Updated Jun. 17, 2022

MTL Assembly Too Positive

The MTL Assembly Too Positive is a minor release from the Quebec-based creator of the Count to 5, but still a uniquely useful device for guitarists on a mission to build a full stereo rig.

The concept is not complicated, but rather underexplored: a stereo overdrive with 2 independent drive circuits that can either process stereo signals allowing different settings for each channel, or be used as a two separate channel drive with two mono outs. But – through the Mono In/Out toggle switch on the right, it can sum two stereo ins as well to two mono outs.

The stereo routing happens through stereo 1/4″ in/out jacks, and the footswitches can be configured in a few different ways:

  • Stereo Synch Configuration: Both channels switch in sync: both channels turn on/off at once, with the left footswitch working as a momentary switch and the right one latching.
  • Stereo Separate Configuration: Each channel is toggled separately through its own footswitch: also stereo, but the channels operate independently from each other, one feeding the other.
  • Mono Stacked Configuration: The footswitches select which drive circuit is used, emulating a two-channel setup on a mono signal: each channel has its own input/output, like having two separate pedals.

The two overdrives are identical, and deliver sounds ranging from a colored boost to a full overdrive, while the Tone toggle provides a mid-scooped and a high passed filter option for each.

MTL Assembly Too Positive, Builder’s Notes

The Too Positive is a stereo overdrive pedal. By using 2 independent drive circuits, it is able to process stereo signals and allows different settings for each channel.

It can also be used as a two channel drive for mono signals, a splitter, or a summer due to its flexible signal routing capabilities.

The effect can range from colored boost up to a hot overdriven sound. The tone switch adds a mid scoop or high pass filter to give two distinct voicings to the drive. The effect is great for adding some dirt to guitar, synths and drum machines alike.

The footswitches can be set to act in a few different ways giving you maximum flexibility in how to use the effect. Both channels can be set to switch in sync or each channel can be toggled independently. The two channels can also be set such that the footswitches alternate which drive circuit is used, emulating a two channel setup on a mono signal.

Too Positive accepts 1/4? TS and TRS plugs for input and output signals.

It requires a 9V DC power supply and consumes 80mA of current. Check out the manual and companion videos for more information on the pedal and its capabilities.