#1
what is the technical difference? i was thinking about it and i just don't know.

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#2
Well, if it's truly a preamp then it should be able to produce a line level output - but in reality, it's all just marketing bs really.
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Well, if it's truly a preamp then it should be able to produce a line level output - but in reality, it's all just marketing bs really.


what is the difference between line level and other signal?

for example lets mention the H&K tubeman vs a tubescreamer.
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#4
Line level and instrument/mic levels. Line level for consumer products is a bit under half a volt, pro is a bit over 1.5v.
A tubescreamer outputs about a volt - so technically it can produce a line level signal as well.
Instrument/mic level is about 100mV.

Like I said, it's mostly marketing.
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#5
If i would have to guess there is a voicing change too. Dist pedal would have to take into account that its running through an extra tonestack which does change the sound, usually thinning it. AMT has both preamp pedal and distortion pedal versions of their Legend serie pedals, somebody should take a deeper look whats truly different between them.

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#6
i would generally say in context of a "preamp" od pedal, most of them have significantly more voicings or tonal changes available, and as such, higher cost. i view them as more of a tone tool, rather than an effect.

a tubescreamer is going to sound like a screamer. you can change that. if i am buying a prepamp as a floor pedal gain stage, i expect that i can craft many sounds from it including, many gain voicings, EQ, perhaps even types of clipping, amp emulations, etc.

a great example would be SansAmp tools. they have made a name for themselves for their emulations of otehr amps and in general, a pretty quality tone for a floor pedal (opposed to real, rack mounted big boy preamps). some pedal preamps even have a line out to run straight to a board, without a power amp.

a line 6 POD is pretty much a preamp. its a multi effect, but its basically a digital preamp with effects built in.

i suppose another way, i expect if i am buying a preAMP i am buying a little mini AMP.

if i am buying an OD pedal i expect to buy a single EFFECT.
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#7
I always thought of it as a pre-amp pedal is designed to be run into the FX Return / power amp / PA directly bypassing your amp's tone section / pre-amp.

Think like Tech21 or similar.

Your POD HD500x and similar can be used as a regular pedal and/or preamp with the 4 cable method (POD amp sim directly to the FX return bypassing your amp's pre-amp).
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#8
Coincidentally,I just traded my Crunch Box for a Sansamp GT2, I'll check back in in a lil bit after I screw around with it.

I thought preamp pedals were designed to go in the loop but can be played in front. I was thinking I could plug it into the fx return, leaving the send empty, and use my amp as a power amp for the Sansamp.


Edit: So the Sansamp sounds fine going into the return with nothing in send but I think I like it better in front. It's more a general amp modeler than a distortion pedal but I'm gonna use it as a distortion pedal and I doubt I'm the only one to use it like that. Still, I assumed that was kinda the difference between a typical od/distortion pedal and a preamp pedal.
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#9
You mean dirt boxes where they try to capture a specific amp, in a box? "Here, try this to turn your Dual Reverb into an 800.
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