Ibanez are punching their way into 2023 with their new Pentatone Preamp, a distortion-based preamp with 5-Band EQ, Pre and Post Boost (all switchable) and a very handy and non-intrusive Gate. The sounds are all geared towards the tougher end of the tone spectrum however I was pleasantly surprised by how the Pentatone also reacted with a simple Telecaster (I'll upload that video in the next day or so). I think the Pentatone Preamp will be very welcome on many pedalboards and studio desks alike. Good stuff, Ibanez!
From their site:
"Extraordinary tone shaping control, dynamic arrays of distortion and exceptional amounts of EQ are all laid out at your feet. The Pentatone preamp from Ibanez affords the perfect blend of features all wrapped up in an intuitive, all-analog platform. This preamp brings together five individual tone shaping sections in the form of a pre boost, distortion with two band EQ, a noise gate, 5-band parametric EQ, and post boost. The pedal also includes a bright switch, which enhances treble response by boosting the high frequency range. The two integrated footswitches control the preamp bypass and post boost functions, while adding an Ibanez IFS2L external foot-switch enhances the player’s control even further by also making the pre-boost and 5-band parametric EQ foot-switchable. From simple tone shaping, to crunchy overdrive and even the most crushing distortion, the Pentatone preamp covers it all."
Guitar: PRS SE Mark Holcomb Signature. Stock
Amp: Axe-FX III MKII running Cygnus X-2 FW 21.01 Various amp models as per the demonstration
Cables: Fender and Providence
Strings: Ernie Ball
Mic: DPA 4166-OC-F-F00-ME Headset Mic (https://www.dpamicrophones.com) with Sennheiser EWD Transmitter/Receiver (https://en-us.sennheiser.com/ew-d)
Camera: GoPro HERO10 Black and Canon D60
Soundcard: PreSonus Quantum & Fractal Audio Systems Axe-FX III MKII (guitar, mixing and bouncing).
Desktop Monitors: PreSonus R80 R-Series Active AMT Studio Monitors (https://www.presonus.com)
Computer: 2017 Apple iMac Pro, 2.5 GHz 14-Core Intel Xeon W, 64 GB 2666 MHz DDR4, Radeon Pro Vega 64X 16 GB