The Tilt is a simple, yet versatile overdrive design w ith distortion capabilities. The basic premise of the circuit is taken from Culturejam’s “OwlBear” overdrive, w hich uses a single Big Muff gain stage
wrapped between and input and output stage. The Tilt utilizes this idea, albeit with a different
“wrapper”. The input stage will look familiar to anyone who has built the “Slambox”; it’s a mosfet
based boost with a static gain control via a fixed resistor. This is followed by a gain control into the
Muff stage. Here, 2n7000 transistors are used for clipping in place of the m ore common 1n914.
Following that is a “James” type bass and treble control and then a lower gain output stage. Finally a
single switch takes the circuit into overload (saturation) for m ore distortion/fuzzlike tones.
Overall, the Tilt offers a w ide array of gain w ith varying pick dynamics. At lower gain settings, pick
attack is accentuated. At high gain settings, the pick attack decreases and takes on a more violinlike
quality for fast/intensive lead work.