The first battery-powered pedals to feature an actual tube 22/01/05
Vox have unveiled the COOLTRON series of effect pedals, three new stompboxes that use a 12AU7 (ECC82) preamp tube to deliver the kind of tone that was previously impossible to achieve in a battery-powered pedal. The revolutionary COOLTRON system provides true tube sonic performance at a very low voltage and at a reduced heater current, allowing pedals to be conveniently powered by batteries.
The Bulldog Distortion
features switchable dual channels — each with dedicated Gain and Volume controls — and growling tube tone, adding extra bite for a serious performance boost. Gain 1 delivers vintage distortion while Gain 2 offers a more modern, aggressive sound with slightly scooped mids. The Gain 2 Voice control allows independent tailoring of the second channel’s tonal intensity. Adjustable Bass control and Treble control is also provided, as well as true bypass circuitry that allows for uncolored signal flow.
The Brit Boost is a booster pedal with
a Treble Boost setting that pumps up the treble and upper middle frequencies, comparable to a vintage Treble Booster pedal. In the Full Range Boost position, the pedal enhances all frequencies by adding low mids and bottom end to the Treble Boost sound, making it capable of pushing a slightly overdriven amp into heavy overdrive. Additional features include Gain, Tone, and Volume controls plus a true bypass switch.
The Big Ben Overdrive
is able to preserve a warm, silky tone even while pushing into overdrive, this pedal responds to playing dynamics and delivers extra power when players need the sound to cut through. Gain, Tone and Volume controls are included, and as with all COOLTRON pedals, the Big Ben’s true bypass allows for an untouched signal flow.
Demonstrator David Gives It Some…
Each COOLTRON pedal utilizes four AA batteries (providing 20 hours of operation) and measures 6.63" (W) x 6.12" (H) x 2.52" (D). Bulldog Distortion weighs 2.36 lbs., Brit Boost is 2.31 lbs., and Big Ben Overdrive weighs 2.25 lbs. An optional 9V AC adapter is available.
The VOX COOLTRON series of pedals will be available in Spring 2005, with street pricing as follows: Bulldog Distortion — $250; Brit Boost — $250; Big Ben Overdrive — $225.