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Karlis Abolins

(near) Seattle, WA, USA
Post Posted 20 Dec 2016 6:47 am     Reply with quote

I came across the le clean preamp stompbox during one of my web searches. Has anyone tried one for pedal steel? The price ($299 at sweetwater) is low for a preamp but high for a stompbox. I use a powered monitor (qsc) with my eleven rack but a smaller device is appealing.

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Karlis Abolins

(near) Seattle, WA, USA
Post Posted 11 Jan 2017 12:16 pm     Reply with quote

I bit the bullet and bought one. In function it is similar to the Seymour Duncan Twin Tube pedal (discontinued). I have missed the Twin Tube since it died and have looked for a similar device. Well, Here it is. The tube runs at 200 volts. The Le Clean has two channels (think clean and drive) which can be used individually or together. When used together, it can be serial or parallel.
The clean channel has gain, volume, bass, and treble for controls. I found it very easy to get a "sweet" tube sound with the gain around 12 o'clock. The transition to a thicker sounds happens very quickly above 12.
The drive channel has gain, volume, Bass, Mid with Mid Sweep and Treble. It crosses into thick and driven much sooner the the clean channel.
I ran the balanced DI out into my QSC K10 and the sound is clean and quiet without signal. There is a slight bottom of white noise which is consistent with my tube amp experience.
Le Clean has an effects loop for adding reverb, delay, etc. It also has midi in and out to be controlled and to control externally. The headphone jack and the DI out have speaker simulation available (one model only). Two Notes offers speaker simulation plug-ins to be used by your favorite DAW.
$299 for this unit was more than I wanted to spend on a preamp pedal but I now consider it well spent. I hope to get a lot of miles from this unit.
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