November 2018

Preamp

NAMM '18 - Victory Amps Countess V4 Preamp Pedal, V30 Countess MkII & VX100 Super Kraken Demos

February 7, 2018
British circuit guru Martin Kidd debuts a line of preamp pedals and an update to a high-gain monster.
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NAMM '18 - Darkglass Electronics Alpha·Omega Ultra Demo

January 30, 2018
This respected relative newcomer delivers a drop-and-go preamp that’s enough to gig on any stage.
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NAMM '18 - Chase Bliss Thermae & Condor Demos

January 30, 2018
Sonic scientist Joel Korte unleashes a pair of radical tone shapers that offer warping delays and an EQ/filter pedal that can radically shift your sound.
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NAMM '18 - Xotic Guitars XJ Pro, XJC, XSC 1 & XTC

January 28, 2018
The XSC and XTC guitars, and a J-inspired bass, join the company’s hand-built California Classic line. Plus, the new Japan-made Pro Vintage Bass and a mini, refined, limited-edition version of the popular Andy Timmons signature BB Preamp.
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Mooer Unveils Three New Micro Preamps

January 11, 2018
The Cali Dual, Fried Mien, and Matchbox covers everything from modern high-gain tones to classic British and American sounds.
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Massive Unity Unveils the 1964

January 8, 2018
A full analog amplifier simulator for line connection that you can use as a highly detailed preamp.
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Synergy Amps Unveils the SYN-1 Single Module Tube Preamp

January 5, 2018
A roadworthy, professional housing that is compatible with any of Synergy’s interchangeable preamp modules.
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Mooer Audio Introduces the Pitch Step and Audiofile

January 5, 2018
The mini-sized Pitch Step is a polyphonic pitch-shifter and harmonizer.
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Ashdown SZ Funk Face Review

October 3, 2017
The Brit amp outfit teams with founding Jamiroquai bassist Stuart Zender to deliver a 12AX7-fueled drive pedal that's seriously funky.
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Carvin VLD1 Legacy Drive Review

August 30, 2017
Steve Vai’s fly-in solution is a formidable preamp for backline and recording situations.
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Hotone B Station Review

August 22, 2017
A preamp/DI for bassists that packs a ton of essentials, but keeps the price well under two bills.
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Diffusion Audio Unveils the BPA-1

June 29, 2017
A studio-quality preamp designed by Malcolm Toft.
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Electro-Harmonix Introduces the Battalion Bass Preamp

May 30, 2017
The pedal features a four-band equalizer, fully-featured MOSFET distortion section with three signal path options, a compressor, a noise gate and a comprehensive I/O.
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Bass OD/DI/Preamp Pedal Roundup

May 8, 2017
We test four versatile and feature-laden bass stomps from Gallien-Krueger, Providence, Two Notes, and Tech 21.
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First Look: Carvin Legacy Drive VLD1

April 10, 2017
PG's John Bohlinger enjoys his first dance with Steve Vai's new signature preamp pedal.
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BSM Releases the Spice Box

March 3, 2017
The Spice Box is a faithful replica of the MTC unit, which has been used by Ritchie Blackmore's Stratocasters since 1978.
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NAMM '17 - Seymour Duncan Andromeda Delay and PowerStage 170 Demos

February 15, 2017
The pickup gurus demo their latest delay pedal along with a powerful solid-state amp.
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Steve Vai and Carvin Audio Announce the Legacy Drive VLD1

February 13, 2017
The pedal uses real 12AX7 tubes, utilizing the full Legacy preamp circuit.
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NAMM '17 - Grace Design BiX Instrument Preamplifier Demo

February 6, 2017
Get hip to the compact version of the company's acclaimed FELiX and AliX acoustic instrument preamps.
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NAMM '17 - Fuzzrocious Pedals Blast Furnace & Baxstabber Demos

January 21, 2017
The gnarly boutique pedal builder unveils a fuzz-delay box and a burly, ultra-flexible preamp.
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