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061 | Siren Pedals Magnar: A Closer Look at this Preamp/Overdrive Pedal | Transcript

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Scott Schwertly:
Hello and welcome to episode 61 of the Sonic Renegades Podcast. We're exploring renegade pedals that have changed the music landscape. Up for today's discussion, we have one of our very own. The reason why, this pedal actually just came out a couple of weeks ago. It is our Magnar pedal. This is a brilliant and fun preamp/overdrive pedal, and we're excited to talk about it on the other side.

Hey, everybody. Scott Schwertly and Eric Wilson of Siren Pedals with you today. Hope you're having a great one. Well, I'm super excited to be talking about the pedal that we have on the agenda for today. This is our very own Magnar pedal. This thing has been in the works for quite some time. Yeah, we're excited to be talking about it today.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, I'm excited to talk about this one. We went back and forth on a lot with this one, so I'm glad we finally landed somewhere with something that sounds really good and is super usable.

Scott Schwertly:
Oh, for sure. I mean, this is something that's been on the radar now really since the early part of 2020. Kind of shelved it for a little bit. Decided to go ahead and pursue it, and then went through a number of different iterations and prototypes and tweaks and changes and trying to get everything to our liking. Finally, about three or four weeks ago, specifically on November 19th, this thing was released to the public. I'm super ecstatic. Glad that we got it out before the year is over.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, definitely. It's one thing to be able to like bring an idea to life. It's a whole nother thing to be able to bring your idea to life in 2020. It's really great to be able to have this out and to see people enjoy it and get to use it.

Scott Schwertly:
Challenge accepted, right?

Eric Wilson:
Yeah.

Scott Schwertly:
When I think about this year, we've launched... Really Siren launched this year... I guess hat tip to us. I mean, this is pedal number six. Three in the beginning of the year and then two about three or four months later, and then again, this Magnar pedal here in the fall season. Quite the accomplishment and glad we were able to get this done in such a challenging and weird year that 2020 has been. Well, enough I guess chitchat about that stuff.

If you guys are here to learn about the Magnar and exactly what it is, this is our own take on the famous Gorilla TC-35 amp from the '80s. This thing is discontinued, but it does have its own specific cult following. I know for me when thinking about launching something like this, I've been a big fan of Queens of the Stone Age and that is their sound. If you're thinking about stoner rock, garage rock, these are bands that have experimented with this kind of historic and not so well-known amp. This pedal kind of captures that magic that existed back in the day.

Eric Wilson:
When you first told me about this, like the idea behind this pedal, I was like, I didn't get it. To be honest, from that point on, I didn't really get it, and I had no idea. I'm like, wait, why would we make a pedal based on this little Gorilla amp? But then we started getting further into the prototyping process and kind of refining some things and touching up some of the edges. Because I remember the first prototype we got, it sounded identical. And I was just like, well, maybe we can do something a little different.

And so we kind of reigned in some things and we ended up with something that just sounds super great. It still retains a lot of that characteristic of the original Gorilla amp, but now it's just in a really great package that you can use as more of a preamp type thing.

Scott Schwertly:
Oh yeah, that first schematic, I mean, as you mentioned it, it matched it pretty identically. But yeah, it was really harsh. I remember that treble knob just being just ridiculously hard on the ears, but glad we were able to make those revisions and make those changes because it definitely softened that. Just those little polishing touches really kind of brought this thing together. What originally started as something as like, "I don't know. Is this a good idea," ended up becoming something really, really great.

As far as I know too, I don't know, Eric. I did a few searches on if there's other pedals like this that mimic that circuit, and I really can't find a whole lot out there. This may be the first Gorilla TC-35 inspired amp in a box pedal.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. I mean, I couldn't find anything. Because even when I tried to look up the amp just because I hadn't heard of it, I didn't understand there was a thing with them. I didn't know that people actually liked them at all. When I was doing a little bit of research, I mean, I could hardly find anything on the amp, let alone a pedal based on the amp. I mean, I've been really pleased with... I mean, I've been playing with it, had it set off to the side of my board for the last couple of weeks as we've been starting to build them and stuff, and I found that it's just really...

The gain potential is really usable from all the way down to all the way up, because you can even use it as like a tone shaping thing because there is a 3-band EQ, or you can just use it as more of just the drive pedal, but also you have that 3-band EQ where you can really reign it in to what you really want.

Scott Schwertly:
Exactly. The thing that I really love about this pedal is not only just that versatility that you just mentioned, it sounds different. Like Bluesbreaker clones sound like Bluesbreaker clones. I'm trying to think of all the other plethora of... If you think about pedal in the boxes, like the JCM800 or whatever it is, or even Klons they all kind of sound the same. And this pedal just... It has its own personality, which I like about it. I'm honored to have it as part of the Siren toolbox.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah, definitely. I'd agree. It does sound different than most everything else that I have and most of the things that I've tried.

Scott Schwertly:
That's why I just can't wait to get this in people's hands and let them make their own decision. But hopefully you guys will enjoy what this thing is all about and so forth. Well, before we actually give you guys a quick sample of what it actually sounds like, we'll just kind of quickly go through what you can expect with it as far as just the knobs and everything else that's on it. Pretty straightforward overdrive pedal, but we'll walk through it anyway.

Eric Wilson:
I mean, you got five controls. The top three knobs are a 3-band EQ, bass, mid, and treble. The treble is we were able to reign it in to where you can still get a lot of that high end if you have it higher. But also if you dial it back a little bit, you can rein it in if you're running it into a brighter amp, but the treble control is super usable for if you're running maybe a Darker amp, a Hot Rod Deluxe, Hot Rod DeVille, that 6L6 kind of thing. And then on the bottom, you have your volume and drive controls and the volume is really great.

You can use it as a volume boost as well and boost it into the front end of your amp. And then the drive goes from just a really light overdrive to just a pretty heavy crunch. Honestly, I'm really happy with where we got the drive control and kind of how we got that dialed in, because it's just been really great for me personally.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah, I know. That one was definitely a sticking point for us, but yeah, just kind of in the zero hour we got that fixed. Glad we did it. It can do so much, so really happy with it. Well, perfect. Well, we're going to go and get this thing connected. Eric, what guitar are you going to go with for today?

Eric Wilson:
I'm going to use the Tele for this one.

Scott Schwertly:
Perfect. We're going to get this set up guys, and we will see on the other side and hopefully you're going to like what you're about to hear.

Eric Wilson:
All right. That's our own Magnar pedal. It's a great sounding kind of preamp, overdrive. Whatever you want to classify that kind of thing as, that's what it is. I highly recommend check it out if you can. We have a couple YouTube videos up on it.

Scott Schwertly:
It's a good one. And if you want to pick one up, just head over to sirenpedals.com. This thing will cost you about 199 and you won't regret it. If you love things like Queens of the Stone Age, you love that sort of stoner rock, this is the pedal to have. Excited for you guys to go pick one up if this is something you're looking for.

All right. Well, that's what we want to cover today, guys. Again, this was the Siren Magnar. Join us next week because we're going to get back into the world of Klon pedals. Specifically we're going to be talking about the Ceriatone Centura. I know this one's a favorite amongst a lot of people out there. We're going to be unpacking this gem of a pedal. So it's a good one.

Eric Wilson:
This one's been one of my overdrive pedals that I've had on my board, so I'm really excited to dig into that one and talk about it.

Scott Schwertly:
It should be a good one. I'm excited about it. Well, until then guys, have a great day, have a great week, and we'll catch you in the next one.

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