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Nanolog Audio is a Canadian company that has broken new ground creating and patenting a brand new technology called Nanolog Devices. These are a new class of component that use molecular electronics, where molecules act directly as elements in a circuit. They provide greater dynamics, a warm rich frequency response, and new organic textures that are simply impossible to achieve with traditional clipping diodes and transistors. They are designed to be used in place of the usual silicon or germanium diode pairs.
It is certainly just marketing hype to say it can replace tubes, or anything silly like that. However, Nanolog Devices do genuinely offer the most "tube-like" solid state clipping option available on the market today. It gives you most of the advantages of a vacuum tube with all of the advantages of a solid-state component. Their marketing is generally targeted at pedal builders, but with all of its advantages, it also has excellent potential in solid-state preamp circuits for amps.
- N1A = The most saturated/compressed. Use this if the goal is to get a similar sound to silicon or germanium but with improved dynamics and clarity.
- N2 = The most popular. Great dynamic range and warm/natural compression. Perhaps the most "tube-like" in the right circuit.
- N3 = The most headroom. Huge dynamic range, rich low end, and overall powerful presence.
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I love trying new things, and this device peaked my interest. I've integrated some into pedal clipping circuits with mixed results. First into a Klon Centaur clone where I didn't care for the result as a direct diode replacement. However, I tried it in a Muff style circuit and used an N2 in parallel with a 1N914 and the result were terrific. The pedal still retained the sharp clipping knee but proved to be chewier sound...very nice. I am planning to build a few boosts with these and will report back.