Category Archives: Amps

DVK Technologies GNR8-130


DVK Technologies introduced their latest product – the GNR8-130.

It is 130W powered stereo guitar amplifier cabinet, designed specifically for use with any DSP- or analog-based direct recording device or preamp.

The current crop of guitar modelling and effects units offer incredible realism and versatility to guitarists. Some of the most sought-after vintage tones and effects are now just a button push away. These incredible amp simulations are at our disposal for the first time without the prohibitive expense and bulk associated with classic hardware units.

The GNR8-130 deliver a full range frequency response system with headroom, dynamics, low distortion and the familiar feel and form of a guitar amp. Constrained layer cabinet design and construction ensures the closest possible neutral response. Whatever goes in, comes out a lot louder and unadulterated by amp and cabinet coloring. Tailored to be in line with the GNR8-130‘s preamp and amp, 2 x 12″ specially selected full range speakers from Lorantz Audio Services (C304P/PA) have been employed to ensure accurate reproduction of any modeller. The flat response of the cabinet, coupled with the true sonic reproduction of the amp and speakers perfectly complements the quality of today’s top modelling devices.

The new GNR8-130 will be showcased along with the full range of DVK Technologies products at the NAMM 2010 International trade show.

For more information: DVK Technologies

Mutec MC-7 amplifier and audio clock converter

pic_mc7_fMutec now ships the new MC-7 a Word Clock distribution amplifier and audio clock converter.

The Mutec MC-7 converts and distributes Word Clock, AES3/11 and S/P-DIF. The outputs can be individually multiplied by x1, x2, x4 to adapt low-clock-rate-signals to modern and higher-clocked equipment. An incoming reference signal passes latest audiophil-optimized PLL circuits, to be distributed and output as Ultra low-jitter, high-quality clock signal, regardless of the condition of the reference signal. Thus, connected audio devices will benefit from the MC-7's signal regeneration abilities, which improve their sound qualities audibly.

Additionally, for live or broadcast use, a special ‘Hold' functionality can be activated which guarantees interruption-free output signal supply in cases when the external reference is of insufficient quality or lost completely. Therefore, the MC-7 is predestined to be used as centralized clock stabilizer and distributor, where reliable signal availability is a must.

Mutec MC-7 features:

– Word Clock, AES/EBU and S/P-DIF interfaces working in one box

– Handles clock rates up to 192.0kHz/768.0kHz

– Extracts and regenerates clock signals out of digital audio signals

– AES11, Grade 1, internal reference clock (0.5ppm)

– Built-in international power supply


– Stellate Word Clock distribution

– Audiophil clock recovery and regeneration

– Interconnection of consumer and professional digital audio devices

– Line extension for e.g. theatre or broadcast installations

– Output expansion for Mutec’s iCLOCK, iCLOCKdp, iD, iDdp, MC-3, MC-3.1 and MC-3.2.

More information about the product: Mutec

Marshall Amplification MA Series guitar amps

large-Marshall_MA50HMarshall Amplification is proud to introduce its all-new MA Series guitar amplifiers.

True to form, the MA Series amps are dressed in the traditional Marshall black and gold, and emblazoned with the white Marshall logo. While accessible to all, the MA Series amps are far from stripped down.

Each of the two channels Clean and Overdrive features independent volume control and its own 3-band EQ for serious tone shaping. The Overdrive Channel is equipped with an additional Gain knob, a Boost switch, and Crunch Balance knob. The Gain knob adds an additional level of gain staging, providing the classic Marshall crunch sound. Engaging the Boost switch delivers a mean Marshall grind for effortless soloing or powerful metal riffing. The Crunch Balance knob sets the level difference between the Overdrive and Boost levels, effectively yielding a three-channel sound. An included footswitch allows switching between the current channel settings.

The power amp stage features either two (50-Watt models) or four (100-Watt models) EL34 pentode valves (tubes); the preamp stage uses three ECC83 (12AX7) dual triode valves. This tried-and-true combination provides the player with the authentic, heavy Marshall sound.

The rear panel offers Serial FX Loop In and Out jacks as well as both 8-Ohm and 16-Ohm speaker outputs. The included footswitch also connects via the real panel.

The Marshall MA Series guitar amplifiers will be available in late fall 2009. Individual models and pricing are as follows:

MA50H 50-Watt Amplifier Head MSRP: $950.00
MA50C 50-Watt Combo Amplifier MSRP: $1000.00
MA100H 100-Watt Amplifier Head MSRP: $1100.00
MA100C 100-Watt Combo Amplifier MSRP: $1250.00

More info about all of the products:

HLH100 guitar amp system

large-3rd_Power_HLH1003RD Power Amplification Systems has introduced its first product – a unique professional guitar amp system.

The HLH100 Series system combines patent-applied-for technologies in both its tube amplifier and triangular 3×12 speaker cabinet to produce the ultimate medium-to-high gain guitar rig. This unique, large-format rig was designed for serious guitarists by 3RD Power president and pro audio industry veteran Jamie Scott. To achieve the sound he was looking for, Scott perfected the DirecDRIV tube preamp section, which produces a sweet-sounding overdrive that transmits every nuance from guitar to cabinet, at any volume. An innovative Smooth/Bold voicing switch gives the player a choice of tonalities between a classic late-60s sound (Smooth) and an assertive, more lyrical tube quality (Bold). The HD100 amp is hand-wired point to point and produces a classic 100 watts of power designed for use in combination with the HLH 312 cabinet.

The physical design of the HLH 312 speaker cabinet, while visually striking, has very specific sonic benefits. With no parallel walls, many of the audio artifacts inherent in more traditional cabinet designs have been eliminated. The shape also allows closer spacing of the speaker cones, creating a distinctive, point-source sound that retains coherency across the entire sound stage.

A full-blown HLH 100 Series amp rig achieves big volume, but maintains its rich tonal quality even at modest gain settings. The HD100 tube amplifier carries an MSRP of $2999. The companion 312 speaker cabinet weighs in at 70 pounds, stands 30 inches tall and is priced at $1699.

Both components are now shipping.

Effectrode Delta-Trem Stereo Optical Tremolo

effectrodedeltatremEffectrode's new product is now available and its name is Delta-Trem Stereo Optical Tremolo.

This pedal authentically recreates the alluring, hypnotic tone and feel of a vintage amp tremolo. This is accomplished by using a filament lamp and photocell assembly in conjunction with a vacuum tube signal path. This gives an exceptionally warm and musical tremolo effect that blends well with clean and overdriven guitar sounds. The dual signal path allows the pedal to operate in mono tremolo mode into a single amp or stereo where the sound is ping-ponged between two amps for a huge, spacious tone.

Delta-Trem Stereo Optical Tremolo features:

100% Tube Signal path: Vacuum tubes and photo-resistors are utilised to create the tremolo effect. Custom photo-cells ensure absolute minimum harmonic distortion for an exceptionally pure tremolo tone.

Powerful Mixed-Wave Modulator: Advanced L.F.O. technology allows continuous control of 32 waveforms! Standard mode reproduces smoothed triangle (linear) to sine and psuedo-square with all the wave variations between to recreate a range of authentic tube amp tremolo tones. The pedal can be further configured to produce variations of rising and falling sawtooth waves, for “Leslie style” acceleration effects. The Delta-Trem is unique that all waveforms have rounded edges for a sweet and musical tremolo – very usable and quiet operation.

Twin L.F.O. Operation: In standard mode the signal is ping-ponged between left and right outputs. The Delta-Trem can also be configured so that the “Depth” knob operates as an independent L.F.O. control. This creates some unique amplitude modulation effects as the channels drift in and out of phase.

Amber/orange LEDs pulsate with modulation speed for visual song tempo matching. The orange LED indicates the modulation rate for the second L.F.O.

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Hughes & Kettner Coreblade guitar amp

large-CorebladeHughes & Kettner proudly presented their new product Coreblade, the next evolutionary stage of programmable all-tube guitar amps, especially designed to meet the demands of modern metal guitarists.

The head delivers a stalwart 100 watts and combines brutal tone, untamed dynamics and explosive punch with amazing flexibility unequaled by any other tube amp so far.

Coreblade is equipped with four channels, two of them voiced to offer completely different high-gain alternatives. Beyond that, the amp sports a versatile drive channel and a clean channel with plenty of headroom. For sound refinement it features three first-class effect modules, covering a wide range of standards from authentic spring reverb to chorus and delay. As all effects are added using our unique “Inversed Parallel Modulation”, the guitar signal always stays in the analog domain.

Coreblade is the first amp to take advantage of the newly developed IDB (Intelligent Dual Breakpoint) noise gate. This cool device simultaneously measures the gain at the input jack and after the preamp, thus being able to react perfectly in any given situation, be it as a radical tool for sound design on stage or as a delicate noise suppressor in the studio.

Technical specifications:

Model – Coreblade

Headline – Metal Head 2010

Channels – Clean, Drive, Ultra I, Ultra II

Power – 100 Watts

Poweramp – Shipped with 4x EL34, but also 6L6GC applicables

Preamp – 3x 12AX7

Modeling – No

Effects – 3 independant Digital-FX processors: Reverb, Delay, Modulation (Chorus, Flanger,

Phaser, Tremolo)

Effects Loop – serial/parallel

MIDI – built in

Footswitch/Stageboard – MIDI-Board FSM-432 MKII included

Switching Functions – 4xPreset, Bank up, Bank down, Tap Delay

Special Features – All Controls are fully programmable; Adjustable Noisegate; USB-Backup;

Tube Safety Control (TSC)

Presets – 128 user presets

Speaker Outputs – 1x 4 Ohms or 2 x 8 Ohms; 1x 8 Ohms or 2x 16 Ohms; 1x 16 Ohms

Suggested Speaker Cabinet – MC 412 CL

Dimensions – 742 x 270 x 254 mm

Weight – 18,2 kg/40,12 lbs

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Paul Reed Smith Guitars present Sweet 16 Amp

ampsThe Sweet 16, PRS Guitars new 16 watt amp, is already on retail shelves and creating quite a stir in the musical instruments community. This new amp couples 16 watts of cathode-biased 6v6 output tube power and includes reverb, a full TMB tone stack, and PRS‘ transparent master volume circuit. Controls include bright switch, volume, reverb, treble, mid, bass, and master volume. All amps are hand wired in Stevensville, Maryland using hybrid circuitry techniques for consistency and durability.

The amp’s designer, Doug Sewell, said, “Designing the Sweet 16 was similar to writing a song; things just flowed well from start to finish. There was a buildup of ideas, both design and manufacturing, that needed to be implemented quickly, and things just fell together very easily. It’s been great to work with a team of exuberant and talented individuals and to make all of the good techniques and ideas reality.”

Great care was taken in simplifying the layout and construction methods during the design process. This coupled with the ever-maturing PRS amplifier parts-procurement division and production crew enabled the Sweet 16 to be offered at a great price. The tones can run from sparkly cleans with single coils to humbucking crunch. At the appropriate volume set, a full range of crunching cleans are accessible using just the guitar’s volume knob, replacing the need of at least one foot pedal.

The Sweet 16 uses hand assembled circuit boards for consistency and reliability. Shielded cable is used for critical signal paths, and pots, switches, jacks, and power tube sockets are chassis mounted and connected via flying leads. Power sections employ JJs 6V6 power tubes, which have proven to be very rugged and reliable. They are cathode-biased to near class A, in a push-pull configuration. This greatly assists the chime, bloom, and rich harmonics that the amp can produce at all volumes. The four preamp tubes include two NOS Philips 12AT7s, a JJs ECC83S, and a Tung Sol Reissue 12AX7s in locations to maximize both clean and open-sounding lower volume settings to thick crunchiness at higher volumes.

Source: Harmony-Central

VHT Releases Classic 6 Amp

amplargeVHT is heralding the release of their Classic 6 amp. Designed for low-wattage usage, the Classic 6 was created with a 12″ VHT Special Design speaker. VHT believes this design allows the amp to be cranked up (to 11, so to speak) without sound distortion or frying the speakers.

The Classic 6 from VHT comes complete with two controls, Tone and Volume, and also has low and high inputs. The power amp is a 6V6 model, while the amp is a single 12AX7 tube. VHT particularly talks up the versatility of the amp here, citing its supposed ability to mimic both a British amp and a classic American tube amp. We’ll let readers be the judge. Also heralded is the simplicity of the amp design, with the tone control options allowing for quick adjustments and easy manipulation of harmonics.

If players are looking for simplicity, the VHT Classic 6 will run them a somewhat complex $549.99. Visit the official website for more details.

Source: Harmony-Central

Macro-Tech i Amp Series Gets Refresh

macrotechThe Macro-Tech i series of amplifiers from Crown is getting a refresh in the line, thanks to three new models. The MA-5000i, MA-9000i and MA-12000i amp models all feature the Macro-Tech i proprietary Class-I circuitry design, which provides impressive power while cutting the amp’s weight by roughly fifty percent.

New to the latest Macro-Tech i series is dual-port capability, eliminating the need for a separate cable to run from the switch to the different, individual amplifiers.

“The professional sound reinforcement community knows what to expect from the Macro-Tech i series. They are getting the best sounding, most reliable analog power amplifier in the world. The best just got better with these updates. The upgraded power and features reflect the needs of our customers and our desire to provide them with a solution that best meets their needs,” stated Brian Divine, director of marketing for touring and installed sound for Crown.

For more information, visit the official site here.

Source: Harmony-Central

Rockett Pedals Intros First in Pro Series Line

flexWe have a new over-drive pedal on our hands today, and although the details aren’t terribly meaty, you may find exactly what you are looking for with this release.

Rockett Pedals has released the a new over-drive pedal that is an entry in the Pro Series Line, a device the company heralds as “long awaited”. Factually speaking, the “Flex Drive” over drive pedal in the first pedal in what will be a series within the Pro Series Line (fittingly enough, right?). The Flex Drive attains an amp sound thanks to discrete and non-discrete clipping sections throughout several gain stages. This switching is convenient for a large range of guitars and amps.

The Flex Drive rocks dimensions of 4.75″, L, 3″ W & 1.5″ T, The following is a list of function controls for the device:

* Volume
* Tone
* Gain
* 3-way treble cut switch
* 3-way clipping switch
* Fat switch

The pedal will retail in the United States for $189.00.

Source: Rocket