Perhaps the most important aspect of your signal chain, preamps can dramatically impact what you send to an audience or to a recording. We offer a comprehensive selection from the top brands in acoustic instrument amplification.
K&K Pure Preamp
The Pure Preamp is K&K's time-tested external preamp, featuring +/-20 db bass, mid, and treble controls plus an internal gain trimmer. This belt clip unit has been specifically designed for the frequencies of the acoustic guitar but it is also great for many other instruments. The Pure Preamp features a special super wide band midrange filter, which is absolutely great in combination with the Pure pickups. Its simple and noiseless circuitry provides unsurpassed clarity and power and the internal gain trimmer allows you to dial in the precise amplification factor needed for your instrument. Frequency response is 10-30,000Hz. The bass control is set to roll off at 100Hz, the midrange at 1.5kHz with extra large bandwidth and the treble are set at 10kHz. Input impedance is 1 meg and the output is low ohmic. Battery life is about 180+ hours. The Pure XLR Preamp has the same great sound and low noise circuitry as our best-selling Pure Preamp with the addition of a DI balanced XLR output and a phase switch.
K&K Pure XLR Preamp Mach2
This version of the Pure Preamp runs on a “voltage doubler” that provides 18 volts to the internal components even though it uses standard 9 volt input voltage. The result is high-powered clarity that simply cannot be achieved with a regular 9-volt circuit. The Pure XLR Mach 2 Preamp preserves harmonics and overtones and provides a more open and true acoustic sound response. The additional parametric band allows you to fine-adjust the low mid / high bass band for optimum tone and feedback control.
K&K Dual Channel Pro Preamp
The Dual Channel Pro Preamp is a two-channel, belt clip mixer that allows you to blend two pickups. It is compatible with both piezo and magnetic pickups. The Dual Channel Pro Preamp features extremely low-noise operation. It can process high input peaks without distortion and offers an incredible dynamic range. The Dual Channel Pro ST Preamp has a stereo input and two outputs (a main/mix out and individual channel outputs)
K&K Quantum Blender Preamp
The Quantum Blender is K&K's top-of-the-line two-channel preamp/mixer that provides all the control and features you could ever want to combine a piezo transducer with a microphone, magnetic pickup, or another piezo pickup. Channel 1 is switchable between microphone and pickup impedance. This means it can be used with any 2-wire powered lavalier type condenser mic or with a piezo or magnetic pickup. A dynamic mic can be used as well with an appropriate microphone impedance matching transformer. Channel 2 is designed with K&K's Pure pickup in mind, but it works well with most piezo transducers.
K&K Trinity Pro Preamp
The Trinity Pro Preamp allows for perfect balancing of a microphone and a pickup/transducer. Channel 2 is a designated mic channel with phase switch and supplies 9-volts to a lavalier type microphone. Each individual channel features volume, gain, +/- 20 dB bass, midrange, and treble filters. The EQ is accessible inside the box with trimpots. A convenient belt clip is included with this compact preamp, which weighs a mere ten ounces with the battery installed.
K&K UltraPure Preamp
The newly designed UltraPure Preamp features +/-20 db bass/low, K&K's proprietary wide band midrange, and treble/high controls, plus internal gain trimmer. The addition of a phase switch is one of the most important tools for live sound amplification. Also includes a volume control and low battery indicator. All features are easily accessed at the soundhole.
LR Baggs Preamps
LR Baggs Para-Acoustic DI
Due to its studio quality performance, powerful tone shaping EQ and rock-solid reliability, the Para DI has become an indispensable stage tool for countless musicians around the world. This roadworthy box effortlessly tames the stage and enhances any acoustic pickup for a fuller, more complex sound. The Para DI features a 5-band EQ with a tunable midrange and notch, variable gain control for passive or active pickups and a high-quality DI output for a pristine signal to the board. Adjustable gain for both passive and active pickups 5 band EQ with tunable notch and midrange bands Phase inversion for best sound and feedback control XLR and ¼" outputs Works with 9V battery or 48V phantom power
LR Baggs Align Series Active DI
All-Discrete Active DI with Pedalboard-friendly Functionality. Building upon decades of experience creating studio-quality gear for the stage, the Align Active DI is the embodiment of LR Baggs engineering at its highest level and uses the most pristine circuitry we have developed in a DI. The all-discrete design preserves the authenticity of your sound while providing high headroom for a wide range of signals. Equally at home on a pedalboard or standalone, we are excited to offer a DI with such a high degree of fidelity and functionality.
LR Baggs Align Series Equalizer
Acoustic Preamplifier with 6-Band EQ and Anti-feedback Notch Filter. Based on the circuit of the esteemed Para Acoustic DI, the Align Equalizer combines LR Baggs' signature, high-graded FET gain stage with powerful tone-shaping EQ that injects richness and balance to any acoustic pickup signal. A 6-band EQ shapes the frequencies we found most useful for improving acoustic guitar pickups with the flexibility needed to cover other acoustic instruments effectively. Multi-instrumentalists can incorporate dedicated EQ pedals for level matching a variety of instruments and tailoring a specific EQ for each one.
LR Baggs Align Series Reverb
Proprietary Reverb Tailored Specifically for Acoustic Instruments. The Align Reverb was built from the ground up to complement the natural body dynamics and warmth of acoustic instruments that we love so much. The circuit seamlessly integrates the wet and dry signals with the effect in side chain so that it never overwhelms the original signal. We shaped the reverb with analog EQ to reflect the natural voice inherent in acoustic instruments. Additionally, the tone control adds versatility by sweeping from warm and muted to open and present. The result is an organic reverb that maintains the audiophile purity of the original signal with the controls set in any position.
LR Baggs Align Series Session
Align Session brings the LR Baggs signature studio sound to your live rig. Session circuitry enhances your acoustic pickup and imparts the rich sonic character that you’d expect from an experienced audio engineer using some of the world’s finest studio gear. We’ve captured this studio magic and put it into a compact, easy-to-use acoustic pedal that will transform your live sound. Often used by studio engineers in post-production, saturation adds warmth, dimension, and pleasing harmonics while smoothing the signal for an enhanced mix. The Session’s proprietary saturation is voiced specifically for the acoustic guitar and transports studio analog warmth and inspiring playability to the stage. Unlike standard compression that can squash the entire range of your signal, the Session’s Comp EQ features 3 narrowly focused bands of compression that tame common problematic frequencies and uncover the voice of your guitar. The low, mid, and high frequency compressors are essentially “touch-sensitive” EQs that respond in real-time to your dynamics. The harder you strum, the more they compress and vice versa.
LR Baggs Session DI
Acoustic Guitar DI with Saturation and Compression EQ. The Session DI enhances your acoustic pickup and imparts the rich sonic character that you’d expect from an experienced audio engineer using some of the world’s finest studio gear. We’ve captured this studio magic and put it into a compact, easy-to-use DI that will transform your live sound. The Session DI’s proprietary saturation is voiced specifically for the acoustic guitar and transports studio analog warmth and inspiring playability to the stage. Unlike standard compression that can squash the entire range of your signal, the Session DI’s Comp EQ features 3 narrowly focused bands of compression that tame common problematic frequencies and uncover the voice of your guitar. The low, mid, and high frequency compressors are essentially “touch-sensitive” EQs that respond in real-time to your dynamics. Variable high-pass filter attenuates extraneous low frequencies. VU meter visually optimizes gain for passive and active pickups. Ground lift switch effectively eliminates ground-loop noise. All discrete signal path with XLR and quarter inch outputs. 48V phantom power, 9V battery or 9V DC powering options. Rugged enclosure constructed of aluminum, steel and ABS plastic. Mute footswitch for ¼" and XLR outs. Includes custom LR Baggs carrying case.
LR Baggs Venue DI
Every Tool You Need in One Acoustic Pedal. Baggs created the Venue DI so you can travel light, set up fast and sound incredible anywhere you plug in. The Venue DI gives you complete control by combining a full-isolation DI output, 5-band EQ with adjustable low & hi-mid bands, variable clean boost and chromatic tuner all in one acoustic pedal. With its all-discrete signal path, hi-graded semiconductors and exclusive use of audiophile grade film capacitors, the Venue DI is on par with the world’s elite preamps and provides a studio quality sound for the stage. Adjustable gain for both passive and active pickups. 5 band EQ with tunable low-mid and high-mid bands. Garret Null notch filter for effective feedback control. Phase inversion for best sound and feedback control. Full chromatic tuner with footswitch mute/tune function. Adjustable volume boost footswitch. Full isolation audio transformer couple DI. 4 segment clip meter to visually optimize gain setting. 4 segment battery status gauge. XLR and ¼" outputs. Series FX loop (separate jacks for send and return). Works with 9V battery or DC adapter (not provided).
LR Baggs GigPro
The Gigpro is an all-discrete Class A single channel beltclip preamp that eliminates the need for active electronics on your prized instrument. It makes any acoustic pickup sound better and provides fingertip control right at your side. Adjustable gain. Passive 2-band EQ. Bass trim control. Phase inversion. 9V phantom power. Battery type: Single 9V.
LR Baggs Mixpro
The Mixpro is an all-discrete Class A dual channel beltclip preamp that will allow you to perfectly blend two of just about any combination of pickups or mini-mics. It provides the control you need right at your side. Adjustable gain. Passive 2-band EQ. Bass trim control. Phase inversion. 9V phantom power. Battery type: Single 9V.
Schertler Yellow Single
YELLOW series preamps have been specially developed to offer musicians and sound engineers flexible solutions that meet a range of performing and recording requirements. The preamps combine CLASS-A electronics with a modern, sophisticated design and lightweight yet robust aluminium housing. Every single section has been engineered to ensure maximum potential from any kind of sound source. As its name suggests, YELLOW SINGLE has one dedicated input channel that accommodates a range of microphones, pickups and instruments. The Return socket can also be used as a second input for line sources. Output options and other features are similar to its larger sibling. Yellow Single is included in all STAT-PRO sensor packages. Yellow Blender is included in all STAT-ROAD packages. Modern, sophisticated design, built in a robust and light aluminum case. Two input channels (maximum) for all kind of microphones and pickups. Four output lines (maximum) with multiple connections. Headphone output. Send & Return for effect loop. Four band EQ and extra dedicated filters on the main channel to ensure a wide range of tonal controls and maximum flexibility. Hi-end pure class A electronics for the best possible sound performance. 0.32 kg (0.68lb). 15x10x3.8cm (5.9x4.25x1.49 in). Frequency response 10 Hz to 25 kHz (+/- 3dB). Anodized aluminium box. MIC IN: XLR balanced, Sensitivity: -56 dB, Impedance: 4.7 Kohm. LINE IN: 1/4" Jack, Sensitivity: -52 dB.
Schertler Yellow Blender
YELLOW BLENDER offers 2 dedicated inputs (one balanced XLR for microphones and one unbalanced Jack for instruments). The Return socket can also be used as a third input for line sources. A choice of four balanced / unbalanced output options enables connection to active loudspeakers, mixers, recording devices and effects. A separate headphone output is also provided. The two input channels include 4-band EQ, notch filter, phase reverse, low-pass “warmth” filter, low cut switch and phantom power (24V and 10V). The Send/Return sockets also enable an effect loop. Modern, sophisticated design, built in a robust and light aluminum case. Thre input channels (maximum) for all kind of microphones and pickups. Four output lines (maximum) with multiple connections . Headphone output. Send & Return for effect loop. Four band EQ for the two main channels to ensure a wide range of tonal controls. Hi-end pure class A electronics for the best possible sound performance. 0.4 kg (0.88lb) 20x10x3.8cm (7.87x4.25x1.49 in) Frequency response 10 Hz to 25 kHz (+/- 3dB). Anodized aluminium box. MIC IN: XLR balanced, Sensitivity: -56 dB, Impedance: 4.7 Kohm. LINE IN: 1/4" Jack, Sensitivity: -52 dB.
Boss AD-2 Acoustic Preamp Pedal
With the AD-2 Acoustic Preamp, acoustic-electric guitarists can now experience natural, studio-quality sound while performing on any stage. Equipped with an advanced BOSS sound engine, this compact pedal packs sophisticated processing power that belies its small size and simple, intuitive interface. Acoustic Resonance reproduces the complex resonance characteristics of your unplugged tone, while Ambience provides pro-level reverberation perfectly optimized for acoustic guitar. The AD-2 also features essential stage tools such as a notch filter for feedback control, a balanced DI out for direct connection to a PA, and a convenient mute function for tuning and switching guitars. Acoustic-electric guitar preamp with advanced BOSS sound processing. Sophisticated under-the-hood processing with multiple interlocked parameters, accessible with simple stompbox controls. Acoustic Resonance reproduces the complex resonance characteristics of an unplugged acoustic. Ambience knob provides wide-ranging, studio-quality reverb optimized for acoustic guitar. Notch filter for instant feedback reduction. Normal output for an acoustic guitar amp and balanced DI output for direct PA connection. Sound mute function for switching guitars and tuning on stage. BOSS five-year warranty.
Boss AD-10 Acoustic Preamp
Anyone who plays an amplified acoustic guitar on stage knows what a challenge it is to get a sound that’s as inspiring as playing the instrument acoustically. The AD-10 offers advanced sound tools that enable you to achieve rich, natural acoustic tones. The AD-10 is a fully featured, dual-channel acoustic preamp/DI with premium audio quality, deep sound-shaping options, and flexible connectivity. On top of that, ambience, chorus, and delay effects are built in, eliminating the need to carry external sound processing. But the AD-10 takes acoustic preamp design to an all-new level with its standout feature—BOSS’s groundbreaking Acoustic Resonance processing. This advanced tech restores the complex body and string resonances that are lost with most pickup systems, bringing back the expressive, organic vibe that’s so vital to the acoustic experience. And the features keep on coming, with transparent anti-feedback controls, memories for sound setups, an 80-second looper, USB audio, and much more. Four-band EQ and variable low-cut filter tuned to deliver optimized tone shaping for acoustic guitar. Multi-band compressor with MDP technology provides transparent dynamics control. Boost function with adjustable tone setting. Memory function for storing 10 sound setups. XLR and ¼-inch connectivity for interfacing with PA systems, stage monitors, amps, and external effects. USB audio interface functionality for computer recording and playback. Fast and accurate built-in tuner. Compact and portable design; runs on AC adapter or six AA-size batteries.
AER Dual Mix 2 Preamp
The dual mix is a high-quality „two-channel“ preamplifier for instrument/line or microphone signals. The unit offers simple, efficient features just like a small mixing console. Two inputs, each for one microphone or instrument and line-level signal with switchable 24V-phantom-power. Separate active two-band EQ networks for each input. 4-preset multi-effects-unit with two reverbs, one echo and one chorus. Stereo aux-in. Line-out and DI-out. Stereo-headphone-preamplifier.
AER Colourizer 2
The AER Colourizer 2 is a preamplifier for instrument or microphone. Simply insert The Colourizer into the signal chain between source and next point in the audio path (e.g. amplifier or mixing desk ) and your signal will be stronger, richer and more stable. It is an ideal recording companion, or for use in a live environment.
Headway EDM-1 with Power Supply
The EDM-1 boasts Refined Class “A” Inputs and Pro Audio IC Components, easy to read Pro-Audio design layout & sturdy metal housings built to withstand “Life on the Road”. The EDM-1 is supplied with belt clips, rubber feet and is threaded for microphone stands. “The Swiss Army Knife for the gigging musician.” 3 Band EQ. Tuneable "Range" Control covers all instruments. 9v Phantom Power assignable to "Ring" or "Tip”. XLR Adaptor included - Converts Output Jack to XLR Balanced DI Out. 3 Way Impedance Selector. Earth Lift Switch. Mute Switch. Battery, Mains or Phantom Powered from Mixer.
Headway EDB-2 DI/EQ
The EDB-2 boasts Refined Class “A” Inputs and Pro Audio IC Components, easy to read Pro-Audio design layout & sturdy metal housings built to withstand “Life on the Road”. The EDB-2 is supplied with belt clips, rubber feet and is threaded for microphone stands. “The Swiss Army Knife for the gigging musician.”
Phil Jones Big Head
The PJB BigHead functions first as a bass headphone amplifier with 2 band EQ ( +/- 18db @ 60 Hz and +/- 18dB @ 5KHz) set for optimization of all kinds of bass instruments. Unlike consumer electronic MP3 players and smart phones that have very small power output of around 20 milli-watt to drive headphones, the BigHead has more than 10 times the power. A more important function of the BigHead is being a recording tool both in digital and analog. As an Analog Digital Converter, it has the finest BURR BROWN digital components. The USB out is 48KHz 16Bit digital conversion. In other words, recording your bass onto Pro Tools will give you exactly what you wish for and absolutely nothing else. Maybe you need an analog pre amp. The Big Head will provide up to 12dB of gain and better than 96dB signal to noise ratio. It has an internal lithium-ion rechargeable battery that is fed by its USB jack, so any computer or appropriate cell phone charger can charge it for up to 8 hours of use.
Designed and improved over the course of several years to meet the needs of performing musicians, Fire-Eye products are crafted from the highest quality components available. Engineered by an electronics engineer with over 50 years of professional experience, the Red-Eye design focuses on high fidelity, low noise and simple plug and play performance. Requires XLR Phantom Power. Internal filtering to reject radio-frequency interference from neon lights and cell phones.
The Red-Eye is an all analog, handmade, high input impedance DI and clean boost. Boost button with volume control for amplifying solos. Treble control to boost or reduce treble. Long 9-volt battery life (~200 hours). Automatically uses XLR Phantom Power, when available, instead of the battery. Internal filtering to reject radio-frequency interference from neon lights and cell phones.
Red-Eye Twin Preamp
The Red-Eye Twin is an all analog, handmade, high input impedance DI and clean boost solution for musicians that play two instruments at the same gig.