FEB: 2021:

Nobody is sick (so far) Both myself and Mrs RML remain in our 2 person bubble with our two cats.

Seems like not a lot has changed since the last update. Still working alone and juggling everything myself like a bear on a unicycle. I desperately would to have our crew back so I can expand on a lot of long running projects that I just haven’t had time to address. 

I am getting through orders as quickly as possible. Though part of me feels like if I could get sick at any time and end up in the hospital, stressing myself out would be a crappy way to spend the last few months of my life. So I’m trying to keep limits on how much stress I hit myself with. Things will continue to move at a slower rate until we can get the general admission vaccinations going. 

I miss having time to create music and video. Even if it’s just on instagram. I’ve backed off the platform a little bit. Frustrated with the throttling. We were growing exponentially and and then hit a “pay to play” algorithm thats capped us in the 12k range. I’ve done some sponsored adds but it always seems like organic growth is the best. I know the platform is a business to make Facebook money. It’s a fact of life. I do wish they would throw the old advertising models out and just let small businesses pay a monthly subscription. 

This last month we had an update of the Utility Box. It’s  not  yet officially  available. I still  need  to  source  some  enclosures.

One of our customers had requested each of the buffers have an adjustable gain. The gain pushes the 1:1 buffer circuit into full distortion. That required a PCB redesign. So this will replace the previous version with just one adjustable buffer. I admit this is a very niche pedal. The idea was to send a clone of yourself to an additional amp. It’s a 1 in and 4 out buffer pedal. No bypass. You ether turn the output on or off. 

Imagine if you will… your on stage playing with your band. You have your regular amp with you. It’s your clean tone that you use to play most of your music. When the chorus kicks in you hit channel two that sends your signal to a 2nd amp with full distortion. The crowd goes wild. They have never heard such a huge sound coming from one person. Because the amp is a different manufacture with different specks its going to have a doubling effect. This works with bass too. Clean bass, hit channel two for a distortion without losing your bass low end.

You can even send a third channel as a DI. So even if your just doing studio work it gives you some pretty cool options.

 

We also did an update on our 432k rev2 and made the “432k Levy2” double pedal.

David Levy is working on the next Doom sound track and had requested this. I happened to have a panel large enough and a box that I had set aside for a personal project and it worked out very well. BUT…. had to hand drill all those holes and my OCD wont let me do that haphazardly. It gets to the point that anything slightly off even by a small mm drives me nuts. I think for this to be a regularly available item Im gonna have to have some panels laser cut. I’ll likely be doing that soon. 

Johnathan-

Oct. 2020:

Hey everyone. Nobody is sick. This is just an update on whats going on in our little closed loop. Been extremely worried about catching covid. Not just a little, like a fuck lot. So I am fortunate enough to be able to work from home in the shop alone. My usual crew of people that have worked with RMLfx for years now is now off doing their own things to survive.

As I mentioned before the RMLfx shop is in our home. I have a full basement shop the size of our house. Its wonderful. I do the wood working, the building, the shipping all from here. Also a music studio set up where I test all the pedals and product that goes out the door.

To rent that kind of space separately at a different location would cost $$$. The down side, this is a closed environment, Not a lot of air flow, one bathroom, and the break room is our kitchen. I had people on in the beginning of the pandemic and I couldn’t handle it. I tried, but the paranoia of the virus had me following them around with cans of lysol. I can vouch for our limited exposure with the world, but with employees drilling them about how many people they see and what they are doing in their personal life just didn’t feel right.

So I’m working alone. That means every time I need to build a pedal I’m not able to simultaneously do the wood working, or shipping. Flip that around in any order and its the same. Things are taking extra long to get done.

So be warned. We are still taking orders. I’m working my butt off to get you those orders. Its just gonna take time. Hopefully I’ll get sick and not die. Then for a short time I can feel safe and immune and can be around others. Maybe a vaccine soon? Then I can get my crew back. And we all can get back to the way life was.

-Johnathan