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Friedman IR-X Dual Tube Preamp

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Tube Pedal Preamp for Electric Guitar

  • Channels: 2
  • A complete Friedman rig in a compact, pedalboard-friendly housing
  • Each channel provides the overtone richness and response of Dave Friedman's best designs
  • The DSP-IR speaker/power amp simulation sends a studio-quality, miked speaker sound to the DAW or mixing console
  • Tubes: 2 x 12AX7
  • Controls: Per Channel: Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble, Volume, Boost Volume, Boost Gain (trimmer)
  • Series effect loop
  • Input: 6.3 mm jack
  • Send: 6.3 mm jack
  • Return: 6.3 mm jack
  • Balanced output: 6.3 mm stereo jack
  • Headphone output: 3.5 mm stereo mini jack
  • MIDI (5-pin)
  • USB
  • Power supply connection: Barrel connector 5.5 x 2.1 mm, centre negative
  • Power consumption: 800 mA
  • Power supply via 12 V DC mains adapter (included)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 165 x 140 x 58 mm
  • Weight: 0.7 kg

Note: Battery operation is not possible.

Available since October 2023
Item number 572666
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Design Stompbox
Tube(s) Yes
Amp Modeling No
Effects No
Headphone Output Yes
Direct Out Yes
MIDI Interface No
Integrated Expression Pedal No
Connections for Pedals or Switches No
Aux-Input No
Integrated Tuner No
USB-Port Yes
Drum-Computer No
Effect Types Preamp
7.599 kr
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12 Customer ratings

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Great product but not my thing...
EdwinT 18.02.2024
I really had high expectations for this product. Featurewise it's got everything and it's well thoughtout....expect for those players who like to have a clean tone.....you can do that but the overall output of the irx gets way too low. The boost on that channel also is too weak for getting it into crunch territory....the lead channel is nice but the tonecontrols lack the ability to get a more mellow, round tone....presence and thump controls as well as other ir's that are excessable through the computer don't change things enough in this regards....it's greatly built, very fine features etc but it's not for me in terms of delivering the tones I'd like to hear....
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Overpriced or overrated?
Serge557 26.02.2024
I'll start with a short preface. I play mostly heavy music. I own 3 amplifiers: ENGL Ironball, Peavey 5150 and Dual Rectifier. My friends from the cover band needed a new guitarist, as they had a tour of Asia very soon, and their current guitarist was having trouble getting a visa. I needed a compact portable device that could reproduce the classic Plexi and jcm800 sound. At first, my choice fell on various processors. When I went to the local local store, I tried helix and headrush. Yes, these are great processors, but their price and weight made me look for a cheaper and easier solution (I recently splurged on a bunch of synthesizers). After returning home, I got in Internet and started looking for various options. After spending half a day on YouTube and various forums, my eyes fell on friedman ir-x. It was hard not to notice him, because Friedman was running a very aggressive advertising campaign(It seemed that he sent them to all the bloggers on the planet). After listening to various demos, I found its sound acceptable and ordered it from Thomann. It was delivered very quickly, considering that I live very far from Germany, very securely packed, thanks Thomann. When I first tried it at home, its sound did not make a big impression on me, although I made allowances for the fact that my ears are very used to my hi gain monsters. First of all, I loaded my IRs (I made them myself based on my own Marshall 4x12 with a mix of v30 and creamback, but I had to do a little magic in STL IGNITE - LIBRA for this preamp), Then I started trying different overdrive pedals. I liked the sd-1w and maxon od808 the most. Time was very tight and as a result, my mini pedalboard for the tour consisted of Ir-x, boss sd-1w and CAE Wah. What can I say at the end of the tour, which lasted 3 weeks. I had a great time, but that's not what I'm talking about right now:) The device sounds not bad (maybe I'm used to it), but there are strange jambs that cause complete bewilderment.
1)First of all, I want to note the handles of the potentiometers, they are very close and rotate easily at the slightest touch. If you want to change the cabinet or the bright parameter, get ready to rebuild the equalization from scratch, since it is very difficult not to touch the nearby handles. I fixed this problem at home by installing rubber rings under each potiknob.
2) The reserve of volume of the first channel is categorically not enough, fortunately I was saved by an amplifier with a dibox installed under my pedalboard.
3) I don't know what this is related to, but when you turn on the device, the cabinet is not selected by the toggle switch, but always random, which is why you have to click again.
4) When you type gain, it makes a lot of noise, you have to be restrained .
5) If the device had an XLR output and not 6.3, it seems to me it would look more professional, but I understand that this is done for the sake of size.
6) I think it would be cool to organize a similar scheme with the Four Cable Method as in the Victory preamps, which would allow you to add a couple more channels to your amplifier, but alas, the ir-x does not have a bypass.

In conclusion, I can say, ir-x has a acceptable sound, but if you close the Friedman label, it is hardly worth your money:). I apologize for my bad English, I hope my feedback will be useful.

P.S. In one of the venues where we performed, there was a Reissue jcm800. Arriving very early at the soundcheck, I compared them for several hours. I tried various options, connected the ir-x in FX Loop Return of JCM800. I can note that it is not for nothing that many people say that the JCM is the king of all amplifiers. It has an incredible impact, very nicely balanced frequencies and gain. Friedman is also not bad, but alas it is noticeably weaker. Before the performance, I gave a blind test to listen to which one to play. The band and a couple of sound engineers definitely chose JCM
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This actually works
ZeeKay 27.11.2023
I bought this to try and at first I did not like it. The factory IR’s weren’t appropriate for my taste. I purchased some trusted third party IR’s and with those you can make this unit very versatile. All it takes is some good quality 2x12 cab sims for Ch1 and you can even get edge of breakup cleamish sound. For Ch2 some additional 4x12’s capturing Marshall, Mesa or Orange cabs make a difference especially if you A/B those with factory cabs. You can also switch the pedal cab sims off and connect to an OX Stomp or similar. For home studio the Synergy modules sound a bit better but for pedal board direct applications this actually works.
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Almost perfect
Dbeff 12.03.2024
In terms of sound, you couldn't be happier with this product. You get the real feeling of playing a real amp in an incredible compact device. However, it's not perfect. One "issue" that bothers me is that you cannot have the boost selection in memory while swithing channels. It's either on/off for all channels or turning it off when changing the channel. You might be able to do this with MIDI though. The noise is very low and build quality is very good. I'm very happy overall.
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