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Hudson Electronics - Broadcast Dual Switch Boost/Overdrive Guitar Pedal, handmade in the UK

Hudson Electronics - Broadcast Dual Switch Boost/Overdrive

  • The Broadcast is a transformer coupled, discrete Class-A germanium pre-amplifier based on the classic broadcast consoles of the 1960s. In the low-gain setting, the Broadcast can cover everything from sparkling clean boost through to transparent overdrive, all with a healthy dose of volume available to push your amp. The Broadcast features a specially selected Triad steel-core transformer and a NOS germanium transistor. Advancing the gain on the Broadcast starts to saturate the transformer and the pedal’s discrete circuitry, giving rise to a gentle and dynamic compression coupled with subtle thickening of the mid-range. With the gain switch in the high setting and the trim control wound up, the Broadcast starts to deliver heavier distorted sounds with a warm and fuzzy edge to them. The Broadcast covers a wide range of driven and distorted tones whilst remaining dynamic, responding well to pick attack and the subtle nuances of every player.



    • Hand selected NOS Germanium transistor
    • Specially chosen TRIAD Magnetics steel-core transformer
    • BI Technologies potentiometers
    • Lumberg jack sockets (rated for >5000 cycles)
    • Heavy duty Alpha foot switches (rated for >30,000 cycles)

    LEFT FOOT SWITCH – Bypasses the pedal (red LED indicates the pedal is active)

    RIGHT FOOT SWITCH – Toggles between LOW and HIGH gain modes (green LED indicates HIGH gain mode is selected)

    LEVEL LOW – Controls the volume of the pedal in LOW gain mode

    LEVEL HIGH – Controls the volume of the pedal in HIGH gain mode

    GAIN TRIM – Controls the gain level (both in LOW and HIGH gain modes) of the Broadcast (at higher settings the high-end of the signal is gently rolled off)

    LOW CUT – Attenuates the low-end of the Broadcast (since this control lies at the front
    end of the Broadcast’s circuitry, it is interactive with the gain controls)

    INTERNAL TRIMMERS – Sets the total amount of gain available in each mode.

    DC SOCKET – The Broadcast requires a DC power supply unit (PSU) and can run at voltages between 9v and 24v; running the Broadcast at 18v or 24v gives it more headroom, output level and clarity. This is great for use with bass or when using the Broadcast as a clean pre-amp boost. The Broadcast requires a DC power supply unit (PSU). Please ensure your PSU can supply between 9v and 24v, a minimum current of 20mA and has a 2.1mm negative centre barrel plug. Any other type may damage your pedal. If you plan on sharing the same PSU with other pedals, we recommend using a PSU with isolated outputs.