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JHS Colour Box Preamplifier Pedal for Guitars, Microphones, and Line-level Sources
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- In and Out Jacks - You will notice that in addition to the normal 1/4" instrument input/output found on a guitar pedal, we added an XLR input and output so that The Colour Box can be used as a vocal, bass, acoustic, or keyboard preamp live or in the studio. The 1/4" mono output and the XLR output are independent and allow you to run parallel outputs to two destinations. For example, run the 1/4" mono out into your guitar amplifier and at the same time run the XLR output to your front-of-house mixing board. Another example of using parallel outputs would be to track amp tones and the "direct in" sound of your performance onto two separate tracks. We achieved the parallel output by way of a discrete shunt-feedback circuit.
- Input Selector Switch - The input selector switch located above the input jack lets you choose line or microphone input. In the down position it is in mic mode. In the up position it is in line mode.
- Power - The Colour Box runs on 18v DC negative center power. We supply an adapter but you can also use any standard 18v DC pedal power supply or voltage doubling cable like the Voodoo Lab
- The Colour Box does not supply phantom power so you will need to purchase a quality phantom power supply to run in line with your Colour Box if you intend to use a phantom powered microphone or other device.
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In 1961 a British engineer would start a company from a spare room in his England home that would permanently change the history of the Pro Audio industry. This company set a trajectory for musical tones that spanned across genres and impacted every generation that followed. We are talking about the infamous piece of gear known as the Neve* recording console. From "Love Me Do" by The Beatles to the famous sounds of Led Zeppelin, U2, Spoon, Pink Floyd, Motown, Quincy Jones, Nirvana, Steely Dan, Neil Young, Tears For Fears, and Tom Petty (the list is endless), The Colour Box is our tribute to the legend and application of how a piece of gear can change music. Have you ever heard songs like the Beatles "Revolution", or Motown classics like Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, or even the modern Radiohead's "Bodysnatchers" and thought, "How are they getting that guitar sound?" Well, the answer is sort of clothed in obscurity, but it's actually created by the simplest practical application......plugging a guitar directly into a vintage studio console and recording "direct in." The JHS Pedals Colour Box is designed and created to allow you to recreate these infamous guitar tones with your live rig, or in a studio environment by using 100% analog circuitry true to the design and schematic of vintage Neve* circuitry. The Colour Box is completely free from any digital modeling. Never before have "direct in" tones been available from your guitar amp in the way that the Colour Box delivers them. Aside from creating these "direct in" tones, the Colour Box covers all the ground that you would expect a high quality studio preamp to cover. From your microphone, bass, keyboard, or even your acoustic guitar, it does it all.
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The EQ's on this thing are not meant to be used like the EQ knobs on your guitar amp. That's what it comes down to. Imagine you're plugging right into a studio board's channel, like this pedal is meant to emulate. Your engineer is going to adjust the EQ based on what guitar you're playing. Strats, particularly the neck pickup, have a lot of bass and mids in them. And if you play .11 gauge strings, that's going to be even meatier. So, what I figured out was that if I keep my treble at noon, and roll back the mids and bass significantly, it gives me a very clean and true sounding signal. I can use the pre-volume knob to add a lot of gain and it sounds clean.
It's great, it's perfect for me. I'll go DI into boards now from here on out, and no longer will have to carry a bulky amp that takes up trunk space when travelling. Nor will I have to take my amp on the train when I head out west to play gigs in a few months. What could be easier?
For a pedal that touts itself as a preamp (or, at least, a tribute to a preamp), there is no clipping meter at all, so you have to use your ears. Because of this, i found it less than adequate as a preamp or DI box for guitar. This also made it very difficult to use this box to record drums though my microphone. To be used as a preamp, you really need a level meter to detect clipping.
The fuzz you can get out of this is absolutely nasty, in an 'unpleasant' way. (Sometimes, depending on the style of music, unpleasant fuzz can be awesome.) But it just was not appealing to my style of music. And any other distortion from this box lacked the warmth (or 80s mid scoop) that I look for in distortions.
On the plus side, it nails that Beatles "Revolution" lead sound, and you can send your guitar signal out to an amp and a mixing board simultaneously.