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· Perfect Djentelman
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Hey guys!

So i am trying out this cool little tube mono block poweramp that Atomic makes. It is powered by 2 6L6's and is 50 watts. I am using it with my Axefx currently through my Diezel RL cab (the only cab i have at my apt) and man this setup sounds RIDICULOUS!

I think i am going to ditch my Engl rig for this kind of setup. Honestly i cant believe so little gear can make so much sound. Though since im on tour a lot, i might look into a rackmount poweramp version of this for that purpose, but for jamming at home or an easy way to power your axefx at a small gig, this sounds pretty ****ing awesome. Like i can dial in a sound similar to my Engl, but then dial in 1000 other presets, and there is something about playing the Axefx through a tube amp and cab that just feels so right! This thing really packs a punch too, it gets LOUD! The best part about it is it weighs 15lbs!! All you guys who have stereo poweramps out there know how much those things weigh, but apparently this has some different kind of transformers that weigh a lot less than the conventional ones. This is like the perfect little poweramp to bring around.
Also, though im not 100% on this, but it seems to be Dual Voltage as well!!

Here is a video of Jake and I testing it out.

And here are some pics of the MB-50:



 

· Mr. Negative Pants, ,
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That sounds fantastic, guys!

I'll be interested to see if other amp manufacturers start trying these "Class-D" digital switching power supplies instead of old-school transformers. Clearly, a good amp design doesn't suffer tonally as a result! (Although the true test would be a full tube preamp and power amp running off that kind of power supply.)

I'm kinda surprised Atomic hasn't made one of these in a rack format.
 

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this thread: hey want some more axe fx gas?
Me: nah I think I have enough, thanks.
this thread: well then... too fucking bad *punches me in the face*

Sounds friggin awesome, guys, the chorus laden Holdsworthian tone gives me a chubby, as do the rest to be honest.
 

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this sounds pretty ****ing awesome.
Hey bulb, you dork, you can say "fucking" around here. :fawk:

See, the problem with videos like this is I've seen plenty of modelers (especially after you've gotten your hands on them :wub:) sound pretty fucking sweet. The catch for me has always been how they feel - even my buddy's old original Spider recorded fairly well mic'd up, but the touch sensitivity just wasn't there.

Word is the AxeFX is one of the exceptions to that rule, so I bet it's even better with a tube power section behind it. I'd be curious to try one of these things.
 

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Hey bulb, you dork, you can say "fucking" around here. :fawk:

See, the problem with videos like this is I've seen plenty of modelers (especially after you've gotten your hands on them :wub:) sound pretty fucking sweet. The catch for me has always been how they feel - even my buddy's old original Spider recorded fairly well mic'd up, but the touch sensitivity just wasn't there.

Word is the AxeFX is one of the exceptions to that rule, so I bet it's even better with a tube power section behind it. I'd be curious to try one of these things.
pay attention, this was about the powah amp :wub:

got my deluxe pack today, so I'm blasting periphery @ -0dB and enjoying it immensely, dressed in my new hoodie(no pants of course)
 

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Is Atomic going to make a rackmount version of this? It would seem very logical.
 

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pay attention, this was about the powah amp :wub:
Reread my post. :wub: If I was just concerned about the tone in isolation then modelers would be more attractive, but I was just lamenting how I can't get the sense for how a poweramp feels from a video clip.

And put your pants back on! :fawk:
 

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Or just, you know, a 2-space rackmountable power amp.
 

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so are the atomic poweramps voiced to be used in combination with the AxeFX poweramp sims?

i turned it off while running mine into a VHT 2:50:2 since it would get too bassy and 'congested', if that makes any sense
 

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Wow. That's a tiny power amp. Sounds amazing. I'm seriously considering buying an Axe FX within the next few months. I've never seen a video or heard a clip where it didn't completely kick ass.
 
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