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Level Boost Pedal with Up to 20dB of Gain Boost, True Bypass Circuitry, and Momentary/Latch Switching Modes
- 20 dB of boost
- Level knob - boost levels or drive amps to peak performance
- Prime-Time - seamlessly toggle between latching and momentary modes
- Place after existing distortion/overdrive to enhance drive sounds
- Add grit, life and compression to your tone
- Add body, punch and warmth to pickups
- True bypass
- DC adapter sold separately
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Powerful, transparent, perfect
The output on my sixties Ibanez pickups is quite weak, but the sound is very beautiful. I just wanted to give some more power (and some girt, if tweaked) to the signal, and this little booster sounds great, giving plenty of drive. I use it on 9 o'clock, but the overall sound gets wonderful when fully clockwise (I guess I'll put some other overdrive pedal on retirement, coz presence and bite is what I really want first, on a clean channel)
Spark Mini Booster. Mini is size... NOT in boosting.
This little pedal ROCKS! I have used EQ pedals, light and transparent overdrives and volume pedals in the past to give me that lift when I am soloing or emphasizing a phrase. Always struggling to get that lift. Rotated off this pedal meets guitar volume.. that is parity... (EQ pedal is half way, with opportunity to decrease volume). This is a boost. At 9 o'clock it is a completely suitable soloing and phrasing volume. At 12 0'clock I was clambering to turn it back down a touch... and it still winds around to 5 o'clock. Don't let size fool you... 20db. No false claims. The best feature is the unlatched footswitch. Stomp it on for the spotlight moments, press and hold to grab a moment then as your foot leaves, so does the boost.
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The best little secret
How can something so cheap provide so much joy? 1.- It's tiny, so it doesn't get much space on your pedal board. 2.- Respects 100% the tone of your guitar and it's true bypass 3.- It has PLENTY of output (I never pass mine beyond 9 o'clock). 4.- Use it for leads, to push your amp, to balance different outputs when changing guitars live (single coils vs humbuckers, for instance)...It will do the job and won't let you down. 5.- It has a great "hold" feature. Step on it and leave your foot on to boost a riff and lift to go back to your volume. It can also turn on and off the traditional way, but this is a great way to boost a few notes without having to turn it on and back off again. I've had other boosters and sold them all. This one is a keeper for sure!
Great, affordable clean booster!
It might not have as much mojo as other boosters like Xotic EP Booster, but it is still a great pedal to have in your set up! I use it primarily as a front-end boost to give my amps more saturation, sustain, brightness and juice. It's perfect for all leads, solos and parts where you want to shine in the mix! Oh, and just to mention - I got mine for 29,99 USD brand new :)
Pequeño pero con gran poder.
El propulsor Spark Mini es simple, asequible y boutique, y ofrece 20 db de potencia en un circuito analógico que suena realmente suave y las transiciones entre el volumen y el volumen aumentan. En una verdadera forma de pedal de boutique, TC Electronic lanza un verdadero bypass para endulzar el trato. En el rango de subalterno de $ 50 de venta al por menor, esta es una de las mejores ofertas absolutas que existen, siempre y cuando esté en el mercado para un amplificador de señal.
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It has a nice behavior with anything you put in front of it, it adds volume output to make anything sound full (balls!) with no added grit (though it could obviously cause your amp or other gains stages to do that). I use it through my FX loop to increase my output volume. Is a very useful tool as it excels on the regular application that one expects from (clean) boosters but also stands ahead of the rest with its PrimeTime feature (dual action switch that works as momentary or permanent depending on your foot action if you just quickly tap or if you hold it pressed), this nice bonus just sets it apart from any of its competitors by offering a peculiar approach of inspiring potential.
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Awesome boost unit
This is a transparent awesome boost unit, very cheap, around 40 bucks, and great build quality, will give you what you need depending where you wanna place it in your signal chain, i prefer it after everything and before my amp, gives a clear transparent volume bump to make lead work shine