3 New Amp Emulator Pedals Released by Universal Audio, Here’s What They Sound Like

Having a super-compact and reliable substitute for an entire amplifier seems to be more popular each year. With this in mind, music gear manufacturer Universal Audio has delivered a new trio of pedal-format amp emulators, reports Music Radar.

All three of these new devices are part of the company’s UAFX series. With that said, they too come with the same type of modeling technology, as well as dual-engine processing. These are:

• Ruby ’63 Top Boost Amplifier
• Dream ’65 Reverb Amplifier
• Woodrow ’55 Instrument Amplifier

NEW UAFX Dream, Woodrow and Ruby Preamp Pedals | Tore Mogensen | Universal Audio | Thomann

Of course, the names and the designs of these pedals are obvious clues as to which amps Universal Audio was trying to emulate.

These also come with some of the same advanced features, even allowing some complex connections and other features, like doubled controls in different modes of operation. They also have USB connectivity, allowing you to pair it with the desktop app.

So let’s go and cover them one by one.

Ruby ’63 Top Boost Amplifier

Ruby is your pedal-size copy of Vox AC30. It comes with input and output level controls, along with a “cut” knob that alters the high-ends.

Next to these three, we have a 2-band EQ and boost control. In between, there are additional control switches for channel selection and speaker models. There’s also an additional switch for the mode of operation, allowing you to store and edit presets.

Woodrow ’55 Instrument Amplifier

This one is your classic Fender Tweed Deluxe imitation. Aside from input and output levels, this pedal also allows you to control the microphone emulation volume. Next to that, we have different speaker and cab emulations, as well as three different boost options that change the tone in their unique ways.

Dream ’65 Reverb Amplifier

This one is believed to be a replica of the Music Man Sixty Five amp. There are the same in and out controls, along with the reverb effect level. Once again, the pedal also has different speaker emulations on it. What’s more, Dream ’65 also has an onboard vibrato effect.

And, of course, there’s also the additional 3-way switch that gives you different circuitry emulations. Stock, D-Tex, and Lead all have their specific tones and control responses.

For more info, visit the Universal Audio website here.

Photo: Universal Audio


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