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NAMM 2014: Three new bass heads from Peavey

Ronnie Dungan
NAMM 2014: Three new bass heads from Peavey

Three new bass amps and new Revalver amp modelling software among Peavey's launches at NAMM.

The new bass amp heads included the Headliner 1000, a new 1000 Watt rack-mountable bass amplifier head. With matching enclosures,it features a seven-band graphic EQ spaced at optimised frequencies, with each slider providing 15 dB of cut and boost to provide comprehensive tone shaping frequencies optimised for bass guitar. Players can use the graphic EQ in conjunction with the low and high shelving-type tone controls or bypass the graphic EQ entirely.

A built-in optical Compressor with level control and bypass allows players to add  compression to the mix. The Crunch feature adds a vintage tube effect that distorts only the high frequencies, preserving the low end. The amp also features Bright and Contour switches, an effects loop, master volume and headphone out. The Compressor and Crunch features are footswitch selectable

The MiniMega features 1,000 Watts in a compact package, weighing in at only 8lbs.

Peavey’s proprietary KOSMOS bass enhancement provides increased bass impact, while the exclusive psychoacoustic low-end enhancement adds bass without overburdening speakers.. The MiniMega also contains other features such as built in compression and a 4-band EQ with semi-parametric mids.

It also has an effects loop, gain control with crunch button, tuner output and more.

The new MiniMax bass amplifier head delivers 400 Watts with DDT speaker protection and Peavey’s exclusive psychoacoustic low end enhancement that adds bass without overburdening speakers.

A 3-band EQ with Punch, Mid-shift and Bright controls provides a multitude of tone-shaping options, while the built-in chromatic tuner allows for easy tuning. In addition, the MiniMax pre-gain control with TransTube gain boost adds a tube-like crunch to the sound.

Lastly, the firm has redesigned its ReValver 4 amp modeling software from the ground up.

It has updated and improved the modeling engine in ReValver 4, and  also incorporates a GUI and UX redesign and the ability to run on a Windows tablet, plus other high-level features including GIG mode, ACT
(Audio Cloning Technology) and RIR 2 cabinet modeling.

The GUI now separates pedal board, amps/cabs and effects into their own views, thus minimising the amount of vertical scrolling needed to navigate the application.

GIG mode further expands ReValver’s power as a live performance solution by allowing the user to load 8 presets into memory and seamlessly switch between them. The presets can also be assigned to MIDI controller switches. In addition, another primary consideration of the GUI and UX redesign was to make ReValver 4 compatible with Windows tablets.

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