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Transformer based preamp/tone pedal???

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by giglawyer, Dec 6, 2013.


  1. giglawyer

    giglawyer Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2003
    Toledo, OH
    I clicked on a Facebook ad the other day for a pedal company that advertised preamp and/or tone pedals with dual transformers that came out of the top of the pedal case - almost like tubes. It was interesting. I thought I bookmarked the page to look at it further, but forgot. Ugh. Now, after searching the interwebz high and low, I can't find it.

    Anyone know who makes these pedals, or what they are called?
     
  2. giglawyer

    giglawyer Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2003
    Toledo, OH
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  4. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    Disclosures:
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Interested to find out.
     
  5. giglawyer

    giglawyer Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2003
    Toledo, OH
    Wow, I can't believe no one else has seen this. I will dig deeper through Google.
     
  6. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once... Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2013
    SEPA
    First place to look is your browser history...
     
  7. giglawyer

    giglawyer Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2003
    Toledo, OH
    This is what I was looking for...



    The Analogtone Tonewire pedals. Anyone heard of/used one of these?

    EDIT: I am not even sure these are for sale yet. Looks like they are still being tested, and some post I read said they will likely retail for around $300.
     
  8. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    Disclosures:
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    OK I read their site and watched their vid. Seems legit for the application they suggest, adding subtle tonal thickness to a recorded track. I've used several other transformer devices for the same purpose and liked the results quite a lot. Worth noting that this one is designed for line-level audio, so you would need to run it after your amp's preamp.
     
  9. From an electrical engineering standpoint, using transformers for this is really old school. At one time, we even used transformers as amplifiers - cleverly referred to as magamps. We discussed their operating principles once in undergraduate EE (back in the 80's) and I never thought I'd see them again until I took some training in nuclear plant controls. Stuff designed before the emergence of transistors in the 50s cleverly used the linear and nonlinear aspects of magnetic cores for things we do nowadays with solid state components.

    In the end, if it sounds good, go for it.
     
  10. therhodeo

    therhodeo

    Feb 28, 2011
    Owasso OK
    Just want to point out that this company is a good example of how to never let people find you by internet search.
     



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