"We've got the EP Booster that just seems to work best. We don't really experience a lot of signal loss, weirdly. You would've thought with all these pedals, even if you compare it with the strength of the amps, it is beyond me why there's even any signal coming out at the end of this. It really is, but the EP Booster seemed to give the best of itself at that point in the chain," says Josh Klinghoffer's guitar tech.more
Xotic Effects EP Booster Pedal seen here, top row right on Paul Banks' pedalboard. He says, "I like my bass tone to be a little bit juicier than the straight amp sound." (original source [here](http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/rig-tour-interpol-618675), article dated March 31, 2015)more
"Shane Johnson also built McKee’s bass rig. The goal was to be bulletproof yet still offer plenty of sonic options. His pedal drawer houses a Malekko B:Assmaster, Brimstone Audio Crossover Distortion XD-2, Electro-Harmonix Bass Micro Synth, and an Xotic EP Booster." -Premier Guitar; Rig Rundown with Imagine Dragonsmore
At 3:11 of this video there's a shot of Phil's pedalboard and the EP Booster can be seen. Phil says "I have the EP Booster, this is what happens, um depending on the volume of the amp - sometimes it’s too loud like in here I try not to make it too loud so I use a little bit of the EP Booster."more
Dan Steinhardt (from That Pedal Show) posted a picture of that pedal on a board on instagram, mentioning it was build for Graham: "A few tweaks but finished this #pedalboard and delivered it to its new home with none other than #grahamcoxon huge thanks to Joe@thegigrig for being a superstar and helping me get this done"more
There are two pedalboards, one of which Graef uses to control the rig through most of the show. On his board are the Ground Control Pro for all MIDI program switching, an RJM Technology Amp Gizmo for amp channel changes (via MIDI), a Micro POG, Diamond Tremolo, Xotic EP Booster, Boss AW-1 and an Ernie Ball VP Jr. Rooney’s pedal board onstage sees another Ground Control Pro, a tuner, Earnie Ball VP Jr. and a Dunlop Wah controller—all connected to the Dunlop Rack Wah for onstage control of volume and wah.more
In this 2016 Guitar World article James is quoted saying: "I like to use a lot of low-wattage, old tube amps when I record. My obsession with that actually started with the Silvertones from the mid-late Sixites. On stage, I’ve been using a [Fender] Princeton and Custom Supro Thunderbolt. Guitar wise, I have a Gibson 330 I record a lot with, and my stage guitar is a 135. I also have a Nineties SG I use as a second guitar. I also use a lot of different things for pedals. Lately, I’ve been using the JHS Colour box and Xotic EP Booster to get the amps where I need them to be."more
> Big thanks to @friedman_amplifiers [Friedman Amps] for such a killer board, with a built in buffer. @jimdunlopusa [Dunlop] #mxrpedals [MXR], @seymourduncanpickups [Seymour Duncan and #pedals, and @stringslinger479 [Dinesh Lekhraj] for making it so clean. Left lots of space.. we will see how it all changes. #thankful #godisgoodmore
Guitar —> Xotic EP Booster (always ON, DOD knob) —> Ibanez WH-10 —> Pigtronix Envelope Phaser (with Xotic Voltage Doubler) —> Korg Pitchblack —> Xotic SP Compressor (Boss knobs) —> Truetone VS-XO Dual Overdrive (sends to Fulltone Octafuzz—> Jimi Hendrix System Octave Fuzz, and returns) —> MXR Six Band Equalizer (mod TBP) —> Hartman Analog Flanger —> TC Electronic Nova Repeater —> AMPmore
The following is his signal path, as explained by Andy Othling to Strymon: this1smyne buffer Walrus Audio Deep Six Electro Harmonix Micro POG Walrus Audio Mayflower Earthquaker Devices Bit Commander Xotic EP Booster Ernie Ball MVP (with Boss TU-3 on tuner output) Electro Harmonix Superego Malekko Ekko 616 Dr. Scientist Tremolessence Strymon El Capistan Boss DD-5 (in hold mode for stutter/glitch effects) ZVex Instant Lo-fi Junky Strymon TimeLine Strymon BigSky Disaster Area DMC-3 XL controller is connected to both the Timeline and BigSky via MIDI Two this1smyne mini expression knobs are also controlling different parameters on the Timeline and Bigskymore
Controlled by MAMI's tech, Motchy. > What do the tones of renowned guitarist such as Page, EVH and Johnson have in common? They all used the legendary echo machine EP-3 as a pre-amp. We've captured that magic in a new Xotic Effects pedal, the EP Booster. We've used the highest quality parts available with a discrete FET design and low impedance output, the EP Booster provides up to +20dB of unadulterated boost with multi-dimensional, shimmering highs and lows, and no ear fatigue. The internal DIP switches let you choose the boost frequencies, and EQ settings. -Xotic Effectsmore
I really love this little boost. Currently I haven't been using it as a boost, I use the xotic SP compressor more for that. However, I keep this at the end of my chain, sitting on my amp; and I keep it on all the time. It sweetens up single coil tone so well!
This pedal is extremely versatile. Clean boost, tone preamp, push your amp into overdrive, drive your pedals harder, it does it all and more. I always keep mine on and it adds great body to my tone.
I use the EP Booster in the "Vintage" setting which means it rolls off a little high end and really thickens up the tone a bit, great for beefing up a clean sound or just kicking a already distorted amp just a little harder. Great pedal when you just need a bump!
The EP Booster is a classic. I use it literally all the time ! On guitar and on bass. Aside my Ibanez instruments, this is the piece of equipment I need to have with me. It sounds just perfect...
This little pedal is great when you just need... more. It doesn't really alter tone in so much as it just makes everything louder, bigger, and richer sounding. Perfect for when you need to just give your tone a nice push. I don't consider it a necessity in my pedal chain, but it is better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
EDIT: Okay so I recently changed the rating of this pedal from 4 to 5 stars because I recently acquired a power supply that allows me to run it at 18 volts. It is like night and day. There is so much head room now I have dialed it in to a point where I consider it an 'always on' pedal. Necessity achieved. Never leaving my board.
The Xotic EP Booster is based on the pre-amp circuit of the legendary EP-3 tape echo The discrete FET circuit allows thomann a volume boost of up to 20 dB The internal DIP switches allows for the selection of different boost frequencies and EQ settings The EP Booster can be operated from 9 -18 V
I have two on my board right now one to color my tone the other I use for everything from a clean lead boost to full on high gain rhythm distortion pushing the front end of my Oranges. Killer Pedal.
I set this to no gain and vintage with the DIP switches. It does something great to the tone of fender amps. I like it with the marshalls too but it doesn't sound as good with a marshall clean. This is a very nice pedal in front of any Fender tweed style tube amp. It actually makes them warmer.
There are many ways to describe this pedal... Bold and thick sound, but has some drive sparkle that produces a nice and classic overdrive when is all the way turned on. I'm playing with this one since two weeks ago and it helped to refresh my pedalboard signal.
As my only amp is the Vox AC15C1, which is not cleanest at all, I'm using the EP Booster directly from the amp input by using a patch cable, then I plugged a long feet cable to the last pedal in my effects chain (right now the Empress Echosystem), and by this way I'm getting a good sound from the AC15C1, as I'm not having a transparent tone but I'm not feeling losing dynamics as I usually do because the guitar cables that I'm currently using.
Other uses can be put in the last spot in the chain to bring a boosted sound in the general sound (recommended for clean amps and transistor amps) and the common using in the first spot of the signal chain,
I'm just missing trying the Ep Booster into the Ibanez TS Mini, and some tries with the Dyna Comp but I suppose that the EP Booster will bring low frequencies into the TS Mini so it will feel and sound thicker (as I did this with a borrowed Fulltone Full Drive 2 ending in this result).
If you are going to dismiss a thin sounding drive pedal, you might want to try the EP booster along with any drive and listen to the result.
It is simple to use and effective at fattening up the sound while remaining articulate, open and fun to play. It is not a totally clean boost, which becomes apparent when turning it up. Then it adds more of its own gain structure. It loves being boosted too, and combined with an other booster or od-pedal it gets more compressed and feels a bit like a vintage and fat low gain fuzz. Internal dip switches helps tilting the eq from a low end emphasis to a more mid-focused sound or somewhere in between. This helps tailoring it to the pedals around it and the instrument you play. Sounds great on bass too.
Never sure how to describe this gem. It just makes everything sound betta'! It's small, set it, forget it. That's really all I can say. No board should be without it, big or small. If I have two pedals, one will be an Archer, the other the EP Booster!