What originally started over twenty years ago as a one-man operation in a garage located in the San Fernando Valley of southern California has grown into Xotic Effects! Today they are one of the most in-demand builders of effects pedals. Xotic follows some guidelines and sets a precedent in the process of pedal making. To use thoroughly tested premium components, focus on extraordinary durability and provide artistically satisfying sounds. Today, they continue to design and manufacture in Van Nuys, California.
There is no way that we can write an article on Xotic Effects and not mention the Tremendous Trio, three of their most popular pedals. Consisting of the Xotic AC Booster, RC Booster, and BB Preamp. The AC Booster delivers an astounding 20db of boost. Additionally, when you push it to its limits you give the famed Tube Screamer a run for its money! The RC Booster gives 20db of transparent, clean boost and the BB Preamp delivers an aggressive mid-range gain. It’s a unique line of pedals to give a solid base to build your guitar tone.
Why don’t we check out the rest of the Xotic Effects lineup!
The Xotic Super Clean Buffer (SCB) was designed with the purist guitar player “plug straight into a great amp” in mind. The SCB is incorporated with a high-performance Class A preamp built around the famous JRC4558 chip. While it is on the buffer mode, it uses a discrete circuit for the most open and wide spectrum tone. Above all, the SCB offers a robust and rich +12dB clean boost. The boost frequency can be selected by an external DIP switch offers a very versatile tone shaping capabilities.
The SL Drive takes its inspiration from legendary British amps such as the Super Lead and Super Bass. Amps that are famous for their woody, organic saturated tones and that have been delivering classic sounds for almost 50 years! Xotic has recreated the vintage masterpiece of these amps in a small yet rugged enclosure.
The Xotic SP Compressor offers the same OTA (operational transconductance amplifier) technology used in what many guitar players consider the best compressor ever, the Ross Compressor. The SP Compressor has superb tone quality featuring a wide variety of compressor tones from vintage, to subtle, to modern and more.
The BB Preamp V2 offers a wide variety of sounds. Not only is it one-third of the tremendous trio, but it’s capable of a 30dB+ clean boost with an adjustable ±15dB two band active EQ which adds a wide range of harmonic content to your ideal sound.
There’s no doubt that it’s everybody’s dream to discover “THE TONE” … Well SSB is here to give new meaning to your tone. Offering a dynamic and transparent +20dB clean boost perfectly tuned for transferring the articulation of your guitar playing. Like its counterpart the Super Clean Buffer, this too has a preamp built around the JRC4558 chip.
What do the tones of renowned guitarist such as Page, EVH and Johnson have in common? They all used the legendary echo machine EP-3 as a pre-amp. Xotic captured that magic in a new Xotic Effects pedal, the EP Booster. The EP Booster provides up to +20dB of unadulterated boost with multi-dimensional, shimmering highs and lows, and no ear fatigue.
That’s a wrap! Thus concludes our article on Xotic Effects. Hopefully, this has not only helped to give you some company background but also has given you some idea of what they are all about. Xotic Effects has a lot of pedals to choose from and all are as great as the last!
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