mounted Input/Output/9v and that awesome Carl Martin DC/DC converter circuitry which allows the pedal to run with +-12V internally (this means better parts and better sound) while still powering the pedal with a standard 9v 200mA external power supply. Bigger sound, bigger tone, all analog, all Carl Martin!

April 30, 2019

Surf Trem

 

The Carl Martin Surf Trem has received a facelift from the boys in the back. The 2018 Surf Trem gets its circuitry from the famous Carl Martin TremO'vibe and takes you back to those infamous American amplifier tremolos .... but wider, deeper, yet smooth with no noise or coloration. Clean, transparent analog trem.....just what you would expect from Carl and the boys. The new 2018 Carl Martin Surf Trem has head mounted Input/Output/9v, a very cool small footprint two tone anodized diecast case, the same heavy duty switch and the awesome Carl Martin DC/DC converter circuitry that allows the pedal to run with +-12v internally while still being powered by a regular 9v 200mA external power supply. Bigger sound, bigger tone, all analog, all Carl Martin!

 

March 31, 2019

Comp/Limiter

Compression and Limiting are very serious business when it comes to guitar players. These effects can take your tone from being extremely musical to sounding like you are playing through a crushed tin can. Sound familiar? The new Carl Martin Comp Limiter has been developed by Carl on the request of several musicians who wanted studio quality compression in a user friendly yet versatile pedal, that can be tweaked on the fly and oh, doesn't take up too much realestate on the pedal-board. In order to save space and knobs, and to make this super dynamic pedal easy to use, Carl pre-set the Threshold and Response controls, leaving only the Compression and Level controls to control how much compression and where it sits in the mix. All the same quality, clarity and performance of a studio level compressor, but in a small footprint, super easy format! Remember, the Comp Limiter also incorporates the special CM developed DC/DC converter circuitry. This enables us to run the pedal with +-12V internally (which is necessary in order to maintain the same sonic quality and headroom), while still using a regular 9V DC 200mA external power supply. Cool two-tone anodized diecast body which heavy duty switch and head mounted Input/Output/9v. Bigger sound, bigger tone, all analog, all Carl Martin!

 

February 28, 2019

Purple Moon

Well, Carl still spends time listening to his vinyl collection and is still happy he created the Purple Moon, but he wanted to bring this pedal up to 2019 standards. The new 2019 Purple Moon has the Level Depth and Speed controls of the old model, and yes it still has the silicon Fuzz chip with Fuzz and Level controls that allow you to add mind bending Fuzz to that sweeping vibe and yes, this is still the only analog, true bypass Vibe/Fuzz pedal that takes you back to players like Hendrix, Trower, Gilmour or Anastasio....but it's smaller...cooler! Carl eliminated the second speed control in order to save space and reduce the footprint, but he packaged the new Purple Moon in a two-toned, anodized diecast case with head mounted Input/Output/9v and the same heavy duty bypass switch that he uses on every pedal. The Carl Martin Purple Moon uses special CM developed DC/DC converter circuitry that enables us to run the pedal with +-12V internally (which is necessary to maintain quality and headroom) while still powering the unit with a standard 9v external power supply! Bigger sound, bigger tone, all analog, all Carl Martin!