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Fryette Valvulator GP/DI Direct Recording Amplifier

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Incredible tube versatility for studio and practice use.

Get an arsenal of killer tube amp tones at your fingertips, direct, into a cabinet or through headphones for recording and practice.

Introducing The Fryette Valvulator GP/DI, Direct Recording Amplifier. The Valvulator GP/DI is a direct recording solution featuring an ultra-flexible All-Tube one watt amplifier specifically designed to deliver genuine dynamic tube amp sound and feel direct to mixing console, DAW, or other computer interface for recording - and direct to FOH/Monitor board for live performance applications.

The Valvulator® GP/DI can also be used as a tube direct box, a stand-alone guitar amplifier, preamplifier, and all-around low-volume-playing solution.

How would you like to:

Record a real cranked tube amplifier direct with no outboard equipment required?

Record a real cranked tube amplifier into a mic'd cab at speaking volume?

Transport your signature tone anywhere in a compact package that easily fits in a gig-bag or overhead storage compartment?

Dial in your ideal amp/cab voicing without the need for external cab sims or digital modelers?

Practice and rehearse your own tracks with headphones utilizing your favorite external reverb with genuine high-voltage tube dynamics and sustain?

Run your favorite boost or fuzz pedals into the front of the GP/DI for practice or recording?

Record and save your unaffected guitar performance independently of your fully processed track for later re-amping or reprocessing?

The new Fryette Valvulator GP/DI allows you to do all of this, and more. How is that possible?

Steven Fryette has created a genuine, all-tube, one watt guitar amp, driving an internal reactive load and an analog speaker simulator.

The internal load is disabled when driving a speaker cabinet allowing you to voice the recorded performance of the GP/DI - live and simultaneously direct to desk or FOH - using your favorite speaker.

The unique, tunable Cab+Mic feature allows you to shape the internal cab tone and dial in high frequency microphone response, providing the critical mic proximity behavior not found in any IR based cabinet models. The result is a recorded sound and touch sensitivity not possible with modeling gear alone. And if you do want to utilize an external IR cab model, you can simply disable the Cab+Mic function using the front panel bypass switch. 

The proprietary Fryette Valvulator tube buffer/direct feature allows you to send your unprocessed pickup level guitar signal directly to your recording interface. Or you can connect this signal path directly to the front end of any modeling product to improve the tone and dynamic performance of any modeler.

A product this versatile is limited only by your imagination and creativity.

FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS

The Valvulator GP/DI has many functions and most of them can be performed simultaneously! Every output has a signal present as long as there is something plugged into the front panel Input or rear panel Auxiliary Input and the front panel controls are set accordingly.

All Tube 1-Watt amplifier with integrated reactive load: Powered by four dual triode tubes, the Valvulator GP/DI delivers 1 watt or more into an 8 or 16 ohm speaker cabinet. The integrated reactive load is engaged when no speaker cable is connected to the speaker output jack. This is ideal for silent/direct recording, slaving to a larger amplifier or practicing with headphones and creates the reactive relationship between the guitar and the amplifier. The Valvulator GP/DI works with you, not against you.

Broad tonal range with three tube amp voicings: The three voicings; Clean, Deliverance (old-school crunch), and Pittbull (modern up-front detail), are coupled with the two independent gain controls and the “More/Less” switch giving you virtually every level of performance you could hope for, from bell-like chime to massive gain.

Fully functioning dry-tracking and re-amping capability: Guitar and bass players with digital audio workstations can use the Valvulator GP/DI’s Direct Out 1 to run an unaffected signal into a recording interface, or add warmth and gain to an already existing track by sending a dry track into the Aux Input of the Valvulator GP/DI for re-amping.

Proprietary analog Cab + Mic simulator with “Air” switch: Fryette’s Cab+Mic simulation creates additional nuance to guitar tone that is typically produced by the way a speaker cabinet and a microphone work together in a room.

Practice in silence with the headphone amp using dedicated stereo effects: The Valvulator GP/DI sends a mono signal to the FX Send and can accept a stereo signal to the FX Returns for use with external effects such as delays, reverbs and chorus pedals.

Practice or record at low volumes with a speaker cabinet: Plug the Valvulator GP/DI into an 8 or 16 ohm cabinet for a 1-watt practice amp perfect for small studio recording.

FEATURES
  • Power: 1W (tube)
  • Tubes: one 12AX7WB (Sovtek); two 12AX7AC (Shuguang); one 12DW7 (JJ)
  • Three channels
  • Impedance: 8, 16 ohms
  • Aux. input
  • Cab/mic simulator
  • Stereo FX loop
  • Direct output
  • Carry bag and R112 recording cabinet are sold separately
  • Dimension of product: 8.75 in. x 6.15 in. x 2.75 in.
  • Weight: 6 lbs.

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5.0

Awesome, versatile, and pretty awesome sounding, to boot!

By Funky G

from Chicago, IL

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Pros

  • Amazing straight into a DAW
  • Great cab modeling
  • Great preamp into external power amp

Cons

  • Noisy Program Input
  • Not great sounding through a speaker cab

Best Uses

  • Direct Box
  • Direct Recording
  • Preamp in to power amp or loop
  • Reamping

Comments about Fryette Valvulator GP/DI Direct Recording Amplifier:

There are several use-cases this product is made to address. I will rate its performance in each use case on a scale of 1-5 (5 being the best):

1. GP/DI as a 1W amp into a cabinet. 3
2. GP/DI as a headphone practice amp. 4
3. Direct/silent recording if you don't have cab emulation. 5
4. Direct/silent recording if you do have other cab emulation (IR's or Two Notes). 4
5. As a preamp into a power amp into a cabinet. 5
6. Direct to PA. ? I don't have a great PA that I've run into. It sounded lackluster through my PA, but my PA kind of sucks.
7. As a DI box. 5. Tube buffered unity DI. Does what you'd expect. It stands up to any other DI I've ever tired.
8. As a re-amper from your DAW into an external amplifier. 5
9. As a re-amper using the GP/DI as the amp to record. 5

As standalone amp into a cabinet, I wasn't able to get much treble/presence to show. I haven't tried recording in this manner, but just as an amp-in-room tone, it's been lackluster. I've been running it into a Fryette R112.

This sounds GREAT run direct into a DAW. I have it running into a UAD Apollo Twin Solo. The gamut of tones available is pretty astounding. I'm a big Fryette fan and have owned several of his amps over the past few years. This doesn't really nail any of them, per se (nomenclature on the amp notwithstanding). It has its own bag of tricks, and those tricks are AWESOME. It definitely sounds like a Fryette amp, just a new one.

This amp is useful for just about any style of music.

I've been very pleasantly surprised at the Cab+Mic section. I have the Two Notes Wall of Sound plug-in with quite a few cab models. I've been happier using the Fryette's on-board cab modeling.

I'm sure the headphone amp would be a little better with some reverb in the loop or something to give just a little dimension to it. I haven't bothered to do that. I just run into my DAW for practicing and throw on any effects I please for silent practice.

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5.0

Great sounding amp

By SDC

from Bartlett, IL

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Fryette Valvulator GP/DI Direct Recording Amplifier:

    I bought this to use with a Fryette Power Station as a back up rig. To be honest, I have not used it much, but have done some rehearsals with it and the Power Station. It sounds great for a small package. I do own a couple Fyrette amps including the a Pittbull 100 watt combo and a Sig X head. This amp has the same characteristics as those amps but doesn't replicate the sound. It has a plenty of gain and a great tone stack. Real easy to dial in basic tones.

    I have not tried it as a recording amp, but eventually I will.

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