NPD: Free The Tone PA-1QB Programmable EQ

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by markmck79, Jan 24, 2018.

  1. markmck79


    Oct 14, 2013
    I've had this in for a little while, but was asked to keep quiet until after the official release date.

    A great EQ pedal; all-analog signal chain, digitally controlled with 99 presets (first 4 available by foot switch). The EQ points were specifically chosen for bass and they do work well. It is absolutely quiet and also works as a nice boost, as well.

    Here it is on my fly-rig board:

  2. john keates

    john keates

    May 20, 2004
    I have been looking at this. One question: how well does it preserve frequencies above the top band? Eg, does it go to 20khz... and what happens to those frequencies when you change the top band? Is it a shelf which reaches all the way up there (like an 'air' band)?
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  3. Kevan Campbell

    Kevan Campbell Bergantino Artist, Vibe9 IEM Artist Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    I'm curious about this too, @markmck79. Did you keep this pedal? How do you think it would do with a 5-string bass (strung with a low B)?
  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    That looked really cool to me till I saw the price :D But it does seem like a very well thought-out pedal.
  5. markmck79


    Oct 14, 2013
    I'm still using the board I posted above and am still very happy with the whole setup. This is the longest I've gone in at least the last 15 years without replacing a pedal or doing a complete teardown of my board. With everything shown above I can cover 98%+ of my gigs and I can always just put an OC-2 and/or envelope filter in front or a chorus after and I can cover 100% of what I've been asked to play in the last 30 years. After the board I typically use a Radial JDI (80%) and/or a Mesa Walkabout Scout 15 + 15 Extension (20% + practice).

    I don't play with a 5 string much anymore, but I do have a Hipshot DTuner on my #1 (4-string PJ) and have had no issues with the FTT EQ. It is a great tone-sculpting device. Between that and the Bass Blaster I can easily go from old school P-Bass Motown thump to active Sadowsky preamp with a J and nearly everything in-between, including overdrive and light distortion/fuzz.

    I have previously used Boss & MXR pedal EQs, the Tech 21 Q-Strip and the Source Audio EQ and landed on the FTT pedal. Yes, it is expensive. But, it is very well made and a lot of thought went into deciding on the fixed EQ points and it is very easy to dial in.
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