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NAMM 2011: Trace Elliot Trace Acoustic Amps

January 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 



TE-trace-acoustic-seriesNAMM 2011 — British amplifier designer Trace Elliot proudly announces the availability of the full Trace Acoustic guitar amplifier line.

Over two decades ago, Trace Elliot revolutionized the world of acoustic instrumentation with its original TA Series. Trace Elliot brought studio-quality acoustic reproduction to the stage through designs that incorporated very high-impedance (piezo pickup) inputs, notch filters, phantom power, DSP effects and Dynamic Correction, unique circuitry that reproduces the sparkling top end of an acoustic instrument without relying on high-frequency horns (which can produce harsh, unwanted overtones).

While the influence of Trace Acoustic is still widely felt throughout the industry, today acoustic musicians can experience a new generation of Trace Acoustic models more evolved than their classic forebears, yet still endowed with their original engineering spirit of innovation. Lighter and more powerful than ever, with a wealth of cutting-edge features, the new generation of Trace Acoustic amps again sets the standard for acoustic amplification.

Designed in the UK and produced in the USA, the Trace Acoustic TA Series consists of three models: the TA-300, TA-200 and TA-100. All models feature Trace Elliot’s signature Shape circuit and built-in auto-compressor on each channel, as well as customizable DSP effects with parameter and setting adjustment with separate reverbs that can be assigned to each channel.

These versatile new amps include two modes of switchable features for presets and performance variable controls, all of which are also conveniently footswitchable using the supplied six-function foot controller with 25-foot cable. New FET circuitry ensures switching is extremely quiet and not audible during a performance.

In addition, the TA-100 and TA-200 include a rugged, ballistic nylon shoulder bag, so players can carry both their amp and guitar at the same time. The TA-300 includes a high-quality amp cover to protect it during transit. Trace Acoustic TA Series amplifiers are available now.

Trace Acoustic TA Series Features

  • Built in auto-compressor on all channels
  • Signal level LED on all channels
  • Shape switch for instant EQ’d sound on all channels (footswitchable on Channel 1)
  • Footswitchable Phase switch on all channels
  • Effect Parameter and Setting rotary encoders
  • Allows for separate levels of Reverb to be applied to each channel
  • Tap tempo (from either front panel or footswitch)
  • FLS Feedback Locating System on each band of EQ using LEDs to indicate where feedback is occurring
  • Master Volume and Mute switch (footswitchable) that mutes all outputs except Tuner Out
  • Tuner output, Left and Right Preamp Outputs and Power Amp Inputs (to use as effects loop)
  • Two DI outputs; can be configured as dry Channel 1 and Channel 2 out, or processed Left and Right channels out
  • Illumination switch for turning front panel lights on or off
  • Power amp featuring Dynamic Correction

TA-300

  • Two preamp channels with 300 watts total power output
  • 2 x 5″ specially designed neodymium Celestion speakers and 1 x 12″ G12 Century Vintage neodymium Celestion speaker
  • 1/4″ jack input with piezo switch for ultra-high impedance input stage on Channel 1
  • Combination balanced XLR and 1/4″ jack input with phantom power switch on Channel 2
  • Lo-Trim & Hi-Trim rotary controls on Channel 1
  • Gain & Notch filter rotary controls on both Channels
  • Channel 1 can also have either Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, or various delays including stereo Ping Pong
  • Six-band graphic EQ
  • Custom-fitted ballistic nylon protective cover included

TA-200

  • Two preamp channels with 200 watts stereo total power output
  • 4 x 5″ specially designed neodymium Celestion speakers connected in stereo
  • 1/4″ jack input with piezo switch for ultra-high impedance input stage on Channel 1
  • Combination balanced XLR and 1/4″ jack input with phantom power switch on Channel 2
  • Lo-Trim & Hi-Trim rotary controls on Channel 1
  • Gain & Notch filter rotary controls on both Channels
  • Channel 1 can also have either Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, or various delays including stereo Ping Pong
  • Six-band graphic EQ
  • Custom-fitted ballistic nylon bag included

TA-100

  • Two preamp channels with 100 watts stereo total power output
  • 2 x 5″ specially designed neodymium Celestion speakers connected in stereo
  • 1/4″ jack input with piezo switch for ultra-high impedance input stage on Channel 1
  • Combination balanced XLR and 1/4″ jack input with Phantom power switch on Channel 2
  • Lo-Trim & Hi-Trim rotary controls on Channel 1
  • Gain & Notch filter rotary controls on both Channels
  • Channel 1 can also have either Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, or various delays including stereo Ping Pong
  • Six-band graphic EQ
  • Custom-fitted ballistic nylon bag included

Trace Elliot Trace Acoustic Amps


Marshall AS100D 2×8 Acoustic Guitar Amp

October 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

marshall-as100d-acoustic-guitar-amplifierThe Marshall name has long been associated with high quality amps, and the Marshall AS100D 2×8 Acoustic Combo Amp is no exception to this general expectation. The Acoustic Combo amp is designed for use with a variety of acoustic instruments, allowing you to turn the volume up on anything that you play. The controls are specifically designed for use with an acoustic instrument, and will produce a clear sound even if played with a microphone. Read more

Peavey Session 300 Ecoustic Series guitar amp

January 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Peavey Session 300 EcousticNAMM–Peavey proudly announces the new Ecoustic Series of acoustic guitar amplifiers and the flagship Ecoustic Session 300, a powerful, feature-loaded sound system for acoustic instrument and vocal amplification.

The Ecoustic Session 300 is a bi-amplified, 300-watt, three-channel acoustic amplifier with digital effects, looper and a high-frequency ribbon driver with independent level control. Read more

Tech 21 Bronzewood 60TM Acoustic Guitar Amp

April 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Tech 21 Bronzewood 60TMThis compact, 60-watt acoustic combo amp features a full-length three-spring reverb, an instrument channel and a mic channel with XLR input and phantom power. Both channels have leve control, gain and a separate reverb mix control to adjust the ratio of reverb between the two channels. Tech 21’s specially designed 12-inch speaker and high-frequency horn are housed in a cabinet covered in brown crocodile-embossed vinyl and complimented with a custom grill and decorative piping. Other features include SansAmp circuitry that allows the amp to run direct via an XLR output or the ¼-inch headphone output, an effects loop and a courtesy power outlet for effects. Also available is a powered 1×12, 60-watt, open-back extension cabinet in matching vinyl.

Here is a great review written by Tech 21 Bronzewood 60TM ActiveMusician

Tech 21 has added a 60-watt acoustic combo amp with reverb to their amplifier line. The Bronzewood 60TM offers an instrument channel and a mic channel with XLR input and phantom power. Compact and lightweight (less than 40 lbs.), the Bronzewood 60 is loaded with exceptionally extensive features. Read more

Fishman Rare Earth Acoustic Guitar Pickups

September 25, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

Fishman Rare Earth Tranducers Acoustic Guitar PickupFor years; acoustic guitars have been trying to perfect a system of amplifying their “unplugged” styling without the use of a microphone. Though many guitars these days come with built-in piezo electric transducers (i.e. pickups), players still complain of the harsh, brittle tone associated with those systems—a sound that requires quite a bit of tweaking to make it vaguely resemble an acoustic guitar.

Though piezo transducers have improved quite a bit over the years, the other option for acoustic players is to use an electromagnetic transducer (not unlike an electric guitar pickup) that fits snugly into an acoustic guitar’s soundhole, such as Fishman’s Rare Earth Models.

The Rare Earths are so named because they use neodymium (a rare metal) pole-piece magnets which, according to Fishman, allow for better string-to-string response. Available in single-coil or stacked-humbucking versions, the pickups are completely active, using low-current, battery-powered Class-A preamps. Installation is unquestionably hassle-free—just pop the pickup into the soundhole and tighten the mounting screws. For permanent installation, you’ll need to cut the Rare Earth’s pickup wire down to a length suitable for it to run comfortably from the pickup to the endpin jack, and drill a hole in the guitar’s endblock to accommodate the Fishman jack (definitely best left to a pro).

We sampled the Rare Earth pickup in a Lowden 0-10 jumbo acoustic, played through a Marshall Soloist acoustic amp and directly into a Mackie mixer via a SansAmp. Each pickup had it’s own distinct sound, but both models captured the exceptional bottom end, bright highs and broad dynamic range of the guitar.

The single-coil pickup behaved like a single-coil. It was susceptible to RF and 60 Hz noise conditions, and it was significantly brighter and more shimmering than its humbucking counterpart, making it a good choice for dreadnoughts and other boomy-sounding guitars. It also proved to be exceptionally responsive to fingerpicking and situations with various dynamic peaks.

The Rare Earth humbucker is very quiet and not as bright as the single-coil. It excellently harnessed the percussiveness and nuances of the guitar, fully capturing the instrument’s natural, acoustic tone. The humbucker also features a brilliance switch that boosts 3 dB from 2 to 20 kHz. The effect is subtle, but definitely makes a difference when fingerpicking, yielding better single-note definition. Its coloration is also audible when strumming hard on the treble strings.

The End Line

Eric Clapton and his touring guitarists, Andy Fairweather-Low and Alan Darby, are using the Fishman Rare Earths on E.C.’s tour—and our tests explained why the man who made “unplugged” a household word relies on them. These pickups are an excellent choice for anyone who’s in love with the characteristics of his acoustic guitar and is looking for a way to amplify it. Official link for Fishman’s Transducers

Acoustic AC1800 Amplifier

September 19, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Acoustic AC 1800 AmplifierAcoustics’ AC series consists of three amps which differ mainly in their power ratings. The AC 1800 sits in the middle of this range, offering 300 watts per channel in 8-ohm stereo configuration, and up to 1400 watts at 4 ohms in bridged-mono mode. Frequency response is a reported 10 Hz-20kHz. Read more

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