Archive for June, 2016

Grace Design Alex

June 30, 2016

I have been looking to receiving the Grace Designs Alex preamp for some time it is now on its way to being delivered and I should be receiving it tomorrow.  It is a single channel preamp and I will be using it as a preamp for my LR Baggs dual source pick up.  I did have the opportunity to test out this preamp a great designs headquarters earlier this year in February.  I was so impressed with it that I asked to please be put on the preorder list and Eben Grace ever so kindly obliged me.  I’m looking for to receiving it.  I will post my review and sound samples later this week or next.  You can visit Grace Designs on the web at http://www.gracedesign.com

My Review 8/5/16

I wanted to wait a few weeks and do some gigs before I said anything. Let me say right from the start that I have been a fan of Grace Design from their preamps and recently Felix and now AliX. If I have a gig and I’m going to amplify with a pickup on my guitar, I won’t leave home with out the AliX. My flamenco guitars are equipped with the LR Baggs Dual source, UST Element and mic blend. I can adjust my bass so I have no low end feedback. Tame and boost my mid frequency (love the fully parametric eq) and I can pull my treble or boost to the liking of my ears and what the room needs. The elegance of the design just oozes pure beauty and grace with roadworthy strength. I waited for the AliX and put off buying other preamps. I wanted a small single Chanel preamp. I’m so glad I waited. Everyone who has heard this magic box is blown away with the clarity and precision of the tone sculpting. One of the best things is you a clearly defined tone. There is no loss of tone when you use the eq. And all of the knobs are functional. I have used gear where I can’t hear anything change when I move the knobs. The High Pass Filter allows for taming the bass in any situation. The preamp is so smooth and silky in the tone that is produced. Another one of the super cool things the design team did. and I think it’s a first, is they put an extra jack that allows you to power your pedals without wall warts or another power supply. I am able to power my Line 6G30, Strymon blueSky, and Digitech Jam Man, all from AliX. I just think this shows how the team at Grace is not just making a box with knobs but actually thinks what do musicians need their gear to do to make life easier and more musical. Then there’s the nice effects loop that is a TRS. For me all my gear mounts onto a pedaltrain pedalboard. When I get to the gig I just plug in my power and XLR out and I’m good to go. The boost switch is great for solos or when you need more this one does not just go to 11 it goes up to 10db of boost from where you are. I have used the AliX with my Bose Compact, Bose L1II w B2 sub, QSC Speakers, and House PA systems including TubroSound, JBL, QSC, Mackie and every time my gear sounds great, and I get complements, tips,and rebookings. If you are serious about your tone on your instrument and want to learn how to make it sound it’s best, then as far as your preamp search goes, look no further, it’s here, Grace Design. Sweetwater took care of the transaction and got the AliX to me. Thanks Grace Design & Sweetwater