Ashdown debuts new gear at Summer Namm
Ashdown may not have a full stand at this year’s Summer Namm show in Nashville this week but the UK company nevertheless has several interesting new products at its ‘tabletop’ presentation.
The first of the company’s introductions are aimed not at Ashdown’s traditional bass stronghold but at the acoustic guitar market – the Ashdown Pre-Amp Reverb Pedal. The Pre-Amp Reverb Pedal has a very simple but effective layout that utilises many features of Ashdown’s Woodsman Acoustic Guitar amp range. It includes a notch filter, high and low (bass/treble) EQ rotary controls, Notch Frequency control for feedback resonance, as well as a footswitchable shape button – bringing the player up in the mix.
The pedal features dual inputs for both instrument (jack) and microphone (XLR) and also features an input assignable reverb switch that lets the user choose which channel has reverb applied to it, enabling reverb on guitar, vocals or both at the same time. The pre-amp also features a balanced DI output and there is a Pre/Post switch at the rear of the pedal either sends a clean signal (pre) or signal with effects (post) to the balanced DI output.
For bassists, Ashdown is relaunching the the OriginAL Valve Pre-DI Pedal is a valve driven pre-amplifier pedal. the makers says: ‘The OriginAL beautifully shapes the bass player’s clean signal whilst offering a foot-switchable valve powered overdrive in a single compact unit. Setting it apart from others, The OriginAL delivers superb quantities of both clean and overdriven bass tone, without one feature outshining the other. Crystal clear cleans and powerful overdriven growl – The OriginAL encompasses it all.’
Packed with features, the OriginAL is being launched alongside an OriginAL bass head, This is also packed with options for the serious bass player starting with a passive/active switch accompanying the trademark Vu meter. this is followed by a five-band EQ stage with DI output, independent FX send and return plus a headphone out.
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