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  • Genuine tube design
  • Operates at 300V HT
  • Cascaded tube gain stages
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The ultimate in high-voltage tube distortion flexibility.

The HT-DUAL pedal from Blackstar's 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 feature ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) will redefine the tonal expectations of guitarists.

HT-DUAL pedal's Channel 1 has either Clean or Crunch modes so it can be used clean, as a boost or overdrive. Channel 2 gives distortion tones from super crunch right up to screaming lead. The unique switching operation will transform a single channel vintage amp into a 3-channel tone machine. The ISF control takes you from 'British Valve' to 'Modern American' and anywhere in-between.

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.

PURE TUBE DISTORTION

The HT-DUAL has high voltage tube design for true tube dynamics and feel. 2 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.

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

Features

  • Genuine tube design
  • Operates at 300V HT
  • Cascaded tube gain stages
  • Responds like a tube amp
  • 2-channel operation
  • Clean, Crunch & Lead modes
  • Unique switching operation
  • Unique enhanced tone controls
  • 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.

 

HT Series HT-DUAL Tube Dual Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal Specifications:

  • Power: 22V DC
  • Maximum Current Draw: 1.1A
  • Controls: Gain 1, Gain 2, Bass, Middle, Treble, ISF, Level 1, Level 2
  • Valve: ECC83 / 12AX7
  • Switches: Channel 1 On/Off Switch, Channel 2 On/Off Switch,
  • Clean/Crunch Switch (Channel 1)
  • Indicators: Channel 1 On/Off, Channel 2 On/Off, Power On/Off
  • (Valve Backlight LED)
  • Jacks: Input, Output, Emulated Output
  • Input Impedance: 1MΩ
  • Output Impedance: < 1KΩ
  • Dimensions (mm): 160 x 119 x 80
  • Weight: 1.2kg
  • DC Adaptor: ADA Series supplied
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BlackstarHT Series HT-DUAL Tube Dual Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal
 
4.5

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality (3)
  • Responsive (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (3)
    • Home studio (3)
    • Performances (3)
    • Professional recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Do buy and do some changes on this pedal

    There is a lot to say on this pedal. But many others have already written pretty much on it. So I'll briefly go over the very key points:

    1....Read complete review

    There is a lot to say on this pedal. But many others have already written pretty much on it. So I'll briefly go over the very key points:

    1. Do buy it; Better than many transistor driven pedals. A tube supported pedal is a totally different experience. I am living in Turkey and it's almost impossible to purchase this pedal in my country as it's not imported. So I asked my brother to buy it from US. I tell you this to show how much I desired this pedal.

    2. When you are buying it also do buy a new 12AX7 tube. There are many options but I preferred to buy the Tungsol 12ax7 Gold-pin tube. The default Sovtek tube is just "Inadequate". With the Tungsol, I reached to the peak of my music expeirence up to now. You can imagine the tone of Ritchie Sambora style stratocaster coming out from this beauty.

    3. Changing the tube is a little tricky as you may damage the vertical pcb card. So, also don't forget to use a WD-40 to spray to the pins in order to plug the new tube gently.

    4. As this pedal is extremely hot tonally, it will cause some feedback inevitably; this is no failure just the price of getting an amazing tone. So, I may also suggest to have a noise gate at the end of your effects loop or connect to the mixer directly from its emulated output. I think that the emulated output is not so successful. In my opinion, the classic looped way is much better.

    5. Warm up the tube at least 10 minutes prior to playing. The tone will show up variety and improvement.

    6. The gain and level knobs are a big failure. I just can not understand how the inventor of this pedal can do everything amazingly great and fail with the knobs!!!.

    7. Overdrive: Great for seekers of 70s, 80s rock. You can shape the tone via ISF that really results beautifully. ISF feature actually helps you to create multiple options across British to American tones. Really a unique feature!

    8. Distortion: Great for solos with the support of a compressor. Not great for heavy metal; if you're looking for something like that, try something else; I'd go for the TC Electronics' Röttweiler . HT-Dual provides distortion that is great for fair rock tones.

    9. Comes with its own power adapter. I respect to the producer unlike others who don't add an adapter.

    10. Treble, mid and bass can be adjusted individually which is very nice for a studio workout.

    11. This pedal is heavy. It's the heaviest pedal I've ever seen, tried or used. The casing is rock solid. The switches are working nice. You can seperately switch from overdrive to clean or distortion to clean or overdrive to distortion or all other variations. Amazing structure...

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    HT DUAL sounds great - unreliable though

    Sounds fabulous! Switches fail prematurely and make the unit unusable. I feel ripped off. Korg and Blackstar keep telling me the product isn't in stock but when they get it in stock, they...Read complete review

    Sounds fabulous! Switches fail prematurely and make the unit unusable. I feel ripped off. Korg and Blackstar keep telling me the product isn't in stock but when they get it in stock, they will replace my unit. Come on!
    This pedal became my favorite distortion overdrive pedal. Overall the pedal's controls work as described and I found myself not being able to gig without it. That only lasted 5 gigs though. I don't stomp on the switches. In fact I leave the pedal on almost all of the time and use my volume control. Seriously, after no more than about 30 actuations of the switches, they have failed.

    I contacted Korg and they said they would replace it. This has been since Februray or earlier of 2011. It is Now September 2011 and they still tell me that they will replace it when it comes in stock.

    I don't think much of Blackstar and Korg anymore. I will never buy another product from them. I will continue to contact Korg and hope I get my pedal replaced at some point. I have been gigging since I was 14 and I am 53 now. I don't dance on the switches. This is just another company skimping pennies on a component that should be of the highest quality... putting in substandard foot switches is unacceptable. It sounds great! But don't buy it until they solve their manufacturing issues!
    Read my rant in the Features section. Switches fail prematurely!!!!
    If it worked I would rate it a ten. When it worked I would have given it a ten. It doen't work and the company has not resolved the problem in over 6 months!!!!!!!!!!!

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    5.0

    Amazing pedal!!!

    By Kevin

    from Pittsburgh, PA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Great distortion
    • Responsive
    • Solid Casing
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DUAL Tube Dual Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      This is a great all around distortion pedal. I play a Cort CR250 with an EMG 81 and 85,into a Boss ME70, and then into a Bugera V55hd and this thing makes it scream. I was unhappy with the distortion sounds I was getting with both the Boss and Bugera, so I plugged this in and was blown away. The rhythm channel is perfect for anywhere to a responsive clean/ crunch mix to a solid super crunch. The Lead channel melts faces, and is amazing. The eq is very responsive, and the ISF feature is one of the best inventions since the electric guitar was invented. Added bonuses include a speaker emulated output for recording, and an included power supply. Bottom line, buy this pedal!

      Comment on this review

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Do buy and do some changes on this pedal

      By miguelito1

      from Istanbul, Turkey

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Customizable
      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Responsive
      • Unique Tube Driven Pedal

      Cons

      • Poor Knobs

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DUAL Tube Dual Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

      There is a lot to say on this pedal. But many others have already written pretty much on it. So I'll briefly go over the very key points:

      1. Do buy it; Better than many transistor driven pedals. A tube supported pedal is a totally different experience. I am living in Turkey and it's almost impossible to purchase this pedal in my country as it's not imported. So I asked my brother to buy it from US. I tell you this to show how much I desired this pedal.

      2. When you are buying it also do buy a new 12AX7 tube. There are many options but I preferred to buy the Tungsol 12ax7 Gold-pin tube. The default Sovtek tube is just "Inadequate". With the Tungsol, I reached to the peak of my music expeirence up to now. You can imagine the tone of Ritchie Sambora style stratocaster coming out from this beauty.

      3. Changing the tube is a little tricky as you may damage the vertical pcb card. So, also don't forget to use a WD-40 to spray to the pins in order to plug the new tube gently.

      4. As this pedal is extremely hot tonally, it will cause some feedback inevitably; this is no failure just the price of getting an amazing tone. So, I may also suggest to have a noise gate at the end of your effects loop or connect to the mixer directly from its emulated output. I think that the emulated output is not so successful. In my opinion, the classic looped way is much better.

      5. Warm up the tube at least 10 minutes prior to playing. The tone will show up variety and improvement.

      6. The gain and level knobs are a big failure. I just can not understand how the inventor of this pedal can do everything amazingly great and fail with the knobs!!!.

      7. Overdrive: Great for seekers of 70s, 80s rock. You can shape the tone via ISF that really results beautifully. ISF feature actually helps you to create multiple options across British to American tones. Really a unique feature!

      8. Distortion: Great for solos with the support of a compressor. Not great for heavy metal; if you're looking for something like that, try something else; I'd go for the TC Electronics' Röttweiler . HT-Dual provides distortion that is great for fair rock tones.

      9. Comes with its own power adapter. I respect to the producer unlike others who don't add an adapter.

      10. Treble, mid and bass can be adjusted individually which is very nice for a studio workout.

      11. This pedal is heavy. It's the heaviest pedal I've ever seen, tried or used. The casing is rock solid. The switches are working nice. You can seperately switch from overdrive to clean or distortion to clean or overdrive to distortion or all other variations. Amazing structure...

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      5.0

      CAN'T GO WRONG WITH THIS PEDAL!!!

      By Syke 96

      from Denver CO

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound Quality
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DUAL Tube Dual Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

        This pedal is amazing for the price! It doesn't compare to the sound quality of the disortion a tube head but it is still amazing! If you are on a tight budget and you want real tube quality distortion, this is the pedal for you! I have used it for live shows, recording, and more and i have yet to be disapointed!

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        sounds good, controls fail...

        By davefoxtattoos

        from Philly, PA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Good Selection Of Effects
        • Good tube gain tone
        • Responsive

        Cons

        • Breaks Easily
        • Controls are shoddy

        Best Uses

          Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DUAL Tube Dual Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I bought this pedal for home use, as I have an Engl Powerball for playing live. I wanted a tube pedal so I could work on the consistency of my playing, since solid state pedals cover too much. This Blackstar pedal works great in that respect. It actually has a little less gain than my Engl (especially at low volumes) so it's even less forgiving for my playing. But the tone is nice and you can get a good amount of variation in gain levels and style. (Doesn't sound like a Powerball, but definitely works for metal)
          What is unfortunate, is that from early on in owning this pedal the switches and knobs have been inconsistent and failed on and off (as has been said in other reviews). Luckily I don't use it for playing live, or I would have smashed it by now. Really, for a fairly high-priced pedal, I would expect higher quality components. This pedal is unreliable, and luckily all I need it for is sitting in my living room playing around. It's too bad, because if it was reliable, I'm sure it would make a fantastic preamp for a one-channel tube amp, or a great overdrive/lead tone for live situations. If I trusted Blackstar I might even consider the new Heavy Metal Tube pedal they introduced, but after this one's issues, I'm just gonna try another brand when I'm ready to replace it.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Korean Made but HANDS DOWN ONE OF THE BEST DISTORT'N PEDALS OUT THERE!!!

          By Crunchy Dynamite

          from Raleigh, North Carolina

          Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DUAL Tube Dual Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Writing a review is not something I typically do unless I've had a really good or really bad experience with something. In this case it was really, unbelievably good. The best way to test this pedal is to play through one &amp; ideally put it in the chain with your rig if you have the ability.

          I became familiar with the Blackstar line through a youtube video featuring Gus G doing a demo of Blackstar amps. Even though his style of playing is much heavier &amp; faster than mine, I tested the pedal out in comparison to my very inexpensive, yet tried &amp; true Boss DS-1 Distortion Pedal (Made in Japan) that I've had since the 80's and a Boss BD-2 Blues Driver which is a little more expensive but a solid pedal for the price point. Those are two pedals that I've owned for a while, am familiar with and like the sound I am able to achieve with what I'm playing through--especially the Blues Driver as of lately.

          When I was looking into getting another distortion pedal, I also compared this pedal with the Pigtronix OFO Disnortion, MXR M78 Custom Badass Distortion, MXR-104 Distortion+ and the Open Road Visual Sound V2 Overdrive pedals. All of which I did not own but am gracious to have a music store rep who likes me &amp; let me give them a test run through my rig.

          The winner, hands down... head &amp; shoulders above all of the ones I checked out was the Blackstar HT-Dual. Having two separate channels just adds to the sickness of this pedal... in that you can set up channel 2 as a lead/boosted setting &amp; have channel 1 as a rhythm setting -or- channel 2 as a more distorted sound than channel 1 for more crunch when you need it. This feature definitely opens some doors that the other pedals simply don't offer.

          But the REAL meat of the matter is the sound. It produces such clean distortion with complete control of being able to carve the sound you want by adjusting the knobs. Complete transparency, complete definition &amp; presence unlike any other pedal I've played through... almost like watching a great scene in a movie that was filmed in 3D where the objects are just floating around you. If you want to arpeggiate a chord to accentuate the 3rd's, 4th's, octaves, 9th's, etc. on the first three strings... this pedal delivers. If you want to hold a strong chord out to get absolute orgasmic, rich feedback on command... this is the pedal!!! It will cover most applications of distortion from the Stones to Van Halen to Vaughn to Ozzy and all areas in between, over around &amp; beyond...

          ..definitely on the pricey side, however in my opinion it is well worth the money but again -- play through it first!!!

          I'm knocking on wood because fortunately the pedal I received has not presented any of the issues some of the other reviewers mentioned about the switch breaking. I will say if mine does break &amp; is not repairable I will seek out another one. ..it's THAT good! I thought about buying a second one as a back-up but funds aren't flowing that freely at the moment!

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Am I Still To Create the Perfect System

          By Christopher Rico

          from Kansas City

          Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DUAL Tube Dual Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          I have used this with a EHX 22 Caliber through a Blackstar 1x12 cab and also for direct recording using NI Guitar Rig cab simulation and am very impressed with the tone of this pedal in both applications. The clean channel gets a nice tube spank and the the lead channel get some nice metal crunch and crank up the gain and get those harmonic bends and squalls.
          would be nice if the tube was self serviceable, not really impressed with the Speaker emulated output
          had it for a year and half or so with no problems, seems like a solid durable peddle
          I don't really have a lot to compare it to in terms of value but am willing to say it's worth the price.

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          HT DUAL sounds great - unreliable though

          By Rick

          from Westport, Massachusetts

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          Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DUAL Tube Dual Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Sounds fabulous! Switches fail prematurely and make the unit unusable. I feel ripped off. Korg and Blackstar keep telling me the product isn't in stock but when they get it in stock, they will replace my unit. Come on!
          This pedal became my favorite distortion overdrive pedal. Overall the pedal's controls work as described and I found myself not being able to gig without it. That only lasted 5 gigs though. I don't stomp on the switches. In fact I leave the pedal on almost all of the time and use my volume control. Seriously, after no more than about 30 actuations of the switches, they have failed.

          I contacted Korg and they said they would replace it. This has been since Februray or earlier of 2011. It is Now September 2011 and they still tell me that they will replace it when it comes in stock.

          I don't think much of Blackstar and Korg anymore. I will never buy another product from them. I will continue to contact Korg and hope I get my pedal replaced at some point. I have been gigging since I was 14 and I am 53 now. I don't dance on the switches. This is just another company skimping pennies on a component that should be of the highest quality... putting in substandard foot switches is unacceptable. It sounds great! But don't buy it until they solve their manufacturing issues!
          Read my rant in the Features section. Switches fail prematurely!!!!
          If it worked I would rate it a ten. When it worked I would have given it a ten. It doen't work and the company has not resolved the problem in over 6 months!!!!!!!!!!!

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          All around bad ass little pedal

          By likwyd-clXtX

          from Oregon

          Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DUAL Tube Dual Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          Even after switching tubes from the Sovtek to an Electro-Harmonix, the red channel can be quite noisy even at a lower gain. Maybe I received a lemon, but it's nothing that my ISP Decimator can't control. Technically this is a 3 channel pedal plus bypass. The red channel is what it is, the green channel can be switched between a low gain and clean channel via means of a tiny button by the gain knob. With this setup, I use RED as my main rhythm, green for a lower gain, by pass for clean tone (with fx) and an EQ pedal for a solo boost. If I could get the noise gone completely without sacrificing too much gain, I would give this pedal full ratings. I still recommend the HT-Dual.This pedal is truly awesome and will be the main pedal in my board until something better could possibly come along. With the direct output, I have recorded and even ran direct on stage and had great sound. The ISF feature is amazing, let's me shape the sound I'm looking for in the turn of one knob. The only feature I don't care for is the stacked knobs and single EQ. Even though there is a great difference between the two channels, individual EQ's per would be a great step up.A solid pedal for sure. Well made and easy to maintain as far as cleaning and replacing tubes.For my live setup, I can't think of a more versatile pedal for a killer tube distortion.

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very good pedal

          By 6strings-mg4xI

          from Hialeah Fl

          Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DUAL Tube Dual Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          The price is ok but the company have to fix ithe problem about the foot switch
          This is a very good pedal, the sound is excellent but the foot switches are really bad. After few use the left switch is broken. I think this company have to work on this and then we will have a real great pedal.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Sounds Great

          By Jon-K40pf

          from Indiana

          Comments about Blackstar HT Series HT-DUAL Tube Dual Distortion Guitar Effects Pedal:

          This pedal sounds great, hands down. The only way to get this pedal to sound less than fantastic is to use it incorrectly. Since the gain is all generated with a tube, it needs to be turned up a little bit to do its thing. It's no different than a tube amp in that sense. But once you get it up to a loud bedroom level (or higher) it's a monster. It's a little noisy, but its an all tube pedal. Get a noise gate.

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