With the summer season fast approaching, musicians and music lovers alike will be venturing out of the door and into the world of campfires and festivals. As a lot of acoustic music is now amplified to cater for the sonic complexities of modern performance, taking an amp with you is increasingly common. A range of acoustic amps now come with battery power options as well as the conventional mains sockets so that musicians can take them to festivals and campsites. Here is our pick of those currently available on the market.
Laney A-FRESCO Amp:
The A-FRESCO is a brand new amp from Laney that has been designed specifically for transportability and battery use. Not only does it have an eco-mode that allows for up to 24 hour use on a single set of batteries, it has been shaped to be reminiscent of a cajon. This turns your dual-input, lightweight battery amp into a portable seat. The powerful amp has a number of added benefits, including the ability to mount it to a PA stand and integrated chorus effects.
The A-FRESCO comes with a bass boost function that increases the level of bass present for when the amp has been mounted to a stand – this prevents floor vibration and tends to reduce natural bass resonance.
The ‘bass cut’ function has been designed for when the amp is placed on the floor. It gives a more refined tone that keeps the bass clean and clear rather than allowing it to cause too much vibration and interference.
Roland Cube Street
The Roland Cube Street is often seen in city centres around the country. With its digital modelling system, the amp can be optimised for vocal, electric guitar, keyboard or acoustic guitar set-ups. Its wedge shape projects well from the floor into the street. Being a Roland amp, it is packed with Boss effects – great sounding Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo and an Octave as well a tap tempo delay and a choice of reverb settings. These amps also have two inputs for a guitar and microphone.
Yamaha have developed the THR5A as a digital portable amp with the added bonus of having USB connectivity so it can be used as an interface recorder. This, unlike the others, is more suited to home playing and campfire playing due to its size and built-in effects. It is, however, surprisingly powerful and could be used for small venue use.
The THR5A has amp optimisation for the following functions as part of Yamaha’s Advanced Instrument Modelling Software:
- Modelled Condenser Mic Setting.
- Modelled Dynamic Mic Setting.
- Modelled Nylon optimisation.
- Modelled Tube Amp Setting.
- Clean Electric Settings.