Hudson Electronics Dual Broadcast Class-A Germanium Preamp Pedal
What we think…
Based on the preamp of classic broadcast consoles from the 60s, the Broadcast adds some good old fashioned magic to your signal chain. At low gain settings its extremely subtle, just adding a little sparkly goodness to your sound. Engage the extra gain channel and it becomes a different beast, serving up thick and wild fuzz tones which are increasingly popular with players like Joey Landreth and Ariel Posen. Something we find particularly useful is the low cut knob, it can be used to really finesse the tone you’re after. The extra foot switch adds an extra layer of live usability to the Broadcast, allowing for both low and high gain sounds to be used. These pedals are popular for a reason, extremely versatile overdrives that will go to places few pedals will take you…
A word from the manufacturer…
We’ve taken the great sound of the Broadcast and added the extra flexibility of foot switchable gain modes and separate level controls – for those who like to switch gain modes on the fly. Finished in battleship grey and with dark red Marconi style knobs.
We have made the gain mode (LOW or HIGH) select-able via the right hand foot switch (the green LED indicates when the pedal is in HIGH gain mode). Each mode its own LEVEL control and in addition, the pedal has two internal trimmers that allow you to fine tune the amount of gain each mode has.
The Broadcast is a transformer coupled, discrete Class-A germanium pre-amplifier based on the classic broadcast consoles of the 1960s. In the low-gain setting, the Broadcast can cover everything from sparkling clean boost through to transparent overdrive, all with a healthy dose of volume available to push your amp. The Broadcast features a specially selected Triad steel-core transformer and a Germanium transistor. Advancing the gain on the Broadcast starts to saturate the transformer and the pedal’s discrete circuitry, giving rise to a gentle and dynamic compression coupled with subtle thickening of the mid-range. With the gain switch in the high setting and the trim control wound up, the Broadcast starts to deliver heavier distorted sounds with a warm and fuzzy edge to them. The Broadcast covers a wide range of driven and distorted tones whilst remaining dynamic, responding well to pick attack and the subtle nuances of every player.
Selected Germanium and Silicon transistors Specially chosen TRIAD Magnetics steel-core transformer BI Technologies potentiometers Lumberg jack sockets (rated for >5000 cycles) Heavy duty Alpha foot switches (rated for >30,000 cycles) LEVEL – Controls the overall volume of the pedal.
GAIN SWITCH – Selects low or high gain mode.
GAIN TRIM – Controls the gain level of the Broadcast. At higher settings the high-end of the signal is gently rolled off.
LOW CUT – Attenuates the low-end of the Broadcast. Since this control lies at the front end of the Broadcast’s circuitry, it is interactive with the gain controls.
DC SOCKET – The Broadcast requires a DC power supply unit (PSU) and can run at voltages between 9v and 24v; running the Broadcast at voltages higher than 9v gives it more headroom, output level and clarity. This is great for use with bass or when using the Broadcast as a clean pre-amp boost.
Please ensure your PSU can supply between 9v and 24, a minimum current of 20mA and has a 2.1mm negative centre barrel plug. Any other type may damage your pedal. If you plan on sharing the same PSU with other pedals, we recommend using a PSU with isolated outputs, e.g. Voodoo Lab PP2.
CURRENT DRAW – Typically less than 20mA
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