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Blackstar Dept. 10 Valve-Powered Dual Distortion Pedal

Featuring ECC83 Preamp Tube, 2 Channels, 4 Voices, ISF Tone-Shaping Control & 'Cab Rig' Simulator

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Product Description

Blackstar labels its Dept. 10 stompboxes as "the world’s most advanced valve pedals", by combining traditional high-voltage design with their latest technology. A bold claim indeed, but when you hear one of these in action — it's hard to disagree! All equipped with an ECC83 (12AX7) preamp tube, these incredible units deliver the organic dynamics, tone and break-up of a real valve amp from a compact chassis that integrates easily into any setup.

Dual Distortion — A High-Gain Beast!

The Dual Distortion is the "most metal" model in the Dept. 10 lineup, capable of dishing out fire-breathing high-gain sounds. But it's not just a versatile distortion pedal, it's also a world-class valve recording preamp that can act as the tonal centrepiece for your pedalboard! With 2 footswitchable channels and 3 crunch/overdrive voices alongside a crystal-clear clean mode, there's also Blackstar's patented ISF tone-shaping control, a 3-band EQ, low-latency USB & XLR outputs and Dept. 10’s proprietary 'Cab Rig' simulator technology. It does a lot!

Key Features

  • Driven by an ECC83 triode valve running at more than 200V internally; allowing the pedal to provide organic tone, huge dynamics and exquisite break-up.
  • Versatile 2-channel design, with 2 voices per channel. Channel 1: Clean & Crunch, Channel 2: Overdrive 1 & Overdrive 2.
  • Blackstar's patented ISF control allows you to shape the overall tone for a more British or American character, working in conjunction with the 3-band EQ.
  • Effects loop for easy integration with your existing pedalboard rig. Perfect for routing your time-based and modulation stompboxes through.
  • Equipped with Blackstar's 'Cab Rig' technology, their next-generation DSP speaker simulator that reproduces the sound and feel of a mic’d guitar cab in incredible detail. Deep-dive using the accompanying free 'Architect' software and capture the tones via the USB/XLR outputs or headphones.
  • Pro connectivity and integration into your setup using low-latency USB audio as a valve interface for recording, and XLR D.I. for live use.
  • Compact design, running at 9V for compatibility with most pedal power supplies with a 500mA output. Dedicated PSU is included with the pedal for standalone use.

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How Can I Use the Blackstar Dept. 10 Dual Distortion Pedal?

The Blackstar Dept. 10 Dual Distortion pedal is incredibly flexible and can be used in a variety of ways:

  • Valve overdrive or boost pedal into your amp's front-end.
  • Valve preamp, used in your amp's effect loop to give it a totally new voice.
  • Valve recording interface via low-latency USB.
  • Valve preamp stage to warm up an anaemic-sounding digital amp.
  • Backup amp via D.I. output using 'Cab Rig' into a PA system.

What is Blackstar's Dept. 10?

Dept. 10 is the Blackstar R&D team responsible for "blue sky" innovation and design. This team of engineers are all musicians and are constantly researching new ideas to help create the perfect guitar tones!


  • Valve: ECC83 (12AX7)
  • Channels: 2
  • Voices: Clean, Crunch, Overdrive 1, Overdrive 2
  • EQ: Bass, Middle, Treble
  • Patented ISF: Yes
  • Cab Rig DSP: Yes
  • XLR Cab Rig Output: Yes
  • USB Audio Interface: Yes
  • Effects Loop: Yes
  • Footswitches: 2
  • Voltage: 9V
  • Current Draw: 500mA
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Customer Reviews


2 reviews





Mr Chris Murray15th Mar 2022

Great sound and a very compact preamp. Love it

Value 4Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr. Andrew Taylor15th Mar 2022

Outstanding pedal, everything from clean to full on thrash. Would recommend using with a gate though as expected.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

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