Rocktron Silver Dragon Tube Distortion Pedal
The Rocktron Silver Dragon draws you into a land where distortion rules - the opportunity to slay the dragon will allow you to reap incredible tonal rewards!
Rocktron’s Silver Dragon is a unique distortion unit that combines the best of both worlds - tube and analog solid state distortion! For that tube sound you love, the Silver Dragon rams a 12AX7. Here is where you AWAKEN the beast and drive the tube sound.
Rocktron Silver Dragon Features
- Combines tube and analog solid state distortion
- Incorporates an 12AX7 preamp tube
- Unique stomp box design
- Hardcore metal chassis
- Powered by included power supply
SHREIK controls the treble while ROAR provides low end control. FIRE handles the initial distortion drive level of the 12AX7.The second made, called SLAYER, features a mixed-in combination of the 12AX7 distortion with the solid state distortion driving the tube together.
INTENSITY changes the character, sustain and attack properties, which together enhance articulation. BREATH control is for the symmetry of the solid state distortion which affects the feel
of the distortion. Output level control is also provided.
You’ll be hard pressed to find a better distortion device than the Silver Dragon, and you’ll have the ability to cross over into both worlds - tube and solid state. This is a unique stomp box format that utilizes a 13-Volt AC adaptor to drive the beast. The Silver Dragon allows you to have three modes - Clean, Crunch and Lead. Hints and tips provided in the instruction manual help you take advantage of the wide range of voicings, and define character
found in many expensive tube
For that tube sound you love, the Silver Dragon rams a 12AX7. Here is where you AWAKEN the beast and drive the tube sound.
Hints and Tips:
Here are some setup suggestions that will help make your Silver Dragon come alive for you.....
The Silver Dragon will allow you to have three modes - Clean, Crunch and Lead.
Things to Note
- Before using the Silver Dragon, adjust your amplifier for the best CLEAN sound you can get with your guitar. This will be the clean sound you will return to after using the Dragon.
- Set the Silver Dragon controls to start with...you can experiment later...
FIRE = 11:00 O’Clock
SHRIEK = 12:00 O’Clock
ROAR = 1:00 O’Clock
SLAYER INTENSITY = 9:00 O’Clock
BREATH = 9:00 O’Clock
LEVEL = 9:00 O’Clock
- Start out with the SLAYER mode OFF and press AWAKEN ON. You should have a good crunch happening....at this point fee free to adjust the SHRIEK and ROAR to your taste.
- Now try the SLAYER mode.....you should be rocking now!
SLAYER mode has tons of gain, but as you will hear a little goes very far. Setting it to start at 9:00 O’clock will give you the best GAIN vs... HISS produced at the output.
BREATH Control: The Breath control has a very subtle yet noticeable effect on the feel of the distortion while playing solos. This control actually changes the symmetry of the wave form. A guitar produces sine waves. A SINE WAVE is like a circle that has been cut in half with one half going up and the other half going down. The half going up is know as the positive excursion and the half going down is called the negative excursion. The Breath control allows the negative portion of the wave form to become larger than the positive portion. This allows more harmonics to be produced as it drives the tube. If you turn the Breath control full counter clockwise the distortion will be symmetrical. Both positive and negative portions are equal size.
As you turn the Breath control clockwise the negative portion will begin to increase in size, this causes the negative portion to begin distorting before the positive portion thus creating asymmetrical distortion. This is what adds the character or feel in many expensive tube amplifiers. This is something that most seasoned guitar players can feel.
It is something that is a relationship between the way the tube reacts with your given playing style. Please experiment and have fun slaying the beast with the Silver Dragon...