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The Hudson Electronics' Fanzone

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by Haunting Mids, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. Haunting Mids

    Haunting Mids Member

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    British people...
    They have one the best sense of humour, they're amongst the best songwriters,
    they invented soccer. Ok, they also have the worst pies and breakfasts in the world.
    But above it all, they have Hudson Electronics.

    I'm just a pedal-addict who recently purchased the new Dual Broadcast,
    in of of these drunk-shopping sessions.
    It turned out as the most lucid decision I've taken in this exercise.

    This pedal is a monster. The other day, I was relating to a well-know TGP'er
    about how this pedal had left me jaw-dropped on the floor.

    I use the normal channel as a tone/EQ enhancer through the -not so- clean channel of a Budda Superdrive 30 into an Orange PPC412.
    And the 2nd one for fuzz.
    The first thing that struck me with awe is the behaviour of the Broadcast.
    A simple roll-off on your guitar's volume and tone knobs entail
    a dramatic change in the attitude of the pedal.
    I could set it with the gain maxed out on the fuzz channel
    and still would be able to find my base-tone back with some lazy knob fiddling.

    I'm used to dynamic overdrives that clean up well.
    But this thing is way beyond everything I have tested out so far.
    So many different tonal hues in one box is insane.
    It really leads me to adopt a more "responsive" approach.
    I'm also used to high-output OD pedals and the taper feels perfect.
    It's beefy, but the last half of the range really shapes the texture
    more than the actual volume. Benefit ? Hell yeah.

    The Broadcast is a Germanium-fed pre-amp.
    I leave it always-on, at the end of the dirt chain.
    I have used a Lovepedal HW Kanji Eternity in front of it with amazing results.
    More gain, but not fuzz. It works like a wonder.
    The Broadcast is a monster of a stacker.
    Need Fuzz ? Just stomp on the 2nd foot-switch and there you lay in those cranked Neve console tones.
    Neve console. Yes. You heard right.
    Not that I have ever used one in person.
    I've had many Rupert Neve transformer pedals like the Bogners.
    It really adds a dimensional spreading to the sound. Maybe it was just me, but...

    I would say the Dual Broadcast's sounds resides somewhere between an old vintage AC30, a Tweed amp and a JHS Colour Box which I used to have.


    Stunned by the sound of this incredible pedal, I bought a dozen of Brewdog Dark IPA's.
    Then I went shopping. Then I went drunk. Then I went drunk-shopping.
    And bought a used (pristine) Sidecar, Hudson Electronics' germanium take
    on the classic OD808 circuit, with an awesome 2-band parametric EQ.
    OMG. Another brilliant box from these guys, who by the way sell their marvels
    at a very reasonable price.
    Anything from clean boost to raunchy distortion, through all the classic OD palette.
    And stacking ability.

    Indeed, The Broadcast really LOVES the Sidecar before it.
    The stacking is just amazing. It keep the tonal character of the former,
    and retained the raunchiness of the Sidecar. What's not to like ?


    I have been testing a lot of brands, the last 15 years.
    Hudson Electronics entered the Hall of Fame with just two pedals.
    The brand can proudly boast about standing along with Basic Audio for fuzz,
    Lovepedal for dirt and Catalinbread for delays. (and Rimrock for Klone-oriented things).
    Of course, no competition between these brands.

    But I hadn't been so mind-blown in such a way by a new brand for so many years.

    They're not the most popular, I know. But they really deserve a heads-up.
    Done.
     
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  2. Haunting Mids

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    I have used 3 guitars so far with these boxes.
    Fender USA Standard tele, J. Trussart Steelcaster and Gibson Les Paul Traditional.
    All sounded awesome.
    I'd give low-output pickups a special mention because they widen the sonic landscape.
    They compress less, so the harmonic and dynamic contents sound richer.
     
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  3. Deluzion

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    But does the Broadcast have the haunting mids???
     
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    Haunting Mids Member

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    The Broascast is like the bra of justice. It enhances what you already have.
    Won't give you the tits you have never had.
    You have to love your body first. :D

    It's not that transparent, though.:p
     
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  5. Jazzandmore

    Jazzandmore Gold Supporting Member

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    Bra of Justice, love it! :rotflmao

    Makes me want to go see that Justice League movie...Wonder Woman...mmmmmmmm:rolleyes:
     
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    Got to admit I think the British fried breakfast is superior to bacon and pancakes

    Love the broadcast too
     
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  8. Sgt Schmaltz

    Sgt Schmaltz Gold Supporting Member

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    I came in here thinking they had a new pedal out called the Fanzone that I was gonna have to buy! :)

    But, yeah. If I had to toss all my overdrive and distortion pedals out but one, my Broadcast would be the last man standing.
     
  9. Haunting Mids

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    Hey,
    I'm french !:D
    Just kidding.:p;)
     
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    Really wanting to try one of these.
     
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    I take pride buying pedals made in my frontier zone.
    I've bought a vast majority of american pedals, about 99,5%.
    It also feels neat to have effects built in different places in the world.
    Global is cool, sometimes.
    If I have an opportunity to buy in short circuits, I do take the chance.

    UK is not France (Heptode, Trussart, Anasounds, Jacques, Pigalle's),
    but the english people stands as a rock'n'roll figure in the world.
    These pedals do them justice.
    They also build the best amps in the world.
    Stoked to know they also build awesome pedals.
     
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  12. splatt

    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    hudson, pigdog, d.a.m., facelessfx, ghost, castledine, cornish, etc..... as far as disto/fuzz/etc etc etc go, whoa..... so great, so much character from so many characters.
     
  13. Hack Prophet

    Hack Prophet vile mighty wretched Silver Supporting Member

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    yeah I've been drooling over the Broadcast for months now, soon enough I will join the club
     
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    +1 I think. Nothing fancy, just the regular model. Gotta sell some stuff off first though just on principle lol.
     
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    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    2-button model will be worth it!
     
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    I buy most of my pedals from different places in the world. It's hard for many of them to get noticed here in the US unfortunately. Obviously plenty of great pedals are built in the US, but I like looking abroad to see what diamonds can be found that are not normally seen on these shores.

    So far I've got pedals from:
    Brunetti pedals, also play only his amps (the best in the world :) ) - Italy
    Effectrode, Origin Effects - UK
    Kingsley (deservedly well known in US for sure), Aleks K Productions - Canada
    Vahlbruch - Germany
    McPherson - New Zealand
    Shin's Music - Japan
    GFI Systems - Indonesia
    SviSound - Bulgaria
    PLUS - Latvia
    Anasounds - France
    Nordvang - Denmark
    Pladask Elektrisk (awaiting) - Norway

    But doesn't mean I ignore the off the radar US goodies ;)
    Iron Ether - Louisiana
    BuGGFX - Georgia
    OceanEFX - Texas
    Jackson Audio - Texas
    Artistry Audio - Oregon
     
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  17. e-flat

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    Broadcast.
    It's the only pedal that has thus far eluded my Germanium-hoarding grasp.
    But oh. It will be mine.
     
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    putting aside for a moment my usual jokey TGP persona: of the longtime posters who are still around your opinion and maybe erksin's carry the most weight with me so this is serious food for thought...

    honest to god though any time i mess with a dual drive i pretty much never end up using the second switch. slight exception for the boost on my now-almost-antique box of rock, but in practice that's really about it. failure of imagination on my part obviously but still...

    ooh but wait... the second switch on my old Dumbbell is ✧✧magic✧✧
    if it's like that i'm all in
     
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  19. splatt

    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

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    you might find me somewhere.
    well, i don't have one yet, but i wants one.
    when i use my single 24v, i always think, "sheesh, i'd love to just footswitch into the greased saturation fuzztortion mode!"

    .....
     
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    BOOM. Just found a Blackbird Fuzz on Reverb. :Devil
    Only 30 in the world. This one is mine. I'm stocked.
    Clone of a japanese vintage octave fuzz (Shin-Ei). :drool
    So much drooling that I'm gonna end up :drown.
     

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