#1
As the title says, I (may) need a clean boost pedal for solos. I'm using a Randall RM100 & play in a covers band, so each channel is used for different songs. I'm using a Bad Monkey at the moment, which works on the middle/crunch channel, but does bugger all on the high gain channel! Would I be better off with a boost pedal? Or using the BM in the loop? I run my pedals straight in the front of the amp, mainly for ease of set-up, but also because they work perfectly well this way.

I want to keep this below £100.
I've been looking at the Earthquaker Devices Black Eye clean boost:- https://www.gak.co.uk/en/earthquaker-devices-black-eye-clean-boost/117920
Ant the MXR Micro Amp:- https://www.gak.co.uk/en/mxr-m-133-micro-amp/4740

Which would be the best for doing this? Should I run it in the front of the amp, or in the loop? I guess that the loop would be better, as I can increase the loop level to help with this? I also have (not using) an MXR Super Comp, but didn't have any success using this as a boost. Any suggestions?

Any other pedals to look at?

I'm posting this at midnight UK time, so I'll be checking back here when I get up again.

Thanks in advance
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#2
What's the cost for a used Budda Zenman in your market?

It's a clean boost and Vintage/Modern switchable overdrive/tubescreamer both in the same chassis.

Check it out.
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#4
can you fit something from xotic in your budget? i have really come to like them recently. i don't own one though.
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#5
I don't know THAT EQD pedal, but generally, their stuff is the real deal. Definitely worth considering.


These could also do the job.
http://www.magneticeffects.net/satellite/
https://robertkeeley.com/product/mini-katana/
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I really like a Timmy in front of my RM100.
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#7
To get a volume boost in high gain amps there are 3 options:
- a soundman
- a boost pedal in the loop
- a 2 channel re-amper like the Unleash

High gain amps already have a saturated input stage, so increasing the signal level in front of the amp just adds gain, not volume.
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+1 to the spark booster and the Xotics.

Have heard that the Katana isn't as well suited for higher gain stuff, but haven't used one so can't be sure.
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Could be true, but I haven't heard that.
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#10
Thanks all for the replies. Trashed, the xotic EP Booster is £116+postage, so could be doable. Others are £156 upwards & more than I can afford at the moment. I'll have a look at the Spark Booster, it's just over £100, the mini is only £45! I will have to play with putting it in the loop, I guessed this would be the case, but being lazy I couldn't be arsed with it before!!
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#11
In the loop a clean boost adds volume. A used micro amp or spark mini can be had at $50. This is the best way to boost the volume of a high gain channel
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#12
If you dont want to break the bank the MXR Mixro Amp or TC spark mini are an option but keep in mind the Micro Amp does color the tone a bit so its not the cleanest. Its cheap and it works though. I use one for leads etc...
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#13
I'll give you my experience with the Earthquaker Black Eye Boost.

I run a Black Eye Boost at the end of my line. I keep it pretty simple, (5 pedals) Wah-Fuzz-Verb-Delay-Boost. I dont have an effects loop on my JMP so I run it right off the line, and I have really enjoyed it. One of the things i really like about the Black Eye is that below 12 O'Clock on the dial it attenuates. This is fun when I'm playing at home, because I can still hear a really overdriven/boosted signal without it being super loud. Just something to consider, I suppose. I have used a Micro Amp, a Blues Driver, a TS9, and a handful of other OD's as Volume Boosts in the past - The Earthquaker BE Boost has been my favorite, for me, at least.

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#14
OK, bumping this to provide a resolution to this
I ended up taking my amp to a PMT store in Bristol (like Musicians Friend) & trying out some pedals. I tried a TC Spark Booster mini, MXR Microamp, a Blackstar boost of some sort (can't remember exactly) and an MXR 6 band eq. Tried all of them through the series & parallel loops and straight in the front. The only one that made any sort of noticable volume boost was the eq pedal.
I ended up buying this:- https://www.gak.co.uk/en/mxr-m-108-10-band-graphic-eq/4733 and using it in the series loop. 1st gig with it tonight, did the job well. It has a volume & gain slider, so using the volume full & gain at zero. Put a highmid hump on it & it made me cut through nicely. Job done
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Glad you found something that did the trick for you!
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