This is a pedal for the pros. The AXiom XFMR Boost XB-1 is the industry's first analog transformer emulator boost/buffer pedal to precisely recreate the harmonic profile and frequency response of high-nickel to steel core transformers. Transformers are well-known for imparting a thickness, "sweetness" and clarity that, until now, couldn't be gotten any other way than by sending your signal through a transformer (and one subjected to enough gain to get it to do its thing).
So why not just buy a real transformer? Well, most of them are designed precisely not to be noticeable. You have to hit them hard enough to make them sweat to actually notice them... and that isn't always easy. Then there's the reality that if you buy one transformer then you have just one transformer. What if you have a very clean transformer and you want a "dirty" one? What if your high-output humbuckers push your transformer to where you like it but your vintage output single-coils don't? Anyone who has worked with audio transformers knows that unlocking their magic isn't exactly as easy and user-friendly as cranking up an overdrive pedal.
Another thing transformers are famous for - particularly in a studio setting - is increasing clarity without changing tone. How do they do that? Let's just say the "secret" lies in the harmonic content they create. In fact, they were probably the first harmonic "exciters" or "enhancers". The XFMR Boost gives you complete control over those transformer harmonics so you can go from a subtle increase in clarity, through a noticeable edge on your tone, all the way up to the sound of a very, very hard-pushed mic preamp (we're talking near "Revolution" levels of sputtery saturation at the extreme settings).
And to round it all out, the XFMR Boost gives you up to 32 dB of level boost on its own dedicated footswitch, and with the SATURATION control down will give you a buffered flat frequency response from 20 Hz to 20 kHz. Why buy a plain Jane boost/buffer pedal when you can have one that can dial in the coveted transformer magic on demand? Sound like hype? OK, yeah, it does. But if you know transformers you'll also know the XFMR Boost XB-1 lives up to its name.
- 100% analog circuitry
- True bypass