Ran into another Kickstarter campaign the other day. This one comes from GMF Music. This builder is out of the West Des Moines, Iowa. The owner/operator is Greg Farres and he has 35 years of domestic and international experience in design and manufacturing of products to support the music industry. He was the founder of Ultrasound Amps, one of the most respected acoustic amp companies in the market. His designs won the Acoustic Guitar Magazine players choice awards for both amplifiers and pre-amps. Sounds like you can find his equipment on stages all over the world. All the effort and time he spent creating Ultrasound Amps is not being funneled into the creation of pedals.
The first pedal GMF produced is the Ai1. Perhaps not surprisingly, the pedal is a DI with a preamp. He says this about it on his website: “The Ai1 features a variety of inputs and outputs, greatly simplifying signal management. To eliminate the need for various adapters, a ‘Swiss Army’ array of connections are provided, including 1/4” for instruments, “stereo” (RCA) Line In and Line Out connectors for consumer electronics and computers, and an XLR and Line Output for professional PA systems.” It’s a good size too, coming in at under 4 inches in either direction it doesn’t chew up to much of your boards real estate.
With the DI behind him, Greg is moving into the realm of tone. GMF’s Kickstarter is for new pedals flying under the moniker of ‘Bullseye.’ Here is what they are offering.
The DS1 is a very compact, “true bypass” distortion pedal with plenty of dynamic range and great harmonic overtones. An all-analog circuit, proprietary tone control, level and drive knobs ensure plenty of gain to suit any kind of musical style while maintaining an extremely open and clear sound that never gets muddy. We use proprietary circuits for gain and tone control that let you dial in an unlimited variety of great guitar tones.
This is an analog reverb pedal for use with electric or acoustic guitars, electronic keyboards and more. Two control knobs let you quickly adjust Dwell, (decay of the reverb) and the amount of REVERB mixed with dry signal. A “true bypass” switch engages and disengages the effect.
This is an analog chorus pedal for use with electric or acoustic guitars, electronic keyboards and more. Three control knobs let you quickly adjust the speed of the chorus effect, the depth and overall level of the effected sound. A “true bypass” switch engages and disengages the effect.
This is an analog delay pedal that creates echo effects, from short slap-back to longer repeating echoes. Use it on electric or acoustic guitars, electronic keyboards and more. Three control knobs let you quickly adjust the speed of the echo repeats, the number of echoes and overall level of the effected sound. A “true bypass” switch engages and disengages the effect.
Right now, the Kickstarter is at $1,222 of a $2,000 goal with 14 days left. Their pledge tiers are disappearing fast. At one point for a pledge of $40 you would receive one of their new pedals. Those tiers are gone, but there are other tiers still active that include 1 or two pedals with a pledge of under $100. We at Pedal Finder are huge supporters of grassroots funding, especially when it comes to new gear entering the market. This seems like a real can’t loose situation. Indulge and artist in their work and get some unique gear for your board. I need to finish this up, because I’m heading over there right now.
Let us know what you think about these new pedals in the coming months (they deliver in October?!) And don’t forget to leave a review at Pedal Finder, especially right now, where any reviews will get you an entry to win an Outlaw Effects Boilermaker Boost with a 15′ Rattlesnake Cable bonus! To learn more about that you can click here.