Paul Landers and Tech 21 have collaborated on a signature Fly Rig named the PL1. Inspired by the SansAmp GT2 and PSA tube amp modelers, the PL1 is a multi-effects stompbox formatted to Landers’ preferences. It features two custom SanAmps channels, delay, vibrato, ambience and boost effects.
The PL1’s layout is divided into three sections: SansAmp, DLA and Boost.
At the Fly Rig’s core is the SansAmp section that includes two all-analog channels named “Feuer” (‘fire’ in German) and “Wasser” (‘water’). The Feuer produces grittier tones, and is controlled by an active three-band EQ with a “Mid Shift” switch, as well as “Drive” and “Level” knobs.
The Wasser, on the other hand, delivers clean tones. It’s governed by a two-band EQ and “Compression” and “Level” knobs. Additionally, a “Bite” switch provides increased clarity, definition and harmonics to top end notes.
The DLA portion of the PL1 has “Delay” and “Tap/Tuner” footswitches, a “Vibrato” switch, and an “Ambience” knob. The key features are as follows:
- Modeled after a vintage tape echo with “Time” and “Repeats” control knobs.
- The tap tempo footswitch sculpts depth of delay.
- When engaged, the “Time” knob controls the vibrato’s speed, while the “Level” knob modifies the vibrato’s depth.
- Tap tempo manages the vibrato’s speed.
- Used to dial in the desired amount of ambience.
- Choose between a close mic’d or standard room ambience.
Holding down the “Tap/Tuner” footswitch also engages a tuner that simultaneously mutes the signal path.
Finally, the PL1’s Boost section features a footswitch that, when engaged, adjusts the level of post-SansAmp signal between -10 and +6 dB. It features a “Boost” knob to manage the effect, along with a dedicated three-band EQ and a “Level” knob. The “Punch” switch in this section adds more mids to the mix.
Retails for $329. More information at tech21nyc.com.