TC Electronic has announced a brand-new high-gain distortion pedal, the Magus Pro.
Chief among its features is an LM308 op-amp – as found in the most prized examples of the Pro Co Rat – which is known for generating smoother-sounding distortion due to its slow slew rate.
The company explains: “By keeping the slew rate slow, harsh unwanted harmonic overtones and interference are eliminated, leaving you with a smooth layer of pure distortion whilst cranking the gain.”
The stompbox also boasts three Rat-like operating modes: Classic, Turbo and Fat. Classic takes the player “to a world of oldskool, high gain, punchy mids and a gripping tight bottom end”, Turbo engages LED clipping diodes for greater headroom and less saturation, and Fat offers a low-end boost whilst re-shaping the upper mids.
Its control layout is otherwise pretty simple, with volume and gain knobs and a high-cut filter.
TC Electronic also touts the pedals “effortless and lasting sustain”, suggesting it could be used as a solo boost due to its even harmonic resonance.
Other features include true bypass switching, a compact chassis and top-mounted jacks for conservation of pedalboard real estate.
The Magus Pro is available now for $59. For more information, head over to TC Electronic (opens in new tab).