Michael Landau Pedalboard #2



36" x 14"


Belden 9778
Belden 8451


Vertex Pancake, Right Angle, and Straight (TS and TRS)
Horizon/Rapco Pancake TRS
Amphenol ACPM-R


Vertex Custom Power Supply:

7 isolated outputs (6x 100mA 9VDC outputs, 1x 400mA 9VDC output) with a multi-tap toroid transformer for 90V, 120V, and 230V (adjustable with slider switch).

Vertex Custom Battery Supply:

4 outputs each fed by 4 x 9V batteries and a separate relay powered by the main power supply to turn the batteries on/off. The batteries are only active when the entire pedalboard is powered "ON" at the main power supply so the batteries are not drained when not in use.


Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face (modified by Jeorge Tripps and Vertex, re-housed)
Vertex ML OD/B Prototype (with Vertex EXP to control boost level)
Vemuram Jan Ray Boost (in effects loop of the ML OD/B)
Vertex Landau Stereo Chorus (modified Arion Chorus)
Roger Mayer Voodoo-Vibe
Vertex Axis Wah
Strymon Timeline Delay (with Roland EV-5 EXP)

*The Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face will be substituted with Vertex BC109 Fuzz as needed (all connectors/cable were cut to fit either device in that space).

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This is an extremely touch sensitive, dynamic, and open voiced overdrive with lots of available gain, with very little level boosting. Mike preferred to have level at only +6dB over unity gain at its max setting. There are 3 controls (Level, Tone, Gain) and a relay-switch true bypass, switched by a momentary foot-switch.


This is a version of the Vertex Clean Boost with expression pedal (EXP) capabilities to control the level of the boost. The trim-pot located above the "BOOST" foot-switch determines the maximum boost level with the EXP in the toe-down position (as the EXP pedal is brought back to the heel-down position the volume tapers from its set level to completely off). The level trim-pot for the boost ranges from unity gain to +10dB above unity. There is only 1 control (Level) and a relay-switch true bypass, switched by a momentary foot-switch.


On the rear of the unit there is a SEND and RETURN to allow for effects to be wired between the Overdrive and Boost sections (the Jan Ray Boost is inserted here for this pedalboard). Ideally, all addition distortion, overdrive and boost devices should go in this effects loop before returning to the boost part of the unit to give players the fullest use of the EXP capabilities (for volume control) that are a part of the Boost section.


There are two separate 9VDC input jacks: one, for the Boost section which draws 30mA and sounds best on a regulated power supply, and the other, for the Overdrive section, which draws 6mA (Mike prefers the OD powered of of a carbon battery, however it could also accept a power supply without a problem).


* The Boost and Overdrive can both be used independently of each other or together.

* The Boost can be used without an EXP, however it limits the pedal to only the amount of boost level that is set on the trim-pot when the boost is switched on/off, without the flexibility of being able to vary level with an expression pedal.

* The EXP is meant to be used as a volume pedal in conjunction with the Boost section, but with the advantage of being able to go beyond unity gain when desired (this is determined by the level set on the Boost trim-pot).

* The Boost is very similar to what is found in the Vertex Dual Buffer, an ultra-transparent, no color design, which can drive long lines with no signal degradation. Mike commented that this was the most transparent boost that he's ever heard or played.