Veteran amp technician James Brown has announced the forthcoming release of a new metal-head-pleasing crunch pedal in his Tight line of Amptweaker effects units. The new TightMetal pedal has all of the features of the original TightDrive, but with a few notable additions geared towards dark and dirty metal speedsters.
In addition to giving players control over how aggressive an attack is available through the tone-tweaking effects pedal, Amptweaker's original TightDrive also introduced tool-free battery access, true bypass technology, effects looping with pre/post switching and useful LED dial lighting. The new TightMetal effects unit has all of that and more.
Like many metal players, guitarist Mark Kloeppel was looking for a pedal that would produce powerful metal-edged crunch with a rich harmonic tone but be able to keep up with the whirlwind fret-work and capable of stopping notes really quickly. So Brown added additional stages in front of a modified TightDrive, in much the same way as high-gain tube amps have cascading tube stages, to produce a "thicker and much heavier distortion."
He also included an extra Mid switch to dial in some traditional metal rhythm sounds, which can be flipped and changed to a Thrash setting with deeper scooped mid tone. To help with speed riffs, the effects unit also has its own Noise Gate with a quick-decay Chomp setting.
A full demonstration of what the new pedal is capable of is given by Kloeppel of Deathgrind band Misery Index in the following video:
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