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081: Siren Pedals Midnight Train: A Closer Look at this Civil War Muff Inspired Fuzz Pedal | Transcript

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Scott Schwertly:
Hello, and welcome to episode 81 of the Sonic Renegades Podcast. We're exploring Renegade pedals that have changed the music landscape. For today's discussion, we have one of our very own, this is the Midnight Train, a fuzz pedal. This thing is an absolute gem. It's so much fun to play. And we're looking forward to covering it on the other side.

Scott Schwertly, and Eric Wilson of Siren Pedals with you today. Hope you are having an amazing one. Well, up for today's discussion, we're going to be talking about one of our very own, this is our Midnight Train fuzz pedal. I know I often rotate a lot of our pedals on my pedal board, but this one right here is one that has maintained its spot on my board for the longest time. I absolutely love this pedal, kind of a shameless plug here about one of our very own. But this thing's great. For those that have been following us here on the podcast, I'm a huge fan of fuzz and really kind of put this to fit my liking and sort of my personal taste. And again, I absolutely love this pedal and excited that we're talking about it today.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. I really liked the Midnight Train specifically, but I've always been a pretty big fan of Big Muff type pedals. And so really with, I mean, obviously we've made some tweaks to it, but having that added mid control was kind of a game changer for me. I really enjoy it. And for me who typically doesn't play a lot of fuzz, it makes it a lot more usable for me.

Scott Schwertly:
Oh, for sure. And that was obviously one of the big reasons we included that is to obviously give it some versatility and whatnot. And yeah, it's a game changer for me as well. So for those that not familiar with this pedal and kind of the history behind it as Eric just alluded, it is inspired by the Big Muff circuit, specifically the Civil War version of the Big Muff. So this pedal actually came out in January, of 2020. It was one of our very first three pedals that we launched when actually going public with the company in January, of 2020. And not public in a sort of a stock market sort of way, but basically just launching ourselves to the world.

This is one of three pedals that we launched with. And it was really just kind of our take on fuzz. I've always been a big fan of the Big Muff and just the Muff circuit. And I really loved the Civil War. And yeah, kind of went in that direction and modified it and added the toggle switch for the mid control and the end result, we've got the Midnight Train. So definitely a fun one. And if you love that Muff sound, you'll probably love this one.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. And honestly, just having that Big Muff sound and a little bit smaller of an enclosure than a typical like electro harmonics pedal is I mean, super helpful for saving some pedalboard real estate. It tends to just kind of fit a little bit better.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. That's one thing that I love about it is, we were able to fit everything in that compact size. So obviously when you think about like the Big Muff, I mean, obviously that is a super large pedal. Obviously, there are other variations of it, like the nano Big Muff and others. So yeah. The great thing about this is it does fit that small enclosure footprint, which is great. And I know I even personally been looking at things like the Hudson Broadcast, as far as trying to just have another fuzz alternative. But again, even those, they're small, but it also takes up real estate at least from a sort of horizontal perspective and that eats up a lot of space on your board. So yeah, I love that this is just in your traditional 125B enclosure size. And yeah, it doesn't demand a lot of space on a pedal board.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. And I really liked just overall how this thing looks and just the quality of parts that we use. I mean, I kind of get really finicky with foot switches specifically and they get really cliquey and really poppy. And the foot switches we use are great. I love these foot switches.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. I mean, obviously we've pay a premium for those. And I know we've explored a lot of different options over the last year or so from $3 foot switches to $6 foot switches. And these are premium. I mean, we're paying $6 for every foot switch. So there are a lot of pedals out there particularly, just like the Chinese type pedals, like whether it's Joyo or Donner. I mean, you're looking at a dollar, $2 type foot switches, like really, really cheap stuff. So not only are the foot switches premium and high quality, but really just all the components that are in it. And again, I guess that's what puts Siren Pedals in sort of that boutiquey category.

All right. Well enough about the sales pitch. That's not our goal here. We just wanted to educate you guys on the Midnight Train and really what it is at its core. So again, this is a Civil War Muff inspired pedal. Again, if you love fuzz, this should fit your palette of taste pretty well here. I don't like that phrase. Yeah. So if you love fuzz, hopefully this will fit your liking. Okay. So what can you expect with this thing? It's got three knobs on it, volume, tone, fuzz. And it's got the toggle switch for controlling the mids. Eric, anything else you wanted to add to that?

Eric Wilson:
No. I mean, that's about it.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. I mean, it's pretty straightforward. Again, volume, tone, fuzz. So you can get pretty much anything that you're looking for here, whether you're trying to capture that Matt Bellamy muse sound, or Billy Corgan from the Smashing Pumpkins, or even David Gilmour from Pink Floyd. I mean, these guys all utilized fuzz pedals or utilize fuzz pedals. And it can cover up quite a large spectrum of different sounds and tones. So it's a good one. So if you guys are interested in hearing what this thing actually sounds like, we're going to go ahead and get everything connected here. Eric, what guitar are you going to go with today?

Eric Wilson:
I'm going to go ahead and use the tele for this one.

Scott Schwertly:
Perfect. Awesome. Well, we're going to get this setup guys and we will see you on the other side.

Eric Wilson:
All right. That Siren Pedals zone Midnight Train. It's a great Big Muff variant and yeah, definitely check it out.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah, it's a solid one. And I know we probably sound a little bit biased because it's our very own. But in all honesty, I mean, we take pride in the stuff that we put together and that we put out into the world. And again, if fuzz is your thing, this one should be a great fit. All right. Well, that's what we wanted to cover today, guys. This is the Midnight Train fuzz pedal, one of our very own Siren Pedals. Join us next week. We're going to be talking about the Triungulo Lab Chorus Ensemble. So if you're a fan of the Boss CE-1, in fact, we actually covered that pedal several episodes ago. This one is essentially inspired by that circuit and it did a fantastic job with it. I mean, I'm super impressed. So we will be covering that one in the next one.

Eric Wilson:
Yeah. I love the CE-1 sound.

Scott Schwertly:
Yeah. It's legendary for a reason. So yeah, can't wait to introduce you guys to the Triungulo Lab Chorus Ensemble next week. Until then have a great day, have a great week and we will catch you in the next one.

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