Stone Deaf FX launches the QBoost

Combining a versatile preamp with a parametric frequency booster

Stone Deaf has launched the QBoost, a pedal that combines a preamp and a parametric frequency booster.

The unit consists of two footswitches, a single toggle switch and two amp-style knobs. The left-side footswitch and knob engages and controls the level of the preamp, while those on the right engage and control the frequency boost. The central toggle switch chooses between either a vintage or modern voice for the preamp: vintage being a more saturated, distorted boost in the vein of old-school treble-boosters, while the modern voice is a cleaner boost.

The frequency boost ranges all the way from 35hz to 6khz, covering the bass-treble spectrum when it comes to guitar-centric frequencies. Stone Deaf FX describes the Q (or, the shape of the frequency hump) as “medium”, meaning no awkward, resonant harshness should come from using more extreme settings.

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The combination of the preamp and frequency boost means that the pedal has a large number of applications – for example, pushing an amp into break-up with the preamp side and cutting through the mix for a solo with the frequency side. It could also be paired with other drive or fuzz pedals to bring out more focused, filtered sounds from them.

The pedal features true-bypass switching and top-mounted jacks, and lists for £170. Find out more at stonedeaffx.com.

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