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Analog Man Buffer Pedal
Analog Man Buffer Pedal
Analog Man Buffer Pedal


 

Please put a note in the ORDER COMMENTS AREA at checkout time if you want the jacks in a specific location (like on the same side of the tiny box) or any more info to help us make it perfect for you.
Our Price: $89.00


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Product Code: AM-BUFFER

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Add a jack:
Add a second output jack $10 [Add $10.00]

Add a Power Jack:
single Power Jack (standard)
Add a second (output) Power Jack $15 [Add $15.00]
Power Cables for your existing multi-power supply

18" Power Cable for PP2 (one straight and one 90 degree end, unless you specify in comments) $3.50 [Add $3.50]Does not work with our $15 Boss type power supplies, has 2 male ends for use with Voodoo Labs etc

Extra 36" power Cable for PP2 with one 90 degree end $4.50 [Add $4.50]Does not work with our $15 Boss style power supplies, has 2 male ends for use with Voodoo Labs etc

18Volt DC Y-cable PPY for PedalPower-2 $6.50 [Add $6.50]
Customize

Add LED:
No LED - $0
Green $15 [Add $15.00]
Red $15 [Add $15.00]
Yellow $15 [Add $15.00]
Optional power supplies

Add a Power Supply:
US 120V 12vDC $18 [Add $18.00]- This USA power supply will give 12V to the pedal instead of 9V, see the pedal description for more info on why you might like this.

Add a Power Supply:
US 120V 9vDC $15 [Add $15.00]- This is a normal 9V Boss type external power supply/adaptor for USA use with 120V AC wall power.

Add a Power Supply:
Euro 240V $15 [Add $15.00]- this is an external power supply/adaptor for use with 220/240V AC to make 9Vdc for the pedal.

Add a Power Supply:
UK 240V $15 [Add $15.00]- this is an external power supply/adapter for use with UK (3 prong) 220/240V AC to make 9Vdc for the pedal.

Add a Power Supply:
US 120V 18vDC $18 [Add $18.00]- This USA power supply will give 18V to the pedal instead of 9V, see the pedal description for more info on why you might like this.

 
Description
 
Analog Man Buffer pedal
Features

Analog Man BUFFER

What is a buffer?

A buffer is an active electronic circuit that keeps your guitar signal strong and preserves the frequencies of your guitar sound. If you have a good patch cord that's not too long, and plug directly into your amp, that is the purest sound you can get, and you don't need a buffer. But if you have long patch cords or a bunch of effects pedals, or a pedal with a weak output, a buffer can help get your sound back to the pure tone you are looking for.

Why do you need a buffer?

All patch cords or Guitar Cables have some capacitance to them, especially cheaper cables like cables with molded ends. This acts just like the capacitor on your guitar's tone knob when you turn it down some, and rolls off the high end. Really bad cords can suck away too much of your tone, even mids, and should probably be replaced though a good buffer might make them usable. Some pedals, like old wahs, big muffs, etc also suck a lot of your tone away as they keep the circuit connected to your signal even when they are OFF (not true bypass, or buffered bypass). Certain pedals have a weak output (impedance is too high) and even when they are ON, the signal will get loaded by cables or other pedals after them. Some examples are Dynacomp/Ross type compressors, some distortion pedals, etc. You can test and find these types of pedals by using long cords and turning a buffer on and off after them - the buffer should do nothing on most pedals, but some will sound much brighter, clearer, and louder with a buffer after them. Those pedals are helped with a buffer following them.

Using another effects pedal as your buffer

Some pedals have BUFFERED BYPASS, and when OFF your signal goes through active electronics and is kept strong. Ibanez Tube Screamers, Boss delays, etc have pretty good buffers. One or two buffers or buffered pedals is good in your signal path, but you don't want too many as each one can change your tone a bit, and can rob a little of the presence and feel of your guitar, especially some pedals with poor sounding buffers. So replacing extra buffered pedals with true bypass pedals, modifying them for true bypass, or putting them in a bypass loop is a good idea.

One pedal you can use for a great buffer is our ARDX20 dual analog delay- if you always leave it on, that could be the only buffer you need. If you need NO DELAY at all, just turn the delay level down all the way on one side and that side will just be a buffer. I find my ARDX20 is a great way to test pedals and cords - turn the DELAY LEVEL down all the way (for just dry sound), and turn the delay on (buffered) and off (bypass). If you hear an improvement when ON, then your cable or pedal being tested is hurting your tone.

Where you don't want a buffer

Some pedals like the vintage circuits of a Fuzz Face or Rangemaster won't work well with a buffer or buffered pedal before them. The buffer won't let them do their "clean up" magic and can make them sound brittle. Put buffers or buffered bypass pedals AFTER these.

Volume pedal issues

Volume Pedals are another item that can be helped with buffers. If you use a passive style volume pedal with high impedance, like the Ernie Ball 250K pedal, it will work great with just your guitar plugged in and won't suck much tone. But when you add buffered pedals in front of it, the sweep can get strange, making it hard to get the desired volume setting. In that case, the 25K ACTIVE Ernie Ball pedal will have a better sweep, but it NEEDS to have a strong buffer before it or it will REALLY hurt your tone. So I think the best setup would be the 25K volume pedal and a good buffer that's always ON before it. We can build our buffer into one of these volume pedals to kill two birds with one stone, and keep your pedalboard size under control. With the buffer, it will no longer work as an EXPRESSION PEDAL.


Here is the buffer inside the Ernie Ball VP Junior 25K 6181 Volume Pedal. The pedal is apart slightly so you can see the board. The power jack we add to run the buffer is between the jacks.


We can also put our buffer in the Boss FV500-L stereo volume/expression pedal. Normally we put it in one side (Input 1/Output 1), which is the side that has a TUNER OUT jack. We can add a second buffer to the other side if you need stereo buffered signals. With the buffer, it will no longer work as an EXPRESSION PEDAL. You can see the added power jack on the right side. We can also put it on the left if you specify in your order comments.



Other Pedals

We can make most other pedals have BUFFERED BYPASS if there is room inside, and they are hand wired. Our King of Tone has room in the battery compartment so we are offering them with a buffer option or can modify yours. Some pedals like the KOT often sound better with a buffer after them. Most people run a delay pedal or reverb after their KOT so that is usually enough. But if your KOT goes direct to your amp, with a long cord, the buffer will certainly help when the KOT is OFF and may help even when the KOT is ON.



Why is our buffer a good one?

I like what a buffer does, but I don't like what it does to my tone.

Most buffers on the market are the simplest opamp circuit possible-one opamp stage with unity gain, just a few resistors and capacitors are needed. These do the job of having a high input impedance and a low output impedance to drive your signal to the amp nice and strong. But many cheap buffers like that just don't sound and feel the same as the original best tone described above - a good cord direct into your amp. These buffers can send too much high end through, and sound brittle or HARD, not a nice feel. Many great sounding pedals like tube screamers, etc don't run your signal directly into the op-amp, instead they use a transistor input buffer. We use the same transistor as an old tube screamer on the input of our buffer, with the same input impedance of 510K. We also use the tube screamer's JRC4558D opamp later in the circuit for a warm but clean unity gain amplifier.

There is a great article on buffers on the DIY site AMZ muzique.com where Jack says,
"An opamp is an even better buffer amplifier, though many believe they are somewhat colder sounding and more sterile than the transistor versions. The opamp gain is exactly unity and the output impedance is quite low; typically measured in tens of ohms instead of hundreds as with the transistors."
We use both the transistor on the input and the op-amp on the output for the best of both worlds - nice silky tone and strong output.



Our original Analog Delay, the ARDL20, had buffered bypass and customers raved about how great the buffer was in that pedal. While on or off, it would keep your signal strong and sweet. We use the same buffer circuit in our ARDX20 dual analog delay but it has true bypass, so when OFF there is no buffer. But you can use an expression or volume pedal in the FX loop to kill the delays if you want just the buffer, or turn the level down.

This circuit is much more complex than a normal buffer but we feel it's worth it as it gives a more natural feel and balance, warm with a touch of compression and natural frequency response but without changing your tone. We want it to sound and feel just like a 10 foot high quality patch cord direct into your amp. A virtual cable!


Voltage

Our buffer will run fine at 9V off a battery or normal power supply. If you have a really loud signal, you can run it at higher voltages like 18V for more headroom. A normal guitar level signal will be fine at 9V but if you run a LOUD booster, or your signal is at LINE LEVEL (keyboards, or effects loop) then higher voltage may be required to keep your signal clean. We don't like to put voltage boosting circuitry inside pedals as it adds complexity and can add noise. With all the great power supplies out there now, you can usually get whatever voltage you want. The 12V "ACA" setting on a Voodoo Lab power supply would be an excellent choice as it's regulated and filtered for low noise. The LINE6 output is not regulated when the DIP switch is on, so it can be noisy. Or run the 18V Y cable from any two outputs that have the DIP switch OFF. The buffer may be a little noisy with some digital switching power supplies like the 18V Boss supply we sell so best to use a transformer-based power supply (Boss style PSA-120 wall wart, Voodoo Lab, Cioks, T Rex, Dunlop, etc).

Our buffer draws about 10mA, or only 5mA with no LED.


Options



We can make this buffer in any of our boxes, with almost any feature you would want. The smallest and simplest is the tiny box (1 3/8" wide, 3 1/2" long, and 1 1/4" tall) with power jack and no switch or LED, also no room for a battery. It does have room for a second power jack if you want. We can put the jacks on one side on the tiny box if that works better for you.




We can also use the MXR size small box (2 5/16" x 4 5/16" 1290 / 1590B) which will fit a switch, LED, Battery, etc. We can build them into any of our switchboxes, might be nice to get a TUNER MUTE SWITCH to get your tuner and it's cable out of your signal path, with a buffer to buffer the rest of your signal. See our SWITCHBOX PAGE for some samples and more info.You can also add a second output jack to this buffer with switch. Let us know how you want the switch and second output jack to work in the order COMMENTS area:

1) Switch turns the buffer on or off, both outputs are the same (splitting your signal).
2) Switch chooses between the 2 outputs, buffer is always on (for tuner mute or A/B switching)
or if you want something else, please ask first.

All Analog Man buffers are hand made in the USA.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
 
aNaLoG.MaN Does It Again January 28, 2016
Reviewer: Scott West from Southgate, MI United States  
With true bypass becoming more and more prevalent in the effects world, it's easy to keep your tone if you only have a couple pedals and can stay close to your amp. If you have a larger pedalboard and a longer cable to the amp you will be victim to compounding cable capacitance, i.e. your going to lose treble in your signal and it will sound like it is muffled under a blanket. The easiest way to take the blanket off is to add a buffer pedal to your chain. The pedal offered here is far and away THE BEST sounding buffer I've ever used!! This thing has more pixie dust that a Klon Centaur.

Anyways, if your tone sounds like it is covered in a blanket, don't hesitate to pickup one of these pedals in the configuration that best suits you. If you are worried that you might get cold without the blanket you can head on over to the apparel section and add a shirt to your order!!

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