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Ryder
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Butterscotch Blues
Jan 9th, 2018 10:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

Got it!
Dang, I still don't know what I was doing wrong.

Now all I have to do is figure out how to use it.

Ryder
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Butterscotch Blues
Jan 10th, 2018 10:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

New question:

Is this amp supposed to be “noisy” like gain and boost noise?
I can’t seem to turn them on hardly at all without getting the noise too.

Are all SS amps this way? Can you tell I play only tube amps...until this one?

LeftyMeister

Buckeye Country, USA

Tone is in the lingers
Jan 10th, 2018 02:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mine was noisy when using any gain with the stock settings but it went away when using one of the sneaky amps. There is a noise suppressor built into the software. You may try experimenting with it.

Gene from Tampa
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Jan 10th, 2018 06:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

The new Katana Air looks interesting. I'd actually maybe get one. The whole motion sensor activated rechargeable wireless (no guitar cable needed) and bluetooth kind of hits the spot for me.

You can read about it in the link below.

Sweetwater has it listed for $399.

Boss Unveils the Katana-Air Amp

Ryder
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Butterscotch Blues
Jan 11th, 2018 09:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

I haven't gotten as far a sneaky amps yet.
thanks

reverend mikey
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Jan 21st, 2018 02:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

My last tube amp sold on consignment last week (a Mesa Express Plus 5:25). Now all I have are the Katana 50 and 100 combos, a Roland JC40, and an Acoustasonic Jr. and a Rumble 15.

So far I haven't broken out in hives or had any kind of anxiety issues...

If I really think I need a tube amp again someday, I'll find a used Princeton Reverb RI. Perfect weight and power combination - IF I really think I need it.

But right now I'm *very* happy with both the Katanas (the 100 on the platform at church, the 50 in the man cave at home).

reverend mikey
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Jan 25th, 2018 10:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

Anybody tempted by the new Katana Artist amp, the latest in this series?

New upscale speaker and tweaked models (acoustic, clean, crunch, lead, brown).

They've put all the controls on the front of the amp - don't know if the cabinet is also updated?

$599 street...

Sweetwater Link

LeftyMeister

Buckeye Country, USA

Tone is in the lingers
Jan 25th, 2018 12:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've had some time with my Katana 50 and I wish I would've held out for the 100, but that would've taken awhile. The 50 is a good home practice amp but it has its limitations:

* It would be handy to be able to save more than two presets.
* I tried it at a small gig last week and had trouble dialing in a good tone at higher volumes. It sounded nasally regardless of settings, even when scooping the EQ.
* While using presets, the controls for volume, EQ, etc will jump or drop depending on where the knobs are originally set versus the presets. This trait is common for most modeling amps/floorboards.
* I can here artifacts at times when notes decay. It's not overly-obvious, but it's there (As with most modelers).

Again, this amp is good for home practice, but I won't be selling my tube amp and pedalboard.

Mick Reid
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Jan 25th, 2018 03:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

"...don't know if the cabinet is also updated?"

From product page at Andertons UK:

"Newly designed cabinet with ultra-solid construction and semi-closed back for tight, focused tone with rich low end."


Mike DeTorrice
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Jan 27th, 2018 02:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

".....* It would be handy to be able to save more than two presets.
* I tried it at a small gig last week and had trouble dialing in a good tone at higher volumes. It sounded nasally regardless of settings, even when scooping the EQ......"

With the recent firmware update the Katana 50 can now store 4 presets (plus the "panel" setting). (Two in Bank A and two in Bank B). These 4 presets are accessible from the amp or from any latching 2-button footswitch.

In addition, the update adds a powerful software global parametric EQ that can be patched in as an overall modifier either before or after the EFX chain. This can usually tame many tone issues, especially so given the many EQ options already available on the top panel or with the software sound modification options per patch.

There is also the new "Cabinet Resonance" setting in Tone Studio which modifies the live sound of the Katana speaker in one of three rather subtle but evident ways. This is in addition to the new improved speaker/cabinet simulations provided for the Recording Out 1/4 inch jack.

A number of users seem to indicate the live sounds mellows and improves for them noticeably after the speaker is broken-in. Some reported a dramatic improvement after break-in or felt a speaker swap made a real positive difference for them.

I am happy with the Katana 50's speaker as-is and recently used it live (in the .5 watt setting !) at a jam session.

Mike

LeftyMeister

Buckeye Country, USA

Tone is in the lingers
Jan 27th, 2018 02:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks! I'll experiment with those settings.

willie
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Too Near Atlanta GA

Amp Tech Emeritus
Jan 28th, 2018 01:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

Must say, the new Artist model looks very desirable to say the least.

w

reverend mikey
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Jan 30th, 2018 08:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, I have both, and I'd say go for the 100 if you can swing it/find a good deal.

Extra features like lights on the clean, crunch, lead, etc. settings is nice, and it has a Presence control and the extra preset locations. The four button footswitch (sold separately, around $85-99) also gives much better control for live use.

Leftee
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Life makes a man tired.
Feb 1st, 2018 05:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well, my Vypyr is dead.

:-)

LeftyMeister

Buckeye Country, USA

Tone is in the lingers
Feb 1st, 2018 07:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wha?

KATANA!!!!!!!!!!

Leftee
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VA

Life makes a man tired.
Feb 1st, 2018 07:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, the rotary decoders have gone wonky. It's been getting that way for a while now. Today I lost some models.

Leftee
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Life makes a man tired.
Feb 2nd, 2018 09:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

I don't wanna be a thread-pooper... but I will a little. ;-)

I'm going to look at the new Vypyr for a few reasons.

1. I already have a Sanpera footswitch.

2. The new Vypyrs also have bass amp models. I have a bass and no bass amp. And we have limited space here. I only use bass for home recording. So I don't need much of a bass amp. Just something to practice through.

3. I *really* enjoyed my old Vypyr. All the years I played it I never got tired of the tones. I really like TransTube.

I'm going to look at the smallest Vypyr this time around. The 75 was a *BIG* 1x12 combo. Space is at a premium here.

reverend mikey
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Feb 2nd, 2018 10:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

Does the VYPYR also have an acoustic "model" or channel?

Seems like Peavey was making an amp (if not the VYPYR) that could be used for all three: acoustic, electric and bass...

Leftee
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Life makes a man tired.
Feb 2nd, 2018 01:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes... that is the latest Vypyr line.

But I just went to the local music store and was swayed by something else in their used amps. I'm busy modding it now. New thread to follow.

Leftee
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Feb 2nd, 2018 07:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am so easily distracted. :-D

And I still need a bass amp.

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