THE APEX PREAMP
CabinetTurn the cab sim knob OFF when using a real cabinet. Turn the cab sim ON when going direct or into an interface.
GainMassive amounts of gain. Start at 0 and turn up until you reach desired saturation.
Tight SwitchEngage for more aggressive rhythm tones without adding more gain. Disengage for buttery leads.
GateAll the way left completely removes the gate circuit. All the way right gives you a mega-tight & modern gate.
APEX PREAMP SPECIFICATIONS
Designed to pair well with digital & tube rigs.
Built by MXR, guaranteed to last.
Perfect for the on-the-go recording guitarist.
APEX PREAMP SPECIFICATIONS
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
The Precision Drive is the Overdrive pedal I always wanted and that I was kind of shocked no one had made. Given how many rock and metal musicians use ODs to boost and tighten their amps, I would have thought there might be a solution aimed at that crowd, but there just wasn't. So I figured I might as well bring that pedal to life, if anything, just so I could have it for myself!
The Precision Drive is an awesome addition to your rig if you want to breathe new life into your amplifier.
The Precision Drive gives me tone shaping options I always wish I had when it came to tightening up my gain tones. It has a distinct and unique character that compliments my sound in a way I never expected. In front of an amp or a modeler, and as a standalone distortion, the Precision Drive is everything I need in an OD pedal.
This Precision Drive is awesome! I struggled with getting note definition on a lot of my other drive pedals. It all just sounded muddy... but the attack knob really helps notes cut through. The gate feature is really useful too for cleaning up gainy parts but also I find that this pedal interacts with my ac30 amp in a really cool way to produce really cool feedback. And on top of it all it makes an excellent clean boost!
There are so many great overdrives available today. Some excel at pushing your amp into lead territory, while others work better at tightening and focusing your already driven amp. I have yet to find a single OD that is able to achieve both of these approaches as effortlessly as the Precision Drive. Between the Attack and Bright switch, you have enough control to shape the front end of anything you put it in front of. I use mine to tighten and focus my rhythm/riff sounds and it does exactly what I ask of it. I'm a big fan.
The Precision Drive has challenged me to think about guitar tone in a new way. I like being able to dial in punchy, yet clear modern rhythm tones without needing to slave over the minutiae. This pedal combines all the right building blocks and leaves out the unnecessary ones, making it incredibly easy for me to reproduce the tones I imagine in my head.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
When will my Apex Preamp ship?
Conservatively, Apex pre-orders are set to ship January 2019.
Will you ship internationally?
We ship almost everywhere worldwide, except to Zimbabwe.
How much is shipping to my country?
Shipping is automatically calculated at checkout thanks to the magical internet elves powering our website.
What is a Preamp Pedal?
A preamp pedal is an amps clean or dirty channel in one convenient package. The Apex Preamp is a direct replacement to your favorite distortion pedal, an entirely new channel added to your clean amp, or a dirty channel replacement on your high gain amp. Check out our use case guides to see all the different ways you can add the Apex Preamp to your rig!
Can it do cleans?
With the right guitar and settings it can get pretty clean, it will behave dynamically with your guitar like an amp.
How do you justify the price?
To get all the features of the Apex in any other form you would have to buy: $250 boutique, all new high gain distortion pedal $150 custom, ultra powerful noise gate $180 Cabinet simulator $100 one off pedal similar with a tight switch Instead of spending $680 on 4 pedals you can spend less than half and get an Apex Preamp in one convenient pedal!
I already have a high gain amp, can I use this?
Yes! Blend the Apex Preamp with your existing dirty channel to get an all new distortion flavor! Just make sure to turn off the cab sim by sweeping the knob all the way to the left.
How does it pair with a power amp?
Perfectly! You can use your power amp to run the Apex direct into your physical cabinet. Just make sure to turn off the cab sim by sweeping the knob all the way to the left.
Can this replace my distortion pedal?
Yes! Use the Apex for a whole new distorted tone.
Will this work with my Axe FX II/Kemper/Line 6 device?
Yep! We made sure the pedal was voiced to cut through both high gain heads and integrate perfectly with digital modeling rigs.
Can I load my own cabinet IR?
The Apex’s cabinet simulator is analog and built-in, meaning you can’t change the impulse response. However, you can easily disable the cab sim by turning the knob to the left and use the Apex with your favorite 3rd party IR’s.
What is the Cab sim modelled after?
The Apex’s analog cabinet simulator is modelled after a modern 4x12 loaded with V30 speakers.
Does it Djent?
You already know the answer.
What are the power requirements of the Apex?
9V operation requires 29 mA and 18V requires 50 mA. We recommend running the unit at 9V. It will function at 18V but sounds best at 9V.
Can I use a battery?
Yes! A standard 9v works, in addition to a proper power supply (9v negative tip only).