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The Mother preamp is a recreation of its dual channel tube-powered namesake, but refined into pedal format. Just like the full-fledged amp, the Mother preamp is our modern take on the vintage high-wattage sounds of the early 70’s with added tonal range, control, and a voice all its own. The Mother preamp is designed to work equally well on your pedal board and into the front of your favorite amp, into a power amp, and recording interface/DAW (in conjunction with speaker emulation/IRs). The result is a wide-ranging utilitarian dual channel preamp that can add dimension and versatility to your rig with an eerily convincing Science signature tube tone.

Features

  • Accurate tonal recreation of the dual channel Mother MkIII amplifier
  • All analog FET signal path for tube-like response and tone
  • Designed to accommodate both guitar and bass
  • Two footswitchable channels with independent Gain and Loudness controls
  • Shared Treble, Middle, Bass EQ section 
  • Depth control to tailor front end bass response and feel
  • Absence control to smooth or emphasize harmonic content 
  • Distinctly voiced dual outputs for use into the front of a guitar or bass amp, directly into a power amp/effects return, or recording interface (when used in conjunction with speaker emulation)
  • External footswitch jack for remote channel switching (external switch sold separately)etails

Analog FET tube emulation
The Mother’s all tube signal path has been meticulously replicated in the Mother preamp using carefully selected field effects transistors (FETs) to accurately mimic the tone and response of tubes running at high voltage. The preamp responds to your playing dynamics and takes pedals in front without sacrificing headroom or harmonics, just like the amp would.

Dual Channel Tone Shaping
The Mother’s two channels range from a wide open pedal-eating clean sound, to edge-of-breakup, and vintage crunch onChannel A. Taking off from there, Channel B goes through shades of gain into heavier saturation, never losing sight of its fundamental voice. The familiar feeling EQ section can be used for musical tone shaping or transforming the voice of your existing setup. The uniqueDepth control adjusts pre-drive low end content for tighter or thicker sounds, which can be used to accommodate your guitar’s pickups, the pedal’s overdrive texture, or how the preamp reacts to preceding pedals. TheAbsencecontrol fine tunes the high frequency content at the end of the signal path, providing passive smoothing when turned up, or an active top end boost when turned down.

Discretely Voiced Outputs
With its independently voiced dual outputs, the Mother preamp can integrate seamlessly with your existing setup, or be used as a stand alone preamp. The normalOutputjack is voiced to work best into the front of your amp like a typical EQ or drive pedal, virtually adding two more channels to your setup. The Mother can also provide “always-on” tone shaping with one channel and an additional gain and volume boost with the second channel.

​The Mother’s secondaryPower Amp/Direct Out provides the full-range response of the amp, designed to work into a more neutral power amp or your amp’s effects return/preamp in, effectively turning your preamp pedal into a full amp setup for live use. Alternatively, this output can be run directly into a recording interface along with your choice of speaker emulation, providing a no-frills tactile analog amp sim. 

Technical specs

  • Power: 9VDC center negative only, 150mA max
  •  Input impedance at 1kOhms: 1Meg
  •  Output impedance at 1kOhms: <500Ohms
  •  Bypass: True-bypass with relay switching (mute for Power Amp/Direct Out)
  •  Dimensions: 5.72 in x 4.77 in x 1.55 in (145 mm x 121 mm x 39 mm)​

Warranty & Returns

All New products are covered by the manufacturers new warranty. Please check their website for the length of warranty and warranty conditions. If an item you receive is faulty get in touch with us ASAP. Second Hand products come with a 4 week warranty from us. If there is an issue let us know ASAP! This covers normal use and does not cover accidental damage, misuse, wrong power plugged into it, modding, water damage or any other damage caused by mistreatment. Just treat it nice and all will be good!

Shipping

We send A LOT of packages every week so don't worry about the shipping side of things!

We've never lost a thing and your awesome new gear will be packed up really well to avoid any damage in transit.

If your order comes in before 2pm we will ship it same day. Most of the time we pack things up all the way to 4pm so just call if you need it to leave same day after 2pm.

We ship mainly with Australia Post but may use a courier depending on location and size of the package.

Free Post ships with Australia Post standard and expected shipping times are between 4-6 business days depending on location. It will be longer to outside of metro and rural areas.

Express Post will usually be with you next business day in metro areas of QLD, NSW, SA, VIC and TAS. WA will take 2 days to metro and extra days after that to out side metro and rural areas.

Everything we ship has a tracking number with the exception of some power cables and smaller envelope packages. You will be emailed tracking once your order has been shipped!

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The Mother preamp is a recreation of its dual channel tube-powered namesake, but refined into pedal format. Just like the full-fledged amp, the Mother preamp is our modern take on the vintage high-wattage sounds of the early 70’s with added tonal range, control, and a voice all its own. The Mother preamp is designed to work equally well on your pedal board and into the front of your favorite amp, into a power amp, and recording interface/DAW (in conjunction with speaker emulation/IRs). The result is a wide-ranging utilitarian dual channel preamp that can add dimension and versatility to your rig with an eerily convincing Science signature tube tone.

Features

  • Accurate tonal recreation of the dual channel Mother MkIII amplifier
  • All analog FET signal path for tube-like response and tone
  • Designed to accommodate both guitar and bass
  • Two footswitchable channels with independent Gain and Loudness controls
  • Shared Treble, Middle, Bass EQ section 
  • Depth control to tailor front end bass response and feel
  • Absence control to smooth or emphasize harmonic content 
  • Distinctly voiced dual outputs for use into the front of a guitar or bass amp, directly into a power amp/effects return, or recording interface (when used in conjunction with speaker emulation)
  • External footswitch jack for remote channel switching (external switch sold separately)etails

Analog FET tube emulation
The Mother’s all tube signal path has been meticulously replicated in the Mother preamp using carefully selected field effects transistors (FETs) to accurately mimic the tone and response of tubes running at high voltage. The preamp responds to your playing dynamics and takes pedals in front without sacrificing headroom or harmonics, just like the amp would.

Dual Channel Tone Shaping
The Mother’s two channels range from a wide open pedal-eating clean sound, to edge-of-breakup, and vintage crunch onChannel A. Taking off from there, Channel B goes through shades of gain into heavier saturation, never losing sight of its fundamental voice. The familiar feeling EQ section can be used for musical tone shaping or transforming the voice of your existing setup. The uniqueDepth control adjusts pre-drive low end content for tighter or thicker sounds, which can be used to accommodate your guitar’s pickups, the pedal’s overdrive texture, or how the preamp reacts to preceding pedals. TheAbsencecontrol fine tunes the high frequency content at the end of the signal path, providing passive smoothing when turned up, or an active top end boost when turned down.

Discretely Voiced Outputs
With its independently voiced dual outputs, the Mother preamp can integrate seamlessly with your existing setup, or be used as a stand alone preamp. The normalOutputjack is voiced to work best into the front of your amp like a typical EQ or drive pedal, virtually adding two more channels to your setup. The Mother can also provide “always-on” tone shaping with one channel and an additional gain and volume boost with the second channel.

​The Mother’s secondaryPower Amp/Direct Out provides the full-range response of the amp, designed to work into a more neutral power amp or your amp’s effects return/preamp in, effectively turning your preamp pedal into a full amp setup for live use. Alternatively, this output can be run directly into a recording interface along with your choice of speaker emulation, providing a no-frills tactile analog amp sim. 

Technical specs

  • Power: 9VDC center negative only, 150mA max
  •  Input impedance at 1kOhms: 1Meg
  •  Output impedance at 1kOhms: <500Ohms
  •  Bypass: True-bypass with relay switching (mute for Power Amp/Direct Out)
  •  Dimensions: 5.72 in x 4.77 in x 1.55 in (145 mm x 121 mm x 39 mm)​

Warranty & Returns

All New products are covered by the manufacturers new warranty. Please check their website for the length of warranty and warranty conditions. If an item you receive is faulty get in touch with us ASAP. Second Hand products come with a 4 week warranty from us. If there is an issue let us know ASAP! This covers normal use and does not cover accidental damage, misuse, wrong power plugged into it, modding, water damage or any other damage caused by mistreatment. Just treat it nice and all will be good!

Shipping

We send A LOT of packages every week so don't worry about the shipping side of things!

We've never lost a thing and your awesome new gear will be packed up really well to avoid any damage in transit.

If your order comes in before 2pm we will ship it same day. Most of the time we pack things up all the way to 4pm so just call if you need it to leave same day after 2pm.

We ship mainly with Australia Post but may use a courier depending on location and size of the package.

Free Post ships with Australia Post standard and expected shipping times are between 4-6 business days depending on location. It will be longer to outside of metro and rural areas.

Express Post will usually be with you next business day in metro areas of QLD, NSW, SA, VIC and TAS. WA will take 2 days to metro and extra days after that to out side metro and rural areas.

Everything we ship has a tracking number with the exception of some power cables and smaller envelope packages. You will be emailed tracking once your order has been shipped!

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