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The Standout was designed to be a precision mid booster. Guitarists have long used their mid-boosted overdrive pedals with the gain turned off to push their amps to saturate the mids while keeping a tight bottom end. The problem with this approach is that you are stuck with the fixed mid boosting EQ of the overdrive pedal you use. Enter the Standout, which lets you dial in the exact amount of bass cut (HPF) and treble cut (LPF) to sculpt your tone and push your amp into its unique sweet spot. This is a must-have tone tool for taming high gain amps, especially in the studio.
- True bypass with buffered bypass option via internal switch
- More EQ range & less noise than the original Focus pedal
- Dry blend for dialing in a less pronounced "mid hump"
- Filters can be 6dB or 12dB for more extreme EQ cuts
How It Works
The input stage of the Focus is a simple, unity-gain buffer. This sets up the signal for everything to come...
The output section blends the dry signal path back into the EQ. Pull the MIX knob back to create a gentler EQ curve - think of the mix knob as setting the maximum cut of each filter.
The LEVEL knob sets the gain of this stage.
Be warned...the Focus can get crazy LOUD!
The first step in the EQ path is the variable high pass filter. "High pass" is just the nerdy way of saying "low cut". The TIGHT knob sets the corner frequency where the bass begins to roll off, from 70Hz up to 1.5kHz
There are actually two high pass filters that are both ganged together by the TIGHT knob. You can select whether one or two of these filters are active with the SLOPE switch.
The one pole position yields a gentler cut, for when you only need to cut a little mud. Use the two pole for steeper cuts. This can be set for extreme treble-boosting, or set a mild cut to eliminate a boomy low end.
Sandwiched between the cut filters is a makeup gain stage.
You can set the amount of makeup gain via an internal trimpot.
Next up is the variable low pass, or treble cut. We put this stage last to let it minimize any small bits of noise generated by the other stages.
The SMOOTH knob sets the corner frequency of the cut filters, from 320Hz up to 7.2kHz. This stage can also be setup with one or two filters engaged via the SLOPE switch.
Set this control to smooth gritty distortion artifacts in your tone, or pull it way back to cut out the attack for a round, dark tone (I'm looking at you, jazz players).
Enclosure dimensions: 2.4"W x 4.4"L x 1.4"H (60 x 111 x 35mm)
With knobs & jacks: 2.4"W x 4.6"L x 2.2"H (60 x 117 x 56mm)
Industry-standard 2.1mm, negative-tip DC power supply.
STANDARD - accepts 9V up to 18V (recommended)
CHARGE PUMP MOD - accepts 9V (recommended) up to 12V
STANDARD ~15ma off, ~45ma on @ 9V, ~25ma off, ~55ma on @ 18V
CHARGE PUMP MOD ~30ma off, ~60ma on
BY THE NUMBERS:
2 OP AMPS
3 INTEGRATED CIRCUITS
1 CIRCUIT BOARD