3RD POWER announces HybridMASTER tube amplifier volume management circuitry 22-Jul-11
3RD POWER Amplification has announced its new proprietary patent-pending tube amplifier volume management circuitry, HybridMASTER. Here's their press release with all the details...
HybridMASTER is a proprietary real-time volume control technology that is designed to easily reduce the perceived sound level of vacuum tube based guitar amplifiers. Ideal for performing, recording and practicing guitarists, HybridMASTER delivers the sound of a tube guitar amplifier at reduced volume levels accessed via a single control knob. Users can adjust their amplifier's controls to taste and then simply set the overall volume via the HybridMASTER control knob. HybridMASTER technology is initially available exclusively on 3RD POWER's Dream Series amplifier line.
What makes HybridMASTER different from other methods of volume management is it's unique control over multiple stages within the amplifier's circuitry. As you engage the single HybridMASTER control, elements such as AC signal attenuation, DC current limiting and DC voltage regulation simultaneously synchronize to a proprietary algorithm developed by 3RD POWER. "The minute you engage the HybridMASTER control on a Dream Series amplifier, you immediately realize its creative potential," says Jamie Scott, 3RD POWER's founder and designer. "With HybridMASTER, you can easily set the amplifier's tone and overall volume independently without the degradation in sound quality so often associated with other means of volume reduction – all in real time, on a single knob, without hassles or having to "crack the code" to get your settings just right. While HybridMASTER will be especially appealing to recording and performing guitarists, it's really ideal for pretty much anyone seeking high-quality tube amp guitar tone allowing them to achieve the desired volume for any location without thinning out the sound."Pricing and Availability:
Effective immediately, all Dream Series amplifiers will feature HybridMASTER. Retail pricing for Dream Series heads is set at $2499, 112 combos at $2899, Celestion 12" Gold equipped combos will be $3099. Existing customers will have the option to have their original Dream Series amplifier upgraded at the factory for a fee of $295 including return UPS ground shipping in the continental USA.