« Excellent and Versatile »Publié le 11/26/10 à 17:39
Lamp: 12AX7. Originally fitted with a Sovtek I replaced by a TungSol ECC83, a change that has greatly improved the sound of the pedal. For 30 €, is a modification that I highly recommend.
What is the power delivered?
No idea, it is not stated in the manual.
An instrument input.
A speaker output
An output amplifier
FX Loop (thank you TN)
Switch 2: 1 to switch from channel to channel light crunch / lead and to select the crunch or lead channel.
What are the settings, effects?
A clean channel with 3 band EQ, Gain and Volume
1 channel Crunch / Lead with 3-band EQ, Gain, Volume 3 positions and a button to control the frequency curve of the crunch.
An effects loop
The pedal is powered by 12V and 1500 mA. It takes the place of 2 packs of cigarettes. Solid construction. The lamp is well protected but changes quite easily.
Apart from these positive points, a volume control Lead / Crunch separate was a good thing.
9 / 10
The setup is simple?
Yes. Simple as a pre-amp. The settings are effective.
Do you get a good sound easy?
- In distortion pedal (using the amplifier output): no. And we can not get a good sound to me. I come back later.
- In Preamp: yes but you have to spend some time on the equalizer that reacts to the Micro-quarter turn.
The manual is clear and sufficient?
Yes, in English, but it's OK. This is a pamphlet (a more practical book in my opinion). There are patterns of connections, the circuit diagram, advice on use. On this point, AMT is very professional approach and a "boutique" interesting.
Will it fit your style of music?
Yes. I'll burn that draws from rock as well as to heavy metal to pop and he still comes out in 2 cases.
With what (s) guitar (s) / low (s) or effect (s) do you play?
I tried it with LTD MH400 and low (!) PLO.
All plugged directly into:
<ul> the return of an amp via the speaker output Valbee
Sound Card Edirol FA-66 via the speaker output or output amp with IR </ul>
What kind of sound you get and with what settings ("crystalline", "fat ",....)?
By using pre-amp: you get a very wide range of sounds. The light is beautiful, not at all despite the cold EMG81/85 my guitar. The crunch and lead are also very believable. Lead is full bodied, very dynamic and not "fiddle" at all. It sounds really great in return, a console or a sound card. Very credible and there is no such effect "over-mixed" found in the Pod and simulation software (which are also very well this will work). In short: flexibility, credibility, responsiveness and sound gear in the game
To get an idea:
title to which the bass / guitars are recorded with the AMT SS20, output amplifier, using impulses via Kefir, no EQ, compressor have been applied: https://tinyurl.com/35w6mfw ( )
a title on which the guitars are recorded with the AMT SS20, exit HP, no EQ, compressor had been applied: https://tinyurl.com/2ug4gb4 ( )
In use distortion: it really sounds like the m *****. Saw earlier opinions, I doubt the quality of my ears or they are those of others. Maybe a hardware issue. But for me, with my setup, the sound is ultra strident, shrill, completely flat, cold, crappy and completely uninteresting. I had a lot of distortion pedals including Boss who sometimes bad reputation, but had their charm. Here there is none: imagine a Boss Metal Zone with the treble at max and the mid and lower than 0.
A word about the effects loop: very convenient, it is even necessary. Indeed, I find that the modulations sound much better if they are plugged into the loop rather than facade.
The pedals are intended to be necessarily connected in front (pitch shifter, filter) are well received by the AMT SS20.
What are the sounds you prefer, you hate
I summarize: SS20 AMT is an excellent preamp, but a distortion pedal completely sucks. It's not for nothing has the AMT as a pre-amp!
7 / 10
For how long have you been using it?
4 months but so intense!
What thing do you like most/least about it?
<ul> the sound quality of the preamp
the output quality HP
<ul> the lack of a dedicated control and lead to a dedicated crunch rather than one dedicated to two
the use distortion pedal </ul>
Did you try many other models before getting this one?
In lamps without preamp. But I had a Pod XT, lots of distortion (Boss, Digitech, Ibanez, Maxon).
What is your opinion about the value for the price?
Sincerely good. I do not know blackstar models but this one really tears.
Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice?
Yes without hesitation.
9 / 10