Voodoo Lab Guitar Preamp
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Voodoo Lab Guitar Preamp

Guitar Preamp, Tube Guitar Preamp from Voodoo Lab.

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nickname009 27/08/2011

Voodoo Lab Guitar Preamp : la opinión de nickname009 (content in English)

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This is a basic 2 channel guitar preamp with shared EQ for distorted rhythm and lead and a dedicated clean channel with it's own set of EQs.

FRONT PANEL:
1. Power switch
2. Cabinet Simulator – In/Out
3. Cabinet Simulator – 2x12 Open/4x12 Closed
4. Green Volume – volume control for Clean channel
5. Green Treble – treble EQ control for Clean channel
6. Green Mid – midrange EQ control for Clean channel
7. Punch Switch – changes EQ curve of Clean channel to accentuate the lower-mid frequencies
8. Green Bass – bass EQ control for Clean channel
9. Green Bright Switch – enhances high frequencies in the Clean channel
10. Green Gain – gain control for Clean channel
11. Channel Select – Select between Clean and Rhythm/Lead
12. Channel Select – Select Rhythm or Lead
13. Yellow Volume – volume control for Rhythm channel
14. Red Volume – volume control for Lead channel
15. Red/Yellow Treble – treble EQ control for both Rhythm and Lead channels
16. Red/Yellow Mid – midrange EQ control for both Rhythm and Lead channels
17. Shift Switch – shifts EQ curve of both Rhythm and Lead channels to accentuate the lower-mid and lower-high frequencies
18. Red/Yellow Bass – bass EQ control for both Rhythm and Lead channels
19. Yellow Bright Switch – enhances high frequencies in the Rhythm channel
20. Yellow Gain – gain control for the Rhythm channel
21. Red Bright Switch – enhances high frequencies in the Lead channel
22. Red Gain – gain control for the Lead channel 23. Input jack – standard 1⁄4" instrument level input


BACK PANEL:
1. Footswitch Jack – 1⁄4" TRS input jack for footswitch
2. Direct Out 1 – balanced XLR with Cabinet Simulator
3. Direct Out 2 – unbalanced 1⁄4" with Cabinet Simulator
4. Preamp Out (2) – standard 1⁄4" outputs
5. AC In – AC power input jack – this is a standard “IEC-style” connector

UTILIZATION

It's got the same amount of knobs a regular combo or amp head would have, so if you have experience with regular amps you'd be very familiar with this one as well. Rack stuff is a bit more complex most of the time as there's more connections, ins and outs to work and most of the time they're all in stereo configurations. I personally was never into the rack stuff, owning the vooodoo labs preamp was an experiment of possibly getting into it for me.






SOUNDS

Ok the sounds but first, for anything modern like modern metal or whatnot, this is not the preamp for such a thing. There is enough gain on tap to accomplish metal tunes but the sound of the preamp is very thick and also has a very prominent mid range. So this amp isn't really meant to get super high gain, scooped death metal tones.

Ok now that we got that out of the way. As far as I remember, the sounds were quite good for bluesy/vintage/classic rock stuff. It's generally, a very smooth sounding preamp. Leads are nice, warm thick and lush. Rhythms are fat and thick as well, CAN get a bit muddy depending on how you set it, again this amp's midrange is very big and almost exaggerated so you kind of have to take that into account. The cleans are very clean, lots of headroom and plenty clean. They aren't super bright and twangy like a fender but they are still very good. The bright switch helps to get CLOSE to that ballpark but not exactly, more like just adds a bit of sparkle to the top end.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall it's a very good sounding preamp for classic rock and good cleans. It's got a warm vintage sound with plenty of midrange. It also is a bit dependent on what poweramp you use but overall this preamp is geared towards a smoother sounding overdrive/distortion. Definitely not for the metalheads. But if you want nice tube analog distortion and wanna try something different from everything that's out there today and like simplicity in a rack, this is a good one to look into!