Free the Tone Unveils Programmable Analog 10-Band EQ

An analog effect with digital control.

Kanagawa, Japan (December 1, 2017) -- The Free The Tone PA-1QG (for guitar)/PA-1QB (for bass) is an epoch-making device produced by pursuing integration of digital and analog technologies. At first glance the PA-1QG/B looks like a digital equalizer effects unit but it is an “analog equalizer.” Including I/O sections, its equalizer circuits through which the guitar/bass signals pass are all fully analog and contour the rich tones of your guitar/bass as analog signals. The PA-1QG/ B is an analog effects unit, but its parameter control section is a digital circuit that can precisely store and process the status of various parameters in the digital domain. This enables real-time parameter control via presets and MIDI.

Features:

  • The HTS (Holistic Tonal Solution) circuit which is one of the major features of the Free The Tone products has been renewed with this product release. It holistically manages high-quality guitar/bass signals from input to output to keep the sound texture the same whether the effect is on or off.
  • The 10-band equalizer’s frequencies are selected specially for guitar and for bass and the frequencies and equalizer curves are optimized for each instrument to allow more useful and minute adjustments.
  • Any of 99 presets can be recalled instantly by control via MIDI signals.
  • The PA-1QG/B can be used not only as an equalizer effects unit but also as a preset volume controller that manages sound level in each preset. It is equally suitable to applications to increase the volume of solo playing or to level out individual differences in output levels when switching between multiple guitars/basses.

The PA-1QG /PA-1QB carries a suggested retail price of $380.00, and can be purchased after January 22, 2018 through our North American dealers.

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Advanced

Beginner

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