San Diego, CA, February 11, 2020 – Positive Grid is now shipping the highly anticipated Spark smart guitar amp and app (iOS/Android) to its Early Bird supporters. Featuring intelligent technology that offers real-time Smart Jam accompaniment, Auto Chord detection and intuitive practice features for professional players and beginners alike, Spark also functions as a full-range, 40-Watt combo amp. It features a variety of tone-shaping options plus tone matched amps and effects built upon the company's award-winning BIAS engine.
Players of all levels have been buzzing about the new Spark amp, which has already sold nearly 25,000 pre-order units and has enjoyed over a million video views. Spark is available online at positivegrid.com/spark
Benefits of Spark include:
Auto Chord Recognition: The Spark app provides easy access to platforms like YouTube, Spotify and Apple Music to analyze and display chords for millions of songs in real-time. Its easy-to-use controls let players slow down the song’s tempo or loop a difficult section to practice.
Smart Jam Technology: The Spark amp and app work together to learn the player’s style and feel, and then automatically generate a bass and drum accompaniment track.
Award-Winning BIAS Tone Engine: Dial-in pristine clean tones, crunchy chords or soaring leads for electric guitar using its full-featured amp and multi-effects engine that provide realistic virtual tube amps and effects.
Positive Grid’s ToneCloud Community: Connect the Spark app to your iOS or Android mobile device and get access to Positive Grid’s ToneCloud where you can find over 10,000 more tones.
Loud and immersive speaker design: Two custom-designed speakers and a tuned bass-reflex port are engineered to provide deep, full-sounding basses and crystal-clear highs for every style of music.
Voice Control: The Spark app responds to a variety of voice commands to stream a song or a backing track, ask for a virtual band to follow the user’s playing, and more.
Full Featured Amp: Spark includes onboard bass, mid and treble tone stack controls; dedicated knobs for mod, delay and reverb effects; a built-in tuner and tap tempo; plus 4 user presets.
Bluetooth connectivity for streaming music in hi def audio via the Spark app.
USB Audio Interface: Easily record on a computer. Spark comes with PreSonus Studio One Prime recording software for free, allowing players to get started right out of the box.
Versatility: Spark can be used with electric guitar, bass and acoustic guitar.
Positive Grid unveiled Spark to the world at the 2020 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA in January 2020, which resulted in a “Best Amp of Show Award” from MusicRadar, who shared that Spark has “impressive specs all round from a company with a great reputation for tone.” Guitar World added, “This amp is sure to be one of the most effective practicing tools out there.”
Last Chancepre-order deals for Spark are now available.
Studio One Prime is a trademark of PreSonus Audio Electronics; Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG
About Positive Grid:
Based in California, Positive Grid has satellite operations in Germany, Italy, Australia and Taiwan. The company began in 2008 by designing and developing a core technology base, and focuses on delivering superior and highly creative experiences for musicians in both hardware and software. Positive Grid’s current product portfolio features some of the best-selling solutions in the industry for guitar technology, including not only BIAS AMP and BIAS FX software, but also JamUp, X Drummer and their award-winning line of guitar amp and pedal hardware. Find out more at positivegrid.com.
Gabriel Guardian to Perform at Peavey Booth During NAMM
MERIDIAN, MS – Peavey Electronics® is bringing one of the hottest performing artists to NAMM this year. Gabriel Guardian is the founding member and guitarist/keyboardist of the quartet Immortal Guardian and a major social media influencer. His “Gabriel Guardian Shreds Guitar/Keyboard Solo in ‘Aeolian’ (Immortal Guardian)” 30 second video on YouTube, featuring his Peavey VYPYR® Pro amplifier, has over 963,000 views alone. Gabriel can most recently be seen shredding with his Peavey invective™.120 guitar amplifier and invective™. 212 cabinet live and online. This gear provides not only the high-gain tones he’s looking for during heavy rhythmic parts and blistering solos but also the ultra-clean tones necessary for many effects pedal and keyboard tones.
Gabriel will be performing two shows per day on Friday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 18. The first one hour performance will be at 12 p.m. followed by a second performance at 3 p.m.
For more information, please visit the Peavey booth 201A.
About Peavey Electronics®
Founded in 1965, Peavey® is one of the world's largest manufacturers and suppliers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment. Peavey has earned more than 180 patents and distributes to more than 130 countries. Peavey and its MediaMatrix®, Architectural Acoustics®, Crest Audio®, Composite Acoustics® and Trace Elliot® brands and affiliates can be found on concert stages and in airports, stadiums, theme parks and other venues around the world. To find out more, visit www.peavey.com.
HIWATT ‘UNITED’ NEW BRITISH INVASION STARTS AT 2020 NAMM!
Legendary UK Amplifier Manufacturer consolidates global trademarks
Looking for international distributors and US reps and dealers
The historic British Amplifier brand, Hiwatt, and official trademarks for Hiwatt across the world - have been reunited! Managing Director, Darren Atkinson says; “It was a tough go of it to bring it all back together” , “The trademarks for such key markets like the USA and Europe were split between different entities, so that situation had to be rectified before any successful re-launch of this great brand could truly begin”.
Keen on protecting and promoting the rich legacy surrounding the brand, first and foremost is the commitment to continuing its British heritage and manufacturing. “The best thing we have going Day-1 is that we still have a top-notch manufacturing shop in the UK making all the classics just the same as the 70’s with Military Spec components and hand wiring… that’s what we’ll be promoting the 1st half of 2019”.
Along with all the historic hand made models, there are new Custom Shop products. One of the 1st new Hiwatt Custom Shop UK amp in many years is a multi-gain-stage head by famed designer, Mike Fortin. Atkinson reports that “although Fortin is best known for the most brutal heavy metal hi-gain offerings on the planet, this ‘SUPER-HI’ head does all that along with absolutely amazing rock and clean tones as well”.
Where most classic tube amps somehow can be traced back to Leo Fender's Bassman circuit and Phillips or RCA schematics, Hiwatt is a truly original circuit created by the late great amplifier genius Dave Reeves. It is well known that the high-headroom and broad spectrum of clean sound made Hiwatt the original amps best suited for pedals. “That original DR103 design is the core, that’s what we are building upon” claims Atkinson, “it’s an amazing amp design with endless possibilities, as a clean pedal platform, epic Rock tone or all the way to insane Hi-Gain like the Super-Hi... we are at the beginning of new heyday for Hiwatt!.”
Hiwatt also brings affordable UK designed Chinese made guitar and bass lines to many markets, including the US; for the first time. The Guitar "Crunch" and Bass "Bulldog" lines will be proudly on display at NAMM 2020.
Hiwatt boasts an unparalleled list of highly influential Artists that have used Hiwatt for Studio and Stage over the years including: Roger Waters and David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, Pete Townshend and John Entwistle of the Who, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Noel Gallagher of Oasis, The Killers, Jeff Matz of High on Fire and too many more to mention.
Visit the Hiwatt booth at 2020 NAMM in Hall D, Booth 5233, and be a part of Rock and Roll History. Currently seeking national distributors worldwide and dealers and reps in the US.
D’Angelico Guitars to Debut Premier Series Bob Weir Bedford Signature Model
NEW YORK—January 2020—Following the marked success of his Deluxe Series signature model in 2019, D’Angelico Guitars is set to introduce the Premier Bob Weir Bedford in 2020.
Now available in the accessibly-priced Premier Series, the Premier Bob Weir Bedford features Weir's concept of a tonal powerhouse. Its electronics configuration is comprised of two Seymour Duncan Designed P-90s with a SC-101 single-coil nestled in the middle. A standard five-way blade makes tone control easy, while an added blender pot blends the neck and bridge pickups (or all three pickups in the notch positions) resulting in a remarkable variety of tones. A six-point tremolo offers total control over waves of vibrato. Available only in Matte Stone.
“It really has more variety of tones than any guitar I can think of,” Weir says. “And the more sounds the instrument has, the more colors you have on your palette.”