The Microtubes X7 offers a full and fat-sounding distortion plus a 4-band graphic equalizer. The EQ features perfectly tailored mid controls for maximum flexibility, with unbalanced parallel, affected and direct outputs. Distorting bass has always been a very challenging engineering endeavor, in order to achieve a punchy, and aggressive distortion you need to reconcile two contradicting conditions. The tightness comes from attenuating bass frequencies before saturation, which will also result in a very thin signal. But boosting the lows will result in additional, unwanted fuzz.
To solve this paradox, audio engineers have been using multiband distortions in the studio for a few decades now. The Microtubes X7 is our solution to that problem in a very compact, yet flexible form. The signal is split by two variable low pass and high pass filters at the very beginning. The high pass signal (mostly mids and treble) is distorted with a CMOS chip, just like our older Microtubes pedals. The low-pass signal (all bass) is left clean and then compressed. Letting the high side be all crunch, attack, and rich harmonics while mixing back the compressed lows to add gargantuan size to the overall mix. The result is some remarkable, almost unlimited fullness, size, aggression, and definition, regardless of how old the strings, and boomy or thin instruments.
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