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reverend mikey
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Oct 18th, 2017 07:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

HD -

Thanks, but I'll contact the dealer and have them get me the real thing (hah! should be interesting to see how long this will take!).

I'll let you know what I find out - I may get desperate enough to take you up on that...

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Oct 18th, 2017 08:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Rev, even if it’s just for the short term.

reverend mikey
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Oct 18th, 2017 11:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Problem solved!

I called the store this morning, talked to my salesman; they had just gotten another KTN 100/112 in, so he opened the manual bag and found the stickers; he's mailing them out to me today (and I'm mailing back the ones from the 212, since I don't need 'em).

So in a couple days I'll be good to go. Been watching quite a few YT videos to learn as much as possible about using the GA-FC and also programming the amp through the online link... that will be my next challenge.

I've never wanted to mess with lots of deep tweaking on an amp (especially through a computer), but this thing sounds so good, the price is right, and the WEIGHT is right, I'm going to make the commitment.

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Oct 18th, 2017 11:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For you tinkerers, there is now a farily simple 'low amp power mod' on the Katana 100 Head for those who find it too loud. Here's a post on vguitarforums.com, "Katana Tips & tricks":

"See the red and black wire above on the internal speaker in the Katana Head - this is powered by a 30 watt amp that is under control of the POWER CONTROL Mode switch too.
As many Katana Owners observe, there is a big volume jump between the lower wattage POWER CONTROL modes.
But the internal speaker tap inside Katana Head is powered by a lower wattage power amp that also scales with the three available POWER Modes

MAIN SPEAKER OUT Watts vs_Katana Head INTERNAL SPEAKER Watts
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Power setting: 0.5 watt = 0.15 watt delivered to Internal Speaker
Power setting: 50 watt = 15 watt delivered to Internal Speaker
Power setting: 100 watt = 30 watt delivered to Internal Speaker

Adding a separate Speaker Output Jack from the Internal Speaker power amp yields more possible wattage options.

reverend mikey
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Oct 18th, 2017 04:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's a very cool mod for the head..

I see from doing some more research (good ol' YouTube!) that the Version 2 of the online software at www.bosstonecentral.com now doubles the patches available that can be recalled with the footswitch (on the KTN 50 it goes from 2 to 4 patches, on the KTN 100 from 4 to 8). Along with the panel setting, the KTN 100 now has 9 preset locations - which ought to be plenty for any live use.

What this does for me is allow me to set up three to four patches dedicated to single coils and another three to four dedicated to humbuckers.

I was going to just use the panel settings for my acoustic setting, but after playing around with my Martin D-35 plugged in last night, I wasn't happy with the tones I was getting just on the panel...are there some options in the software to further tweak the eq and other settings for the Acoustic mode?

Sure wish the amp had a notch filter to take care of pesky feedback...maybe in the software?

reverendrob
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Oct 18th, 2017 05:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There should be para EQ and various EQ options in the software.

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Oct 19th, 2017 05:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very tempted by the Katana head. Has anyone tried the DI out to a desk for live use? The manual says it's OK, but seems to show unbalanced jack plugs in the diagram. I guess I'd need a DI box, which is OK, but what does the speaker emulation sound like?

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Oct 19th, 2017 06:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I’ve decided that, if my Vypyr 75 ever dies, one of these will replace it. Probably the head version.

reverendrob
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Oct 19th, 2017 07:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Shouldn't need a DI box unless you're running something weird.

Speaker emulation will be derived from the GT-100 and be quality enough for most recording, let alone live situations.

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Oct 19th, 2017 10:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

In especially the new .v2 firmware upgrade, the Katana has a significantly improved speaker/cabinet simulated out. This affects the Recording/Headphone Out jack, the USB out and the Line Out jack (on the 100 watt).

It adds a section in Tone Studio to adjust the "Line Out Air Feel" on the above outs with settings for "Recording", "Live" or "Blend". These appear to adjust close or room miking techniques.

There is also a new setting for "Cabinet Resonance" with settings for "Vintage", "Modern" and "Deep". These apparently affect both the Rec/Line/USB outputs, as well as the actual live speaker sound from the Katana.

Both these new settings can be used together in various combinations to get a really good sound. The new global EQ setting in .v2 can really tailor the sound, too.

Mike

reverend mikey
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Oct 20th, 2017 11:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Who's using a Mac to tweak their Katana, and who's using a non-Mac PC?

I used to have a Mac but gave it to my son when his computer died...so I'll be tweaking mine with one of my PC's...

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Oct 21st, 2017 05:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use a Win 7 PC to access the Tone Studio & upgraded to V2. Just download drivers and you're off. So far all I've really done is mess with different fx and presets. 'Muff Fuzz' and 'Wave Synth' are fun. Also enjoying some of the Blues presets. Wish there were a few 'country' presets available and hope a few of these will be added soon.

reverendrob
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Oct 21st, 2017 10:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yea, the Tone Studio software is stable and works fine on Win 7- same thing they used for the GT-001/100/etc.

If you want country patches, look for them for the GT-100, then use the GT-100 Floorboard editor to import them/export them to what the Katana Floorboard (not Tone Studio) can read.

reverend mikey
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Oct 22nd, 2017 07:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good to hear - I have Windows 7 as well.

69tele

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Oct 25th, 2017 02:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

hi guys quick Qs does the katana 50 have a line out, also is there a footswitch available ?

thanks!

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Oct 25th, 2017 06:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like my Katana 50 "as is" and doubt I'll bother with the software upgrade. (It's just one of several amps I own.)

reverend mikey
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Oct 25th, 2017 09:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

69tele,

The KTN 50 has a USB input and a "Phones/Record Out" according to the manual, but not a "Line Out" like the KTN 100. Hope that helps.

69tele

Rock Of Gibraltar

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Oct 27th, 2017 04:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

thats reverend appreciate that seems like a useful feature to leave out...I imagine most folks are going for the 100 then

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Oct 27th, 2017 06:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I guess I'd need a DI box"

No DI necessary. Even though it's an unbalanced connection, it's a line-level (not mic-level) signal. So it won't pick up noise like a mic-level signal through an unbalanced connection.

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Oct 28th, 2017 02:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Peegoo. Maybe a DI box for a long cable run? We use a 100 foot multicore for most gigs.

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