Smooth, Transparent and Versatile OD... Here's how!
Welcome from Brian & Mark! We are really excited about our debut product, the FET Dream Overdrive / Distortion Pedal. It is a great pedal for a wide variety of players and genres... we've compiled this page from material on our website and early customer feedback to try and prove this is the right OD pedal for you!
Cause & Effect Pedals was founded by two Electronics Engineers with many years of high-tech experience in diverse industries, but a shared passion for building high-end guitar tube amps and a love of great guitar tone. We've focused those passions on delivering a no-compromise approach to great overdrive & distortion...
The FET Dream was conceived to be a very flexible distortion box, deserving of an anchor position on your pedal board... each control has been designed for maximum flexibility and is useable over the entire range of operation. The FET Dream is equally at home in your basement studio or on stage. Now we want to show you why & how...
The FET Dream sets a new standard for 'articulate' distortion with unequalled clarity and definition in a harmonically rich pedal, it will give you a great feeling of openness and presence with its tone.
The FET Dream excels at retaining your guitar's individual characteristics at all levels of distortion and complements your signal chain, rather than dominating it.
Words are one thing, but lets try to concretely illustrate for you some of the FET Dream characteristics with a quick 'Drive Control Demo' -- This demo takes a straight rock-blues track and demonstrates various degrees of drive level and the effect on the tone:
Drive Demo -- Click for MP3 download, you need Flash for the MP3 widget to work.Click to buy it now!
Lots more clips and videos are available through the navigation buttons, but lets push on and get to some of the key features and resulting benefits you will get out of the FET Dream design...
This may be the holy grail of good overdrive for all intents and purposes. -- M
Good tone is the result of careful crafting throughout the entire signal chain of the effect... in this section we'd like to walk you through the FET Dream architecture using a construction metaphor...
The foundation of the FET Dream tone is a tube-like FET input stage. This stage is crafted from individually selected JFET transistors and hand-tuned on every pedal to achieve a warm tube-amp like clean tone, rich in 2nd harmonics, while simultaneously avoiding any trace of tone-suck and preserving the subtleties of your guitar pickup character.
The FET Dream also features a unique and innovative pre-distortion equalization control. The Girth circuit provides a wide range of adjustment to balance the low/mids prior to distortion generation. The adjustment range can accommodate a wide variety of pickups and player's tastes to support whatever degree of 'fat' you prefer in the overall tone of the pedal. Careful management of the bass and avoiding the muddying mid-hump are a couple of the key secrets to the openness and clarity of the FET Dream.
The cornerstone of FET Dream is the distortion stage. It's unique design creates a distortion that drips with second harmonics for a rich, musical tone while retaining an openness to your sound that maintains your instrument's character and delivers clarity suitable for both lead and chord work. The wide-ranging Drive control delivers an incredible variety of usable distortion tones to satisfy even the most demanding player.
The final output section of the FET Dream features an innovative Lean control to tweak the tone to suit your style, amplifier chain and venue. A full range treble control with variable filter Q, the Lean knob ensures you can find the right emphasis to cut through the mix, and the flexibility to span from tame to aggressive highs in your distortion tone.
Taken altogether, the equalization controls and gain sections in the FET Dream combine to increase sustain, presence and harmonic content while preserving player tone, dynamics and clarity... Often considered contradictory goals but uniquely realized in Cause and Effect Pedals' FET Dream! Buy one!
We have been very excited and appreciative of the feedback and public reviews from our early-adopter customers. Nothing we can say serves better for your purchase decision than some honest customer feedback so we are happy to provide these links below. For more user dialogue, check out the forum threads captured on the links page through the navigation buttons.
- Dimensions (D/W/H): 4.4" x 2.7" x 2.0" (112mm X 68mm X 50mm)
- Weight: 10 oz. (285g) including battery
- User controls:
- Girth: adjustment to balance the low/mids prior to the distortion stage to control the 'fatness' of your sound
- Drive: adjustment of the distortion stage gain ranging from unity (minimal distortion level) to maximum (a medium-high level)
- Lean: adjustment of the treble content with varying Q, following the distortion stage
- Level: adjustment of pedal's output signal level from zero to maximum (gain above zero will depend on drive control setting)
- Bright blue LED status indicator
- True bypass switching
- Power consumption: 9VDC/6mA
- Battery: 9VDC (006P)
- AC adapter (Optional): 9VDC, negative tip (regulated supply recommended)
- Input impedance: ~1M ohm
- Output impedance: ~1K ohm
- Powder-coated and silk-screened cast aluminum enclosure
- Hand made with quality components and robust construction in Canada
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