Buffers

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Saturnworks buffer pedals keep your guitar’s tone strong and clear over long cable runs.

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Description

Why use a buffer? 

With the rise of true bypass pedals, buffers sometimes get a bad name. Some players have come to associate buffers with tone loss. However, without at least one buffer in your signal path, you may be actually loosing tone, particuarly your high-end.

Standard guitar signals are relatively weak (high impedance). As the signals move through yards of wire, switches, jacks, pots, and other components, it starts to degrade. This signal degradation is most often experienced by a loss of high-end signal. As your pedalboard gets larger, your guitar sounds duller.

A buffer makes your signal ‘stronger’ (lower impedance) but not louder (unity gain), to prevent signal loss.

Click here for an informative video on how a buffer can preserve your tone.

Click here for an excellent article on how buffers work.

For a side-by-side audio comparison of the Saturnworks buffer against other popular buffers, check out Tone Report’s buffer shootout, here.

Buffer & Bass Buffer

The Saturnworks buffer keeps your high-end crystal clear over long cable runs.

New for 2017: All Saturnworks buffers now feature power filtering, for quieter operation. 

The Saturnworks buffer outputs a very low impedance signal (in the tens of ohms rather than hundreds of ohms)—which is lower than most buffers on the market, keeping your signal sounding sparkly and clean. The Saturnworks buffer uses the same circuitry and boutique components used in buffers that cost several times more. Why pay more?

The bass version tweaks the design to allow the bass’ lower frequencies to enter the buffer circuit.

Buffer & Bass Buffer with Switch

The switchable buffer is the same high quality buffer as the standard buffer pedal, but featuring a footswitch to turn the buffer on/off if needed. Please note: depending on the incoming signal’s impedance, you may experience a popping sound when using this pedal, as the buffer’s output is much lower impedance than a standard guitar signal – that is what a buffer is designed to do. The pop is normal for this pedal; however, this is generally okay since this is not the type of pedal that you would normally turn on/off during a song or performance.

Dual Buffer & Triple Buffer + Dual Buffer with FX Loop Setup

The dual and triple buffers feature two or three separate buffers in one enclosure. You can use these multi-buffers to buffer your pedal both at the beginning of your pedalboard, and again at the end. You can also use them to buffer parallel signals, or any other application you can think up for multiple buffers.

The bass version tweaks the design to allow the bass’ lower frequencies to enter the buffer circuits.

Please note: the default configuration of the is pedal is two inputs on the right and two outputs on the left. However, this can be customized so that the inputs and outputs can be set up on whichever jacks you’d prefer – if you want to set it up on the edge of a pedalboard and want the two inputs to be on the same side, for example. Please contact us for customization options.

The FX loop setup works the same as the dual buffer, except the jacks are configured to make it easier to set up a dual buffered effects loop. The ‘input’ jack is located on the lower right, the ‘send’ jack is on the upper right, the ‘receive’ jack is on the upper left, and the out’ jack is on the lower left. This setup sends the signal through one buffer, through your effects pedal chain,  and through a second buffer after the chain, before sending the buffered signal to your amp.

Buffered Splitter & Bass Buffered Splitter

The Saturnworks buffered splitter is the best way to split your signal. The Saturnworks splitter features two buffers, one on each side of the split. This keeps one side from affecting the other—a phenomenon known as crosstalk. With zero crosstalk, you can turn one side up and down without the levels changing the other side. The dual buffers also keep your high-end crystal clear over long cable runs.

The bass version tweaks the design to allow the bass’ lower frequencies to enter the buffer circuits.

Active Volume & Bass Active Volume

The Saturnworks active volume pedal is a volume control plus a buffer in one compact package.

The Saturnworks active volume pedal has a built-in buffer combined with a 25k audio taper pot to prevent high-end roll-off as you turn down the level and preserve your guitar’s high-end over long cable runs. This pedal is perfect for use at the end of your signal chain to both control the overall level and to buffer the signal between the pedalboard and the amp.

The bass version tweaks the design to allow the bass’ lower frequencies to enter the buffer circuits.

Active A/B/Y & Bass Active A/B/Y

The Saturnworks active A/B/Y takes a single output and switches it A/B style to one of two outputs (A or B), or, with a second switch, to both at the same time (Y). The active version features a built-in buffer to prevent signal loss in split (Y) mode. The buffer also prevents high-end signal loss over long cable runs.

The bass version tweaks the design to allow the bass’ lower frequencies to enter the buffer circuits.

Pan Pedal & Bass Pan Pedal

Everyone knows how an A/B pedal works…camera one/camera two. How about a pedal that seamlessly pans your guitar back and forth between two amps? Say hello to the Saturnworks pan pedal.

You can set the knob fully counterclockwise for one output, fully clockwise for the other, or anywhere in between to blend the two. An included Dunlop rubber knob cover makes turning the knob with your foot a breeze. The Saturnworks pan pedal uses dual active buffers for smooth panning across two outputs without tone loss or cross talk. If you only have one amp plugged in, you can use the pan pedal as a buffered volume control.

The bass version tweaks the design to allow the bass’ lower frequencies to enter the buffer circuits.

Buffer Looper

The buffer looper preserves your signal while saving space and money by combining a true bypass looper with a buffer. The buffer is active whether the switch is in bypass or loop mode.

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Variations

Buffer, Bass Buffer, Buffer with Switch, Bass Buffer with Switch, Dual Buffer, Bass Dual Buffer, Triple Buffer, Bass Triple Buffer, Dual Buffer w/ FX Loop Setup, Bass Dual Buffer w/ FX Loop Setup, Buffered Splitter, Bass Buffered Splitter, Buffered Splitter with Switches and Levels, Bass Buffered Splitter with Switches and Levels, Active Volume, Bass Active Volume, Active A/B/Y, Bass Active A/B/Y, Pan Pedal, Bass Pan Pedal, 5 Looper with Buffer, Bass 5 Looper with Buffer, Buffer Looper, Bass Buffer Looper

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