Tone and Versatility in a box
This is the second HT dual pedal I have owned, you know the old expression "you don't know what your missing until its gone" ? I purchased my first one a year or so ago and sold it ( holding back tears) and began chasing the modelling tones (crying hard now). What have I done ! I asked myself after a few months without my HT Dual. The ironic thing is that I sold it to a fellow guitar player at church and well you guessed it, its like breaking up with a girlfriend you really loved and you have to see her all the time ! This is how it was with my HT Dual every Sunday it would show up in the hands of another man ! ( sobing and moaning now) OK ...get yourself together man ! Thank the Lord there are more than one HT Dual's.
I was looking for something I could gig with that did not require an 80 lb amp and I have owned plenty. I wanted to go directly into the board and also have a recording tool and could play nice with other pedals
The first thing I checked out was the tone, tone, tone I needed the right tone ! I was excited because of the advertised tube and gain structure, wow seemed like real tube preamp in a box and well, it was ! Fantastic tube tone and "feel" as well, here is my one caveat, a a "real" tube amp has certain dynamics such as sag, speaker, air, cabinet and different tube types that this pedal obviously does not have. That being said, I can't find a more tube expressive pedal anywhere and I have looked. Needless to say tone passed the test.
2-channel Tube Distortion Pedal with Infinite Shape Feature, Speaker-emulated Output, 300-volt Operation, Cascaded Tube Gain Stages, and Clean, Crunch, and Lead Modes
Two things I want to point out, 1. the Infinite shape feature is quite useful the ad says this can get you into American amp territory and then by the roll of a knob get you into British territory and it does just that. I would have to say the British side is a bit more convincing than the American side but hey, these are the former engineers of Marshall ! 2. the speaker emulated out, I use this for eveything live (going direct) and recording. Here is my setup: Strat ~ tuner~ wah~ compressor~ HT Dual (emulated out)~ chorus~ delay~ noise clamp~ mixer. Eyes closed, you would not be able to tell I was only using my pedal with no amp.
The rest of the features are pretty straight forward: Gain, Bass, Mid, Treble, Level. These are the controls for both channels. The tube is interchangeable, the manual cautions against it, but that never stopped anyone :)
I find this pedal attractive to me because it is not a "one trick pony" it has many uses including interacting very pleasantly with my Podfarm software. One thought to leave you with " Great things do come in small packages"