The Juliet Collective : ORANGE CREAM Parallel Distortion
Robbie Spears’ The Juliet Collective works hard to offer original designs that sound great, look great and are useful. Several pedals have been released under The Juliet Collective moniker over the years but a recent overhaul of the company has produced this little gem, the Orange Cream Parallel Distortion.
The Orange Cream was inspired by the now classic tones of the Disraeli Gears album from the late 60’s. It features two gain stages, each with different tonal and dynamic characteristics and the second of the two, or ‘blue’ gain control, acts as the master volume as well.
The Orange Cream certainly subdued the typically spiky top-end of my Strat and it turned the Les Paul into a robust sounding fuzz beast. Warmth and roundness are two words that come to mind. Funnily enough the physical descriptives for the pedal would have to include those words as well.
The Juliet Collective are a company to watch, for sure. Their early projects were kind of left field but super cool and different enough to let them stand alone. I’ll be keen to see what comes out of their shop next as the Orange Cream is great and promises big things for the future.
Gear used today:
Guitars: Gibson Les Paul (Larry Corsa mod) and Fender Strat ’56 Relic Custom Shop
Amp: Laney VH-100R Clean Channel & L412 Cabinet (Greenbacks)
Other effects: Tech 21 Boost D.L.A.
Cables : Providence
Mic : Violet Design ‘The Amethyst’ (amp) Samson Airline77 (me)
Camera : Canon 60D (me) and Sony HDR CX150 (pedal)
Soundcard : AVID Mbox Pro 3
Computer : Apple iMac 27″ i7 3.4 GHz 16 GB RAM
Software : Pro Tools 10 LE, Waves CLA Guitars (slight comp over input track), Waves L3-16 Limiter (to keep levels in check at output), Apple Final Cut Pro X (video editing and Youtube compression).