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I LOVE Pedals Day #21: Source Audio


You could WIN a ZIO Analog Front End + Source Audio Boost in today’s I Love Pedals contest! Ends February 22, 2022.

ZIO Analog Front End + Boost

The goal in creating the ZIO Analog Front End + Boost was simple yet ambitious: “Make Everything Sound Better!” ZIO is an all-analog preamp/boost pedal that features a choice of four distinct preamp circuits, each with up to +20dB of additional output boost. ZIO is Source Audio’s first all-analog effects pedal and designed in collaboration with Christopher Venter, sole owner and engineer of SHOE Pedals.

ZIO is a deceptively flexible unit that can serve many different purposes at various points in your signal path. Use it at the front of your effects chain to shape the rest of your outgoing tone, after your drive pedals as an overall tone softener or clean volume boost, or at the end of your pedal board to drive a long cable or as a restoration device to recreate the sound of your guitar by going directly into the input of your amplifier. You can also use the ZIO in your amp’s effects loop if you want to drive your power amp even harder, or to compensate for a level mismatch between two channels.

The word “ZIO” is an acronym for impedance (“Z” is the electrical symbol for impedance), input (“I”), and output (“O”). The pedal is designed to take the high-impedance signal from a guitar, sweeten the tone with one of its four preamp circuits, and produce a loud, low-impedance signal that won’t be distorted by the dry buffered tones of the pedals. further down the signal chain. . High-fidelity, noise-free Burr-Brown op amps help give the ZIO extreme clarity and responsive pick-up dynamics, while maintaining ideal body and warmth. ZIO has four separate preamp circuits. JFET offers completely transparent signal amplification without coloration or distortion. LOW-CUT reduces “tubby” bass for a tighter sound with more headroom. STUDIO is inspired by the “Pultec Trick”, a studio technique that adds clarity by cutting out “mud frequencies” and adding mid-range articulation. E-PLEX captures the focused, subtle grain of preamps found in vintage Echoplex Tape Delay units. The ZIO’s TONE toggle offers three different levels of ability (or simulated cable length) to brighten or darken the tone.