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Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal   

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The HT-DISTX tone has been benchmarked against the best high-gain tube amps in the world and will transform your mild mannered classic into a fire br...Click To Read More About This Product

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A no compromise, ultra high gain, filth machine.

The HT-DISTX tone has been benchmarked against the best high-gain tube amps in the world and will transform your mild mannered classic into a fire breathing monster. The patent-applied-for ISF control takes you from 'Classic British' to 'Modern American' and anywhere in between and the no compromise speaker emulated output lets you get it all down to tape or disk.

The HT Range of tube overdrive pedals features true high voltage (300V) circuitry and are packed with innovations and tone. The revolutionary, patent-applied-for tone-shaping ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) will redefine the tonal expectations of guitarists.

Add to this the no compromise speaker emulated output and you have the most cost effective way of getting real tube tones direct to disk or tape.

So whether you're playing live or recording, with the HT Range of pedals you can finally get the sound in your head.

PURE TUBE DISTORTION

High voltage tube design for true tube dynamics and feel. Two cascaded ECC83 triode stages for gain from warm boost to screaming lead. Enhanced tone network for massive tonal flexibility with traditional passive network musicality. Patent-Applied-For ISF control allows access to infinite new sounds. Emulated output is a new benchmark design for pro direct recording sounds. High integrity bypass for silent switching and driving long cables.

FEATURES
  • Genuine tube design
  • Operates at 300V HT
  • Cascaded tube gain stages
  • Responds like a tube amp
  • Unique enhanced tone controls
  • Extreme gain and tone
  • Exclusive Infinite Shape Feature (ISF)
  • Fully equipped for stage or studio
  • Speaker emulated output
  • High integrity buffered bypass
  • Power supply included

Get the tube sound you've been after. Call us or click today and we'll get it right out to you.

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BlackstarHT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.7

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (10)
  • Responsive (7)
  • Compact (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Performances (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Really Evil Tone

This thing sounds good on so many different settings, mostly for low, heart-piercing rhythmic tones. I had always wondered how to sound like Nile, and this will give you a similar tone at...Read complete review

This thing sounds good on so many different settings, mostly for low, heart-piercing rhythmic tones. I had always wondered how to sound like Nile, and this will give you a similar tone at the right settings. The deep gain sounds so natural.

On top of all of that it has so many great combinations of settings, if you were thinking about this pedal vs the drive, that one only has 3 knobs and you wouldn't be able to get the crazy amount of different sounds out of it.

One downside is that the pedal needs to go into the beginning of your signal path and the emulated output doesnt do the gain stage justice. But since this pedal is really all you need, it wont be a problem. This thing has no middle ground either, its always full-on deep gain (as it should be).

If you want to find that deep sound used by At the Gates, Sleep, or Belphegor, I would highly recommend this.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Its not

Its funny that everyone I know who praises this pedal has a really nice amp. I think most of the people that think this pedal is great are getting most of their distortion from...Read complete review

Its funny that everyone I know who praises this pedal has a really nice amp. I think most of the people that think this pedal is great are getting most of their distortion from their amp and using the pedal more as an eq. The distortion does not add distortion after three o'clock it stays the same in terms of gain and just adds more compression, not cool. The ISF isn't really infinite either, the american and british settings do sound different but anything in between is really not noticeable. I recorded 8 different clips changing only the ISF knob and no one who listened to them could tell teh difference.You knows its big when you get it, but after having it it becomes kind of annoying how big and heavy it is and that it uses a 16v adapter so if you are running a pedalboard of 9v pedals you are going to have to truck around a second adapter. Things I did like were the emulated speaker out, that sounded pretty good for direct recording. Other than that I see it only as tube preamp for solid state amps. It is not a good high gain distortion, it doesn't live up to its name of "pure valve filth". Unless you already have a good high gain tube head look elsewhere, even an EHX Metal Muff sounds better than this.

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5.0

High High Gain

By chorddog

from New Jersey

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Excellent Sound Quality
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

    I play mostly Blues, Blues/Rock. Bought my first guitar in 1969. I play a strat with AlNiCo 2's through a Bugera 50 watt head w/2xEL34 tubes. I always play this through the clean channel. The pedal is heavy. I'm not sure why it's so heavy. It's a tube and circuit board and what? Lead plates? Anyway, it won't slide around on me, that's for sure. Note: this gain control on this pedal starts out at very high gain, which is intentional.
    The controls are very useful. I set everything below noon. This is a great tube saturation pre-amp drive. I don't get crunchy grit from this. It's a very pick-sensitive sustain machine. But it's also very responsive. Great pedal.

     
    5.0

    Awesome

    By budman

    from laplacela

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      Stage & studio

       
      5.0

      Excellent pedal at great price

      By Dino Velvet

      from East coast

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        Well made great sounds even better when it's on sale.

         
        4.0

        Pretty Awesome Pedal

        By Dave

        from Hayward CA

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

            Sounds better than I was expecting. Quite a full sounding tone compared to my other distortion pedal which is a metal zone. I can get good crunch out of this pedal and it sounds really deep. It does seem to have quite a bit of background noise which I havent quite figured out yet. Overall I am happy with the purchase.

             
            4.0

            Really feels like a tube amp

            By Leftu2

            from Hermitage,tn

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound Quality
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                Its true what it says about feeling like a tube amp. Im running it through a mesa 2:90 into a old hughes and kettner 2x12 and its is soooooo thick and responsive. My only complaint is thete needs to be more range in the distortion knob. When you get to about the 10 o'clock position its like most pedals gain knobs all the way up. Im gonna see what lower gain tubes sound like

                 
                5.0

                Great tube distortion pedal!

                By CTROCK

                from Texas

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Compact Design
                • Excellent Sound Quality
                • Good Selection Of Effects
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                  I love this pedal pure tube distortion sounds! One of the best distortion pedal I bought! I have over 20 pedal. To bad musicians friends won't let u add video no more to the comments.

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Sound nothing like in the video

                  By aguitarmn

                  from PA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                    It sounds nothing like the video. But I does sound awesome. The ISF is more like a parametric eq. It's not as crunchy as in the video. I played through a les Paul with a Duncan JB through my fender tube amp and a pa. I'd describe it as a tube screamer with more options to fine tune it.

                     
                    5.0

                    A Really Evil Tone

                    By shemsuhor

                    from Boulder, CO

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Cool Looking
                    • Good Selection Of Effects
                    • Natural Sound
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                      This thing sounds good on so many different settings, mostly for low, heart-piercing rhythmic tones. I had always wondered how to sound like Nile, and this will give you a similar tone at the right settings. The deep gain sounds so natural.

                      On top of all of that it has so many great combinations of settings, if you were thinking about this pedal vs the drive, that one only has 3 knobs and you wouldn't be able to get the crazy amount of different sounds out of it.

                      One downside is that the pedal needs to go into the beginning of your signal path and the emulated output doesnt do the gain stage justice. But since this pedal is really all you need, it wont be a problem. This thing has no middle ground either, its always full-on deep gain (as it should be).

                      If you want to find that deep sound used by At the Gates, Sleep, or Belphegor, I would highly recommend this.

                       
                      5.0

                      Blackstar HT-Distx

                      By sevenstring revenge

                      from Hopkinsville, KY

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Excellent Sound Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Events
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                        Well worth the money!

                        I bought this filth machine because I saw some videos on YouTube. I figured that I would be disappointed once I received it and plugged it in. I was not disappointed.

                        Not only is this pedal build like a tank, it produces more distortion than most amps. It is so versatile you can sound like anyone from AC/DC to Slipknot.

                        I purchased this pedal and used it as a preamp in front of an ART SLA1 power amp and a Randall 2x12 and it sounded better than my Marshall. I recommend this pedal for anyone who wants that tube warmth and high gain. Of course, I can't forget about the price. You can't get this sound from anyone else for this price. I'm guessing their prices are lower than others because they are a fairly new company and price could change once they have established a good name for themselves. Buy it and you will not be sorry!

                         
                        5.0

                        provides infinite gain

                        By moblues

                        from SC

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Excellent Sound Quality
                        • Responsive

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DISTX Tube High Gain Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

                            Does Two things extremely well. Adds gain (my amp does not have a gain feature)before the signal goes into the amp. Adds distortion without going to high volume. Tone can be shaped by the ISF feature. Pedal is build like a tank. I don't usually like effects but I love what this pedal adds.

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