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Price: $449
Info: www.carvinaudio.com

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Carvin Audio's X1 Preamp

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he recently re-tooled Carvin Audio has
stayed active with product offerings
aimed at the player/sound-reinforcement
segment.
Its new X1 combines the front end of
Carvin's old X100B with cool tweaks like
an all-tube (two-12AX7) preamp interacting

with the X100B's lead and rhythm channels,
along with a five-band graphic EQ.
Designed to run into a guitar amp or
stand-alone power amp and cab, its Cab
Voiced output jack adds versatility by going
straight to a mixer for recording or gigging;
the user simply chooses between 2x12 or

4x12 cab simulation. The X1 even has its own
1-watt output for practicing through a cab.
There are two channels, plus an EQ on/off
footswitch. Assign the EQ to either the Lead
or Rhythm channel (or both) and then kick
it in at just the right moment. For example,
you can have a conventional rhythm tone
but also an instantly deployable "scooped
mid" setting. The Gain footswitch flips
on the Drive control, pouring on more
tube overdrive for solos. Between the EQ
and Gain footswitches, the X1 could conceivably work as a four-channel preamp.
Impressive.
Plugged in, the X1 can provide everything from shimmering cleans to massive
metal crunch. The only debit of note is
the surprising lack of an on/off switch.
Other than that, it's a fantastic return to
form. As the guitar universe trends more to
pedalboards, this powerful preamp fits in
perfectly with the recent smaller-is-better
mantra. - Pete Prown

THE OTHER SIDE

Death By Audio's Deep Animation

I

f you thought envelope filters died out
after Jerry Garcia passed into the great
beyond, think again. Submitted as proof -
the Death By Audio Deep Animation.
Tested with a vintage Strat through a
Princeton Reverb and a Les Paul reissue
through a 50-watt small-box Marshall,
the Deep Animation made an immediate
impression in the way it relayed pick/finger
attack to alter the dynamics of the effect.
Its Frequency Selector lets the player shape
tone by dialing in one of six frequency-range
presets - from thin and trebly to deep bass.
Positions 4 and 5 provided a level of midrange squonk that nicely shaped the notes.
The Sensitivity pot manages the point at
which the filter kicks in, and Intensity allows
the user to blend the effect with the natural
signal. The Up/Down footswitch controls
the direction the filter travels as it decays; Up
sweeps the frequency from higher to lower.
A trigger input allows another instrument
to be plugged in to engage filter sweep; a
drum machine produced a sequencer-like

effect that could readily
serve as the foundation
for an original piece of
music.
As the volume of the
Strat and Princeton
were increased, the unit
produced a variety of
clean quacky "auto wah"
sounds that would be
perfect for funk-rhythm
work. The box came alive
through the cranked Marshall, producing incredibly
rich harmonic overtones that
would sound at home in hard
rock and heavy metal, with
voicing similar to a talkbox.
Deep Animation is a fully
modern effect that produces a
range of clean and overdriven
tones with various levels of filter
sweep that will work in many musical styles. - Tom Guerra

July 2018

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VINTAGE GUITAR

Price: $270
Info: www.deathbyaudio.com


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