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  • excellent and dcevante

    Xotic Effects BB PreampPublished on 10/23/10 at 09:03
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    All t say is a overdrive pedal all.

    USE

    everything is simple and there is no need for manual, although the knobs affect the sound and subtle nuances are possible.

    SOUND QUALITY

    So, for a pedal overdrive she really does his job. It allows great crunch sounds create lightweight for arpges a little dirty, blue rhythmic and very effective rock, very clean and vibrant, a clean sound, so it adds a rock sound very effective.
    On a saturated sound that allows for fuser harmonics and to bring a little more gnac the sound is really good.
    I use it between my musicman petrucci and Mesa Boogie F30. I'd like to try it with a strat because musicman is a versatile guitar but is not very......
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    All t say is a overdrive pedal all.

    USE

    everything is simple and there is no need for manual, although the knobs affect the sound and subtle nuances are possible.

    SOUND QUALITY

    So, for a pedal overdrive she really does his job. It allows great crunch sounds create lightweight for arpges a little dirty, blue rhythmic and very effective rock, very clean and vibrant, a clean sound, so it adds a rock sound very effective.
    On a saturated sound that allows for fuser harmonics and to bring a little more gnac the sound is really good.
    I use it between my musicman petrucci and Mesa Boogie F30. I'd like to try it with a strat because musicman is a versatile guitar but is not very comfortable single blues, the sound is a bit too steep for a ...

    NOTICE GLOBAL

    I recently and I must say that I hyper t of this pedal. Given the pub and opinions, I think it's a little exagr ...
    I have a Boss SD1 for overdrive for several months now, and is much good month, it's on .... by comparing the two, the sound on the BB PREAMP is richer, does not lose low , acute or mdium, really is very very good, dynamic and prcis (almost too much for me prcis who wanted a darker prcis my channel distortion of the mesa ) ...dropoff window
    Why I'm from? because a SD1, if it is less, is worth only 40 new (bought in stores Bordeaux ...) whereas the BB is 230 I think ...
    I bought it used, 130 with shipping included, so I'm still happy with the same rsultat, but it is not a pedal that I will keep all my life, I had a dual HT, an old tube screamer, SD1 and now BB, each is good, all are ... diffrentes the advantage of dual HT is 2 channels for m I price the BB ...
    Do not stone me please, it's great this pedal, but do not esprez it rvolutionnera your sound, and you do not have the sound of andy timmons in his vid o ... must go with the fingers for a, and I'm not the for me ... :) BUT it is only my opinion, each judge based on his gear and of his game ...
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  • Cool but too smooth for me

    Xotic Effects BB PreampPublished on 11/16/14 at 08:15
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    Xotic BB Preamp pedal boutique 100% analog overdrive, made by Xotic, of course. Here, here I say more, except that it is a pedal plug and play, that all sounds good.

    UTILIZATION

    Configuration is very simple, four buttons:
    Volume to the volume of the effect, you'll understand.
    A gain for the gain of the handle end, and thus more or less saturated. Knowing that the headroom is not bad at all, but it does not grow either in high saturations, but this is not what is asked either, so all is well.
    A Treble, to manage acute rather cool and smart as knob
    A Bass to handle the bass, and that too is cool and smart as knob.
    No need for manual given the ease of use of the beast.

    SOUND......
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    Xotic BB Preamp pedal boutique 100% analog overdrive, made by Xotic, of course. Here, here I say more, except that it is a pedal plug and play, that all sounds good.

    UTILIZATION

    Configuration is very simple, four buttons:
    Volume to the volume of the effect, you'll understand.
    A gain for the gain of the handle end, and thus more or less saturated. Knowing that the headroom is not bad at all, but it does not grow either in high saturations, but this is not what is asked either, so all is well.
    A Treble, to manage acute rather cool and smart as knob
    A Bass to handle the bass, and that too is cool and smart as knob.
    No need for manual given the ease of use of the beast.

    SOUND QUALITY

    BB as Bluesbreaker, is supposed to be closer to the grain of the Marshall Bluesbreaker pedal. It is true that the grain is Marshallian, but since I play Marshall in the end I do not know if it comes from the pedal.
    The grain of this pedal is very good, the saturation is always very clean, very smooth, and very realistic. I was pretty impressed with that side. Its main asset remains in my bass treble eq, which can really find the sound we need.
    I use a Les Paul and a Strat US, both with Micros Tornado MS. My amp is a JTM45 RI. With two guitars, bb preamp is doing very well, good grain for me it sounds best in treble booster, or light bluesy crunch. on the other hand, even if it sounds very good, I personally find the missing character.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I used this pedal a few weeks before selling it, because I do not find it quite typical. It was really good, that's a certainty, but for me the grain is too smooth, too precise, it does not bleed enough, and it lacks a bit of gain. The pedal is robust, rather pretty, and not too big. A very good pedal worth its price, especially occasion. I had a lot of pedal overdriave, the jackhammer, the Ibanez TS9, the maxon OD808, Maxon OD9 the bb preamp, and now the riff shooter. The riff shooter remains my favorite for now.
    The bb preamp gives me a strange feeling, that of being a great pedal that I'll soon forget.
    I will not make that choice, but I orienterais to his cousin bb preamp MD, to see what it gives.
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  • Good saturation

    Xotic Effects BB PreampPublished on 03/12/14 at 06:07
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    Distortion pedal, 4 buttons! level bass treble gain. Simple

    UTILIZATION

    Simple operation: Turn buttons, between major and index. Fingers or any other matter. Or even any part of the body, grip or not. Finally, it is YMMV.
    short one turns listening is turned on replay, and play.

    SOUND QUALITY

    Distortion from mild to support.
    We will not fall into the hard bigger than AC-DC but it's good enough most of the time.
    His big sister (BB + preamp, I also) seemed to me easier to control in low distortion: there is coming fast on the crunch of good quality, it is more difficult to model below.
    Otherwise, no systematic bump in the midrange, as some have (follow my eyes), but you can......
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    Distortion pedal, 4 buttons! level bass treble gain. Simple

    UTILIZATION

    Simple operation: Turn buttons, between major and index. Fingers or any other matter. Or even any part of the body, grip or not. Finally, it is YMMV.
    short one turns listening is turned on replay, and play.

    SOUND QUALITY

    Distortion from mild to support.
    We will not fall into the hard bigger than AC-DC but it's good enough most of the time.
    His big sister (BB + preamp, I also) seemed to me easier to control in low distortion: there is coming fast on the crunch of good quality, it is more difficult to model below.
    Otherwise, no systematic bump in the midrange, as some have (follow my eyes), but you can also do it if you want.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for several months. good pedal, well built, like other Xotic I (a brand that I like enough for now)
    I like the sound of this pedal, which can help you navigate the waters of a 808 but also on other waters. The sound is Marshallian of course, so it is ideal to give character to an amp that is not a Marshall
    I do not like (in comparison) that the lighter loadings are less accessible than its big brother, BB + preamp (which has two channels and is more expensive)
    I wanted to try it, it remains for the moment on my pedalboard as it takes its role (light saturation, overdrive actually)
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  • well

    Xotic Effects BB PreampPublished on 03/11/14 at 02:43
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    Gain, volume, treble, bass

    UTILIZATION

    You turn the knobs and pressing the button

    SOUND QUALITY

    Okay, not hi gain, that is what looking for. The sound seems natural, very nice.

    OVERALL OPINION

    A small pedal that if we appreciate you keep for life
  • Excellent with a small "but"

    Xotic Effects BB PreampPublished on 11/29/13 at 06:27
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    I will not come back
    The race of the buttons is very well
    Small size, good

    UTILIZATION

    It could not be simpler!

    SOUND QUALITY

    So I'm going to scream appreciative of this pedal.
    To me, it sounds very good for analog.
    BUT it does not equal my overdrive lamp (Vox Big Ben with lamp changed to a EHX) found much cheaper in time.
    On Youtube you will not hear the difference so it's really to quibble.

    BB is better on compression, headroom and even the roundness of the notes.
    But for me the BIG BEN is better dynamics.

    OVERALL OPINION

    So I use boost rather what it does well, but suddenly it is expensive for this use.
    The advantage of this beast is its headroom that......
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    I will not come back
    The race of the buttons is very well
    Small size, good

    UTILIZATION

    It could not be simpler!

    SOUND QUALITY

    So I'm going to scream appreciative of this pedal.
    To me, it sounds very good for analog.
    BUT it does not equal my overdrive lamp (Vox Big Ben with lamp changed to a EHX) found much cheaper in time.
    On Youtube you will not hear the difference so it's really to quibble.

    BB is better on compression, headroom and even the roundness of the notes.
    But for me the BIG BEN is better dynamics.

    OVERALL OPINION

    So I use boost rather what it does well, but suddenly it is expensive for this use.
    The advantage of this beast is its headroom that allows the use of mild overdrive therefore a high degree it is really versatile.
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  • I have not found better!

    Xotic Effects BB PreampPublished on 07/21/13 at 07:03
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    Booster / Overdrive / Preamp in analog pedal format.

    In one entry, Out output Jack format.

    A knob "Volume" (+ 30dB)
    A knob "Gain"
    A knob "Bass" (+ 15dB)
    A knob "Treble" (+ 15dB)

    True-Bypass Switch.
    9v power jack, the pedal can also operate through a 9v battery.

    One might regret a knob "Middle", as output Xotic has a Custom Shop version of "MB" (for Mid-boost).

    UTILIZATION

    The general configuration, although simple, requires an understanding of the relationship between the gain knobs and volume pedal. These are quite interactive, and this also applies to the two EQ knobs.

    Once this is understood, the sound editing is easy.

    I have no recollection of any......
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    Booster / Overdrive / Preamp in analog pedal format.

    In one entry, Out output Jack format.

    A knob "Volume" (+ 30dB)
    A knob "Gain"
    A knob "Bass" (+ 15dB)
    A knob "Treble" (+ 15dB)

    True-Bypass Switch.
    9v power jack, the pedal can also operate through a 9v battery.

    One might regret a knob "Middle", as output Xotic has a Custom Shop version of "MB" (for Mid-boost).

    UTILIZATION

    The general configuration, although simple, requires an understanding of the relationship between the gain knobs and volume pedal. These are quite interactive, and this also applies to the two EQ knobs.

    Once this is understood, the sound editing is easy.

    I have no recollection of any manual, which would in any case not especially useful.

    SOUND QUALITY

    The sound quality of this pedal is just bluffing. The bypass is excellent, and it can be used in different ways, always with a warm and musical result.

    I personally use it to boost the crunch of my amp. After setting a relatively small but aggressive crunch (Scorpions, AC / DC), I use the pedal to get a big sound more chubby and saturated (Van Halen, The Darkness ...).

    The interaction between the knobs Gain and Volume can refine the side is nervous and live either more compressed opposite effect. The equalizer is very effective, including in front of an already distorted amp. "Treble" provides a sound more or less sharp, and allows out of an already dense mix. As the knob "Bass", it gives my 1X12 combo sitting in a serious impressive.

    The arch efficient equalization pedal bypasses most classic overdrive usual defects of others (Ibanez TS, Maxon, Boss ...) as the loss of serious or too compressed character. Here we can choose to keep the grain base of the amp or otherwise tamper with the very efficiently. Sometimes it would almost added as an additional channel lead to the amp so the effect is natural.

    A friend uses it on the clean channel of the Fender 4X10 heated and draws a much warmer sound, solid and defined with its old Tube Screamer. The headroom, sometimes too much when one boosts its already saturated, in this case its usefulness.
    Beware though, the pedal is in my opinion an overdrive, the amp should already be pushed hard enough that the record is natural.

    Another great quality of the pedal is that it cleared very effectively: you can get an almost clean sound by lowering the knobs, even on very saturated gain channel is quite impressive for an overdrive.

    Finally, the pedal fully complies with the character of my various guitars: Fender Stratocaster, Gibson Flying V. ..

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for more than 6 months and I'm thrilled.

    I owned bulk Marshall Bluesbreaker, Boss Od-1, Boss Sd-1, Ibanez TS808, Mxr Micro Amp, Vox Satchurator, Boss DS-1 and DS-2 ... No other overdrive / distortion is as convinced me that Xotic, and she never left my pedalboard.

    She is assisted there by Ep Booster Xotic also from home, which complements perfectly.

    Some would say that the price of this BB Preamp is high, it is for me amply justified considering the quality of the product.
    I would do this choice certainly it was a remake.
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  • Uu excellent choice

    Xotic Effects BB PreampPublished on 05/18/13 at 08:44
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    Boost Overdrive.
    4 pots, gain, volume, bass, treble. True bypass. Analog. Damage battery compartment requires unscrewing four screws. Standard 9 volt external power supply (type boss)

    UTILIZATION

    Extremely simple, requires no manual.

    SOUND QUALITY

    Gain "zero" was an extremely clean boost, which adds a bit of warmth and sustain.
    Until 9am, very soft and subtle light OD. Above, lots of sustain and character.
    The pots Tone very, very effective. And the top:. Above the distortion of the amp or pedal, the distortion becomes huge and juicy (leaving the gain of the low BB or below 10:00) It must be placed between the guitar and the amp. Beware, the sound is kind of sweet if you......
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    Boost Overdrive.
    4 pots, gain, volume, bass, treble. True bypass. Analog. Damage battery compartment requires unscrewing four screws. Standard 9 volt external power supply (type boss)

    UTILIZATION

    Extremely simple, requires no manual.

    SOUND QUALITY

    Gain "zero" was an extremely clean boost, which adds a bit of warmth and sustain.
    Until 9am, very soft and subtle light OD. Above, lots of sustain and character.
    The pots Tone very, very effective. And the top:. Above the distortion of the amp or pedal, the distortion becomes huge and juicy (leaving the gain of the low BB or below 10:00) It must be placed between the guitar and the amp. Beware, the sound is kind of sweet if you know what I mean, you're not in the OD or distortion rocky with gravel. It is smooth.
    I played on lamps amps (Vibrolux, Laney VC15, Mesa Express 5:25, and CP60 Strat guitars and LAG Roxane RF1000 in P90) or transistor (Frontmann 65R yuck) In all cases, irreplaceable.

    OVERALL OPINION

    5 years.
    I had plenty of OD / DS (OCD TS7, Zvex distortron, Jekyll and Hyde, Tech 21, Rats, DS1, OS2, etc. ...)
    I have kept the latter over time.
    I love everything about it except the price.
    AND I would have preferred a blue LED, but hey, it's detail.
    I guess another preamp with Xotic suit me because I use the BB with a low gain (9:00). IF it was not the money, I would buy the other 2 (yellow and white) just by addiction and to try.
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  • perfectly efficient ...

    Xotic Effects BB PreampPublished on 02/20/13 at 11:02
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    This is a pre-amp, for me, one of the best sound.
    Analog pedal, 1 input, 1 output, a power supply 9 v-type boss.

    UTILIZATION

    The configuaration is very good, because there are four buttons that let you adjust settings much wider than a TS9 by exemple.ça changes everything ...

    SOUND QUALITY

    It is his strong point, a sound at high volume which is magical.
    I use it with my Lespaul Customshop.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have a lot of pedals.
    I tried a lot of pedals.
    For the moment, this is the best of my pedal board, which is composed of OCD, Fulltone of '70, the BB pre-amp.
    This is a pedal that is still expensive, but it is essential. ...
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    This is a pre-amp, for me, one of the best sound.
    Analog pedal, 1 input, 1 output, a power supply 9 v-type boss.

    UTILIZATION

    The configuaration is very good, because there are four buttons that let you adjust settings much wider than a TS9 by exemple.ça changes everything ...

    SOUND QUALITY

    It is his strong point, a sound at high volume which is magical.
    I use it with my Lespaul Customshop.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I have a lot of pedals.
    I tried a lot of pedals.
    For the moment, this is the best of my pedal board, which is composed of OCD, Fulltone of '70, the BB pre-amp.
    This is a pedal that is still expensive, but it is essential.
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  • The alternative to TS9

    Xotic Effects BB PreampPublished on 01/30/13 at 05:54
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    Small orange pedal with 4 knobs adjusting the bass, treble, volume and gain. This is an overdrive and / or boost preamp, as indicated name wisely!

    The finish is very nice, neat, but with a little side story Hand-made to flatter our egos, and other crises GAS

    I should point out, and I think it is exceptional for Xotic, I had a few problems that, if I believe the lack of respect on the forums, are rare capricious switch (I had to go at once of "tatane"), loose knobs ... a walk in the cheap technicos (switch nevertheless changed the wrong part of origin), and no worries since.

    UTILIZATION

    When we used to integrate a TS9 in his rig, adaptation is easy! Just have to learn to take......
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    Small orange pedal with 4 knobs adjusting the bass, treble, volume and gain. This is an overdrive and / or boost preamp, as indicated name wisely!

    The finish is very nice, neat, but with a little side story Hand-made to flatter our egos, and other crises GAS

    I should point out, and I think it is exceptional for Xotic, I had a few problems that, if I believe the lack of respect on the forums, are rare capricious switch (I had to go at once of "tatane"), loose knobs ... a walk in the cheap technicos (switch nevertheless changed the wrong part of origin), and no worries since.

    UTILIZATION

    When we used to integrate a TS9 in his rig, adaptation is easy! Just have to learn to take the best combinations of settings knobs to "turn on" the preamp. On the choice of weapons here: either the bass, treble, master volume or gain to any smooth or compress.

    Nothing wrong if it is ... the absence of medium. Now there is a model with the mid-boost, which in my opinion offers a broader comprehensive as possible, because we would also be able to attack by the mids.

    SOUND QUALITY

    It did the job! That reproach him again? We do not have a huge headroom, just enough for a light OD to Robben Ford, for example (note this is not the color "Dumble" Hermida Zendrive there is that does this to wonder). Say Eric Johnson would be a better reference then! Use only a clean channel, overdrive was enough U.S., rather "wise" and "clean on him." It will be more clear and defined a TS9, much more efficient on a crystal clear sound. On a clear channel driven, starting cruncher or compress, then it will be a matter of taste between the TS9 and the BB.

    As a booster, check your interest as an alternative to the TS9. Capable of more gain, it will add much to gain, and color will give a more modern (and I do not mean necessarily "metal") a JCM800 2203. It also is more transparent, much respect the color of the guitar (where a test with his instruments required before purchase). Icing on the cake, despite the "gain" "gain" compared to a TS9, was also strangely less breath. So that's all good BB Preamp?

    OVERALL OPINION

    Very good stuff, no complaints. But without having been specifically conquered purchase, I do not see the benefit of this pedal in my game I like the color of the TS9 obvious, even to bear the inherent breath. I think this lack of BB Preamp soul side, even if it is more professional and flexible in its use, its uses, and in many aspects.

    I'm more of a "Marshall Guy", and I do not think BB glue better with that sound. She has no trouble with Fender, but it must not be bad in Mesa or Orange, which are nevertheless not my cup of tea!

    A good pedal to do what you can not do TS9 or ideal if you hate it! It is a matter of taste. It behaves well with all guitars, all amplifiers, with some better and some, obviously. But I prefer to look elsewhere, or take me another TS9 (for other settings?), Why not AC Booster? But I intend primarily to say hello to the Dunlop Zakk Wylde, plant breath he is, but what a sound!
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  • easy to get a good tone

    Xotic Effects BB PreampPublished on 02/23/12 at 22:18
    The Xotic Effects BB Preamp is an analog overdrive pedal designed for use with electric guitar.  It has both a 1/4 inch input and output and is powered by either a nine volt battery or power supply.  It isn't rackable as it is a foot pedal.


    UTILIZATION

    The configuration of the Xotic Effects BB Preamp is extremely easy to follow as it simply has 4 knobs for controlling the sound of the effect.  The pedal has parameters for drive, tone, and level, each of which will change your sound pretty drastically if you move it the full distance that it can go either way.  Even if you don't have any experience with distortion pedals, this one is a good place to start as it is easy to use and is a......
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    The Xotic Effects BB Preamp is an analog overdrive pedal designed for use with electric guitar.  It has both a 1/4 inch input and output and is powered by either a nine volt battery or power supply.  It isn't rackable as it is a foot pedal.


    UTILIZATION

    The configuration of the Xotic Effects BB Preamp is extremely easy to follow as it simply has 4 knobs for controlling the sound of the effect.  The pedal has parameters for drive, tone, and level, each of which will change your sound pretty drastically if you move it the full distance that it can go either way.  Even if you don't have any experience with distortion pedals, this one is a good place to start as it is easy to use and is a classic.  I don't have the manual for this pedal, but one isn't needed as the pedal is easy enough to use without one.


    SOUND QUALITY

    The sound quality of the Xotic Effects BB Preamp is overall pretty awesome.  This pedal has made a name for itself for a reason because it has its own unique tone.  To me it has the perfect amount of crunch and drive as it isn't too heavy for my taste and is really great for rhythm guitar as well as lead.  The small amount of parameters makes it easy to dial in a good tone and even though there are only three parameters you can still get a good amount of differing sounds from this pedal.  Every guitar player should experience the Xotic Effects BB Preamp by at least trying it out!


    OVERALL OPINION

    I've been using the Xotic Effects BB Preamp every since I started playing guitar about eight years ago.  It is the quintessential overdrive pedal and definitely lives up to its name and hype.  It isn't all that expensive and is really a great deal considering how great this pedal sounds and how easy it is to use.  If you are playing any type of music and need a great overdrive pedal, the Xotic Effects BB Preamp is a great place to start looking for one and chances are you will stop at this.
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