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Wampler Plexi-Drive Mini

Wampler Plexi-Drive Mini

First there was the Plexi-Drive. Then there was the Plexi-Drive Deluxe. Now Wampler Pedals bring you the all new Plexi-Drive Mini. Brian has managed to cram an improved version of the original Plexi-Drive circuit into a miniature housing and has added some new features. Since the early 60’s, Marshall Amplifiers® have lead the way in rock tones with legendary tight overdrive and coveted bass response. Early rock legends such as: Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Cream, and AC/DC helped in creating some of the most iconic rock tones ever and catapulted Marshall® into legendary status. Like the original, the Plexi-Drive Mini’s unique gain structure can cover everything from Vintage ’68 style Plexi tones to the all-out massive rock tones of a JTM-45® cranked to ten, or even eleven…

The all-new Mid Boost circuit switch, never featured on any previous Wampler Plexi style pedal, creates a powerful throaty tube-like boost by tweaking several gain stages of the circuit at once.  The combination of these switches with the Tone and Gain controls offer impressive tonal flexibility from a mini pedal. Many players love to run Tumnus, Clarksdale and other OD type pedals into the Plexi-Drive or Plexi-Drive Deluxe.  For the Plexi-Drive Mini, Brian implemented gain stage and EQ changes within the mid boost circuit to achieve a similar response – the result is astounding, and with masses of gain on tap, things are about to get loud! The Plexi Drive Mini also features our special Bass Boost switch which emulates the tonal difference between a 4×12 and 2×12 speaker cab.

  • Built in USA
  • High-grade components selected for their superior sound and response
  • Famous Plexi Drive sound with custom Mid Boost circuit and
    classic Bass Boost circuit
  • Volume, Gain, Tone controls
  • Dimensions: 1.5” x 3.5” x 1.5” (38.1mm x 88.9mm x 38.1mm) – height excludes knobs and switches
  • Power draw: 1.4mA at 9v, 2.3mA at 18v 9v power jack – DC supply only, no battery connection within.
  • Includes Wampler’s limited 5-year warranty

“Marshall”, “Marshall Amplifiers” and “JTM-45” are trademarks of Marshall Amplification and are in no way associated with Wampler or Boutique Amps Distribution.

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Friedman Smallbox Pedal

Friedman Smallbox Pedal

The Friedman Smallbox all-tube amp is well known for being one of the most flexible and touch-responsive two-channel amplifiers on the market. Now you can get that same tonal versatility, sensitivity and harmonically rich overdrive in a pedal. The Smallbox Overdrive packs the same intuitive control set as the amplifier, allowing you to dial in your perfect shade of rock, from vintage Plexi goodness to high gain madness in no time. It doesn’t matter if you want a high-output cleaner tone for pushing your amp hard or a thick gritty drive that will sit well in any classic to modern rock band, a sweep of the gain control easily gets you there. If you want to reign in the gain more, simply flip the side-mounted gain switch, and it will simulate the Plexi-Channel of the Smallbox Amplifier. Want to experience the amp’s accolade-garnering tone in the convenience of a pedal? Put the Smallbox Overdrive on your board today.

British rock at its best

Though the Smallbox overdrive can scream with an unabashedly rock ‘n’ roll voice, you’ll be surprised at how truly versatile it is. To get more out of the amp you already have, roll the pedal’s gain knob back, flip the gain structure switch to “lower gain mode” and get a killer dirty boost.

● Friedman Smallbox amp tone in a compact pedal format

● Responds to guitar controls and picking nuance exactly like the amp

● Gain control and gain structure switch takes you from gritty to hard rock in no time

Ready for your rig

The Smallbox Overdrive pedal delivers tube-like tone in a small pedal format which can be used either into a clean amp or to boost an already over-driven amp.

● Ideal for use with both clean and overdriven amps

● Controls for bass, mid, treble, presence, volume, and gain are intuitive for quick ‘dial in’.

● 2 position side-mounted Gain Structure switch gives you options from low-focused gain to high gain madness!

The man who knows tone

Dave Friedman has been building one of the most stellar reputations in the guitar, amplifier, and effects industry for decades. His clientele – which includes some of the biggest names in electric guitar – continue to rely on him, to keep them sounding their best night after night. When he puts his name on a piece of gear, you know it will get the job done.

● Dave Friedman’s name is synonymous with high-quality electric guitar products

● Assembled in USA with only the finest materials for flawless performance

● Every unit is inspected and tested before shipping

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Flamma Launches FS01 Drum Machine & Phrase Loop Pedal

Flamma Launches FS01 Drum Machine & Phrase Loop Pedal

Flamma Innovation has launched a new drum machine & phrase loop pedal for the holiday season. The FS01 is a large-body pedal that features stereo outputs and visual looper timing bar.

FS01 Stereo Drum Loop

The FS01 Drum Loop pedal features a full-featured drum machine and looper with stereo outputs at an unbeatable price. The Looper provides a whopping 20 minutes of recording time and can be used independently or simultaneously with the drum machine. The FS01 also includes a visual bar indicator to accompany the looper and ensure perfectly timed loops and dubs. The drum machine features 11 different grooves styles to choose from with each groove having multiple time signature and tempo variations for a total of 121 different beats. Whether performing live or using the FS01 as a practice companion, individual looper and drum machine volume controls and stereo outputs allow you to find the perfect balance.

  • 20 minutes capacity looper with drum machine
  • Drum machine features 11 different groove styles with multiple time signature and tempo variations.
  • Three different modes: Looper mode, drum machine mode, and mix mode.
  • Mix mode allows user to use looper with drum machine.
  • Visible looper recording bar to aid with loop recording.
  • Individual volume level adjustment for looper and drum machine.

The FS01 will be available from Flamma Amazon USA/Canada/Japan, flamma.shop and Aliexpress from November 18th 2020.

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Nick Johnston Becomes Latest Orange Amps Ambassador

Nick Johnston Becomes Latest Orange Amps Ambassador

Canadian guitarist and songwriter, Nick Johnston, has become Orange Amplification’s latest Ambassador. The critically acclaimed musician, known for his fantastic tone, is delighted to be continuing his exploration of new levels of melody, harmony and composition with an Orange Rockerverb 100 MKIII.

Johnston is one of the hottest virtuoso guitar players around. He is much admired for his compelling ability to blend progressive metal seamlessly with thematic instrumental playing. Johnston’s distinctive approach is widely acknowledged as unique, drawing heavily on an extensive range of music genres from blues to classic sci-fi scores. The dramatic and mature combination of his musicality and natural storytelling skills allow him to paint vivid, luscious landscapes with his music. Continue reading →

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Victory Amplification And Two Notes Team Up

Victory Amplification And Two Notes Team Up

Victory Amplification and Two notes are proud to announce a new partnership with the launch of the Victory Official DynIR Virtual Cabinets.

Victory and Two notes have come together to create 20 speaker captures, available individually or within six packs, capturing two of Victory’s cabinet range – the Copper and Sheriff.

Both ranges come in two versions, Classic or Boutique with the classic range allowing you to choose from 8 industry standard performance microphones, including models of a 57 and 421.

The boutique range is made up of more nuanced and iconic studio microphones, such as the U87, when combined can give you the most articulate and incredibly detailed tones from your Torpedo device. Continue reading →

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Eminence Speakers Go Digital

Eminence Speakers Go Digital

Eminence Speakers, continuing its legacy for excellence, is proud to launch the digital version of its legendary guitar speakers—Eminence Impulse Response (IR) library—developed in conjunction with the highly respected amplifier profiler and guitarist, Michael Britt.

For more than fifty years, Eminence Speakers has specialized in custom engineering and manufacturing loudspeakers for some of the world’s most recognized professional audio and musical instrument brands. During this time, Eminence branded guitar speakers such as Cannabis Rex, The Governor, and Swamp Thang—along with many others—have earned a reputation for delivering the speaker characteristics guitar players seek. Continue reading →

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SYNERGY Amplification to team up with iconic amplifier designer Steven Fryette

SYNERGY Amplification to team up with iconic amplifier designer Steven Fryette

Fryette Pitbull Ultra-Lead Preamp Module

SYNERGY AMPLIFICATION proudly announces cooperation with iconic amplifier designer Steven Fryette to release the The Fryette® Pittbull®  Ultra-Lead® module. The Fryette ® Pittbull ® Ultra-Lead ® (formerly branded VHT ® ) has been the secret sonic weapon of metal guitarists Page Hamilton (Helmet), Mick Thompson (Slipknot) Aaron Turner (Isis, Sumac), Rob Caggiano (Anthrax, Volbeat) Gregg Tribbet (Mudvayne) and Koichi Fukuda (Static-X), to name just a few. This iconic tone machine amp head dishes out some of the tightest, most thickly distorted all-tube tones in history, making it ideal for players who want every note they play to explode off their fretboard. The Pittbull Ultra-Lead is also one of the most tweakable high-gain tube amps you’re likely to find. With its onboard 6-band EQ and range of Boost, Shift, and Edge switches, you can precisely dial your perfect version of an impossibly aggressive metal tone. Continue reading →

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Revv Amplification goes for gold with Limited Edition G2 Overdrive

Revv Amplification goes for gold with Limited Edition G2 Overdrive

Everybody likes gold! Revv Amplification’s most recent pedal gets a 2020 update with the Limited Edition Revv G2 Gold. Based on the Green Channel from Revv’s boutique amplifiers, the G2 adds a 3-position “Drive” mode to revoice the pedal from clean tone shaping, to touch sensitive overdrive, to classic tube amp tones. Continue reading →

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Bogner V2 Transformer Pedals

Bogner V2 Transformer Pedals

New Size, New Look, Custom Audio Transformers

Bogner Amplification re-releases its classic pedals using the legendary custom audio transformer. Just like their bigger brothers, the V2 series pedals feature a 100% analog circuit path with true bypass. The custom audio transformer allows to serve up rich, studio quality, buttery tones with ultra-dynamic responses and stunning, three-dimensional sound quality inspired by the classic mixing consoles of the 1960’s. The iconic jewel light reacts to the dynamics of your playing, depending on the output level of your instrument. These classic pedals are now available in a more smaller and pedalboard friendly and also rounded housing. Continue reading →

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Tracktion Launch Waveform Free

Tracktion Launch Waveform Free

The world’s best, fully featured, completely unlimited free DAW for all music creators.

Tracktion Corporation hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well in these difficult times.

Tracktion’s  Waveform Free is perfect for making and sharing music for anyone stuck at home, self-isolating. It has no restrictions, other than imagination and more capabilities than most enthusiastic producers will ever need. Stay safe at home, keep busy, get the creative juices flowing and dive into a genuinely complete, stand-alone, FREE DAW. Continue reading →

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