The KMA Machines Pylon is an "Advanced Transformer Boost" noise gate that will suppress any hiss or hum in your signal chain - a common issue with higher gain setups, single coils and vintage gear.
Based on a high-performance Blackmer VCA, the Pylon noise gate is lightning fast and super-precise, great for tightening up your sound as well as eliminating extraneous noise.
But it's more than just a straightforward noise gate - the Pylon is a complete toolbox for your pedalboard!
In addition to the noise gate, the Pylon features an integrated Boost/Cut section, an External Trigger Input for external bypass switching or gate-triggering, a relay-based Channel Switcher for controlling your amp, and a built-in audio-grade transformer to polish your sound.
The Threshold control sets the level at which the noise gate kicks in. Best adjusted with your instrument silent - i.e only the noise audible.
Use the Range toggle switch to adjust the detection range of the trigger circuit. "High" mode features a soft decay, preserving dynamic detail, while "Low" mode has a faster response giving a tighter gating effect.
Ultra-high headroom provides up to 30dB of clean boost, and can also attenuate the signal.
Use the Cut control to change the centre frequency of the 6dB/Oct LF cut (65-730 Hz). This can help to tighten up the sound and even turn the boost into a presence boost.
The Boost toggle switch has 3 settings:
"Sync" - The Boost turns off as soon as the Gate is activated
"Off" - Boost is permanently off
"On" - Boost is permanently on
A fixed built-in roll off affects everything below 65Hz when the Boost is activated, to avoid things getting flubby.
The Pylon has multiple inputs and outputs, giving you ultimate flexibility in the way it is used.
Use the Channel output for relay-based switching of externally controllable devices such as other pedal functions. This output is particularly useful for switching channels on your amp at the same time as the pedal is activated (eg switching the noise gate on also changes to your amp's lead channel; switching it off changes back to your amp's clean channel).
Use the switch above the socket to select polarity.
This is an input for an external trigger source. Select "TR" mode to trigger the gate from an external audio source (such as a bass drum) - effectively creating a sidechain!
Select "BP" mode to use an external momentary switch to control the Pylon.
Use the switch above the socket to select the mode.
Send / Return
The built in effects loop enables you to control noise in two key ways: use the four-cable method to tame the noise of your amp's own preamp section; or add your drive pedals to the Pylon's effects loop to trigger the gate with your clean signal. This is a great way to retain your signal's note attack.
The Pylon's built-in audio-grade transformer matches the impedance of low-level and unbalanced signals, such as those from a guitar or bass. It also give the signal a touch of extra warmth and heft; a subtle treatment, but effective.
High-performance Blackmer VCA-based noise gate
Relay-based soft-switching, with selectable Gate/Boost switching modes
Switchable Boost circuit provides up to 37dB of gain
Variable-frequency Cut control helps to tighten up the low end
Ext Trigger input allows Gate and Bypass control from external sources
Channel relay output switches your amp’s channel in sync with pedal activation
Effects loop for signal-chain flexibility and 4-cable method connectivity
I spent an obsessive amount of time checking out univibe pedals. I'm so glad that I purchased this one from Boost. It is simply fantastic! If you don't believe me, then check out some video demos. Thanks Jim! + JG
This is a fantastic drive pedal. There’s plenty of Plexi style pedals out there and I’ve owned a few, this one stood out for the switchable A/B-B/A switch. The boost side is nice and simple, much like an LPB-1. Not overly clean but a perfect partner to the drive side. The Plexi side is again nothing revolutionary but very good all the same and sounds great, on a par with far more expensive pedals.
The build quality is also top end, very neat and tidy. Squeezed into the single enclosure and with a lifetime warrantee I couldn’t ask for more. I don’t think this’ll be leaving my pedal board any time soon!
Lots of great sounds in this relatively-compact delay / reverb
I’m only just starting to scratch the surface of the KMA MACHINES Cirrus, but absolutely loving it so far. Very responsive to pick attack which means can really control the “ambience” with playing style. Really looking forward to exploring further.
Had a few vibes, absolutely loving this one, check the YT demos, lovely satisfying vibe with all the swirly goodness you could hope for. Beautifully made and reasonably priced. Highly recommended - and Jim at Boost is a top guy
I came across the Formula B Fuzz Rangers via online demos on Youtube, and they all sounded so good that I had to get one. Looking online I found the Boost Guitar Pedals website via the Formula B website as a listed UK stockist. Jim was excellent and the pedal arrived when he said it would and it was perfectly packaged. I would have no hesitation in buying any other product from Boost.
As for the Fuzz Rangers, it is a great pedal. I had to work at it a touch to get the sounds I liked from it, but it seems to react really well to different guitars and different amps with adjustments to volume and tone on the guitar and different amp settings. I found it works best into a slightly cranked amp, and volume roll-off on the guitar offers a great variety of sounds from clean to classic fuzz. Thoroughly enjoying the pedal. Well done Jim, great website and a great selection of interesting brands and pedals..... Which one next????
Having used a number of univibe clones over the years this one truly nails the sound for me, it comes with some clever additions in a pedal board friendly size and is excellent value for money. If you want the true sound of the original this pedal delivers.Special thanks to boost Guitar Pedals for putting this deal together so quickly..
I'm still working my way through all the sounds, but so far I'm loving them all.
Each time I think I've got a fav sound I flip the diode switch and there's another one. Great value for a four-in-one fuzz pedal!!
Both modes really useable. The first can get a wooly or starved/wolly sound or more nasally raw sound depending on how you dial it in.
Mode two can be more mid focused and with both switches down it's just a real nice deep, warm wall of fuzz. Great stuff.
Awesome pedal. Does everything from short slaps, to long endless delays, or echo-verb. The infinite delay feature on the button hold is interesting, though if you need a certain sound out of it like that, you have to be okay with the sound that those settings create when the infinite hold feature is off. I’m sure it will be great for recording some interesting textures, but I don’t think I’d use it live, as the infinite hold sounds glitchy and cuts off very quickly at some of the shorter, more subtle delay settings that I use. The art on the pedal is nice, and the build quality is solid. Comes with a carry bag, for some reason, but I can’t complain. A great unit by any standard, but especially good quality and features for the ticket price.