Hudson Electronics Broadcast-AP review

Ariel Posen gets a signature version of Hudson's very special drive pedal

Hudson Electronics Broadcast-AP review
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

While still recognizably a Broadcast and undeniably potent in front of an amp, the subtle tonal differences and changed ergonomics offer a viable alternative to the standard model - the choice is yours!


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    Multi-role pedal.

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    Touch sensitivity.

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    Higher-voltage operation options.

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    Streamlined user interface.


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    Some may bemoan the omission of a rotary knob for low-cut.

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Designed to deliver the type of saturation available from classic broadcast and recording consoles from the 1960s, Hudson’s original Broadcast stands out among drive pedals

Its Class-A discrete transformer-coupled circuit makes it capable of many roles from clean boost on to heavier overdrive sounds and fuzz. That tonal mojo comes in part from circuitry featuring a Triad Magnetics steel-core transformer and a germanium transistor, but this new version - designed with Canadian guitarist Ariel Posen - has swapped the germanium for silicon and uses an OEP transformer that saturates and distorts less on low frequencies, the idea being to keeping more weight in the low-end.

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Trevor Curwen

Trevor Curwen has played guitar for several decades – he's also mimed it on the UK's Top of the Pops. Much of his working life, though, has been spent behind the mixing desk, during which time he has built up a solid collection of the guitars, amps and pedals needed to cover just about any studio session. He writes pedal reviews for Guitarist and has contributed to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and Future Music among others.