Rabatech Audio Omega Drive
For the love of TONE
Hi, my name is Migs and I love the electric guitar. When I was five years old, I always had a Spider-Man, Wolverine or Batman action figure with me where ever I went. 25 years later, these action figures have evolved into a cascade of different guitars, amps and effects pedals. You see, there’s something about this instrument that speaks to my soul. It is essentially just a block of wood with some tightly wound steel strings spread out on top of it; its simplicity is dumfounding, really. Yet, like still waters, it hides so much underneath this simple façade. By the simple pressing of a number of these steel strings, you could essentially create music. As a 12-year-old drummer discovering guitar for the first time, this blew my mind – it was almost magical really. Its quite crazy how inventive you could get trying out different combinations of wood, pickups, amplification and pedals to create different tones. Hell, two notes alone could already create music. Perhaps this is the true appeal of the instrument – the sheer tonal possibilities and the pure creativity you can surprise yourself with.
When I started to get serious about the pursuit of tone, I discovered that I had basically opened Pandora’s box with the depth and lengths that people would go to to craft their tone. Wood preference over the other, dialing in the proper amount of gain at any point in time, choosing the correct amplifier for your style of play. Hell, even Eric Johnson would only choose Duracell batteries to power his pedals because he could "hear the difference”. It all seemed overwhelming to be honest; quite the info dump on an unsuspecting college kid who wouldn’t know tone if it slapped him across the face. So, I tried my hand at chasing tone for the first time and set aside my trusty JS Schindler Strat pack. Would you believe what my first purchase was?
An Ibanez TBX150H with matching 4x12 Cabinet.
Jesus. A freaking half-stack.
I thought bigger was better, initially. I thought that this was a proper first step. And, in theory it was a lot better than my 15W JS Schindler amp, but then I realized I was using a half-stack as a bedroom amp. Just brilliant, I know. Then I learned another important lesson; play the room. You want to sound good? Okay, where are you playing? Get an amp that services the room, not your ego. Trying to fit 150W of half stack goodness into a 15sqm room just wasn’t smart, man. I was lucky someone was willing to purchase the Ibanez thanks to the ever trusty Philmusic. And with the proceeds I made the first sensible decision I’ve ever made in my musical journey; buying a Peavey Bandit 112 Redline series. I’m not gonna pretend I’m the expert with regard to tone, but buying Bandit taught me another important lesson with regard to chasing your sound; turns out buying the correct amplifier was as good a first step as any. Emphasis on CORRECT.
Fast forward to the thick of my gigging career with my then band – Progeny, Bandit was present during my all my shows. I also doubled as my bedroom amp because I could play at Volume 1 and the neighbors wouldn’t complain. Also helps that I wasn’t living beside my grandma anymore, but you get the picture. I really didn’t care what the venue was or what the event was, I was bringing Bandit because I needed my tone. I found that I could not play a decent set without solid tone and Bandit was the reason why I enjoyed my sound. Now, see, years of gigging and lugging around a 50 pound amplifier will tire you out and by the end of my career I started getting tired of Bandit’s weight. I contemplated adding little wheels do I could just push Bandit into place; even thought of using a wheelbarrow or pushcart just to ease the process. Then, one day, my bandmate made a joke that I should just fit bandit into a pedal. You can imagine the lightbulb going off in my head.
And so here we are, several prototype models later and amp choices, the Omega Drive is fully formed taking on the awesome shape of the Marshall’s classic JCM800. See, I chose this amp because it perfectly captured the sound of rock and roll for me. Its brash, articulate and most of all, POWERFUL. Strum this thing with the volume up and you’ll see what I mean. This pedal has a certain…feeling, it goes beyond just plain tone. It’s the goosebumps you get when you close your eyes. Please don’t think this is your dad’s sweet and mild OD from the 70’s, this thing has teeth. Its meant to have teeth. Its meant to stand toe to toe with music made by the Foo Fighters or Rage Against The Machine. Because I love Pop Punk, I would also deem it an amazing pop-punk distortion, because of the meat this pedal has when you strum your rhythms. State Champs, Neck Deep, Hit The Lights, A Day to Remember, you can nail all those tones. And because I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe, my final analogy with the Omega Drive is that you feel like Thanos with the full might of the Infinity Gauntlet.
Decimate your opposition.
The idea was to bring the full might of a cranked JCM to a pedal and what do you know, we did it. Pushing the volume up with reveal the true character of this pedal to you. And to think it’s just about the size of a mini pedal. Well sort of. The enclosure we chose has the strength to withstand the rigors of a rocking set, but its size makes sure that it will fit ANY pedalboard. From the minimalist’s board to the true enthusiast with those monster boards, the Omega will find a home in your chain for sure.
You see, we call this pedal the Omega Drive because it is our firm belief that if it’s a Distortion or Overdrive pedal you are looking for, this will be the last drive you will ever need.
You can quote us on that.