The VT1-Spitfire from DHA is a hand built valve Overdrive effects pedal which uses
a 12AX7 (ECC83) pre-amp valve to provide true valve tone, the tone generated has
to be heard to be believed! The VT1-Spitfire is designed and voiced for guitar players
looking for subtle clean to crunch valve tone for blues and rock. This model in our
VT1 range has a 3 band active EQ with mid range Q, a XLR balanced DI out plus headphone
amp and line in.
There is a "cool blue" back light which acts as a power on light and it is visible
via the valve vent holes. There is also a blue LED for effect on.
Overdrive is achieved by using both gain stages in the 12AX7EH valve/tube to generate
the classic valve pre-amp overdrive tone plus a clean op-amp boost is available for
extra output volume. It is great with modern solid state amps and digital recording
set ups by adding valve warmth and fantastic with valve amps by over-driving with
a true valve signal path. The VT1-Spitfire sounds great when plugged directly into
a desk or a digital recording set up via the low noise XLR balanced DI output.
The Gain and Level controls let you select that tone you been looking for! And don't
forget the volume and tone on your guitar which will react well with the VT1-Spitfire
as it is a real valve pre-amp. There is a true By-Pass Foot Switch which is used
to select the Overdrive and EQ part of the circuit but the DI remains on all the
time. This means you can use the VT1-Spitfire to DI your other effects or just the
guitar with or without adding the VT1's valve warmth.
The 3 band active EQ provides +/- 15dB of cut and boost in each range plus the mid
tone control has a Q control so you can adjust the sweet spot frequency.
There is a bright switch on this model which boosts the treble when selected without
losing the bottom end. There is an i/p pad control which is useful when the VT1-Spitfire
is used with high line level effects in the chain.
There is also a "Colour" switch and Colour pot which selects negative feedback to
the circuit, this means more gain and compression. At higher gain settings Colour
can push the effect into a fuzz type tone.
The tone is pure valve/tube, fat and warm and completely different to silicon effects
pedals which tend to fizz and compress the signal. Unlike silicon pedals you can
use the volume control on your guitar to control the amount of distortion you want,
just turn it up for the solo or finding the point of breakup.
There is a selectable boost function. This adds additional clean output volume to
the valve signal using a low noise op-amp. This function is very useful when very
low levels of gain are required for clean but fat valve tones. The boost control
allows the user to set the boost level.
The output of the VT1-Spitfire is connected to a standard 1/4" jack for use with
an amp and an XLR balanced DI connector which is in parallel. This means both outputs
can be connected at the same time, so the 1/4" might go to the amp for the stage
back line and the DI to the PA or desk. The DI is also intended for studio and home
recording as the pedal is really a valve/tube pre-amp so will add warmth to any set
up. There is a DI ground lift switch which is useful if a ground loop hum occurs.
There is a headphone amp built into this pedal which is intended for quiet practice
when used with headphones but the output will also drive a set of stereo speakers
at 1W+1W. There is a line in socket for connection to a stereo line level signal
such as a CD player, iPod, MP3, phone, etc. This signal is mixed with the headphone
signal so you can play along to favourite tracks.
The VT1-Spitfire runs from a 9-12VDC 500mA (12VDC 1000mA recommended) supply via
a standard centre negative 2.1mm socket. A suitable 12VDC @1000mA power supply is
included in the price.
The VT1-Spitfire is totally hand built using a quality PCBs. There is a one year
return to manufacturer guarantee which covers parts and labour in case of failure
with each unit. There is also a user manual.