The A/DA Reissue Final Phase is creating a “buzz,” not only because it is back in production and avaiblable, but also because it uses the same unique 1979 A/DA technology, and we have kicked it up a bit. Vintage gearheads don’t worry — you can still dial-in the original phase shifting tone, and, by backing off the OVERDRIVE, get that original early 80’s phased grind.
With this Reissue, You can get a more modern, heavier distortion by turning the OVERDRIVE knob past 12 o’clock. It gets downright scary and can boost the bottom with a 3-dimensional motion that moves your harmonics and overtones around the room. The Reissue Final Phase touts the same features as the Original 1979 version and are functionally and sonically the same: SWEEP RATE, SWEEP MODULATION (A/DA original), versatile RANGE CONTROL to position your sweep center and high-Q filters that can be made resonant with the INTENSITY control. (Techies: the Final Phase filters have a Q of 1, as compared to the industry’s standard Q of ½. This means more coloration and depth to the sound.)
The 2009 Reissue A/DA Final Phase is designed by the original designers of the late 1970s A/DA Final Phases using very similar parts and exactly the same parts in the all-analog signal path. The differences between your Reissue Final Phase and the original A/DA Final Phases are:
- The Reissue has true “hardwire” bypass and the originals did not.
- The Reissue Overdrive (distortion) has been re-voiced to get a more modern sounding distortion, while keeping the original distortion tone and feel by backing off the new Overdrive Control. In effect we have added an “11” to the Overdrive. As you approach the maximum setting, the bass resonance increases and the highs become more complex.
- The printed circuit board (PCB) has a different layout, but is all through-hole design, using full-size carbon film resistors and precision polyester film capacitors for the highest quality signal path. There are no surface mount components in your Reissue Final Phase.