The design criteria for the X1 was to deliver the sounds of the classic Carvin X-100B amplifier in a compact package with added connectivity. The result is a full tube preamp in a pedal format, able to fit in a carry-on or backpack. The X1 incorporates tube technology with simple, yet flexible modern features to interface with many types of gear.
» Preamp Tubes: Two 12AX7 (four stages) » Controls: MASTER, BASS, MID, TREBLE, PRESENCE,GRAPHIC EQ » Lead channel: VOLUME, DRIVE, GAIN switch » Rhythm channel: VOLUME, BRIGHT switch » Graphic EQ: 5-Band, channel tracking, foot switchable, backlight color indications » Audio connections: Input, Output, Loop Send, Loop Return, Cab Voiced Out/Phones, Speaker » Input Impedance: >500K Ohms » Effects loop: Fully buffered, footswitchable, pre- Master/Amp/Voiced Out » Cab Voiced/Phones: 3G (3rd generation) active analog circuit, 2x12” and 4x12” settings, » TS (mono) or TRS dual-mono (for stereo headphones) low impedance capable » Speaker Output: 1 Watt @ 4 Ohms minimum » Footswitches (4): BYPASS(Master or Loop), GEQ, GAIN, CHANNEL » Bypass type (master): relay engaged hardwire bypass » DC adapter (included): , 100-240VAC input, 12VDC/1A voltage regulated output, 5.5mmOD/2.1mmID Center Positive » Size: H x W x D 3.825” x 8.875” x 8.375” (97mm x 225mm x 213mm) » Weight (without adapter): 3.9 lb. (1.77 kg
This is a product that was ahead of its time. Many performance venues no longer allow bulky amplifiers on stage and want you to play directly into their console or mixing board. The X1 is the perfect tool for this application. I want to encourage and thank you for your forward thinking and innovative products. Keep up the good work. Edgar C. - FL
Just received my X1 Pre amp. It is amazing! So nice to purchase a product that meets or better yet exceeds expectations. Perfect fit for my home studio, sounded great through my THD Univalve 15. I own a V3M and I can attest that both amps are definitely voiced differently, now I have a huge pallet of tonal options. Thanks for hanging in there and designing such a versatile and useful piece of gear. Look forward to see what you develop next. David L. Marshfield,MA
Dear Mr. Bruce,I need to congratulate you on the CARVIN X1, which has made me feel great emotions, after years of using software emulators of tube amplifiers!!!!!! I could not spend my money better, thank you very very much!!! I’ll tell all the musicians my friends and I really hope you’ll have a great success. Simone F. Calenzano,Italy
The X1 brings the X100B tone and controls to you in a brand new all tube pedal design. Rhythm and Lead channels plus the famous 5 band graphic eq makes this a must have for the serious guitarist.
REAL 12AX7 TUBES
Reproducing the true X100B tone circuits could only come from real 12AX7 tubes. Four gain stages create the famous X100B lead channel sustain.
TWO CHANNELS, ONE MASTER
The X1 boasts two channels of legendary tone controlled by the MASTER volume. The RHYTHM channel gives you epic clean tones while the LEAD channel brings the classic overdrive tone that made its predecessor the X100B a legend. Activate the GAIN switch for even hotter leads.
ORIGINAL TONE CIRCUITS
ORIGINAL X100B TONE CIRCUITS
The wide range tone controls of the BASS, MID, TREBLE and PRESENCE use the original circuits of the iconic X100B guitar amplifier.
5 BAND GRAPHIC EQ
One of the best features of the X1 is the built in 5-band graphic EQ. Each band is selected for optimal tone shaping of your guitar. Enjoy +/- 12dB of cut/boost to craft your sound. The EQ can be engaged in either the RHYTHM or LEAD channels or both channels at the same time.
1 WATT POWER OUTPUT
The internal 1 watt amplifier allows you to connect a guitar cab directly to the X1 pedal. Perfect for songwriting in the middle of the night without waking the neighbors.
The X1 effects loop gives you the ability to patch in your favorite effects right into the pedal and can be controlled by the LOOP switch.
CABINET VOICED OUTPUT
Active cabinet voicing emulates the response of a 2x12 or 4x12 guitar cabinet. Perfect for performing or recording when your favorite guitar cab is not available.
The X1 can be used in a variety of configurations that best suit your needs. Use it as a stomp box, go direct into the mixing board, plug your headphones in to practice, or use it to drive your favorite guitar amp. Perfect for both the stage and studio.