Guitar and Bass Players Get Classic Joemeek Sound from a Pedal

PMI Audio Group will launch the new Joemeek floorQ and gbQ guitar pedals at Summer NAMM in Nashville. Based on circuitry from the Joemeek ‘Q’ Series of studio processors, the two new guitar pedals bring the power of studio outboard gear to the MI market. The new floorQ is basically a Joemeek Optical Compressor in a pedal. “There are many guitarists and bass players buying our studio gear, such as the twinQ, just to put their guitars through,” states Alan Hyatt, President, PMI Audio Group. “Although they love what the Joemeek compressor does for their sound, it wasn't very practical from a live performance point of view. Actually the same circuit is in our small threeQ box but it still is not a pedal, so we decided to give them one that was viable for the live gig.”

The floorQ also boasts a high impedance JFET input, Class-A preamplifier with an Input Level control, so even with the Compressor switched out, the pedal makes an excellent front end and level matcher for all types of guitar amps providing an additional 18dB of gain.

The starting point for the gbQ was the legendary ‘Meequalizer’ EQ. Three swept frequency bands with guitar-friendly ranges presented in a format with which guitarists should feel comfortable-like that of a graphic equalizer complete with faders. Unlike a graphic, however, the sweepable peaking response allows precise tuning to frequencies of interest. The gbQ also has the same FET preamp as the floorQ and much more. The Distortion Generator section creates combinations of both odd and even harmonics, allowing an enormous range of effects to be produced, from the sublime like overdriven tubes, to the bizarre like hollow bedsprings. The circuit which produces the even-order, musically sonant harmonics, can even be tuned to particular strings on the guitar, while a unique Structure control further modifies the sound by altering the phase relationship between the original note and the added harmonics. The ‘Meequalizer’ can be switched to come either before or after the Distortion section.

The ‘GB’ part of the name stands for Guitar and Bass but it could also be read as Great British since - like all other Joemeek products, the pedals were designed in the Devonshire home of pre-eminent audio designer Allan Bradford: “I started off as a kid building analog synthesizers back in the ‘70s and they were all about giving people endless combinations of sounds to play with,” says Bradford. “I also made guitar amplifiers and effects pedals for myself and friends when we were all playing in bands, so really with the gbQ, I am revitalizing a lot of those old ideas.”

Three sensibly-spaced footswitches allow independent selection of Distortion, EQ or both. On the back of the pedal, separate Send and Return sockets allow a floorQ or other pedal to be inserted into the signal path of the gbQ, while a Headphone socket and an adjustable, balanced XLR D.I. output complete the impressive features this flagship product.

One final, very useful feature of both the floorQ and gbQ is that from a power perspective they will run from just about any supply. “We sell the pedals with our standard 12V AC wall wart but you can plug in anything with a standard power connector, that gives anywhere from 9V to 18V - AC or DC; the Meek pedals don't care, so you can use whatever supply you have on your pedal board for running all your other pedals, adds Hyatt.”

Both the Joemeek floorQ and gbQ have an expected delivery date of fall 2008.

For more information on the Joemeek floorQ and gbQ, visit PMI Audio Group at Summer NAMM 2008, Nashville Convention Center, Booth #323; telephone 1-877-JOE-MEEK; e-mail or visit the web