Horizon Devices Apex preamp

Horizon Devices, the pedal company co-founded by Periphery’s Misha Mansoor, has unveiled its second stompbox, the Apex Preamp. And, just like the Precision Drive, the preamp is an aggressive and modern metal machine.

The Apex is designed to work with high-gain amps, live mixing boards, and audio interfaces. It can transform your clean tone into a heavy, riffing beast, spice up your existing distorted tone, or function as an “all-in-one solution” in the studio, according to Horizon Devices. Whichever way you use it, the Apex yields a tight, organic and amp-like tone through a simple set of controls.

“Volume,” “Gain” and a three-band EQ are your regular dials, optimized for use with both digital and tube rigs. Like the Precision Drive, the Apex has a built-in adjustable noise gate that actually comprises three noise gates working together. A bypassable cab simulator, with a microphone placement sweep function, is ideal if you’re running direct to an interface. Finally, a “Tight” footswitch adds punch and clarity.

Hear the Apex in action here:

The Apex Preamp lists for $320, but you can pre-order one for $299. The pedal will start shipping in December or January. More information at horizondevices.com.