Paul Landers, Tech 21 team up on signature PL1 Fly Rig

Capture the Rammstein guitarist’s iconic tone.

21 Tech Pail Lander Fly Rig pedal

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:

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Delay

  • Modeled after a vintage tape echo with “Time” and “Repeats” control knobs.
  • The tap tempo footswitch sculpts depth of delay.

Vibrato

  • 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.

Ambience

  • 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.

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