Darkglass Microtubes B7K V2 Analog Bass Preamp and Microtubes B3K V2 CMOS Bass Overdrive · Source: DarkGlass
This week my pedal roundup includes some cool updates and brand new effects from Anasounds, Electro Harmonix, NUX and DarkGlass. It certainly has been a busy week, so grab a fresh beverage and come check out the latest guitar and bass pedal offerings from around the globe.
Anasounds Crankled Bitoun Fuzz
This limited-edition boutique fuzz pedal comes resplendent in a laser-etched, wooden-fronted enclosure. Limited to only 50 pedals worldwide, you will need to make a decision on whether you want one fairly quickly, as they could sell out.
Handmade in France and designed to appeal to those of us that enjoy a good quality dirt box, this pedal has four control pots for controlling volume, tone, fuzz and buzz, with independent fuzz circuits. It’s inspired by the classic Super Fuzz and Fuzz Face pedals. Four internal controls are also used to adjust bias, ring Freq, feed and illuminate the logo.
RRP – EUR 207.50
NUX Loop Core Deluxe
NUX says its new 24-bit looper pedal has up to 8 hours of recording time and 99 internal storage locations, with unlimited overdubs. This is a hell of a lot of looping for such a small unit. You also get a built-in drum machine with 40 different style patterns, as well.
The Loop Core Deluxe includes a mini-B USB port for importing and storing loops – but only at 24-bit, 44.1 kHz and in WAV format. The pedal also has either a selectable True or a Buffered Bypass, so you can choose which you prefer.
This unit is also available as part of the LOOP CORE BUNDLE, which includes the additional NMP-2 DUAL foot switch that’s listed as an option on the website. No details of price are available as yet for either option.
RRP – TBC
DarkGlass V2 Updates
Bass effects experts DarkGlass has announced new versions of its Microtubes B3K V2 CMOS Bass Overdrive and the Microtubes B7K V2 Analog Bass Preamp.
With the Darkglass B3K V2 Bass Overdrive, the attack switch has been replaced by a tone potentiometer that gives more control over the upper-frequency range from 3 kHz to 8 kHz. The overdrive pedal has been extended with a mid-boost, which should bring more power through a 6 dB gain in the range of 300 Hz to 1 kHz.
RRP – EUR 249
The Darkglass Microtubes B7K V2 is an analogue bass preamp with the same features as its predecessor. Darkglass says it’s improved the equalizer, however. The Low-Mid and Hi-Mid controllers have each received a switch that allows you to switch the centre frequency between 1kHz and 500Hz (Lo Mid) or 3kHz and 1.5kHz (Hi Mid). This should all make the preamp sound even better, hopefully, or at least give you more options.
RRP – EUR 349
Electro Harmonix Volume Pedal
Electro Harmonix has been super busy of late. Following on from the release of their Whammy style Slammi Plus pedal earlier this week, we now get a new EH volume pedal. It looks like it might be one of the cheapest volume pedals on the market at the moment and even offers two impedances, namely 25K or 250K. That means it can work well with either passive or active pickups!
On top of all that it is also a passive circuit and so requires no batteries or external power supply, nice.
RRP – GBP 45 / USD 62.75