CAPO is the new Jad Freer Audio bass preamp, or Multiple Preamp – DI – Saturator – FX Loop, as we like to call it . From studio-grade clean sounds up to heavy saturations, passing through endless overdrive flavors with amp-like dynamics and harmonic content, while keeping your instrument’s natural low-end presence. More than just a pedal, a real studio-in-a-box.
Four different preamps in a single box and endless routing possibilities in a pedalboard-friendly format. A sound with very complex texture and natural feel. An engine that is designed to be the center of your pedalboard universe.
The core of the machine, based on three very different preamps that can be used in parallel to achieve unheard-of and unique sounds.
The base of the A-Side is a clean high impedance preamp, with fixed gain and lots of headroom; it improves the tone of the instrument, enhancing its character without altering it. Two high dynamic range saturators (J, F) can then be mixed to the clean preamp using the BLEND control. The mix ratio between J and F can be changed as well using the STYLE control: in central position N you get the neutral balance between them and, at the same time, the range of sounds that defines the A-Side tone the most.
No clipping diodes are used in both saturators, providing a dynamic feeling comparable to a real amplifier… not just an ordinary stompbox! J and F share GAIN and LEVEL controls and both have a lot of clean headroom before saturation, while they differ strongly in their sonic focus.
- J Saturator: huge bottom, aggressive highs that brings the note attack upfront in the mix
- F Saturator: sound focused on mid frequencies, more vintage inspired.
The concept of this side of CAPO is to mix a flat response sound with two complementary amp-like tones (running in parallel and mixed as well), to obtain an extremely complex and articulated texture while keeping the maximum frequency and dynamic response.
A three band eq allows you to further sculpt the blended sound you create:
- BASS: ±12dB@80Hz (shelving)
- Semi-parametric MID: ±9dB@100Hz-10KHz (band pass)
- HIGH: ±12dB@4KHz (shelving)
- DEEP and BITE switches provide a perfectly tailored bottom end boost and just the right enhance of string attack.
Tube-like tone preamp.
Side B is a linear response FET preamp with dedicated volume and gain controls. It reminiscent of some classic tube preamps and has a dynamic range that goes from clean to various saturation stages with a smooth, natural response.
It can be used as a stand-alone preamp as an alternative to the A-Side, or it can work in series with it choosing the order with the PRE / POST switch:
- PRE allows it to be used as a gain boost, to push the saturation of the A side to higher levels while keeping definition and dynamics
- POST allows it to be used either as a simple volume boost available at your feet, or as a preamp base to build your own sound, then using the A-side as an additional gain stage or clean EQ.
Routing and other functions
- DIRECT OUT: provides the natural sound of your instrument without any preamp stage.
- PREAMP OUT: balanced signal after all the pedal preamps, eq and loops.
- phase control for the DIRECT OUT to realign PREAMP OUT phase in case you are using other pedals that flip the phase together with the capo.
- a low pass filter (means a treble cut) carefully designed to cut out all the nasty frequencies at high gain levels, useful with full-range sound systems (going to a P.A. or with tweeter equipped bass cabs).
- it affects both PREAMP OUT and OUTPUT when using the A Side, B Side and also when the pedal is bypassed (aka when the switch is on, it’s ALWAYS on) and allows to use the CAPO as a cabinet simulator for your favorite drives and fuzz pedals.
- LOOP PRE: a passive send-return loop before the pedal preamps; for whatever pedal you want to use before the CAPO (while keeping unprocessed your natural bass sound from the DIRECT OUT).
- LOOP POST: a send-return loop after all CAPO preamps, for whatever pedal you want to use after them while affecting both PREAMP OUT and OUTPUT. This loop can be always active or linked to the A Side with the switch LOOP LINK.
- four preamps packed in a pedalboard friendly format
- from crystal cleans to high saturations and infinite shades of overdrive
- A SIDE , consisting of a clean preamp and two high dynamics saturators ( J , F )
- Active 3-band EQ and DEEP and BITE buttons to further sculpt the sound
- B SIDE , a linear FET preamp with a soft and warm character, usable both PRE and POST
- two D.I. outputs : DIRECT OUT and PREAMP OUT
- phase inversion on DIRECT OUT to realign the phase of balanced signals
- LPF to eliminate any unpleasant frequencies generated at high gain levels
- fx loop PRE and fx loop POST to use pedals before and / or after the CAPO and include their intervention also in the D.I.output
|Dimensions||10,5 × 12,5 × 8 cm|
0,8 Kg, without box
A Side, B Side