TC Electronic unleashes the Magus Pro high-gain distortion pedal

It features the classic LM308 op-amp chip.

TC Electronic has announced the Magus Pro, a high-gain distortion pedal that features an LM308 op-amp, three operating modes, a hi-cut filter and more.

The LM308 op-amp is known for its slow slew rate, which contributes to a smoother-sounding distortion. It’s the same type of chip found in Walrus Audio’s Iron Horse and early versions of the famed ProCo Rat.

“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 company wrote about the chip.

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The Magus Pro has three operating modes: Classic, which offers punchier mids and a tight bottom end; Turbo, which uses LED clipping diodes to offer increased headroom and less saturation, and Fat, which boosts the low-end while also shaping upper-mid frequency content.

You’ll be able to further tune your output with a high-cut filter knob that takes the distortion profile from smooth to crunchy. Other controls include gain and volume knobs.

TC Electronic also suggests Magus Pro could be applied as a solo boost, as its even harmonic resonance boosts sustain and provides musical feedback at higher settings.

Other hardware features include true bypass switching and top-mounted jacks for pedalboard economy. Each Magus Pro circuit is housed in a compact and hardy metal enclosure finished in grey.

Take a listen to the pedal in action below:

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The Magus Pro lists for $59 and is available now.

Learn more at tcelectronic.com

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