If you need to add the final touches to your rig, EarthQuaker Devices is up to the task. The Tone Job is an active EQ and boost pedal designed to give you expressive control over your instrument with a simple layout akin to your favorite rack-mount preamps. In practice we really favor this style over graphic EQ pedals with a million little sliders. Putting it in front of your other pedals allows you to sculpt the signal for optimal performance with drive and modulation effects but it's also got a whopping 20 dB of boost (or cut) that makes it a killer addition at the end of your chain. The Tone Job makes a great recording tool but if you've played as many odd-ball bars and clubs as us, you'll love the ability to tweak your instrument to sound like "you" in any venue. It also makes a great "fixer" if you switch between guitars with greatly differing outputs and tonalities. This is one of those pedals that you may not know you need, but once it's on, you'll know exactly what you've been missing.
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This compact Boost & EQ device is based around the tone-shaping options available in old audiophile-grade stereo preamps, making it a great addition to your pedalboard, no matter what instrument you play.
So what does that mean, exactly? It means that you’ll hear full frequency response from your Tone Job everywhere you plug it in – guitar, bass, drum machine, synthesizers, steel drums, harpsichord, kazoo, car stereo, or wherever!
The Tone Job has active EQ controls for Bass, Mid and Treble, with up to 20 dB of cut or boost, which is handy for pairing up with other pedals in your chain to breathe new life into old dirt. Unlike boring old graphic EQs, the Tone Job’s EQ controls are interactive, so you can experiment with different settings to alter the response and overall feel of the device, getting your tone out of the lunchroom and back on the clock.
Place the Tone Job at the beginning of your chain to alter the overall character of your guitar, or use it at the end to boost output at the end of a long cable run and fine-tune your tone. The Level control on the Tone Job can boost your signal up to 5x the original input level, so you’ll always be heard, and makes for a fantastic solo and/or clean boost!
1. Level: Post EQ volume control. Can boost the signal up to 5x the input. Unity is around 10 o’clock.
2. Treble: The center position is flat and marked with a center detent in the potentiometer. All settings above this point boost the treble and all settings below cut treble.
3. Bass: The center position is flat and marked with a center detent in the potentiometer. All settings above this point boost the bass and all settings below cut bass.
4. Middle: The center position is flat and marked with a center detent in the potentiometer. All settings above this point boost the middle and all settings below cut middle.
Treble affects frequencies from around 2k Hz up, Bass affects frequencies from around 500 Hz down. The Middle is an adjustable resonant filter acting as a midrange control with its center frequency around 1k Hz. Treble and bass response are dependent on Middle control settings.
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