The SOV-2 is a transparent overdrive that can take your from clean boost territory in dirty british-amp style overdrive. It can get quite gritty when the gain control is turned up but if you keep the Tone knob down, and the drive to a minimum you will get a smooth, warm sustaining lead tone. Just like our favourite Black & Gold Amp company!
The headroom that this pedal has it what makes it so different from other drive pedals. It achieves higher headroom with its internal voltage boosting that takes it from the 9v input up to 15v.
Higher headroom means less compression and a bigger more open sounding distortion. In simple terms it means you can get more volume out of the pedal before it distorts which results in a warm, creamy tone that will bring out the natural characteristics of whatever guitar you plug into it.
Holistic Tone Circuit
The HTC is a circuit inside the pedal that manages the signal so that the effected signal and bypassed signal will be exactly the same. This means no 'tone suck' and you can put loads of these pedals in a row without losing any signal or sound.
Here's what Free The Tone say about the SOV-2
The FREE THE TONE SOV-2 OVERDRIVE uses a high performance DC-DC converter for its internal power supply circuit and drives its signal circuit by supplying ±15 Vdc, providing natural amplification of guitar sound and characteristics.
The SOV-2 with ample overtones features singing overdrive tone that can express subtle picking nuances as differences in timber.
Wide dynamic range and powerful expression based on ±15 Vdc internal boosting.
Incredibly high signal-to-noise ratio.
Exceptional sound stability by using long-life high reliability components.
NOTE: Due to relatively large current consumption, we recommend to use an AC adapter.
SThe background of the SOV-2 begins with the original SOV-1. The SOV-1 used no vacuum tubes, but as a result of many years of development it successfully achieved the soft distortion and dynamics that are characteristics of the best tube amplifiers.
We received numerous requests from the SOV-1 users around the world for a smaller, lighter version that would run on batteries or an AC adapter.
In order to realize the requested modifications without compromising on sound quality it was necessary to reconsider the power supply. The original SOV-1 was AC powered and employed a precision power supply circuit of the type used in recording equipment. The sound of the original SOV-1 was to a large degree dependent on an exceptionally clean, stable power supply. It would be physically impossible to use the same power supply in a compact version, so a new circuit had to be developed from scratch.
We decided to use a high-performance (and very expensive) DC-DC converter to deliver the ±15V power required by the original SOV-1 signal circuitry. A highly efficient filter was designed and implemented to prevent the converter’s oscillator from interfering with the audio signal. The signal lines were also laid out with extreme care in order to optimize the unit’s sound. What I have just described in a few sentences actually took several years to achieve, but the results in the SOV-2 are totally satisfying.
The SOV-2 is unique. It is an ideal match for Marshall, Fender, and a wide range of high-end and boutique guitar amplifiers. We sincerely hope that players will make it a part of their music: nothing could be more gratifying for a guitar effect designer.
- Input impedance: 1M
- Output load impedance: max. 200
- Controls: DRIVE, TONE, LEVEL
- Terminals: 2× 1/4" phone jacks (for input and output), 1x DC9V input jack (for AC adapter)
- Power supply: 9-volt battery (PP3/006P), AC adapter
- Current consumption: approx. 90 mA (max.)
- Dimensions: 72W × 115D × 50H mm (incl. protuberances such as footswitches, jacks, etc.)
- Weight: approx. 250 g (excl. battery)
- Accessories: warranty card, manual, battery (PP3/006), 4× rubber feet