All user reviews for the Amt Electronics SS-11 Guitar Preamp
Features of SS-11 Design:
- Fully tube-based 4 stage overdrive channel with DUAL TUBE design (2x12AH7 tubes) with high-voltage anode voltage (+300 V).
- Three separate channels: CLEAN / OVERDRIVE / LEAD
- Individual gain sensitivity and output level controls for clean and crunch/lead channels.
- TREBLE SHIFT toggle switch to enter bright mode for that added punch of high end.
- FX LOOP for external effects.
- OUTPUT jack for connecting to both specialized guitar amplifiers with a standard level of 0 dB (GUITAR AMP mode) and a CAB SIM MIXER out with a standard level of -10dB and a guitar cabinet simulation.
- The preamp outputs are equipped with sophisticated solid-state buffers.
- SS-11 incorporates new field-effect transistor-based guitar cabinet impulse response emulator processing. Improved naturalness of sound when connected to line input.
- Special attention was paid to transistors anode power quality: preamp uses a specially designed high-voltage transformer minimizing the penetration of impulse noises into amplified signal.
- Tubes: 12AH7 x 2
- Input Impedance Rear Panel: 1MOhm
- Input Sensitivity Rear Panel: -10dB
- Output Impedance: 10kOhm
- Power Voltage: 12vDC (-)center
- Power Consumption: 600mA or .6A
This thing looks intimidating but it really is functionally easy to learn and figure out. The size of it is so impressive. It is basically about the size of a Boss pedal and with the features this thing has is amazing!
The sound from this pedal is amazing. It really sound as authentic as you can get with out being a full blown amp combo or head. Plugging into a mixing console is so easy and simple that makes traveling to a gig a pleasure. This is a unit that you can throw in your bag and go off to a gig without bring your half stacks. Plus the addition of having an effects loop you can plug your modulation an delays into makes it functionally splendid. All the channel sounds good and very usable. There isn't one tone that it does and the rest of it isn't usable. The entire pedal is usable and worth the money.
I would recommend this pedal to any gigging musician that need a back up amp or something where sound could be an issue and you need to go direct into a mixing console or house sound PA system. At around $400 for a new one this thing is a steal. I will own one for just simplistic purposes if I ever need something quick and easy on the go. Great for places where you need to kill the stage volume or recording purposes.
TheJeff666's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very efficient and very modern or too ..."
- Clean one: there is a volume, three usual corrections (Bass / Mid / Treble) and a gain.
- One that is shared DRIVE settings CRUNCH and LEAD 2 modes, namely a volume and three corrections of common tones, and an independent gain control for each channel. We also note a 3-position switch to naming "GAIN CR. "These are three variants of pre-equalization CRUNCH mode.
Input and output jack 6.35mm (a switch selects the destination of the signal OUTPUT: To Amp or To Mix with cabinet emulation), an effects loop (SEND and RETURN) on the upper edge of the box.
Preamp classic design, with the disadvantages associated with crunch and lead channels that share a common equalizer ... never open the manual ... When to get a good sound, it's made for it, but beware it is not a plug & play system, you must spend some time searching ... and hacking ...
No particular style of music, I just beaoin versatility and versatility ... Use only in a home studio.
Attention AMT SS11 has a relatively modern color, and the color is right for you, or it will look for something else ... In addition, in my case, it does not react very well with some of my guitars mounted P90 or single coil powerful (eko manta and a strat in hot texas tornado ms pickups), too much treble and midrange treble not very pretty and difficult to manage.
With proper guitar, the strong point for me, it is clean and light crunch, very clear, precise and articulated immediately present in the mix without spending hours to equalize the sound ... a fairly neutral color (or modern ...) but results in a very effective home studio. I have not got me to lead channel that I find too modern and too cold for my taste. For this kind of sound, I have a Koch ... But this preamp is very well react humbuckers of jeuns to very high output allowed four octave below ... This amplifier accepts pedals very well upstream or in the loop, but always with this pretty modern color.
A very good product for home recording, efficient, quick to pick up and easy to place in a mix. What I like the most, its neutrality and efficiency, that I like the least, neutrality ....
He just pay a second youth in me, I now use the Direct output to amp input of a power amp section (in 12AT7) a Koch Pedaltone, and there is happiness for me . I keep accurate sound, but a little more modern roots and fat (especially in crunch), adding that whatever brings heat to the poweramp of Koch. The is perfect for my use.
The value for money is good for the gear of this quality. If you play with a Vigier or go for a music man petrucci, this stuff is for you, if you play with a LP Junior or Firebird (it is rather my case ...), I advise you all of the same try before ...
I'm not going anymore. This is not my main preamp, but whenever I use it, it does the job very well, quickly and without headaches ...
4 of 6 people found this review helpful
Nomade-07's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good, good and not so good ... :)"
Three channels, clean, crunch, lead.
Three classic EQ bands.
Separate EQ for clean, common to channels crunch / lead but gain settings, volume and tone boost separate EQ for each channel.
A return effect.
A switch to turn the HP simulation output.
What is missing to be perfect?
- A master volume
- A separate channel for crunch / lead EQ
- A separate simulation output HP
configuration is not a problem, it's a classic preamp
The manual ... what manual? No seriously ... no need, it is not a multi-purpose fifteen billion settings, adjustments are made very quickly.
His side ... Are we easily get a good sound? A good sound ... yes ... the sound you want ... not
Two minor drawbacks ...
1) the output level of the pedal goes from nothing to very strong from the start ...
2) the volume of each channel affects the level of the effects loop, it is necessary to review all the effects of dynamic type settings (compression, dynamic delay) if the volume of the channel is changed.
Finally, if you want to use it properly it is necessary to add him in one way or another something to act as a "Master Volume" to exit to solve these problems.
His side ...
The clean ... TOP ... not much more to say, depending on the gain was very clean Fender, or you can go to the very beginning of crunchy / bluesy ... there really ... a success.
Dynamics, harmonics and saturation quite significant with microphones having a good level of output (of Tom Anderson for me).
A very beautiful crunch + ...
I'm going to nitpick ... it's been over thirty I'm looking for the GRAIL preamp easily transportable ... so I tried the machines ...
Despite the tone controls it is difficult ... not actually impossible to get a typed his Hard Rock 80s
Funny thing, when we reduced the gain, the mids become ultra imbalance present and in my opinion the sound.
In overall it's still the very very good and certainly what I tried there best in this format.
There for me this is a disappointment, we feel the compression diodes, but has lost momentum (not unusual as it is much more compressed) but also the entire harmonic richness ... sniff
In the end my ears it sounds like channel more compressed hands less saturated than the Crunch ...
For my part I found it quite good and usable on clean and crunch channels. Much better than the simulation of POD types.
The lead part ... it clearly reveals the defects of channel ...
CLEAN + + +
CRUNCH + +
To my taste (all this is subjective) far beyond what I tried better in this format there to clean and crunch better than blackstar particular.
I had two left in the first feedback on the lead channel at all costs, so back to the sender, the second did not have the same power, the "A" no longer appeared in the No. series.
Consistency does not seem to be the watchword of the production of AMT
In the end, I have long hesitated to keep, I think it would have been two crunch channels with gain and volume separated, I would have. But it's very typical (too much for my taste) and the Hard Rock 80 lead channel disappointing ...
Not for me ...
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Jumikael's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good, but hard to tame"
I had this pedal with the new diet, apparently more reliable than the previous ones.
An EQ for clear, an EQ for the other two channels each of which has still a gain and a volume each.
Output "mix" or "amp" switchable.
I also want to mention the consumption of the pedal: 600mA enough actually ... However I must use 900mA (three out of my t-rex juicy lucy) for not breath due to a lack of power. If you decide to incorporate the AMT in your pedalboard, so plan necessarily a beefy power supply. So I bought the juicy lucy (my torpedo and amt) I combined with a harley benton jr powerplant to power the rest of my pedals. it weighs, but it's reliable and I prefer that.
So I first tried the AMT live with out "mix". Rather nice, active until a channel other than the clear ... Then, with the torpedo I had problems breathing, and treble too garish.
- I change the lamps. I installed a 12AX7WA Sovtek and JJ Tesla ECC83S. No more screaming highs, hello fullness, dynamics, with finally a flattering to my ears sound.
- I feed the pedal but not with 600mA 900mA with (much breath disappears).
- I use the exit "mix" not out "amp". The mix output is a kind of EQ with a drastic decline in the volume of output. Finally, use the AMT and allowed me to avoid as much breath.
I failed several times to sell. Fortunately not, because now I have enough extra sound.
I play with headphones and AMT, combined with the Torpedo, gives me a sound that I never expected to get playing in my corner, under these conditions. It is also extra records, connections in the sound, etc..
- You really need to consider changing the original lamps, and at least opt for JJ ECC83S to erase the shrill treble side.
- Since I changed lamps, treble boost / medium seem more functional ... weird. However they were quite useless, unless you want to pierce my ears, so it is not very serious (and apart from that, it seems pretty solid and reliable)
I recommend this pedal. Not easy to tame, but can be much better, because it will adapt to different contexts (an amp effect loop, torpedo, etc.). It is now essential part of my pedalboard. AMT thank you
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
props's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" big sound and Family Life"
- Clean channel: volume, gain, 3-band EQ and a bright switch;
- Channel crunch / lead: volume + gain + bright switch (one per channel), 3-band eq shared between the two channels, the small weak point according to the general opinion. It is true that we would have appreciated a separate eq for both channels overdrive, but as we will see later, it is not detrimental to the spirit of the preamp, very vintage rock, and overall sound quality.
Side connections no surprise, they put reverbs, delays and other modulation effects in the loop and it's all good.
The output is line level (ie preamp).
Note that even if the pedal is pretty well finished and looks solid, block specific power 12v / 1000mA is VERY poor. Mine was defective Thomann me returned an almost equally noisy. I replaced (temporarily) by a universal power supply that can be found in specialty stores and spare electro-fi no problem with noise.
Documentation rather sketchy ... But good for this kind of device it is not a selection criterion, there's just turn the knobs and work his ears! You just need to be aware that 300 volts circulate inside and obviously it's better not take it apart and put his fingers while plugged! I wanted more information from the manufacturer about changing lamps by 12AX7, fortunately a tutorial on AF explains it very well!
The clean is very well balanced, hot and spicy at the same time very dynamic. The gain setting can raise the lower mids, until a slight crunch. This position agrees very well all kinds of pedals, distortion, overdrive, fuzz, wah, etc ...
The crunch is very versatile, it can be subtle on a big attack, or more savage! This is my favorite position for all that is rock / blues.
The lead on the version I have (SS11A) corresponds to crunch more hairy and more compressed. It is not very high gain stays clean even at the bottom. For the dirty, put a fuzz or overdrive crunch position.
EQ settings and brightness are effective, but we must admit that its central position is already perfectly balanced. Given the spirit of the toy, it is even fashionable to push the mids a bit!
Two words on the position of cab simulation: it is not that it is bad, it is just not up to the quality of SS11. It should be taken as a stupid filter that will cut some frequencies to like, but honestly it is not worth other simulations. For home studio use, an LMO CN1 (not tried) or a plugin such as Torpedo PI-free may be a good alternative. For richer, a Torpedo CAB ... For my part, I now use a Micro Cab ADA, it is very effective, I can scope out the rock candy (well even grandpa now!) And venture towards the stoner.
Change lamps for Tung Sol is even more dynamic and original gloss, a little too! If you use the integrated simulation cab it will be fine, otherwise lamps with less gain will be more appropriate.
Lovers of his late 60's to early 80's, this is your toy to take you to Angus, Frank, Tommi or Jimmy quietly with headphones at home without waking your sweetheart and your offspring! The SS11? The good old lamps and domestic peace in one!
Aside from concerns at the power supply and simulation simulation cab (!), This is a great amp for home studio with a clean almost perfect in all situations and crunches that feel the glorious years rock.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
I do not put a note because I did not see the overall opinion guard.
Very easy to use, it is a true preamp that plugs and rule as such.
Its rating is very very good, true its tubes. Too acute to lead in with original tubes for my taste, but with some adjustments we do what we want.
The story is a bit astonishing: when I received the beast I plugged into the back of an amp (like the doc) ca blowing a lot and I request an exchange (thank you Thomann!). I received a deuxiemme: same thing! I'm writing a very pro AMT they asked me a small video and its connections: the conclusion probably a pb on the JFET output. Re exchange (thank you Thomann!) And re same pb! I have re-search and with the help of AMT (still very nice) I concluded that it was finally bp entry level (master of my amp being deconecte when using the return of the loop). It is better to have a master active on the amp or preamp to connect the send to the return of the amp (not the same level of breath). After two weeks of use in full chorus bam! down! Mail Thomann which exchange (thank you!). I received the fourth and the amazement of the first test pb SUP! I try on another: very well except that the equalization of switches did not work ... mail that has Thomann me offers to reimburse me (and who pays the shipping costs for each exchange, respect and thanks again !). Conclusion (I know it's long but it will trops can be useful and then ca relief!) Very frustrating because the sound is really great, maybe a bad series? Or somewhere a doll of an object SS11B impobable voodoo ritual?
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tarz200tdi's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Treat hearing"
I have version A
Only gripe to me about this part chipotant: a separate EQ on the lead channel. But at the same time to the size ... I really quibble!
RAS, plug it sounds ...
It's very light in how to make the settings.
> On the part gear itself, the overall strength looks good, including the various inputs and outputs even if a bit too plastic. Against by connecting the power supply is a bit "soft" for my taste ... Probably something to improve ... But since the sound of the beast, I will have no qualms about releasing some tickets for an upgrade / reliability of the beast in a pro!
> On the use, as I am happy in a singly linked (guitar + SS-11 + EHX 44 magnum + Orange PPC 112 closed), I am much more reserved in use 4 cables with my Pod HD 400 used as multi purpose .. it gets loud and cold ... But I suspect more the pod HD and non-transparency of its FX Loop that the AMT itself.
Bon ben over there in my singly linked (see above), with my gibson SG or Fender Jazzmaster is my right foot ...
> The light is superb, and the colors varied via the EQ, or even better via the gain variation ... A success!
> Crunches .... It is a machine to crunch this thing! even quite hot in my config. Warning light for a cruch it will either be in the millimeter gain setting or rediscover its volume knob ...
> The Lead: Initially I saw the weak point of the beast, to the point of considering making a version B. After some thought and a few hours of use later, I find this channel as well as it can either play the role of overdrive more or less chubby compared crunch channel, ie, by putting a little volume, do a very good lead in all styles, as long as you do not try to play Slipknot ... From rock to metal but not too extreme it does, not necessarily with a ton of gain but on the other hand dynamics sick!
Anyway I love the beast ...
After hesitating to try the B, I stay with my A, but we will now that I explore the 12AX7 and ECC83 going well (even if the original ones are pretty well their job).
For me a very nice tool, with small weaknesses worth IMHO largely an upgrade, because it really is a very loveable beast.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
lam_da's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good choice of a good preamp for clear sound!"
Choice 12AH7 default, or 12AX7.
To do this, unscrew the protective grille lamps and move jumpers. The manual explains the operation.
It is therefore a dual lamp preamp we have.
Used as a connection of amplifier:
Guitar> IN (SS11)> SEND (SS11)> Effects of modulations> RETURN (SS11)> OUT> (SS11)> Return of combo / head / Power Amp
It consumes 600mA, important to know if one seeks a single feed for all Pedalboard
(See previous review for settings)
There is very quickly clear sound we like.
It is possible to have a clear sound without the typed Jazz Bright switch, if not to have his typed a Fender with a beautiful highlighted with the same switch.
There are three false channels:
- Clear Channel
- Channel Crunch
- Crunch Channel boosted
Clear Channel has its own EQ, for cons for 2 Crunches, it's the same EQ. We must therefore make a compromise if you want equalizer switch between these two last channels.
I have a Stratocaster with a Dimarzio Chopper bridge and a single typical Telecaster neck. The amp is a Blackstar HT5.
With this configuration I was looking for a nice clean sound for the neck position and split off phase. Well I have used, the clean sound is beautiful, great set, really pleasant.
Any setting changes in some important sound. The adjustment range is very wide.
With the crunch channel, one can have his dirty Bluesy lead to the correct type of Marshall. We can play good riffs Big Rock. on the other hand, for Metal, I have not found anything worthwhile. I have another pedal for that of the coup.
I love the sound of this pedal. Now to frustration because you can not equalize the two independent channels Crunch ...
I've had a little over a month.
This is a very good pedal sound in terms ... on the other hand ... build quality is very weak. I bought it used, and the sound comes out already Emulated Output Output.
I agree with a previous opinions discussing the quality of manufacture.
I tried other preamp, including TubemanII that I liked and which proposed remember more possibilities with Equalization separate channels for each entry. I recently tried a Sansamp California that I was quite disappointed. Its pretty clear, but sounds disgusting crunch, this may be the goal.
Ultimately this is a very good preamp when it works. The quality / price is not terrible, but it does its job very well, namely a good clear sound base, and other interesting channels crunch.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
barh2_0's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent!"
- An instrument between a send and return for the effects loop, a switch output with a line-out / output mix (cab sim)
- A clean channel: gain, level, treble, mid, bass and bright switch
- A crunch channel gain, level, treble, mid, bass and treble boost switch
- A lead channel: gain, treble boost level and spar but legalization common channel crunch
- A change of foot swicth channel clean / crunch and a lead-toggle footswitch lead / crunch
No rglages complicated pRSET no, no pattern, no usb, no wheel spin your checks to the sub-sub-sub menu ... Buttons turn, nothing more simple, nothing more intuitive!
The big advantage is to have three channels under the foot pedals in a format that fits in the flight case of the guitar.
The sound is trs good, clean fairly versatile, sounds great and is really saturated trs versatile.
Plugged into a power section (return an effects loop for example) + HP was an amp (logic) of good quality and as long as the watts rpondent needs, it is not necessary more!
By the output in a cab sim sound is not bad but not as good as using a real HP, a bit like all the cab sim ...
Cab sim + sound card, there is little we have found the plug that goes in it to improve the simulation HP.
It will easily clean to its super bright heavy mid scoop through the overdrive trs open. Truly versatile!
Frankly not by prampli trs efficient and versatile. No worries about me reliability, however, is plutt solid.
I changed the original lamps for Tung ECC803 gold ground, to make the clean sound a little more "corpulent."
This is my opinion prampli essential for guitarists playing in places rgulirement Different.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
- 3 channels CLEAN / CRUNCH / LEAD with EQ for CLEAN, and another common CRUNCH and LEAD.
- Mini switch treble shift for the CLEAN (addition of acute and brightness)
- 2 mini switches mid shift for CRUNCH and LEAD (adding media to get out a little more mix).
- An effects loop
- A simulation of HP.
- 2 switches solid metal (not plastic that breaks ugly) that are activated by foot to change channels.
The lamps are very well protected, it's solid. A small problem, the inputs and outputs are made of plastic (such as Marshall JVM on my head), I prefer metal, it unscrews and breaks less easily.
The power supply provided, however, looks quite fragile and it is too short, I found myself embarrassed in concert several times to seek an extension. Since then I always bring one with me, it's a shame, it's something extra to carry.
The big big plus of this preamp is its format, gather all the characteristics I listed in a size too small is a feat and it deserves a "9 - Excellent."
No need for a manual is pretty clear like that.
You plug the guitar into the "input", plug the "Output" in a console or a sound card (after enabling the simulation of HP by a switch on the side).
Or it plugs directly into a power amp.
We change the foot. There is a switch to switch to CLEAN or CRUNCH LEAD following the sound you have selected with the second switch.
I have often mistaken the sound is a blow to take. The ideal would be to have a third but I guess the format of the device would have been greatly changed.
There are LED light enough to tell us which channel you are.
Accurate to size, I SS-11A version is more "vintage" of the unit, I never heard the SS-11B.
I make this preamp professional use. I play with a Classic Rock cover band in bars and I plug it directly into a console with the simulation of HP on. It gives this:
- The CLEAN is very bright, snapping, lens. The agreements are well defined and the chorus out of the mix. I'm not an absolute fan because I think it "puke" almost too much brightness but it does the job I asked.
- The Crunch is excellent, I always feel like a real amp behind me and I am always above to see what's out of such a small pedal. You can play with the gain knob of the race is wide enough and is very accurate. We can then move from a light overdrive to a real saturation. The best channel in my SS11.
- LEAD, the crunch and more saturated. It lacks a little bit of gain for my taste, even with the knob fully. This channel is too specific, I need it a little drool. We can not afford to miss its related ...
I find the simulation of HP a little too dull. So always j'enclenche mid shift and equalization helps me catch it (but I sometimes need to equalize the table ...)
I've never tried it on a sound card but I guess it makes a very similar result.
What I like about the SS-11 is that it's a TRUE preamps, not a distortion warmed by lamps such as the ROCKTRON VOODU VALVE pedal or VOX. He respects the dynamics of the game's guitar (soft or aggressive) and responds accordingly. In addition, if we decrease the volume knob on his guitar, then the sound will be less saturated. It changes my PODXT and other modeling pedal to hamper the expressiveness.
So, I tried several times at home and live in the real role that is his, so as a preamp, a power amp Mesa Boogie 20/20. It takes a whole new dimension. It is infinitely more convincing in this configuration and it is a pleasure to play it. All these qualities really stand and there is no problem of lack of gain or the warped.
I played it with many guitars, this little box is really a sonic character that is still recognized. Some will find it a little too clean.
I use it for a year.
For small concerts, I always had three requirements: a minimum of space, maximum sound, and the ability to plug into a mixer.
I tried many devices (Voodu Valve, Prophesy, Carl Martin Quattro etc etc ...), the only one to meet these three criteria was PODXT that I used for years.
Yes but that was before I met the AMT SS-11 which is roughly the same job in an even smaller size (smaller than the POD and not have to pedal to control it) and who more sounds terribly better.
This is truly a feat and an achievement to have developed a device that sounds as convenient and as well. Before him, or was one or the other.
The disadvantage compared to PODXT is that there is no built-in effects and presets system. The advantage is that there is an effects loop and can therefore choose its effects and tweak on the fly.
Compared with a real amp like my Mesa Boogie Triaxis, it is as complete by biensur but a sound point of view, it defends itself better than many.
- The size and light weight
- Sounds (mostly used as a real amp with a power amp)
- Features (effects loop, simulation of HP)
- The strength (one year intensive concert, still no problems)
- Value / Price (a real amp at about 290 euros!)
- Not an ounce of breath
- The simulation of HP slightly deaf
- Power cord and too short
Until a version with built-in effects, 4 channel, 4 switches, and a simulation of HP even more realistic, it's little box is a REVOLUTION!
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