Quilter Labs unveils the OverDrive 202, a portable solid-state head

This full-featured 200-watt head weighs in at less than two kilograms.

Quilter Labs OverDrive 202

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Quilter Labs has unveiled the OverDrive 202, a two-channel solid-state amp head packing multiple voices, built-in reverb, dynamics processing and up to 200-watts of output power in a less than two-kilogram package.

This full-featured, compact head builds upon the Californian brand’s previously introduced OverDrive 200, which was widely favoured by gigging musicians for its portability and responsiveness.

The OverDrive 202 features three distinct voices, each making broad strokes on its overall tone. First, is a full Q mode – which is largely a flat or natural EQ setting, albeit with some added highs for added definition; the second voice presents a bell-like tone which accentuates the “presence” harmonics, allowing chords to be pushed while still preserving clarity; and the last is a high-gain tone, described as having an “incisive and full-bodied attack”.

Each selectable voice affects the behaviour of the amp’s three-band EQ – which is shared by both channels. For instance, engaging voice three adds a mid-scoop, based on classic tone stack response curves, to cut down on midband clutter.

Both channels of the OverDrive202 sport independent gain controls, with the clean channel supplying enough gain to be used as an “alternative distortion voicing”. Controls on the overdrive channel also include a single-knob limiter and a post-gain output control.

Both channels route to the same master section, passing through a reverb circuit before arriving at the master output level control. The OverDrive 202’s master control is measured from 0 to 200-watts and adjusts the breakup threshold of the clean channel. This means that players have the option of deciding how much clean headroom they want.

The amp also comes equipped with an internal cabinet simulation DSP which actively tracks output settings to offer a ‘complete’ sounding rig when recording directly out. Take a listen to the amp in action below.

The Overdrive 202 is priced at $575 and is available now through quilterlabs.com.

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