The IRIDIUM amplifier was born from an idea of simplicity, ultimate reliability, and the purest tone. We used the already capable LEAD channel from the OBSIDIAN amplifier as a starting point, and altered the layout and design to deliver a unique, yet familiar tonal experience. Starting with an American voicing, we included design elements of classic British & European amplifiers to deliver something truly exceptional. This single channel design offers incredible versatility, handling dirty blues to technical death metal, to total sludge. Awesome touch sensitivity, incredible note recovery, and thick harmonic content make this amp a joy to play. Just the right amount of saturation, just the right balance in the EQ, and massive amounts of volume and tone to be had at nearly any volume. This 100% hand wired design is built to last and deliver night after night.
Low Gain Setting: While still offering a good amount of gain, the amp in this setting will respond a bit softer. The texture is thicker, the highs are a bit softer, and the lows are much more round and full. Strats and single coils are fat but responsive, with just the right amount of compression and punch. With humbuckers, you will get a more classic tone, especially with the mids pushed. Fans of heavy blues from the New Orleans area will love this setting with the gain cranked. If you enjoy using OD/boost pedals, we recommend trying them with this setting. It will keep all the lows (but tighten them up) not over compress the signal and give more clarity with string/chord progressions.
High Gain setting: Tighter low end response, more saturation, slightly more upper mid focused voicing, and a whole lot of awesome. A boost is definitely not necessary, but we designed it to work well with your favorite overdrive for bringing your sound to a new level of heavy. So many styles of rock and metal can be dialed in here, and the gain control has a lot of range for dialing in just the right response. Crank the gain and get ready for the DOOM!
EQ: We are very proud of the range in the EQ and ask that you disregard what you currently know about setting up and amp, and use your ears, not your eyes. With all controls at noon, you get a very modern sound with a near perfect balance. Crank the mids, dial back the highs, and increase the Detail for a tech/progressive tone. Scoop the mids (yes we said that), and be in thrash metal heaven. So many varieties of sounds, with an EQ that can handle nearly any setting.
Voice switch: This switch changes the placement of the mid Q from more upper mid focused to more low mid focused. A VERY useful feature that further helps dial in your tone.
Master: The Master Volume allows huge tones to be dialed in at low levels, and also allows for fine tuning of power section / preamp balance. The DEPTH control allows you to dial in the lows from the power section to match the speaker cab attached, while the DETAIL control lets you blend in the right amount of high frequency cut. Try altering the bass and depth for the right punch and frequency, and also try this with the treble and detail controls as you can dial in your ideal high frequency response.