Blackstar Amplification HT-Dual
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HT-Dual, Other guitar saturation effect from Blackstar Amplification in the HT Pedals series.

Audiofanzine FR 03/09/2009

Blackstar Amplification HT-Dual : Audiofanzine FR's user review

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Value For Money : Excellent
(Originally written by Izzy11/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
2-channel effect pedal. I couldn't believe it but it provides a great sound palette without having to change your instrument during the song.

Effect pedal ranging from clean to crunch or slight overdrive (channel 1) and from overdrive to fat distortion (channel 2).

But watch out: it's not a distortion effect for heavy metal freaks.

It will allow you to play Guns and Roses, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, etc.

Output with speaker emulation.

Convenient PSU operation.

UTILIZATION

Quite simple configuration. You'll need time to master the ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) but it's worth it.

The ISF allows you to go from a blues rock sound to a modern US sound without changing the settings.

But the user's manual will be of great help.

SOUND QUALITY

I'm more than satisfied with the effects. I play with an Epiphone Les Paul Standard (Seymour Duncan SH1 and SH4 pickups ;)), Blackstar HT Dual and Marshall DFX 50.

I get a good fat sound ranging from blues to Queen, Guns and Roses, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin; etc. The sound is well-defined.

Avoid boosting the lows and highs excessively. I think it's the only disadvantage of this pedal, which actually surprised me in the beginning.

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using it for three months and it became essential to my setup (Marshall) and my playing style.

If it ever breaks (which I doubt because the housing is very sturdy) I will buy it again without hesitation!!! This pedal is ultra versatile and it provides the best value for money among tube pedals if you buy it secondhand. You can play everything from clean to crunch and hard rock.

I certainly don't use all its possibilities (who does?) and that's the reason I like this pedal that provides an exceptional musical value (Blackstar makes a very good use of the tube).