Most high gain pedals, especially on a really clean amp, sound just like that...a pedal. Rarely do you get a pedal that you can put on your board that will turn any clean tube amp into a high gain, and more importantly, natural sounding high gain tube amp. The Suhr Riot Pedal is one of the few we've heard that actually pulls this off. If you know you've got a tube amp for your backline, just bring the Riot and you're good to go. Here's more from Suhr:
The Riot, as its name playfully hints, is a high-gain distortion box that will make a small clean tube combo sound like a raging stack. We have heard many distortion boxes and were never quite satisfied with how they sounded or felt with a clean amp. We wanted the sonic characteristics of the distortion and the way the pedal reacted to your touch like a high-gain 100w tube head. After much testing, re-working, and re-builds of the Riot over a period of a year, we are finally satisfied with how it performs and sounds in real world music applications with pro musicians performing live or in the studio. The Riot will make you forget that you're playing through a pedal. It works with the amp to deliver a big full sound that never sounds artificial or overly electronic. There are no bees-in-the-jar buzziness, harsh high-end or tubby lows that are often what you hear in high-gain distortion pedals. Again, a pedal is highly dependent on the amp it's connected to and how the amp is set, but the Riot will perform exceedingly well with virtually any decent tube amp out there - even with old vintage-style Blackface type of amps. Get musical distortion and an amp-like feel from the Riot. If you need alternative high-gain sounds without adding another amp, the Riot is the ticket to high-gain heaven in a small package.
Riot features an easy to tweak layout which includes Dist, Level, Tone and a three position Voicing switch.
Dist: Adjusts the amount of gain added to your tone, taking you from classic crunch to high-gain heaven.
Level: Adjusts the output of the pedal. Riot provides enough level to push the front end of any tube amp into natural overdrive.
Tone: Shapes the overall tonal response of the pedal, from smooth and warm to cutting lead tones.
Voicing Switch (three positions):
Left: Produces a natural, organic tone that responds dynamically to your guitars volume control.
Middle: Puts you into high gain territory with a solid midrange, with a tight bottom end.
Right: Produces a vintage high gain response, with excellent definition.
True Bypass: Riot is true bypass via a relay. This function allows for the remote switching, and the battery monitor feature. The relay produces less popping when switching the pedal on and off.
FX Link: The FX Link connector allows the pedal’s switching function to be controlled from an external switch, pedal board, loop switcher, or any other custom interface. FX Link also provides the ability to power up in the On/Off state.
Low Battery Monitor: Riot incorporates a unique battery monitor that alerts the user to low battery conditions. In addition, the battery monitor will automatically switch the pedal to True Bypass if the battery voltage is too low for the circuitry to correctly operate.
Input Impedance: 1M ohm
Output Impedance: 600 ohm
Power Connector: 9Vdc, center negative, 2.1mm x 5.5mm
Operating Voltage: 4V to 18V (nominal 9V)
Maximum Voltage: 20Vdc
Reverse Battery Protection: yes
Over Voltage Protection: yes
Current Consumption: 8mA
Estimated Battery Life: 75 – 100 hours continuous use
Dimensions: 4.875” Width x 3.875” Depth x 1.375” Height