VFB-2 (Feedback & Blend Looper)

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Description is from the original Barge Concepts website. Sadly, Barge seems long gone. If anyone knows anything about what happened to them consider posting in the Disqus comments section.

  1. Description: The VFB-2 is a fully buffered (In, Out, Send, and
    Receive) looper with a clean blend control and a foot-switchable
    variable feedback control. The VFB-2 uses audio grade Burr Brown op-amps
    to buffer the Send and Receive signals to improve signal strength over
    long pedal chains and minimize “tone sucking” on vintage effects. The
    “Clean Blend” pot lets you mix your clean signal with the output of the
    effects loop and then sends that signal to the buffered Output jack.
    The feedback control circuit has a potentiometer for controlling the
    amount of Receive signal that is fed back to the Send jack.

  2. Sound complicated? Not really.
  3. It’s a True Bypass loop. Use it to turn on/off multiple pedals at
    once, keep noisy or tone-sucking pedals out of your signal path, add
    true bypass to any or all of your pedals without complicated or
    overpriced modifications.

  4. It’s a Blend control. Mix your
    clean tone with that oscillating delay or your heavy fuzz and distortion
    sounds. Run a chorus or flanger in the loop of the VFB-2 to add some
    swirl to your dirt sounds and modulate your delays. It’s perfect for
    Bass and Baritone players that want to use conventional guitar effects,
    but need to dial in some of their clean instrument signal for improved
    low end response.

  5. It’s a Feedback loop. The feedback
    circuit takes the signal at the Receive jack and sends some or all of it
    back to the Send jack, creating sometimes unpredictable, but always
    interesting new sounds. The blend knob on the feedback loop allows you
    to determine the amount of signal that is fed back into the loop for
    more accurate control. Fuzz and dirt boxes will feed back, delays will
    repeat and oscillate into gigantic walls of sound. Set up the feedback
    controls to create the sound you want, then use the Clean Blend control
    to mix as much of it as you want with your original input signal and
    send it to the Output jack.

  6. It’s fully buffered. The VFB-2
    uses very low noise, audio grade Burr-Brown amplifiers for all the
    internal buffers to insure virtually transparent sound across the entire
    audible spectrum. With all signals buffered, you have a lower impedance
    signal driving the pedals both in the loop and after your VFB, as well
    as high impedance inputs to insure that a clear signal passes to the
    output.

  7. Furthermore, all internal signals are actively
    blended so that there is absolutely no unexpected interaction between
    your instrument and your effects.

  8. The VFB-2 is unity-gain
    and non-inverting throughout. Its full buffering and complete isolation
    of inputs and outputs puts it in a class by itself in the sometimes
    confusing world of loopers. We think it’s the best looper you can buy at
    any price.

  9. The VFB-2 shares the same quality parts and
    construction techniques as other Barge Concepts units (true bypass, pop
    suppression, etc.). Like the rest of our products, the VFB-2 has been
    engineered to operate with an input voltage anywhere between 9 and 18
    volts, and is equipped with an industry standard DC power jack.

Archived past online sales data:

Effectsfreak legacy website (includes sales data 4/2008 - 4/2021)

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