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Two Notes And Victory Announce V4 Kraken Guitar Amp With Torpedo Embedded Technology

Two Notes And Victory Announce V4 Kraken Guitar Amp With Torpedo Embedded Technology

Victory Amplification, working closely with Two notes Audio Engineering, announce the release of the V4 Kraken Guitar amp. This powered (inc. all valve preamp) pedal features Victory’s valve feel, unique, class D power stage (180W @ 4 Ohms) with embedded Torpedo DynIR cabinet simulation and tone-shaping tools.

The Victory V4 Kraken Guitar amp (with the highly respected Kraken contemporary, articulate and powerful high gain tone) features fully featured Torpedo Remote embedded functionality, that allows players to elegantly and simply DI the amp straight to FOH (or DAW) and still retain their backline.

Two notes DynIR technology (fully controllable via USB Torpedo Remote), ships with a choice of 10 included Victory cabinets (and a further 400+ more available from the Two notes store), each with a choice of 8 microphones, dual mic’ing (front and back), studio-grade post effects (EQ and Enhancer) and the ability to save 6 presets.

Martin Kidd – Victory Amps Chief Designer

‘After the success of the V4 Duchess Guitar amp, the Victory amps community kept asking ‘Where is a Kraken version?’ So here it is! With the V4 Kraken Guitar amp we wanted it to have all the best bits of the range, in a package that you could take with you everywhere!’

Guillaume Pille – Two notes Audio Engineering CEO 

‘We are extremely excited to see the pedal-format Kraken V4 guitar amp be announced to the world. It has long been our vision that we work closely with the most exciting and forward-thinking companies in our industry, and with Victory, the pedal-format Kraken guitar amp is the perfect way to highlight this. With the fully embedded USB controllable Torpedo (featuring our DynIR technology), fans of the Kraken tone can now go direct to the board in any live and studio environment and be confident that with Two notes, their direct tone is going to be on point!’

V4 Kraken Guitar amp with Torpedo embedded technology

Technical specifications
  • Preamp valves: 1 x EC900, 3 x CV4014
  • Power output: 180W @ 4 ohms (approx 90W @ 8 ohms, 45W @ 16 ohms)
  • Features: Aluminium chassis, reverb, remote switching for channels, series FX loop, balanced DI out, Two notes embedded technology, 6 virtual cabinet presets.
  • TWO CHANNELS – FOOTSWITCHABLE: Two independent channels with controllable gain and master knobs to make dialing in tone simple and easy. Gain 1 has less gain compared with the high gain of Gain 2.
  • THREE-BAND EQ: Powerful bass, middle and treble controls to shape the tone. These also have an effect on the gain character and drive levels – just like in any valve guitar amp.
  • SIM PRESETS: The V4 Kraken comes with ten Victory DynIR Virtual Cabinets. There are 6 programmable presets (created by Rabea Massaad) that are switchable from the V4 Kraken. These can be edited and changed via Two notes Torpedo Remote (USB).
  • SERIES EFFECTS LOOP: Sits between the preamp and power amp. Run your time-based effects here for total clarity.
  • BALANCED LINE OUT & CAB SIM OUT: Send a direct feed to FOH or DAW. Can be used with or without a speaker connected. Cab Sim output works with Two notes DynIR virtual cabinets and imported 3rd party IRs.
  • 180W @ 4 ohms. (Approx 90W @ 8-ohms / 45W @ 16 ohms)
  • Power requirements: Mains IEC
  • Size: 258mm (10.2″) x 174mm (6.85″) x 105mm (4.13′) – inc. feet & handle
  • Weight: 1.7Kgs
  • SRP/MAP: £799 / €919 / $999
  • UPC: 5060462940745 (available exclusively from Victory Amps)

Two notes : https://www.two-notes.com/
DynIR Virtual Cabinet Technology : https://www.two-notes.com/dyn-ir
Torpedo Remote : https://www.two-notes.com/torpedo-remote
Victory Amplification : https://www.victoryamps.com/

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Gear News
The Windmiller Preamp is now available on Kickstarter!

The Windmiller Preamp is now available on Kickstarter!

Aclam launches its new pedal using Kickstarter platform

The Windmiller Preamp pedal is a faithful recreation of the Grampian Reverberation Type Unit 636 built-in preamp, which was used as a saturation tool by The Who’s Pete Townshend between ’66 and ’67 to fatten his legendary tone and boost the guitar signal.

Aclam Windmiller

The result is a versatile pedal that can be used as an ‘always on’ preamp with a beautiful color, a booster for solo parts, or a tool to saturate and enhance the amp’s natural overdrive. 

  • Based on the preamp of the Grampian Reverberation Unit Type 636, S/N: 1138
  • Hi. Cut and Lo. Cut tone shaping controls for maximum versatility.
  • Suitable for Guitar, Bass and Keys
  • Includes the overload indicator lamp as the original Grampian 636 does.
  • Improved and quieter circuit including true bypass switching.
  • Custom enclosure designed to match Smart Track® pedalboards.

MAP: €269

Available on Kickstarter.

Aclam presented the new pedal during the 2021 virtual NAMM Show, and now it is already available on Kickstarter! Be one of the very first people to get The Windmiller Preamp or give them a symbolic support! 

Kickstarter link: 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thewindmillerpreamp/the-windmiller-preamp-push-your-amp-to-its-raw-power

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Gear News
BLACKFIRE PICKUPS – 
Gus G Launches His Own Pickup Company

BLACKFIRE PICKUPS – 
Gus G Launches His Own Pickup Company

Introducing 2 brand new sets of high output Metal Pickups

Legendary metal guitar player Gus G, known for his work with OZZY OSBOURNE and FIREWIND announces new venture BLACKFIRE PICKUPS – his own Pickup company. Without a doubt, Gus is one of the most influential metal shredders to emerge on the scene the past two decades and has had a long-lasting line of signature products, including guitars & amplifiers.

Thru different ongoing cooperations with the industry´s biggest brands over the past years, Gus developed a very precise and distinctive idea about how he wants his gear to function and of course, how it has to sound and behave to help him expressing his musical creativity. 

Gus states: “Creating my own pickups was a dream come true. This wasn’t about making another signature piece of gear, but rather than creating something new from scratch based in my 20 year long experience touring and recording professionally. Being on a constant search for the perfect tone, I wanted to make the pickup that will be suitable not only for myself, but for any Rock & Metal player that is looking for solid, uncompromising tone.”

Gus was working on the idea for BLACKFIRE PICKUPS for several years. Endless prototypes and tests later, the fist pickups came to life – The Proteus & Immortal sets!

Originally living exclusively on his latest Jackson signature models, the pickups are finally available as standalone products and you can preorder them now!

Check out this Video of Gus explaining the story of BLACKFIRE PICKUPS: 

https://youtu.be/U0YhvuQbgZk

 IMMORTAL – passive humbucker

Blackfire Pickups

Immortal is a high output passive humbucker pick up set designed in conjunction with Gus G. Based on an Alnico 5 magnet, this is a great pickup for Rock and Metal tones with powerful midrange boost that provides crunchy rhythm tones and screaming leads.

  PROTEUS – active humbucker

Blackfire Pickups

The Proteus is a powerful active humbucker pickup set designed in conjunction with Gus G to match his needs for his Metal playing style that requires powerful rich tone and expressive feel.

The pickups come with a high output, low-noise preamp that gives enough kick and distortion, with well-balanced EQ and rich harmonics that respond perfectly to picking attack and dynamics.

Pricing:

IMMORTAL Set (passive): 175€

PROTEUS Set (active): 199€

Pre-Order:  https://gusgofficial.bigcartel.com

www.blackfirepickups.com

Dealer inquiries: 

Please contact sales@gvunitedinc.com

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Gear News
The World’s First Stereo-Direct-Output Reactive Load & Impulse Response Amplifiers – Revv is Back for the Attack with Generator MKIII Series

The World’s First Stereo-Direct-Output Reactive Load & Impulse Response Amplifiers – Revv is Back for the Attack with Generator MKIII Series

Redefining the award-winning Canadian high-gain titans. The Revv Generator MKIII Series took 4 years of research & development based on feedback from world-class touring artists, session guitarists, & audio engineers. Featuring a plethora of tonal updates, all-new noise gate & digital reverb, & integrating advanced Two notes Audio Engineering virtual cabinet & reactive load technology, Revv Amplification is committed to bringing you the most complete amplifier experience available.

Revv’s MKIII Series 120 & 100 watt heads are available as the Generator 120 with all 4 channels, or the 100P & 100R, which each feature a single high gain channel. 

The Generator MKIII Series features:

  • Go Direct with Two notes Torpedo-embedded Stereo XLR Output
  • Utilize Virtual Cabs & Mics, Twin Tracker Stereo Doubler, Reverbs, & More
  • 4 All-Tube Independent-EQ Multi-Voice Channels Take Your Tone from Clean to Scream
    • 4 Channel Generator 120. Available as 3 Independent EQ Channel 100P & 100R Models
  • Updated High Gain Purple & Red Channel Voicings & New Cut Switch 
  • New Clean Blue Channel Wide Switch & 3 Crunch Green Channel Drive Modes
  • Built-in State-of-the-Art Noise Gate & Digital Reverb (Both Fully Bypassable)
  • Dual Master Volumes, Presence & Depth Controls, & Power Scaling Down to 10 Watts 
  • Fully Programmable with MIDI or Included Footswitch. Two notes Editable via Bluetooth
  • Manufactured in Canada to Rugged Quality Standards. 5 – 12AX7, 4 – 6L6GC

View the debut video now.

Revv Generator MKIII amplifier series 


The Generator 120 MKIII is $3299 & the 100P & 100R are $2699. They can be pre-purchased through many fine dealers or directly at www.revvamplification.com starting November 12 2020.

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Gear News
Wampler Plexi-Drive Mini

Wampler Plexi-Drive Mini

First there was the Plexi-Drive. Then there was the Plexi-Drive Deluxe. Now Wampler Pedals bring you the all new Plexi-Drive Mini. Brian has managed to cram an improved version of the original Plexi-Drive circuit into a miniature housing and has added some new features. Since the early 60’s, Marshall Amplifiers® have lead the way in rock tones with legendary tight overdrive and coveted bass response. Early rock legends such as: Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Cream, and AC/DC helped in creating some of the most iconic rock tones ever and catapulted Marshall® into legendary status. Like the original, the Plexi-Drive Mini’s unique gain structure can cover everything from Vintage ’68 style Plexi tones to the all-out massive rock tones of a JTM-45® cranked to ten, or even eleven…

The all-new Mid Boost circuit switch, never featured on any previous Wampler Plexi style pedal, creates a powerful throaty tube-like boost by tweaking several gain stages of the circuit at once.  The combination of these switches with the Tone and Gain controls offer impressive tonal flexibility from a mini pedal. Many players love to run Tumnus, Clarksdale and other OD type pedals into the Plexi-Drive or Plexi-Drive Deluxe.  For the Plexi-Drive Mini, Brian implemented gain stage and EQ changes within the mid boost circuit to achieve a similar response – the result is astounding, and with masses of gain on tap, things are about to get loud! The Plexi Drive Mini also features our special Bass Boost switch which emulates the tonal difference between a 4×12 and 2×12 speaker cab.

  • Built in USA
  • High-grade components selected for their superior sound and response
  • Famous Plexi Drive sound with custom Mid Boost circuit and
    classic Bass Boost circuit
  • Volume, Gain, Tone controls
  • Dimensions: 1.5” x 3.5” x 1.5” (38.1mm x 88.9mm x 38.1mm) – height excludes knobs and switches
  • Power draw: 1.4mA at 9v, 2.3mA at 18v 9v power jack – DC supply only, no battery connection within.
  • Includes Wampler’s limited 5-year warranty

“Marshall”, “Marshall Amplifiers” and “JTM-45” are trademarks of Marshall Amplification and are in no way associated with Wampler or Boutique Amps Distribution.

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Friedman Smallbox Pedal

Friedman Smallbox Pedal

The Friedman Smallbox all-tube amp is well known for being one of the most flexible and touch-responsive two-channel amplifiers on the market. Now you can get that same tonal versatility, sensitivity and harmonically rich overdrive in a pedal. The Smallbox Overdrive packs the same intuitive control set as the amplifier, allowing you to dial in your perfect shade of rock, from vintage Plexi goodness to high gain madness in no time. It doesn’t matter if you want a high-output cleaner tone for pushing your amp hard or a thick gritty drive that will sit well in any classic to modern rock band, a sweep of the gain control easily gets you there. If you want to reign in the gain more, simply flip the side-mounted gain switch, and it will simulate the Plexi-Channel of the Smallbox Amplifier. Want to experience the amp’s accolade-garnering tone in the convenience of a pedal? Put the Smallbox Overdrive on your board today.

British rock at its best

Though the Smallbox overdrive can scream with an unabashedly rock ‘n’ roll voice, you’ll be surprised at how truly versatile it is. To get more out of the amp you already have, roll the pedal’s gain knob back, flip the gain structure switch to “lower gain mode” and get a killer dirty boost.

● Friedman Smallbox amp tone in a compact pedal format

● Responds to guitar controls and picking nuance exactly like the amp

● Gain control and gain structure switch takes you from gritty to hard rock in no time

Ready for your rig

The Smallbox Overdrive pedal delivers tube-like tone in a small pedal format which can be used either into a clean amp or to boost an already over-driven amp.

● Ideal for use with both clean and overdriven amps

● Controls for bass, mid, treble, presence, volume, and gain are intuitive for quick ‘dial in’.

● 2 position side-mounted Gain Structure switch gives you options from low-focused gain to high gain madness!

The man who knows tone

Dave Friedman has been building one of the most stellar reputations in the guitar, amplifier, and effects industry for decades. His clientele – which includes some of the biggest names in electric guitar – continue to rely on him, to keep them sounding their best night after night. When he puts his name on a piece of gear, you know it will get the job done.

● Dave Friedman’s name is synonymous with high-quality electric guitar products

● Assembled in USA with only the finest materials for flawless performance

● Every unit is inspected and tested before shipping

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Gear News
Flamma Launches FS01 Drum Machine & Phrase Loop Pedal

Flamma Launches FS01 Drum Machine & Phrase Loop Pedal

Flamma Innovation has launched a new drum machine & phrase loop pedal for the holiday season. The FS01 is a large-body pedal that features stereo outputs and visual looper timing bar.

FS01 Stereo Drum Loop

The FS01 Drum Loop pedal features a full-featured drum machine and looper with stereo outputs at an unbeatable price. The Looper provides a whopping 20 minutes of recording time and can be used independently or simultaneously with the drum machine. The FS01 also includes a visual bar indicator to accompany the looper and ensure perfectly timed loops and dubs. The drum machine features 11 different grooves styles to choose from with each groove having multiple time signature and tempo variations for a total of 121 different beats. Whether performing live or using the FS01 as a practice companion, individual looper and drum machine volume controls and stereo outputs allow you to find the perfect balance.

  • 20 minutes capacity looper with drum machine
  • Drum machine features 11 different groove styles with multiple time signature and tempo variations.
  • Three different modes: Looper mode, drum machine mode, and mix mode.
  • Mix mode allows user to use looper with drum machine.
  • Visible looper recording bar to aid with loop recording.
  • Individual volume level adjustment for looper and drum machine.

The FS01 will be available from Flamma Amazon USA/Canada/Japan, flamma.shop and Aliexpress from November 18th 2020.

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Gear News
Engl Brings Five Of Its Iconic Pro Guitar Cabinets To The Two Notes Store With A New IR Pack

Engl Brings Five Of Its Iconic Pro Guitar Cabinets To The Two Notes Store With A New IR Pack

Engl is delighted to announce that its legendary Pro line of cabinets is now available as an official Impulse Response (IR) pack on the Two notes Store.

The five Engl cabs featured in the pack have been responsible for some of the most brutal and jaw-dropping high-gain guitar tones in history, and now players across the world can faithfully recreate these sounds on stage, in the studio or at home using their favourite Two notes devices and software. Continue reading →

Posted by Mark Smith in Guitar Gear News
Ernie Ball Announces Availability of Expanded Instrument Strap Line

Ernie Ball Announces Availability of Expanded Instrument Strap Line

2020 Brings 15 New Offerings To The Ever-Popular Ernie Ball Jacquard Strap Collection

Ernie Ball, the world’s leading manufacturer of guitar strings, musical instruments and accessories, is proud to announce the availability of the newest additions to its Classic Jacquard strap line. The world’s number-one Polypro guitar strap is now available in 15 stylish new Jacquard designs featuring embroidered leather ends with durable yet comfortable Polypropylene webbing. Designs include Tangerine Nightmist, Taos Fire Red, Midnight Blizzard, Pink Paisley, Redbird Rising, Winter Rose, Blackjack Red, Olive Canvas, Albuquerque Blue, Peace Love Dove, Alpine Meadow, Premier Paisley, Kaleidoscope Pink and Kaleidoscope Blue. Strap length measures 41″ to 72″. The new straps are now available with street pricing of $19.99.

Visit them online at www.ernieball.com and www.music-man.com.

Reverb

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