The Red Dirt came out in 2012 and is currently on tour with John Petrucci and Devin Townsend to name just a few. It is essentially all of the Keeley mods wrapped into one pedal. It also features one really important addition, the JFET input buffer. A mod that couldn’t be done to the old screamers is a JFET input buffer change. Now the Red Dirt and Red Dirt Mini are more open and dynamic… and let your pickups breathe in a way that you’ve not heard.
The four modes of operation are completely new for the Red Dirt Mini. The pedal’s base-line tone is configured by taking the bottom plate off and adjusting the DIP switches. These switches allow you to change the clipping diodes which give you either a more compressed sound, or give you a more open tube-amp like sound and variations in between. The different overdrive styles are: Distortion, Overdrive, Crunch, and Amp. Going from the high gain Distortion Mode where you have 2 to 3 times screamer gain, they give you progressively cleaner, more open and bolder sounds. The Red Dirt Mini is huge on tone and flexibility.