Riverside is the culmination of a thorough analysis of numerous analog and vacuum tube circuits. Our goal? To deliver a new world of harmonically rich, incredibly versatile, tube-inspired drive sounds. We didn’t want to build just another distortion or overdrive. We knew we must examine what has been done, and bring a new approach to the world of drive sounds.
Your amp choice has a large influence on the sound of any drive pedal connected to it. Riverside’s musical 3-band EQ, with independent Bass, Middle and Treble knobs, is designed to complement your amp’s tone with the flexibility needed to dial in your sound effectively and efficiently. The three-position Presence switch tailors the highest frequencies, allowing Riverside to integrate perfectly with any amp or setup, no matter how dark or bright.
The first stage of Riverside’s custom multistage drive topology is an all-analog, ultra low noise, discrete, class-A JFET circuit. This gain stage is digitally controlled to maximize headroom while adding as much as 20dB of pure analog gain, with tight integration to the subsequent DSP gain stages.
With our hybrid approach you get the best of both analog and digital worlds: The JFET stage provides exceptional touch sensitivity and dynamic interaction with your guitar, while the incredibly powerful SHARC DSP facilitates the great level of detailed complexity and responsiveness you’ll want to hear.
Custom cascadingmultistage distortion topology provides a wide range of tube-inspired drive tones
Digitally controlled analogclass A JFET input gain stage maximizes headroom while adding up to 20dB of pure analog gain
Precision craftedDSP gain stages provide detailed complexity and responsiveness
Low gain channel forsmooth classic overdrive
High gain channel formodern saturated distortion
3-band EQ with independent Bass, Middle and Treble controls
Selectable post-analog gainmid-band EQ push
Presence switch to tailor the sound for use with all amplifiers from dark to bright
Optional variable-threshold noise reduction helps tame noisy guitar pickups
All instruments from Music Makers are professionally evaluated and set-up in our historic Galesburg, IL. storefront prior to shipping.