A persons signature can tell a story about who they are, and every one is unique. Think of our amplification line as part of our signature, with aspects that make us unique. When developing our first amplifier, we took our time to plot out the features and tonal attributes that we wanted to achieve. Versatility without compromise was of top priority, while keeping it simple as to not over complicate the tone shaping process. Simplicity doesn't have to mean a lack of features though. 2.5 channels with switchable voicing(s), full MIDI control, tube buffered FX loop, and even universal voltage selection for use anywhere around the world. Introducing OBSIDIAN.
Below are three unmixed snippets. That's right, we said unmixed. Recorded using a 57 to the side of the cap, 421 on the cone to Neve 1073. No post EQ. No compression. All through our custom designed Celestion speakers. All riffs written and recorded by Ben Eller.
Clean Channel: As with most high gain amplifiers, the clean channel(s) can often be overlooked & underwhelming. Simply recreating a "vintage clean" circuit within a design does not mean that tone will be recreated. We tuned the sound by ear to achieve a luscious, full, and detailed sound with incredible headroom and tonal versatility. Low gain levels provide plenty of sparkle and spank with a balanced low-mid ratio. Increasing the drive introduces a slight bit of compression with increased bass response. Increasing the drive further introduces a slight breakup that works well will blues and southern rock. This versatility also lends well to adding compression, clean-boost, overdrive, and even distortion to the front end for all you pedal junkies.
Crunch: Although the Crunch and Lead channels share the same EQ Controls (hence the 2.5 channel moniker), this channel does not share the same gain stages and initial voicing as the Lead, giving us more flexibility to dial in the tone and response. Round yet tight lows, a thick cutting mid-range, and touch sensitive highs give you anything from a southern blues pushed tone, to classic rock, to early metal. With the correct EQ settings, you can even come close to the fabled "Brown Sound". Simply adding a boost on this channel pushes it further into metal territory without getting over compressed and overly saturated.
Lead: Designed to be very musical, this highly harmonic channel adds awesome dimension to your high gain sound. Touch sensitive dynamics, just the right amount of compression & saturation, and incredible note separation deliver a wall of sound that can be easily manipulated by right hand technique. Lows are tight, the mid-range is layered with a rich growl, and the highs are detailed without excess fizz. The SHIFT switch changes the way the Phase Inverter is pushed. In the "down" setting, the lows are a bit more full, and the highs are smoother. In the "up" setting, the lows are a bit tighter and the highs are a bit more touch sensitive. This switch is very subtle and has a lot to do with feel and the fine tuning of your sound. The SHIFT switch changes the mid-range focus for more cut and clarity in the upper registers in the "up" position, and more low mid character in the "down" position. The GAIN control is highly receptive to playing styles, keeping this amp balanced and capable for all genres.