This past NAMM, we introduced you to BAE audio, the Los Angeles-based producers of fine outboard gear, known for their incredible mic preamps and EQs. They gave us a preview of their latest Hot Fuzz pedal, and after spending some time with it, I must say that this is an incredible piece of gear in a very unassuming disguise. A small blue box with 5 knobs and 2 foot switches, this minimal design hides massive tone with its dual functionality.
On the left, you have a simple Hi Freq Boost, which adds some weight to the top-end of your signal. On the right is where things get fun, as the Fuzz switch instantly gives you that classic 1970s big Brit rock sound that created some of the most iconic songs in music history. You can shape your tone to your desired outcome via the Bass and Treble EQ knobs, and then take it to 11 with the aptly titled Juice knob. Like I said, this is a very simple piece of gear, so there's not much more to say about the interface of the unit itself.
Now you might be wondering why we, a website focused on electronic music, be doing a review on a 1970s Brittish Rock inspired pedal? The answer is simple. In this day and age, when it comes to creating a signature tone in the studio, it's vital to your success as an artist to create your own sound. Running your sounds through something like this, whether an external synth or out from your computer and then back in, you are carving your own sonic fingerprint that no one else has. There are no presets, and the results are instant. Watch the video below to see how serious this thing is.
To top all of this off, all of BAE's products are hand-built in the USA. While that usually comes at a hefty price, the Hot Fuzz will only run you $225. That might seem a bit much for some, but a hand-built piece of gear that will take any beating you throw at it and is essentially two pedals in one is a bargain.
Check out more of BAE's products here. As a bonus, I've recorded a video of a track I made using this very pedal, so be on the lookout for that soon.