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The Broadcast is a transformer coupled, discrete Class-A germanium pre-amplifier based on the classic broadcast consoles of the 1960s. In the low-gain setting, the Broadcast can cover everything from sparkling clean boost through to transparent overdrive, all with a healthy dose of volume available to push your amp. The Broadcast features a specially selected Triad steel-core transformer and a Germanium transistor. Advancing the gain on the Broadcast starts to saturate the transformer and the pedal’s discrete circuitry, giving rise to a gentle and dynamic compression coupled with subtle thickening of the mid-range. With the gain switch in the high setting and the trim control wound up, the Broadcast starts to deliver heavier distorted sounds with a warm and fuzzy edge to them. The Broadcast covers a wide range of driven and distorted tones whilst remaining dynamic, responding well to pick attack and the subtle nuances of every player.
LEVEL – Controls the overall volume of the pedal.
- GAIN SWITCH – Selects low or high gain mode.
- GAIN TRIM – Controls the gain level of the Broadcast. At higher settings the high-end of the signal is gently rolled off.
- LOW CUT – Attenuates the low-end of the Broadcast. SSince this control lies at the front end of the Broadcast's circuitry, it is interactive with the gain controls.
DC SOCKET – The Broadcast requires a DC power supply unit (PSU) and can run at voltages between 9v and 24v; running the Broadcast at voltages higher than 9v gives it more headroom, output level and clarity. This is great for use with bass or when using the Broadcast as a clean pre-amp boost.
Please ensure your PSU can supply between 9v and 24, a minimum current of 20mA and has a 2.1mm negative centre barrel plug. Any other type may damage your pedal. If you plan on sharing the same PSU with other pedals, we recommend using a PSU with isolated outputs, e.g. Voodoo Lab PP2.
- Selected Germanium and Silicon transistors
- Specially chosen TRIAD Magnetics steel-core transformer
- BI Technologies potentiometers
- Lumberg jack sockets (rated for >5000 cycles)
- Heavy duty Alpha foot switches (rated for >30,000 cycles)
- Individually hand-built on to a high-quality PCB, assembled, hand-wired, tested and packaged all by Michael Hudson
I love the sound of plugging into a good quality desk but I can't afford vintage equipment. So it was great enthusiasm that I added this to my repertoire. The lowcut feature is handy when I drop tune. Excellent for baritone.
Really different from other drive pedals, even though its based off a front of desk preamp section I found this was as dynamic and variable in gain structure as a octavia or tube screamer. Really happy to have found something that differentiates my sound from the popular trends.
Full range EQ, this will distinguish you from the rest of the fold. What i love about this is that it doesnt sound like a TS or a Klon or any other drive you could think of. It looks amazing and the knobs and switch are useful for live performance when you want to change the sound with your foot. Works best with my humbuckers. Gives a really zz too grit.
Love the Broadcast. Works great as an always on/secret sauce pedal or kick it over (with the beefiest toggle switch in all of Christendom) for a great fuzz/distortion.
I love the Hudson Broadcast as a multi-tonal pedal. The unique transistors inside give it an old school feel and also the 2 gain modes means it can be crunchy or fuzzy depending on your use. I have used it in lead parts and rhythm parts and it always seems to get the job done!