BLACKSTAR SERIES ONE 104 6L6 REVIEW

Anyone love these amps? Image 1 of 4 These new Series One heads are built to superb standards and represent excellent value for money. This is accomplished without putting any extra components in the crucial link between power valves, output transformer and loudspeaker. Slap a mic on them and they’ll always sound good. Rear panel features include a speaker-emulated line out with balanced and unbalanced connectors, a series effects loop with switchable levels and a pair of MIDI in and thru sockets that power the channel switching, alongside the included foot controller. I always hear the Series One was horrid. I struggled to get any usable thickness from the low mids without it sounding muddy and the gain was fizzy. We frequent the same studio often Neil and seeing as I record bands that use Blackstars and Tim tours or does shows with lots of bands that seem to be using them, I think we are allowed an opinion.

OD1 is a little more aggressive and is at home with metal and thrash, OD2 is fatter and rounder, making it better suited to Satch or Vai-style warbling. Three awesome heads that round off the Series One range. Slap a mic on them and they’ll always sound good. Similarly, the crunch channel can be run in normal and super crunch modes, the former providing a lower gain crunch with a looser feel, while super crunch boosts the gain and tightens up the damping for a modern crunch metal tone. And along with the superb build standards, we think all three heads represent truly excellent value for money. On all three amps the speaker emulated line out sends a clean and powerful signal straight to desk that needs hardly any work to sound superb; for recording just add a touch of compression and you’re there. There are five main boards, including two for the front and rear panels and three more for power supply, preamp and power valve bases. Most good amps aren’t too fussy how they’re mic’d and I do tend to judge all this stuff from an engineers standpoint quite often nowadays.

All the clips I’ve ever heard suck too.

The new amps fire up with a bare minimum of noise – just a little hiss and practically zero hum – indicating that these are well-sorted amp designs, as you’d expect from Blackstar. Which is a shame because I was hoping for big things with the watt one. We found it easy to dial in and get exactly the right balance between preamp gain and power amp drive for some killer blues and classic rock tones. We frequent the same studio often Neil revie seeing as I record bands that use Blackstars and Tim tours or does shows with lots of bands that seem to be using them, I think we are allowed an opinion.

Wide tracks for audio signals combine with top quality components: Funny how you and Timmy bash black star amps on a regular basis We sfries the same studio often Neil and seeing as I record bands that use Blackstars and Tim tours or does shows with lots of bands that seem to be using them, I think we are allowed blxckstar opinion.

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This is often what I hear. This means the beam-tetrode-powered version has a harder and more in-your-face tone that’s perfect for modern USA-approved rock. Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 template Next. In addition to bass, mid and treble, both EQs have Blackstar’s ISF control, which progressively morphs the tone circuitry from British to American values, significantly expanding the amp’s sound shaping abilities.

I struggled to get serirs usable thickness from the low mids without it sounding muddy and the seroes was fizzy. Similarly, the crunch channel can be run in normal and super crunch modes, the former providing a lower gain crunch with a looser feel, while super crunch boosts the gain and tightens up the damping for a modern crunch metal tone.

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I could not get a good sound out of it for love nor money. I always hear the Series One was horrid. Overall we’re very impressed blwckstar the Series Ones combine audiophile valve know-how and digital expertise with rugged reliability and good looks, while the manufacturing standard of its Korean plant easily exceeds that of many European and US-built products.

Also, judging by the thread it’s not just me and Tim bashing them.

But don’t dismiss the S as just a budget option; its highly responsive tones and relative simplicity make this esries of a player’s amp, notwithstanding the fact it shares the same useful MIDI flexibility as its siblings. Image 2 of 4 We were suprised by just how much difference there is between the EL34s and the 6L6s.

But that’s another story, and I do like the tones you get. Login or Sign Up.

I thought it was pony. The two different overdrive modes seires up huge distortion effects, with practically endless sustain at higher settings. Search in titles only Search in Amps only Search. Rear panel features include a speaker-emulated line out with balanced and unbalanced connectors, a series effects loop with switchable levels and a pair of MIDI in and thru sockets that power the channel switching, alongside the included foot controller.

Blackstar Series One 104 6L6

There are five main boards, including two for the front and rear panels and three more for power supply, preamp and geview valve bases. A rectifier,Plexi, Twin etc. All three heads are large and very heavy, thanks to massive mains and output transformers. Help FAQs Go to top. The 6L6 is often associated with more polite tones, leaving all the bite and aggression to the EL34; however, with the S, this seems to have been reversed.

Blackstar Series One 6L6. Anyone love these amps? They’re perfect for semi-pro cover band specialists or pro players who need to faithfully reproduce recorded reeview tracks for live shows.

There are four controls for presence and resonance – shaping the power amp’s overall high and low frequency response – and an overall master volume combined with the Dynamic Power Reduction control, which varies the amp’s output from watts down to just The clean channel on all three is exceptionally versatile, with glassy ‘Blackface’-inspired highs at moderate gains that cut through without becoming shrill.

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This is accomplished without putting any extra components in the crucial link between power valves, output transformer and loudspeaker. Originally Posted by Ricky Bobby Imma rape you first, drak. The two S amps are proper four-channel heads, with four pairs of gain and channel volume controls feeding into two sets of EQs: Let’s go home and beat our children. Slap a mic on them and they’ll always sound good. Every mic placement I used sounded rubbish and there was a very harsh top to the sound that just made the amp sound thin.

And I still love my HT-dual pedal though I will admit it sounds even better if hit with a midrange strong boost pedal for solo’s When an amp costs. I’ve heard better tones from the HT series than the Series one. OD1 is a little more aggressive and is at home with metal and thrash, OD2 is fatter and rounder, making it better suited to Satch or Vai-style warbling.

And along with the superb build standards, we think all three heads represent truly excellent value for money. Up the gain and volume, lower the DPR, flick the bright switch and you’re in AC30 territory, with slightly pushed power stage drive adding subtle chime as the power stage reconfigures into class A, with less speaker damping for a wide dynamic response.

If you’re in the market for a new head or thinking about trading in that combo for something with a little more punch… start looking here. View the Media Kit. On all three amps the speaker emulated line out sends a clean and powerful signal straight to desk that needs hardly any work to sound superb; for recording just add a touch of compression and you’re there. The S head greatly impressed us too, despite only having the top half of the S’s control panel, its lower output power adding yet more versatility as the power amp drive effects were more noticeable.

I don’t like all blackstar amps but I think they are very usable. This is further reinforced if you look inside the deep steel chassis: Tried one out, sounded like bag of dicks Side of cheese.

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Even without these two lead channels, the Blackstar Series One preamp packs enough tone and drive to satisfy practically any need. The slimmed-down preamp still gives it access to a huge range of crunch and clean tones, with super crunch mode adding more than enough gain and distortion to serve most soloing needs. Our Verdict Three awesome heads that blackstarr off the Series One range.