This is awesome....when I first saw the boost on the website and read about the exp function I was so stoked, then I thought hmmm, I wonder if Mason would consider putting one of his buffers in there and...voila, here it is!
Mason, i read in an interview that you recommend buffers both at the beginning and end of the signal chain, right? Something about that helping to protect the system from interference? I already have a Sarno Black Box at the beginning so maybe I could put your boost at the end, 2 birds with 1 stone.
Hey Joe! How are you buddy! It is best to have an input and output buffer system...my Vertex Boost would be great at the end of your chain to condition the lines going back to your amp.
Both the Landau and Vertex Boost are sonically identical.
The Landau Boost is true bypass, and like the Vertex Boost, has EXP capabilities that can be used to attenuate the boosted level (set by the level pot on the pedal itself) by raising or lowering the foot-pedal on the EXP. The EXP (when connected), takes over the level pot on the pedal itself and re-calibrates the pot taper on the EXP so that it interacts in real-time with the boost to adjust your output level from whatever you've set as the max output (in the toe-down position on the EXP), all the way back to silent (in the heel position on the EXP).
This allows you to always be able to adjust your output in the mix for soloing or for just unity gain swells. The benefit of this over a volume pedal is 1) you can boost beyond unity gain, up to +16dB over unity, and 2) you have no sonic compromise with using the EXP as the volume pedal, as the EXP has no influence over the 100% analog circuitry of the boost. No tone suck as much volume pedals have.
The Vertex Boost is pretty much the same in function as the Landau Boost, however it has a few added features.
It is buffer/bypass (same buffer that is in all Vertex custom rack and pedalboard systems), so it is always conditioning your signal to be completely transparent, and the EXP control is also useable when the Boost is off. When the boost is off, the EXP functions a typical volume pedal (silent in the heel down position, unity gain in the toe-down position). Other than that, it will have the same useable and features as the Landau Boost.
Sonically both pedals are the same, the function of them is different however.
I'm really interested in this, I have been thinking of something like this for quite a while.
I'm not certain that I properly understand the differences between the 2 models.
Is it that the Vertex Boost is using a buffer, which enables it (when in bypass) to be a volume pedal via the EXP function?
otherwise are the Vertex and the Landau are exactly the same functionally when the boost is on?
does the buffer in the Vertex change the sound of the boost compared to the Landau?
will a standard roland exp pedal work with it?
sorry if these are obvious questions, I'm just trying to get my head around what the pedals do and what their differences are.
So when the Vertex Boost is turned off and the exp pedal is plugged in, do you get the tone suck that you usually get with a volume pedal? Or is it still out of the path such as when the boost is turned ON? Sorry Im not super hip to pedal lingo.
I guess what Im trying to figure out is if there is a tonal change between using the exp pedal with the boost turned on vs. off.
Hmm. How much headroom is on the buffer/boost? I'd like something that can eat a dimed fuzz without blinking.
When the Vertex Boost is turned off and EXP is connected, there is no tonal variation or suck of any kind. The EXP and Boost are completely isolated from each other and the the output buffer is also running at all times so you don't have any risk of cable capacitance after the Vertex Boost and EXP influencing the signal.
Does that make sense?
The Vertex Boost has a ton of clean headroom, the rails are +/- 15.
When the boost is off then the volume/exp pedal works like a regular volume pedal, right? Heel down is no volume and toe down is unity, yes? I know your vol pedal is much improved but how could it not exhibit any tone suck whatsoever? I get that when the boost is on the exp controls the boost volume, but when the boost is off, how does the exp control volume?