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TC Electronic Vintage Pre Drive Overdrive Pedal

Reproduce warm driven vintage tones w/ speaker simulation, and seamless integration with G-System (3) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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TC Electronic VPD1 Pedal

The VPD1 vintage pre-drive pedal is a lot more than just an overdrive. With the additional boost section, top and mid boost, remote control, and a vintage-type speaker simulation, VPD1 is a genuinely versatile guitar pedal. Our scientists designed the VPD1 to reproduce warm driven vintage tones that you would normally only get from a tube amp with the master volume turned all the way up.

Simplicity, great sound, and timeless design make up the holy trinity of the VPD1 vintage pre-drive pedal. This pedal is all about bringing out the best in your favorite guitar/amp setup without any unwanted coloring of tone or quality-compromising add-ons. VPD1 would therefore serve as an excellent companion for the G-System from TC Electronic. The basic drive section delivers a distinguished vintage overdrive allowing every characteristic of your instrument to shine through. When you kick in the boost section, you get a saturated lead sound with plenty of gain and sustain. Additional features on the boost section are the Top and Mid boost emphasis filters that let your tone really cut through.

VPD1 features a unique circuit, which accurately replicates every group of components in an original vintage tube amp combo, including the dynamic interaction that occurs between the components. In addition to the drive functionality, VPD1 actually serves as a small preamp, ranging sonically from barely audible overdrive to snarling leads - and beyond.

In the VPD1 signal path, the boost section is placed before the drive, which means that the boosted guitar signal not only sounds louder but also sounds more overdriven. This makes it ideal for switching from rhythm to lead guitar. The remote function even allows you to switch the VPD1 boost on and off with the new G-System from TC Electronic, or any other external relay switching device. For your convenience, we've also included top and mid boost switches for a more flexible sonic exploitation of the VPD1.

The VPD1 sports an integrated speaker filter that makes it very useful for studio sessions and home practice. The speaker filter, which can be bypassed at a flick of a switch, is based on the same research as the VPD1 Drive, and underlines the vintage qualities of the new TC pedal.

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- Remote Control Connection - seamless integration with G-System.
- Boost - when activated the drive channel is driven harder giving more overdrive.
- Flat / Top Boost / Mid Boost - selector.
- Boost Channel switch.
- Drive - sets amount of drive on the drive channel.
- Level - Sets the Output level of the pedal when active.
- Bass - Bass attenuation for the Boost channel.
- SPK SIM - Speaker Simulation - The filter simulates the frequency response of a vintage-style guitar speaker.
- Tone - Use the Tone control to attenuate high-end frequencies. The Tone control operates on both channels.
- Boost LED - Indicates when VPD1 is in Boost mode.
- On LED - Indicates when VPD1 is active.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 519-745-1158
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5 out of 5 (3 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "VPD1. Vintage Pre-Drive 1"
Sound: It's the best sounding distortion pedal I ever had. It sounds like a real british valve amp. From low distortion up to screaming distortion, - everythings possible. No harsh transistor edge. Speaker simulator is so great. It sounds like a real speaker. Unbelievable. !! Sounds perfect for homerecording too. Very nice on stage in conjunction with your favourite amp. You can disable the speaker sim if you like. Feature: - Remote function ensures easy switching with you favourite big amp, via cable. - Booster : gives extra distortion per switch. - Speaker simulation: enables recording direct in computer or console - Mid-Range slecet switch: enables to pre-eq your guitar, to achieve special charactersitic. Brina May , are you listening ? Quality: Best rock solif construction, as usual TC-Electron makes. Value: Not cheap, but worth every penny. Best pedal so far. Manufacturer Support: Good support site. Had no problems yet with it. Mine is 1/2 year old. The Wow Factor: Great Sex appeal. It's a solid construction, with black beauti appearance. Quality is the biggest argument, against japanse plastic trash. Overall: I'd never play another pedal than this one.
Style of Music: Rock
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"nice overdrive, plenty of gain, remote switchable, what's not to like?"
Sound: Sounds real, organic, pretty much tube distortion. Not you metal head/fuzz type sound, more like a growling and round british amp distortion. I use it on the clean channel of my Marshall JCM900, and is sounds just right. Dont' get me wrong, there's plenty of sustain and gain when combining the drive and boost. Also, the sound responds well to changing the volume on you guitar. Feature: The best thing (other than the sound) is the flexibility of this pedal with the included remote switches. If you have a midi pedal board with relay capability (like the behringer FCB1010) or an effx rack with relays like the TC electronic G-major, you can remotely switch this thing on and off (as well as the boost function) along with your patches. Which more pedals came with this capability. My complaints: the boost function works only with the overdrive engaged, not on its own. Also, it cannot use batteries, but they include a power supply. Ease of Use: Is just a pedal, so easy enough, and all settings sound great. Quality: been using it for 3 months, and so far so good. Very solidly built, the knobs feel sturdy. I also own their G-Major, and seems to be as good. Value: It is a tad expensive, but considering all the flexibility its remote switching gives you, is like having 2 pedals in one. Manufacturer Support: I sent an email once and they answered quickly. Their support web has lots of useful info. The Wow Factor: unique in its versatility (did a hear "remote switching"!!). Overall: If you have a way to control the switching functions of this pedal, then you should get it.
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