Two Notes Le Crunch 2-channel British Tones Tube Preamp Pedal

2-channel Tube Preamp Pedal with Cabinet Simulation, 2 Footswitches, MIDI, DI Output, Effects Loop, and Headphone Output
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Two Notes Le Crunch 2-channel British Tones Tube Preamp Pedal
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British-style Floor-based Guitar Preamp

The Two Notes Le Crunch electric guitar tube preamplifier pedal is engineered to move your electric guitar rig to the floor. This tube-driven device boasts two independent preamps that are footswitchable and can also be blended together to taste. These preamps get their sound from vintage British amp tones. A free download of Wall of Sound III speaker simulation software gives you the high-quality sound of a full guitar rig. And there is a ton of I/O onboard the Le Crunch preamp pedal for MIDI, running direct, headphones, and so much more.

Two Notes Le Crunch Electric Guitar Preamplifier Pedal at a Glance:
  • Dual independent British-style preamps
  • Wall of Sound III
  • A powerful set of I/O options
Dual independent British-style preamps

The heart and soul of the Le Crunch are the two fully independent and footswitchable tube preamps. These preamps are voiced to give you the character of classic British tones from the 1960s to now. Preamp A is firmly in plexiglass territory, while preamp B adds more grit to the sound, nailing hard rock tones. The two footswitches let you select either sound or blend them together to taste in Fusion mode for a modern high-gain experience. And guitarists at Sweetwater love the fact that the pedal runs at 200 volts to interact with your guitar just like a great tube amp.

Wall of Sound III

Along with these great-sounding preamps, you'll receive a free download of Two Notes' Wall of Sound III speaker-cab simulation software. Highly regarded in the industry, you'll be able to send Le Crunch's tones direct to the board with the benefit of your choice of simulated speaker cabinets, microphones, and tube power amplifiers. Wall of Sound III also lets you mix and match cabinets and microphones, and position the mics to get your optimal tone. Running into an amp live? Just push the SPKR SIM button and defeat the simulation.

A powerful set of I/O options

The Le Crunch preamp pedal boasts enough I/O to integrate easily and quickly into even the most complicated of electric guitar rigs. An effects loop lets you place your time-based stompboxes after the preamp. The DI Output is optimal for sending your signal direct to the board for live performance or recording. MIDI in and out are perfect for control of external devices. And the Thru jack sends your unaffected signal to an onstage amp if you choose. An 1/8" headphone output lets you get all of this power while silently practicing.

Two Notes Le Crunch Electric Guitar Preamplifier Pedal Features:
  • Fully featured tube electric guitar preamp pedal
  • Designed around the sound of British crunch tones
  • 2 blendable preamps are fully footswitchable
  • Free Wall of Sound III software for cab and mic emulation
  • MIDI in and out
  • Effects loop for patching in time-based pedals
  • DI output
  • Unaffected Thru output
  • Headphone output for silent practice
The Two Notes Le Crunch preamp pedal puts a world of control and tone at your feet.

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Tech Specs

Type Tube guitar british preamp
Form Factor Pedal
Inputs 1 x 1/4" (instrument), 1 x 1/4" (return)
Outputs 1 x 1/4" (output), 1 x 1/4" (thru), 1 x 1/4" (send), 1 x 1/4" TRS (headphones), 1 x XLR (DI out)
Power Source 12V DC 500mA power supply included
Height 1.97"
Width 4.88"
Depth 7.44"
Weight 1.65 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number LeCrunch

Customer Reviews

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Finally, what I've always wanted!

Someone finally made what I've always wanted! I play almost exclusively at church, so volume control is extremely important when choosing gear. Although there are many good amp modeling options on the market, I typically found myself overwhelmed at the controls. Basically, I don't want the to have 100 custom presets, but rather the analog, tactile feel of a combo amp in pedal form. With that said, I am not disappointed with my decision to give this pedal a try. Right out of the box, I found the controls as intuitive as an old combo amp. I was able to quickly dial in the tone I wanted. If anyone is curious, I run an Electro Harmonix Holy Grail Neo reverb pedal in the Le Crunch's effects loop feature. I also utilize the speaker simulator function and XLR output to send my sound straight into the mixer. I chose the Le Crunch over the Le Clean and Le Lead simply because I historically prefer the British amp sound. I have owned both Vox and Marshall amps and have always been drawn to their tones.
Music background: 15+ years in church worship band

Two Notes LeCrunch

I purchased this pedal to add to the LeClean and Torpedo Cab. I connect them with midi cables and wala...I have not only a 6 channel amp, but 6 amps and 6 different cabinets at the push of a button. Since I already had all my effects I couldn't see spending the extra $1000 for the other top name direct to PA devices. I'm so glad I went this way. It's just what I wanted. Great tone and I still have control on the fly.

Le Crunch

This device is awesome. By far the best in its class. I play mainly jazz fusion music and am always frustrated with the majority of (solid state) distortion pedals out there. I almost always play thru PA systems as apposed to guitar amps. I actually prefer that these days because I play acoustic guitar as well. With PA system amplification, I can have transparent amplification when I want it (acoustic guitar) and an AMP coloration sound (electric guitar) when I want that. By doing the switching at my multi-effects platform, I get the best of both worlds. So I wire this Le Crunch within the effects loop of my Line6 Helix. The sound is EXACTLY what I demand. I get that tube saturation that solid state cant possibly deliver. and then the dual channel aspect is a cut above the normal distortion pedal too. I can toggle between levels of distortion intensity ... I can't be any more happier with this device!!
Music background: jazz guitar

Very pleased with this pedal.

I bought this to use in place of an amp for small setups. Pretty convincing. I do have to turn the bass and mid up a lot more and the treble down more than I would with my amp but after playing with the tone for a while, I'm pretty happy. Has a good tube amp feel to it.

Great effort, but falls short

I really tried to love the Le Crunch, but there were several shortcomings were dealbreakers in the end. At low gain settings from clean to edge of breakup, I found it to be useable as a foundation for other pedals. Pairing with a Torpedo C.A.B. vastly improved the realism. Even still it fell short of being inspiring. It was just OK. At higher gain and crunchier settings (assuming the Marshall vibe is why most people seek this preamp) things fell apart. First, the voicing is all wrong. Lows and low mids hit the gain stages too hard resulting in more of a fuzz sound than the kerrang that you'd expect from an M style amp. The tone stack on the B channel is post gain, so it is impossible to dial this out. The only solution is to place an EQ or treble booster before the preamp, but by then we're just compensating for things that aren't right in the design to begin with. Also, the compression curve just doesn't feel amp like with a single 12AX7 tube. It cleans up with the volume knob, but the volume level drops off too fast. You can compensate some with power amp modeling on the Torpedo C.A.B., but no matter what settings I used it either sagged too much on transients or not enough to get a realistic feel. You can get some decent sounds out of this unit for sure, but they only work at that specific setting for that particular guitar with that particular volume and tone knob setting. In the end, it was just too much effort for me. I really wanted this to be an analog answer to the Kemper, Axe FX, Helix, or even a more portable answer to using an amp with load box and cab IR (Torpedo Live). Perhaps my expectations were too high.
Music background: Professional
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