Never used it..but I like a clone of the Liverpool currently. Anyone ever use one? Thoughts on it?
Andrew Barta started Tech 21 with a product he originally designed for himself. Being a constant tinkerer, there are times he is inspired to build creations for his own enjoyment that are outside the realm of being mass produced and commercially viable. With the encouragement from a select few who have witnessed some of these products, Andrew has decided to open the door to his Private Stock.
Our Private Stock division will offer a diverse range of products. Each product will be custom-designed by Andrew, hand-built, tested and tweaked at our factory in the United States, and available directly for purchase on a per order basis.
it actually happened!!!! I was in touch with Tech 21 and they built a Liverpool Deluxe (Private Stock) for me!!! It's a very limited run, as they are hand made. I got the first one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I opened the box and played 5 hrs with it. Seemed like 5 minutes. TOTALLY WORTH IT. If you are apro musicians (or just like professional tools), it's a great piece of kit. Previous to this most overdrives I used were either to much distortion or not enough. And if the crunch was right, then the tone was off..it was always a serious compromise. I own about 40 pedals and none of them came this close to what I need. With the Liverpool Deluxe I can dial anything in from the lightest barely-crunchy..to full on way over the top "fuzz". And save to it a preset!!!!! Awesome stuff. I am over the moon about it. Can't wait to play it on all the gigs!!!!!!
The XLR output is normally 0dB depending on settings. If you engage the pad that drops to -20dB. The 1/4" instrument out is -10dB which is instrument level for use with amps and with the 1/4" boost (+10dB) engaged the output is 0dB. There should be no change in tone when changing levels. I've tested these pedals myself on the scope and only the level changes. When using the pedal with a mixer or interface you need to gain stage both units for optimum results. You should be able to easily achieve unity gain at the mixer without having to run the mixers trim pots to the max (which will add noise) or by running the Liverpool's level control to the max.Output Volume: The pedal does produce enough volume. But one needs to learn where that volume is, in terms of the gain stages and your choice of outputs. Example: the XLR out is HOT!!!!!!! Lots of Volume, but sadly the Cab sim is always on (and frankly I don't like their cab sim..so I am stuck with it..if I want lots of output).
The other output is a 1/4" output (the usual size for guitar pedal-output jacks), and it has a decent output, but nothing fabulous. It however can be boosted by a small button on the pedal. To my ears, using that boost is good, but the tone changes just a hair. So, I prefer it off. And luckily,for me, this output has a SWITCHABLE Cab sim button (so I turn it off!!!). But the result of no boost button is an output I have to turn up a bit when going DI , and that's when I notice a bit of noise. If I used a noise gate I'd be fine.
We have a guitar here with two EMG humbuckers and did some testing. We experienced some input stage distortion. This was pretty easily remedied by reducing the guitar's volume. There is no loss in tone when turning down an active pickup. We did some further testing. We ran the guitar's pickups through some test equipment and found the pickup itself was distorting. We tried a fresh battery and the pickup distorted even more. This guitar has no other active circuitry so it became obvious that internally the pickup was overloading. We had to lower the strings to make it stop. This may not be as apparent with some devices but the Liverpool has a bright boost at the input which accentuated this noise. I guess this is why some players run their pickups at 18 volts.Input Stuff: The pedal really likes Passive pickups better than active ones. Why? Well it seems the input gets slammed by actives and that means it's harder to get a good clean sound going. My strat with passives gives a good clean, with no breakup at all. My emg 81 is to much however. I play an 81 alot..so I guess I have to compromise a bit. I alos have some active Single coils, and they also push the inputs more than I'd like,for a clean tone.
The output knob: You would think all it does it make things louder. Well, like REAL analog gear...everything interacts. In this case I tend to get more distortion when I turn up the Output volume (and all I really wanted was more output.). Not distortion because it drove the PA too hard, distortion because the output has some effect internally within the LPD. So does Character and drive. There is alot of interaction between these 3 knobs, so tweak away and use your ears to find Voxy Goodness.
The controls on the pedal are digi-pots and don't have audio going through them which is why the pedal is analog. They tell the microprocessor the value which can in turn be stored. This is unlike a digital product. The "lazy" pot feature prevents you from accidentally turning up the Drive or Level to a level that may cause unwanted distortion or damage your speaker system. It can be a bit frustrating when trying to tweak on the fly but the idea is that you already have your presets tweaked and stored. Once you get a handle on it you can easily "fine tune" things in a live setting. There really isn't an easy way to do this with an analog pedal without adding cost and possibly increasing the size or changing the form factor.My negative thing: I wish the knobs were just regular knobs instead of knobs that take a minute to grab what you dialed in. If you know the Private stock series, you know what I mean. It's not a big deal, but sometimes I chase sounds a bit because these knobs take a moment to understand I am tweaking them. Maybe Tech21 can loose that and save some money for future customers, I think the feature is more bothersome than it's worth, at times.