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a direct box that does just
that, with minimal controls,
high-grade components, and
a Ruby 12AU7 preamp tube.
Better still, the DUB-1 can be
used in several ways. Guitarists
might put it on their pedalboard
to warm and fatten their guitar's
output signal, especially if they're using a

LESSON LEARNED
Crucial Audio DUB-1

I

t's not uncommon for novice guitarists to
seek out stompboxes with zillions of features. As guitarists mature, however, they
learn to chase something more important
- sounding good. Crucial Audio's DUB-1 is

solidstate modeling amp or a straight-to-PA
setup. For that, simply plug into the Hi-Z
jacks (with the Pre/Post switch acting as
a bypass or on) or run the XLR balanced
output to the mixer. The Hi-Z input also

has a 15dB pad and there's a Ground/Lift
switch to control extraneous noise. Hit the
mini switch to choose Instrument (guitar
or bass) or Line inputs (like a keyboard).
Funkadelic four-string hero Bootsy Collins uses a DUB-1 to make his bass sound
huge and clean, while an acoustic-electric
guitarist might deploy it to smooth out the
harsh treble that can plague piezo-pickup
systems.
The unit's wide frequency response
(30Hz to 110KHz) contributes to the sonic
accuracy of a picked note, and militarygrade construction is ideal for live work.
The DUB-1 was tested with a Tele-style
guitar and electric bass, both through
a generic solidstate modeling amp. The
results were dramatic. Thanks to the 12AU7
and circuits, all the harsh, trebly transients
were smoothed out, giving warm, silkier
sounds. For those wanting an amp or PA
to sound more tube-like, this is an excellent tool. The DUB-1 doesn't have a lot
of "features," but it does the single most
important job any gizmo can - make a rig
sound better. That's why pro players are all
over this box. - Pete Prown

IN A MELLO TONE
Electro-Harmonix Mel9
Tape Replay Effect

P

roducer George Martin was so fond
of John Lennon's tape-relay keyboard
that he described it "as if a Neanderthal
piano had impregnated a primitive electronic keyboard, and they'd named their
deformed, dwarfish offspring 'Mellotron.'"
Finicky, phased, and frequently out of
tune, the Mellotron really is something
of a problem child - but a well-loved one.
Electro-Harmonix has put its sounds (and
some of its finickiness) within reach of
guitarists by way of the Mel9.
Imagine a keyboard made up of Play buttons froxm 35 cassette answering machines
and you'll have an idea of how a Mellotron
works. Depressed, a key produces a short
and wonderfully imperfect tape recording of
an instrument (or section of instruments).
Nine of the most widely used Mellotron
sounds - Orchestra, Cello, Strings, Flute,
Clarinet, Saxophone, Brass, Low Choir, and
High Choir - are re-created in the Mel9. Best
known is the Flute as heard on "Strawberry

	

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Fields Forever." The Cello sound, too, with
its yawning bottom and fixed vibrato, is
spot-on Mellotron as heard on Radiohead's
"Airbag" and Oasis' "Wonderwall."
Also true to the original, the Mel9 can be
temperamental. Attack and Sustain dials
control how rapidly the wet signal enters and
decays, but notes can still swell unexpectedly
or drop off in steps, and nuanced playing
(e.g., a light trill or fingerpicked pattern)
can go unregistered. Keeping an audible
amount of dry signal in the mix helps, and
EHX acknowledges the need to "pay attention to performance gestures." EHX also
recommends putting the Mel9 first in an
effects chain, as it's sensitive to incoming
levels, though a compressor stabilizes its
response.

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The Mel9 requires some coddling but
the genuine Mellotron tones it produces
can be worth the work. "That is you can't
you know tune in. But it's all right." -
Rich Maloof


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