BlackStar Dept. 10 Dual Distortion

The Blackstar Dept. 10 Dual Distortion is a high-gain pedal driven by an ECC83 Triode Valve with noteworthy tone and tons of features.

Just like its less aggressive sibling the Dept. 10 Dual Drive, it offers 2 voices per channel, for a total of 3 crunch/overdrive voices alongside the clean channel, with channel 1 sticking to Crunch and Clean, and channel 2 stepping things up with two distortion options.

The EQ section features knobs for Bass, Middle and Treble that are shared by the two channels, plus an ISF knob (based on proprietary technology) that affects the whole tone stack response allowing players to choose the exact tonal character they want:

Fully counter clockwise has a more American characteristic with a tight bottomend and more aggressive middle, and fully clockwise has a British characteristic which is more ‘woody’ and less aggressive. The tone controls remain fully interactive, just like in a regular tone stack.

But this baby is also a USB audio interface that allows you to record directly to your DAW thanks to low latency USBXLR out, and a proprietary Cab simulator, whose response can be tweaked in detail through a free app. Needless to say, these specs allow the Dual Distortion to be employed live as a backup to your amp – or even as an amp replacement.

On top of all that, the pedal’s effects loop allows easy integration into your existing pedalboard.

Check out the tones produced by the Blackstar Amplification Dept 10 Dual Distortion in the videos below.

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For those requiring higher gain, the Dept. 10 Dual Distortion takes things up a notch. A formidable sounding valve distortion pedal and a world-class valve recording preamp – with 3 crunch/overdrive voices alongside the clean channel, our patented ISF control, low latency USB, XLR out and Dept. 10’s proprietary Cab Rig simulator technology.

Dual Distortion includes Cab Rig, our next-generation DSP speaker simulator that reproduces the sound and feel of a miked up guitar cab in incredible detail. Deep-dive using the accompanying free software and capture the incredible tones via USB / XLR out or headphones.

Adding to this, an in-built effects loop allows for effortless integration with your pedalboard which when used with the XLR D.I. makes for a great sounding and flexible backup amp.

• ECC83 Triode Valve
• 9V PSU Powered
• 2 Channels / 2 Voices Per Channel
• Patented ISF Tone Stack EQ
• XLR D.I Output
• USB Recording Output
• Stereo 1/4? Headphone Output
• FX-Loop
• Cab Rig™ Speaker Simulator (3 save slots on pedal)