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Excellent features and quality for the money!
on 6 October 2012
I never really write reviews, but as I searched long and hard for the right keyboard amp I feel I should tell people about this one.
Don't listen too hard to anyone who's says this amp is no good for keyboards, for it's price it's pretty dam good. The 5 band EQ allows for a lot of adjustment if needed, and if you're putting a good digital keyboard through it you should be able to adjust the EQ before it even gets to the amp. NO amp of this price is going to recreate perfectly the sound of a piano, even if the keyboard you're using is a good one, you get what you pay for, but I tried others at this price and they sounded terrible, especially the Laney AH50, stay far away from the Laney. I bought this amp for a friend who's a classically trained pianist of may years and she was happy with the piano sound.
This amp kicks out some serious bass even when not boosted with the EQ, the high frequencies are clear and crisp even when using my rubbish dynamic mic. When you start to crank up the volume different sound sources can start to blend into one if you have 3 channels going at the same time, but it depends on what your're using, I had lots of weird synth sound and vocal loops going through it via a Boss RC-30. And when I say crank up I mean crank up....it's loud, you probably wouldn't need it that loud for small gigs, bigger gigs you would just take a line out to the main PA and use the amp as a monitor. What's the point in pushing the amp to the limit...use a proper PA if you need to fill a medium size room.
There is a tiny bit of hiss when you have the channel and master volumes turned up almost full, but this is perfectly normal for any type of amp. It's hardly noticeable.
The xlr mic input is exactly that, a MIC input, don't try plugging an xlr from your keyboard output as it will just clip and distort.
The onboard FX are just great, the reverb especially, lots of different options, they just finish your sound off.
I tried my electro acoustic guitar through it too (with DI box of course, don't try getting good results from high impedance pickups plugged into a LINE input without some kind of DI/preamp amp first, it'll sound bad and you may break something), it sounded great, could easily be used with acoustic guitar also.
Overall an awesome amp, I made the right decision for sure!