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Death By Audio Germanium Filter heavy vintage tones via Russian transistors

Death By Audio Germanium Filter heavy vintage tones via Russian transistors  ·  Source: Death By Audio


A new Death By Audio pedal launched today. The Germanium Filter is full of vintage dirt tonnes with plenty of weight, and certainly not for the faint hearted. This balls-to-the-wall box of gain is sure to put a smile on your face.


Death By Audio Germanium Filter

This new Death By Audio Germanium Filter is a simple two knob affair, with controls that go from Heavy to High (filter) and Clean to Dirty (gain). The pedal is a filter, which the company describes as a “console-style boost, fuzz, distortion and overdrive”.

“I’m so psyched about the Germanium Filter. It sounds so good on everything all the time. I think everyone needs one on their pedalboard to give your tone that classic shine or to blast out the windows.” – Death By Audio’s Oliver Ackerman

Death By Audio Germanium Filter

Death By Audio Germanium Filter · Source: Instagram/Death By Audio

Vintage Thickness

If you want a down and dirty vintage tone that can fatten your guitar sound and make it righteous, plus you like a bit of vintage dirt, then I think you’ll enjoy this germanium based stompbox. According to Death By Audio, the gain side of the pedal is a “dirty boost that then spans through saturated drive, spitting distortion, and a blistering fuzz tone.”

Death By Audio Germanium Filter uses these at the heart of the circuit

Death By Audio Germanium Filter uses these Russian Transistors at the heart of its circuit · Source: Instagram/Death By Audio

Russian Transistors

The company sourced and used old obsolete 1960s Russian transistors in the Germanium Filter. These were hand-paired, according to the Death By Audio’s somewhat unconventional specifications, with the desire to coax a bold and lively distortion sound.


When you sweep through the Filter control, the Germanium Filter presents you with its full range of sounds, all the way from bottomless sub-bass to a “biting dog-whistle treble”! Check out the official demo video with Oliver below. It isn’t subtle, but if you are looking at this pedal then you probably don’t want subtle anyway.

RRP – USD 225

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    L says:

    Horrible demo

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