The Cali:3 is based on an American High gain amp known for it's influence in Nu-Metal and powerful, bass driven tones.
Mooer Micro preamp
Mooer analyzed 10 famous tube amps and created these pedals based on those popular sounds to create these preamps/DIs.
If you plug into the effects return of any tube amp, that amp will morph into the Mooer pedal of your choice.
You can also use the on-board cab sim technology to plug directly into a PA system or recording interface without having to use an actual amp. This gives you a very direct sound, but the cab sim makes it sound like a professionally mic'd up speaker cabinet. And fortunately, you can turn the cab sim off if you want to run into your cab emulator
Essentially this means you can gig with a pedalboard and no real amp which means no more breaking your back carrying that heavy 2x12 combo around! And it's easy to great guitar tones.
You can also use these preamps as a simple overdrive pedal into an amp. Turn the Cab Sim off (Because you wouldn't want cab sim into an actual cab) and run it as you normally would in your signal chain.
Here's what Mooer say about the Cali:3 Micro Preamp
MOOER micro preamps are sonically accurate digital recreations of the preamp sections of popular tube amplifiers. We have developed these by directly analyzing real tube amplifiers using a brand new technology to capture their sound, dynamics and response. Each Micro Preamp comes complete with dual channels, integrated speaker cabinet simulation and dual operating modes to suit the needs of all users.
Initially we are releasing a set of 10 models, each based on a different popular tube amplifier from a range of manufacturers. These have been designed to be used with the upcoming MOOER power amp or in the effects return of any standard guitar amplifier. The speaker cab simulation allows the user to connect direct to a soundcard, powered monitor or P.A. without the need for a guitar amp or speaker cab at all.
• High quality dual channel preamp
• Independent 3 band EQ, Gain and Volume controls for each channel
• Speaker cabinet simulation on/off
• 2 different modes for footswitch operation. On/Off or channel A/B
• 008 is based on Mesa Boogie® MKIII
(*the mentioned manufacturer and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners,the trademarks were used merely to identify the sound character of this product.)
Connect a DC 9V 220mA centre pin negative power supply
Connect your instrument directly or the output of your pre, pre-amp effects like Overdrive, distortion, etc.
Connect to a power amp or your amplifier’s effects return.(Highly recommend using a tube amplifier)
Different power amplifiers will affect the outcome of the final tone.You can also connect directly to a sound card and activate the speaker cab simulation for recording purposes
Note: You can connect your "fx loop" effects, like modulation and time based effects, in between the MOOER preamps output and the input of the power amp (fx return)
- Modes:Delay and reverb effects with tap tempo functionality.
- Input:1/4” mono audio jack.(Impedance: 1 meg Ohms)
- Output:1/4” mono audio jack(Impedance: 100 Ohms)
- Power requirements: AC adapter 9V DC , center negative.(Highly recommend to use Mooer Micro Power.)
- Current Draw:220mA
- Dimensions:93.5mm(D) x 42mm(W) x 52mm(H)