The Gaia - Poison Noises

Aug 27 2022
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poison noises the gaia
clipping mode
clean/drive mix
diode selector

The Gaia by Poison Noises is K-style overdrive, but it's not just your average Klon clone.

Just like all Poison Noises creations, there is a multitude of well thought-out options packed into a small package.

I don't know if the Gaia has the magical diodes. But I know that with the Quake toggle, you have 3 different choices for diodes and they all sound nice. With the Terraform, you can switch between different clipping modes. I assume they are symmentrical/op-amp clipping/asymmetrical.

Usually, the gain knob on normal K-style drives determines the clean/drive mix. Here, you get a separate mix knob with the Preserve knob and an additional gain control with Erupt.

A lot of people recommend K-style drives as glorified dirty boosts. The Gaia can certainly do that, but as you can hear in this demo, it can do a lot more.

Recording Notes


  • K'mo Memphis Std., classic T-style pickups (bridge pickup)
  • The Gaia
  • Strymon Iridium (Chime)
  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
  • Garageband



  • GarageBand Drummer Max (punk rock) on the East Bay kit
  • Full kit treated with the stock GarageBand RAT-style pedal plugin

The whole mix was "mastered" with exciter, limiter and mild compression in the DAW.


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