High Gain Made in USA
Supreme Quality paired with Unique and Useful Features
Based in the Cincinnati area, KSR Amplification was founded by Kyle Rhodes in 2009 as a custom amplifier and gadget builder for local musicians.
Today, KSR is primarily known in the guitar industry for their versatile high-quality guitar amplifiers, all of which are loaded with unique and useful features. In addition, KSR’s range includes sophisticated switching systems for professional users.
However, with the introduction of KSR’s supremely versatile pedal board preamps and effects pedals, it becomes even easier for an all new audience to access the level of tone and quality that professionals in the know have been enjoying for years.
The CERES offers three channels of preamp gain, that distils the signature tones of three of KSR’s amplifiers into a pedalboard friendly enclosure. Providing many of the same functions present on the amps, such as Mode, Feel and Bright switches, CERES offers the ultimate mobile tone versatility. VESTA takes this concept, but is voiced after all-time favourite amps from the 80s and 90s, to bring the classic crunch tone of that era directly to the pedalboard, yet with the unprecedented natural feel of a real amplifier.
EROS offers a Boost / 3-Band EQ combo and provides anything from clean boost, to a little grit or a complete sculpting of your amp’s distortion response. While HERA takes the EROS concept to the territory of transparent boost, to help let your own tone shine.
In addition to the pedal offering, EX5 is KSR’s compact easy-to-use MIDI Control interface. This little box is perfectly suited for external control of not only KSR pedals, but also allows for control of many non-MIDI amplifiers on the market today.
With every KSR product bearing the ‘Made in USA’ mark, the brand manufactures their entire range in-house and from the finest components. KSR take great pride in their work and endeavours to offer supreme-quality and attention to detail, which is why all their products bare Kyle’s initials.
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3 Channel High Gain Preamp
The CERES preamp, contains KSR’s signature tones from three of our full-size tube amplifiers – the Ares, the Artemis/Gemini, and the Colossus.
Ultimately, the CERES preamp distills our KSR sound into a small package, it features many of the same functions present on all our amps — such as the Mode, Feel, and Bright switches. Moreover, this pedal provides the ultimate mobile tone versatility from weekend gigs to fly rigs. It also delivers the KSR signature sound to any board or interface for live and studio applications.
3 Channel 80s to 90s Preamp
The VESTA contains a brand new set of voices from KSR along with a familiar feature set. Based on a couple of your favorite amps of the 80s and 90s, you’ll feel right at home. Picture a classic Crunch tone suitable for rock and blues, along with a familiar 90s high-gain sound. If modern extended range high-gain is your thing, the CERES delivered. If you’re more at home on a 6 string, the VESTA may be your preference.
It’s smooth, chunky, thick, and more low-mid focused. It takes boosts just like your favorite vintage high-gain amps. It responds incredibly well to the guitar’s volume control. Note: The Clean channel is identical to the CERES’.
Boost with active 3-band EQ
EROS is not your typical boost. It will boost clean without overdrive, add a little grit, or add distortion. It has a 3-band active EQ for precision sculpting.
Place it in front of your amp or pre-amp to add volume or grit to a clean or crunch channel. Or, sculpt your amp’s distortion response, as you would with a typical boost. However, you’re no longer limited to a narrow frequency range dictated by a single tone control found on a lot of classic boosts.
Similarly, use it before or after the CERES / VESTA or any other pre-amp for even more control over its tones, and in order to get the most out of it based on your power amp situation.
Transparent Boost with active 3-band EQ
It’s still not your typical boost. Where the EROS was designed for playing drop-tuned extended range guitar into the muddiest of amps, the HERA is completely different. HERA is designed to push any amp with more typical standard tunings. This pedal is transparent and the low-end is full, yet clear. It will boost clean without overdrive, add a little grit, or add distortion. HERA has a 3-band active EQ for precision sculpting.
Use it in front to add volume or grit to a clean or crunch channel. Or, put it in the loop for some unique boosting and EQ response changes.
Similarly, use HERA before or after the CERES / VESTA or other preamp for even more control over its tones, and in order to get the most out of it based on your power amp situation.
MIDI Control Interface
Meet the EX5, the first in our new Utility Series line of products!
You may have noticed that little 1/8″ jack on our pedals labels “Ext. Control Interface”. This was added to allow for control of our pedals via an external means, such as a switcher, or what have you. Our intention all along was to eventually offer a product to utilize this port, and that’s where the EX5 comes in.
The cool thing – it also controls our non-MIDI amps! With quick and easy plug ‘n play, you can operate the KSR ARES, JUNO, and ORTHOS, amplifiers plus all our pedals. The EX5 is aptly named as it has 5 external control outputs, each an isolated TRS connection with two independent contacts.