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- 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.
- Sound complicated? Not really.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Furthermore, all internal signals are actively
blended so that there is absolutely no unexpected interaction between
your instrument and your effects.
- 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
- 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.