MP Audio Blue Brit Overdrive

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Blue Brit Overdrive Pedal
When I set out to design this pedal, I wanted something that would be versatile, simple to use and sound great with any Guitar or Amp. It had to be suitable for different types of players too, that is both rhythm and lead players. But what I wanted most of all was for it to produce a beautiful rich soulful overdrive; something that could be clean when played lightly, but break up beautifully when you dug in. If I’m completely honest, I wanted it to sound like John Mayer’s tone! The reason for this is it was what I personally would find most useful for my style of playing.

What I came up with is the Blue Brit!
The name Blue Britt hopefully isn’t too cryptic, it comes from the fact that its sound was based around Marshall (British) ideas; it’s Blue and sounds great for playing the Blues.
Although I set out to get that British sound, being a unique design it has ended up being quite unique. I’ve been told that it has some Fender qualities being likened to a Fender Blues Deluxe, but also a bit tweedy. The overriding feedback however is that it is very amp like and hits the self imposed “John Mayer” brief.

Technical stuff:
The Blue Brit is an analogue overdrive pedal, that is, it produces a soft clip. However, it is more than that, if you continue to keep pushing up the gain, that soft clip will start to turn into a hard clip. Combine this with a guitar with really hot pick-ups, it can be possible to get full on distortion.
So if you want just a smooth overdrive leave the gain to the left of twelve o'clock. If you want more of a distortion sound, turn the knob to the right of 12 o'clock. This is obviously an approximation and will depend a lot on the type of amp and pick-up combination you are using.
The controls are simple: Gain (or drive), Tone (High and mid high cut filter), Presence (To recover the highs when tone is rolled out) and volume.
When it comes to the engineering side of this pedal, no expense has been spared and no design decisions have been made lightly. 
I have investigated the so called "Mojo" components and have separated the fact from fiction (I may offend some, but there is no need/benefit for carbon composite resistors in a 9V pedal).
The design is based around op amps, and instead of using the tired old op amps that have been used for the last 20+ years I have completely thrown out the rule book and gone for the highest quality most sonically accurate, LOWEST NOISE op amp I could find; An op amp typically found in high quality headphone pre-amps and hi-fi gear.
My reasoning for this is simple: Good pedals of days gone by used the best op-amps transistors they had available at the time. I can only assume they did this because they valued the original signal from the guitar and did their utmost to preserve it. It made perfect sense then to use only the best amplifiers available today instead of the relatively noisy old op amps from the 80s.
The result is an incredibly rich full bodied sound that truly represents the original tone of the guitar being used which I believe is unrivalled when it comes to audio quality and the "True Tone" of your guitar.
Having said all of this, some things are best done the old way; the Blue Brit will sound best when used with a tube amp. This is because it drives hard and will induce overdrive from your tubes causing your amp to sing along too. That's not to say it won’t sound good in a solid state amp, but you won’t get that double helping of awesome overdrive you get with a tube amp.

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