Koch PedalTone

Koch PedalTone

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PedalTone, Tube Guitar Preamp from Koch in the PedalTone series.

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  • Manufacturer: Koch
  • Model: PedalTone
  • Series: PedalTone
  • Category: Tube Guitar Preamps
  • Added in our database on: 05/29/2004

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Koch PedalTone user reviews

Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 5 reviews )
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iamqman's review"koch of the walk"

Koch PedalTone
Koch has offered the world a great preamp floor unit to go direct into a recording session or even into the house PA system with its built in speaker simulator. This gigantic floor pedal is the answer to someone who needs carry on amp and can go direct into a live show without any cabinets or someone how ever needs to be quite and play silently using the built in headphone jacks. This would also be perfect for someone plugging into their own power amp and using it into their rack system. You can even hook your favorite effects up to it since it has a built in effects loop on the back of the unit. This thing is very well design and uses all the modern world technology to its advantage.


Koch Pedaltone

* All-Tube - 4x 12AX7 tubes
* Independent channels -
Clean & Overdrive with separate Gain, Volume and Tone controls. *Clean channel w/footswitchable Enhance function
*Distortion channel w/ footswitchable High-Gain Boost function
*Footswitchable Solo/Rhythm function
*Adjustable Footswitchable 0.5 Watt all-tube single-ended power amplifier with Drive and Volume controls
*Effects Loop - fully buffered Bypass function


To Power Amp (0dBm)
To FX Return (-10dBm)
To Amp Input (-20dBm, filtered}
To Recording (-10 dBm, with speaker simulation)
To Headphones (0dBm, with speaker simulation)
12 VAC power supply input - mains adopter is included

Dimensions - 31w x 23.5d x 8.5h cm / 12 1/5"w x 9 ½"d 3 1/3"h
Weight 3 kg / 6lbs


This thing doesn't sound all that great compared to their other amp. This preamp is design to have an array of functionality and use. It does have a broad arrange of possible operations but this tone of it isn't that promising. I really enjoy their powertone amps and their studiotone, but this preamp falls short or anything worth owning.

Use this with any guitar you like. I find that the tone is a little buzzy and thin to my ears. So a guitar with a humbucker pickup installed would be optimum. It is nice to have this kind of idea but if it doesn't sound good then it isn't worth it.


I am not sure what these pedals come in at the new price. They have been discontinued in some stores and I am not sure the reason behind that. They are very hard to find and many places don't carry them. I have not even seen them on the classifieds or even ebay. There are alternative like Hughes and Kettner makes a similar pedal and of course the V-Twin from Mesa Boogie is always a great option.

TheJeff666's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"The Grail in the studio!"

Koch PedalTone
Preamp format very big pedal, made so Russian tank and about as charming, heavy and solid ...
All lamps, 3 preamp and power amp section in, delivered 12AX7 which I know the brand, I got it installed in new TAD.
It is left to right:
- Chanel 1 "clean" with bass adjustment treeble, volume
- Chanel 2 "distortion" setting with bass, mid, treble, gain and volume
- Master section with a volume (very well thought out, the output volume is adjusted with the volume, and switch with the pedal and we thoroughly ... just to find a balance ...)
- Section power amp with gain and volume (engineering this part ... I'll come back)
for the pedal part, left to right:
- Switch to switch from channel 1 to channel 2
- Switch to boost on channel 2 to channel 1 or enhancer enhancer is disabled if (rear) on the clean pass directly to channel 2 with heavy distortion that spot ... (Great for live)
- Switch to activate the power amp section (I do not use it, the power amp is always on at me ...)
- Switch Solo / Rhythm to switch between the balance of volumes
So we are faced with a real amp head, 2 channels + boost + 2 master or enhancer, which could disengage the power part ... the EQing is not to pretend ....
not cool?
Question connection is Christmas: direct power amp, amp live on clean channel, direct loop of an amp, emulated output, direct emulated console (my use) headphone, and finally effects loop. The latter feature, the version 1 Pedaltone I have, to be located between the preamp section and the power amp section and that for my use, it's great ...
feature: 10/10, I do not see how we could do better ....


Since we are on a "classic" amp architecture for any guitarist knows how to use a tube amp, the grip is very fast. I never opened the manual, just like a real amp ... you turn the knobs, switch on, and see what happens ...
When to get a good sound, I only speak for my own use, ie live sound card (presonus studiolive) with emulated output. It's very simple, like a good tube amp, I never managed to get a bad sound with ...


studio use, no particular style, this preamp can cover all styles of sound, and above all respect the particular character of the guitar that plugs above (see my profile, anything goes ...), unlike my AMT SS11 which reacts badly with some of my shovels ... this is an extremely versatile preamp, but with a true its warm light, it is more in the spirit vintage and modern (which can sometimes be annoying, but I found the solution ...). The reaction volume knob, dynamics and attack is superb. In the configuration of all 12AX7 tubes, we really excels in crunch and saturations. It is also very pedal friendly, although since I have my little ten pedals to drive, distortion and fuzz starting to take a little dust ...
Or the thing that borders on genius is that it can leverage its versatility with the poweramp section. Let me explain: supplied base with a 12AX7, this section crunch quickly and superbly well, we really feel to play with a "real" amp stopper, happiness ... on the other hand for cleans and crunch hard to be subtle .... Well no! we put in place a 12AT7 or 12AU7 as needed, and we are left with an adjustment range and fantastic progress on this part, then you can actually sculpt a fabulous clean or crunch, depending on the lamp used grain exchange course ... I even stuck a 12AU7 Hifi in long plates, so many highs, the kind of thing that never sounds with a guitar amp, and I get with fender clean sounds so very bright and precise ...
Very big cherry on the cake, the effects loop is located between the preamp and poweramp, so if you connect another preamp in the insert loop (nothing in the shipment), it disables the preamp section and you enjoy your other preamp with Poweramp section Pedaltone ... Too good for me, because I and my branch AMT SS11 tung soil (very fine and precise, but too cold and modern for my taste) and I end up with an amp modern lamp configuration, but much more alive and warm ... I and also benefits the speaker emulation of Koch, much better than the AMT or my preamp palmer. This arrangement works very well also with the peavey dirty dog ​​I just shot out of the cupboard, I love .... I wonder if I'm not going to take me a JMP-1 to further broaden the sonic palette ...
So, at home, stationary use in the studio, I turned off the protective cover of the lamps, and I juggle several lamps Poweramp, and also other preamp, depending on the desired sound, use, and mixing required. I feel I have a large fleet of different amp lamps ....


This is to me what is called a first object, perfection in design and use ... This product is primarily intended for discerning guitarists who, like me, are reluctant or frustrated by the modeling and digital, and yet we need a quiet and versatile studio configuration, but also and above all a true sound scratch ...
I have two palmer pocket amp in stereo config, and AMT SS11, and I can try almost everything that is in simulation, emulation, software, and other digital pedals pods, which have always disappointed me or tired .. .
I love everything about this machine. One small complaint, the live output emulated console could be balanced XLR ...
If I had more money, I would take a second for a stereo setup .... I wonder if I will not make a consolidated loan revolving 30% TIG to pay me ...
Quality / performance / price HUGE

philtheheat's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Koch PedalTone
This is a pre-amp lamps. As many as four have accessible APRS dviss the shield by means of two wheel nuts.
There's even a lamp power (0.5W) which I will later.

Connectivity ultra complte. We can connect the BTE on anything:
- Live on an amp (to clean amp)
- In the effects loop of an amplifier (to FX return)
- A headset (headphones with simulator HP)
- In a console (with simulator HP)
In addition it has an effects loop.

It has 2 channels for a total of four switches. There's a wolf? No, it's the stuff of PedalTone: its versatility. It has a clean channel and a drive -> a switch. Then we have a boost switch which provides:
- Is an enhancer (lvation treble) when channel is still clean and strong as trs ilsont is a small switch can disable the rear enhancer that why? and well read on.
- A boost when you're in drive channel and it's big big distortion. So the little switch and disables if we switch that starts the boost / enhancer we go live from its unmodified clean the large distortion that spot.

The 3rd switch is called power amp and implements a small canal 0.5W amplifier that provides the best taste crunch to your sound and especially a warmer sound and is acitf you to be as clear channel Canal Drive .

The 4th solo switch is called. It plays only on the level of output, the volume what. a knob allows you to rgler the volume of your sound normal, and when you switch the solo switch your sound is at max. A rgler you the difference between the two. It's super convenient to go from a rhythm and a solo highlight in the acoustic space without touching one of your pet's (or distortion more or less, or anything else).

Oh a word even when the first switch that makes you go from channel to channel clean drive. On a guitar with single coil drive you get a crunch going from a lightweight disto correct, engage the boost and admnage.


I have pretty good dj Retailer above.

The config is super simple, but the manual is clear y'en not really need. Once you understand what are the switches and power amp solo that change what we used to see, you understood everything. The small switch enhancer the rear, remember that it is only active in the clear.

The rest is a tough to weigh his two kilos. While there mtal-inclusive large switches. The LEDs are clearly visible even in daylight.

The knob of legalization are super effective means really the diffrence when they are not run like some amps or pedals or There's really only two rglages bottom right or bottom left .

SETTING THE Ditto for gain. And not super important, SETTING THE gain / volume and are dgalisation spars for the two channels clean and drive. Apprciable really. I play a Peavey Classic 30 and sometimes a fear of not having rglages spars.


Ct is the ecstasy. Frankly, the price is clear, but we pay for it is I who say to you.
APRS trying a bunch of distortion pedals to m'tais I finally stopped on the distortion of my amp lamps Exceeds quality in all that I could essay. The problem is that the 30 classic colors pretty sound and there is no rglage legalization of spar between clean and drive.

Pedaltone with all my problem are rsolus. Ms. need to overdrive pedals. Frankly with all the potential of four switches, if you can not find your happiness is that you do expr.

APRs may not like the sound is trs staff. For my part I play classic rock as they say so I'm not in the metal with heavy distortion and trs trs Submitted serious, you had even seen my amp.
But I use the Pedaltone insrant directly in the effect loop return. It allows me to bypass the preamp the Peavey and much more color. Since Pedaltone is a pre-amp dj lamp I do not Intrets way to send the preamp of the amp. So I sound much clearer, more modern, more impersonal or some will say. For my part I am gaga.

And does not s'arrte l. I plug my Pedaltone also live in a Rolan JazzChorus 50. What happiness!! Even in the distortion, you'd think not, and if ben! The lamps in the preamp JC50 adchire serious.

I use guitars with trs diffrent and it's always the same happiness. Given my style of music if I play with Les Paul (humbuckers therefore) the drive channel without boost is more than enough to get a big distortion.
If I play with my or my strat tl (thus single coil) j'enclenche the boost and frankly can not imagine you must listen! At all costs.

It's really the quality of work at the cost of all-tube amp first prize.
For me the couple PedalTone / Peavey classic fills me. I can just play and have all the sounds I rvais as on hard honest.

There is nothing I dislike about this corny. Clearly I love everything: the Constable super complte, the possibility to believe that they have read in my thinking, sounds fall.


I use it for 5 months and I wonder how I managed to live without. Koch I knew the brand through a friend who bought a home Studiotone Koch. I tried it (Obviously) and I fell on my ass. I was about to buy me one (or at least thinking about it because the price is nice too) when I saw they were doing a pre-amp.

I tried a lot of pedals for over 20 years I played, the list would be long. I kept some from elsewhere: a TS9, a VOX V810, a Boss DS-1 among those that I still use. But really nothing to do with the pedaltone. we are in the course of large l.

The report qualitprix seems correct. Lev and the price is not the door of every budget is on, but for me it's pro. I have a POD too, I always find excellent I still play it with headphones at night sometimes to the recordings. But in an amp, live, only PedalTone gives me grain, dynamic The definition I seek.

I would do this choice with his eyes closed, hands and feet I will sign a chque lily white whatever you want to have a PedalTone.
I have nothing better than a test now, I am not a professional musician, I never jou on amps or prampli expensive that only the stars or studios can afford so you can find always someone to say that it's crap pedaltone ... Maybe, and then there is always the sole judge, who decides the end and we have always with us ...... our ears. It was she who shall decide.

FYI I bought the PedalTone without the essay. I tried the amp before Koch and when I saw the quality of stuff and I read the reviews on PedalTone hsit I do not. I never had before and I do not regret it. That's only j'cris this review to give my point of view and help others make their choice.

intotas's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Koch PedalTone
It is a prampli floor lamp with any connectivity trs trs complte: output power amp; effect output to return to between instrument and amp for direct recording ... an effects loop.
This is a two channels with the possibility of boosting the signal with different switches.


Ultra easy to use it will still be careful though rgler volumes SOLO RHYTHM and otherwise having a heck of a surprise when the switch actionnne


Until it is without the fault is a gate just in sound (hard to excel in all areas with a small price). The sound is a way gnrale very (too?) And quite dark medium. sounds a bit a mesa. Rglage the treble is not effective enough and does not go far enough. With this disadvantage can not get everything we want, we must love, or he must then necessarily investing in an equalizer and even a hush as the beast breath a lot in the saturation shoots.
Essay in a power amp Marshall EL84 20/20 the result was not really top, one can even say that it was ridiculous compared to the Soldano SP77 that I usually connects and is in the same price range .. . 5 / 10 in the config '. branch between the instrument is better but not transcendent (6 / 10) and this live recording in my computer that the result was the most convincing and very surprising. With it you can move from one pod and record tracks with a very sound and well raliste pais (9 / 10).
At the grain is easy to play, enough fat in the high gain, the notes are linked and high saturations allow a lot of posturing, which is rather nice.


Finally with the koch is like a Swiss Army knife, made a lot of things but not 100% effective in use. Its big advantage is that it is complete level connections, channels and it has little conccurents (preamp pedal lights). After all depends on what you want to do but be aware that you will not sound high-end preamp with the exception of live recording. For me it is a good mid-range but it is light years away from my Soldano preamp that does little but.

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