Boutique pedal maker Westminster Effects has announced three DI/preamp pedals ahead of Summer NAMM 2018: the Geneva Amp Sim, Zurich Preamp and Wittenberg Bass Preamp.
Geneva Amp Sim
The largest stompbox of the trio replicates the tones of a Vox AC30, and can be used as a DI box or a standalone overdrive unit. The crisp, Vox-y tones are blendable, via the “Top Boost” knob, while a two-band EQ and the regular “Volume” and “Gain” knobs bring the sound-sculpting options. Finally, a “Cab Sim” feature brings air and ‘open-ness’ when you’re running direct through the pedal’s XLR out.
The Geneva Amp Sim lists for $219.99.
It can work with a regular electric guitar, but the Zurich Preamp works best on an acoustic. The slim stompbox “allows an acoustic guitar’s natural tone to come through,” according to Westminster Effects, and has minimal “Bass,” “Treble” and “Volume” knobs to achieve that. Besides an XLR out, the Zurich also has a 1/4-inch output.
The Zurich Preamp lists for $159.99.
Wittenberg Bass Preamp
Here’s a parametric EQ and preamp for bassists keen on making their DI boxes do more. The Wittenberg Bass Preamp has a simple three-knob interface: “Frequency” sets the center frequency, “EQ” controls the steepness of the equalizer curve, and “Volume” does exactly what it says on the tin. It also has a 1/4-inch output.
The Wittenberg Bass Preamp lists for $159.99.
Watch the Geneva Amp Sim and Wittenberg Bass Preamp in action here:
For more info, check out westminstereffects.com.