The latest processors from Korgs Ampworks imprint bring the new Personal Modeling Signal processors to the party in a very compact package. Ampworks are available for both Bass and Guitar, but no doubt will be of use to anyone after a bit of sound mangling, these little critters feature models of the world’s most sought after amps, cabinets, and effects, with a knob-based interface that works like conventional analog amp.
We heard a demo and found the Ampworks has of 11 popular Amps and 11 Cabinets very respectable. It also includes nine independent effects plus Noise Reduction (for a total of 1210 unique sound combinations). Ampworks Bass provides 11 bass amp models and 10 bass cabinet models, plus 11 effects and noise reduction (1331 total sound combinations). In addition, both have 11 Amp/Cab/Effects presets, along with the ability to store two User Programs for instant recall.
Ampworks and Ampworks Bass have an easy-to-use interface, featuring three main dials for Amp, Cabinet, and Effects selection. Settings can be further adjusted with six independent amp controls including Gain, Volume, tone shaping, and an FX Depth control for adjusting the wet/dry mix.
A footswitch jack enables switching between the two User Programs and manual settings, or switching between one user program and bypass on/off. A front panel tap-tempo switch allows the user to easily lock into a given beat.
The units are housed in a sturdy chassis with metallic finish and LED readout. They run on either two AA batteries (included) or an optional AC adapter.
ToneWorks Ampworks and Ampworks Bass will be available September and October 2003, respectively, with suggested list prices to be announced shortly.