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Incoming NPD: Black Cat Bee Buzz

 
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Concretebadger
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:18 pm    Post subject: Incoming NPD: Black Cat Bee Buzz Reply with quote

Disposable income ftw! Very Happy

I've been shopping around for a "muff-ish fuzz that's not a muff," and settled on giving this one a try. The circuit's based on the old Roland Bee Baa, but with a clean boost option instead of the treble boost of the originals. The idea of a clean boost and two different fuzz tones in one box, with a lower noise floor and other modern conveniences, sounds very appealing.

will keep you posted when it turns up.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're meant to be great.

...and...

DIBS.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The roland was one of the coolest fuzz pedals.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First few minutes running it through its paces: it's different enough from everything else I own for it to be a keeper. sorry Benecol, but in the unlikely event of getting rid, I'll let you know first. Wink

Out of the box, build quality's solid. It's a regular Hammond-sized enclosure, smart B/W silkscreen finish, classy aluminium knobs and footswitches far enough apart to be convenient.

Boost mode is midrange-y. There's plenty of dB on tap, and it seems to distort on its own when cranked all the way up.

The fuzz setting is interesting. There's not an insane amount of volume on tap (unity is around 1 o clock or so), but it can get loud enough. The "bee" setting is nice and nasal while the "buzz" shifts the emphasis from the upper to the lower mids. I'm pretty sure it just switches between two eq settings without affecting the gain at all.

I'll give it a side-by-side comparison with different other dirtboxes later, but overall I'd say it's thick and saturated without the loose, scooped tonality of a muff. The emphasis on the mids, while still being powerful and gutsy, would make it sit well in a live mix I think but the background noise is low enough for it to be fine for recording too.

tl;dr it's a quality bit of kit that SONDS KEWL. I'll try to record a clip or two later this week.
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