The PLASMA RACK turns your instruments signal into a rapid series of electric discharges in a Xenon-filled tube. High voltage discharges then get picked up by a specially designed electromagnetic receiver and turned back into audio-level signal. This process results in punishingly heavy distortion saturation with a wide range of harmonics and overtones. The harmonic artifacts, created as a byproduct of the high voltage discharge are uncommon in traditional signal amplification, and therefore PLASMA distortion is unlike anything you have heard before. The PLASMA Rack produces large amount of non linear harmonic saturation that causes extremely rich and responsive attacks, and brings out screeching sharp overtones and harmonics. The scope of distortion intensity goes from sputtery broken sounds to full saturation and sustain all the way to totally oversaturated tones. When input level drops below the PLASMA lamps voltage threshold the electrical discharge within the gas filled tube is interrupted. This creates a fast and sputtery gating effect which is unique to the PLASMA distortion and is a huge part of the flavor of this distortion. It creates strong contrasts between sounds so it works really well with beats and drum tracks. CLEAN GATE applies the special PLASMA gating to the dry signal even if the distorted wet signal is not mixed in. This allows to apply the same sputtering gate sounds as a texture without distorting the signal. The PLASMA RACK features a TREMOLO section that affects both the DRY and the WET signals in or out of phase. The tremolo is achieved by modulating the PLASMA tube and the tremolo speed goes into ring modulation territory. The effect also has an envelope follower which allows to control the tremolo and ring modulation depth with the input level. The PLASMA Rack has a balance and unbalanced I/O. It works with both instrument and line level signals. It is a mono unit, however it is designed to work in master/slave configuration for stereo signal processing. There are 3 effect loops in different parts of the signal chain that also work both with instrument and line level signals. The PLASMA Rack signal processing is fully analog, but the parameters can be digitally controlled. It has full MIDI implementation.