“An all-analog tone-shaping machine”: Source Audio and Shoe Pedals team up for the Zio, a preamp and DI pedal designed specifically for bass

Source Audio Zio Preamp
(Image credit: Source Audio YouTube)

Source Audio has announced the release of its all-analog, ultra-low noise bass preamp and DI pedal, the Zio. Specifically designed for bass guitar tone-shaping, the pedal results from a collaboration between Source Audio's lead engineer, Jesse Remignanti and Christopher Venter, the head of Brooklyn-based pedal makers, Shoe Pedals.

It's been designed for ease-of-use, and can be placed on pedalboards, in front of amps, or XLR direct out directly to a front-of-house mix or recording interface thanks to a choice of three independent outputs. A third output choice comes via a dedicated headphone jack.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.