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21st century bass amplification RAZORLIGHT CARL DULEMO BASS UPDATE 2006 NEW UPGRADED ABM IS BETTER THAN EVER The choice of leading What’s more, power ratings for all of the players including European-manufactured custom Ashdown Adam Clayton, James BlueLine loudspeaker drivers in the ABM LoMenzo, Shavo range are now increased for greater reliability Odadjian and Nate and performance. Mendel, Ashdown ABM is the undisputed king of bass amp cool. Commenting on the ABM upgrades – But we’re not resting on our laurels. While announced at Winter NAMM 06 – Ashdown’s other manufacturers are happy to use generic Mark Gooday says “It’s the details that make the cabinet fittings, Ashdown has now designed its difference. It’s easy to make a cabinet from off own, ergonomically superior, polished metal the shelf parts but at Ashdown, we set out to cabinet handles for the ABMs, which combine produce something special. That’s why the with new custom ‘Ashdown Wing-punched’ connector panels, grilles, handles – and of speaker grilles to give cabinets and combos a course the speakers striking visual presence. Strong yet light, the ply themselves – are all cabinets are covered in twice-rolled Tolex (to custom designed for remove the unsightly glossiness) and feature Ashdown ABM custom-designed connector plates recessed into cabinets and airtight, sealed enclosures. combos.” DO ME ELBOW ATHLETE BAD things PETE TURNER CAREY WILLETS AD MALLETT ABM cabinets and combos now feature custom handles, grilles and uprated speakers MAG GETS VU FOR THE NEW GRILLES ELECTRIC BLUE GOLDFRAPP KUBB THE ARCADE FIRE Designed for the busy semi- Loading legendary Ashdown tone CHARLIE JONES HARRY COLLIER TIM KINGSBURY pro player that wants into an affordable 180-Watt package, Ashdown tone without all the the Ashdown Electric Blues are sophisticated facilities of the already in high demand by ABM, the 300-Watt MAG beginners and working bass players range gets the striking new alike. Now the EBs get a classic, ‘Ashdown Wing’ speaker illuminated Ashdown VU meter – THE grilles while the 1x15 cab just like Ashdown’s stadium rigs, DIRTY PRETTY ORDINARY and combo get an uprated and new custom ‘Ashdown Wing’ BLOC PARTY THINGS BOYS custom BlueLine speaker. speaker grilles. Meanwhile the GORDON MOAKES DIDZ JAMES GREGORY EB15-180 combo gets a new, uprated BlueLine speaker. BASS FX SUPERFLY PROGRAMMABLE PEDALS BASS AMPLIFIER WHY SHOULD GUITARISTS HAVE ALL THE FUN? Chorus Plus A high-quality chorus, just for bass players. In addition to the standard Depth and Speed controls, the Plus part of this pedal can be switched in to provide flanging and a unique range of delay effects. DIGITAL POWER STAGES AND NEO SPEAKERS MAKE Smaller, lighter, cleverer. Dual Band Compressor NEW ASHDOWN LABS AMPS THE LIGHTEST HIGH- It’s the new Superfly portable programmable bass amplifier head. This pedal applies independent compression to high and low frequency bands – fast attack and PERFORMANCE BASS AMPLIFICATION IN THE BUSINESS Unveiled for the first time in the US at Winter decay for the high frequency and slow NAMM 2006, Ashdown Engineering’s for the low frequency. The amount of high and low compression is independently With Ashdown ABM bass amps already the In addition to the revolutionary Superfly portable An identically featured rack-mounting bass extraordinary new Superfly combines a variable and the balance between the high and low frequency components of the sound can also be controlled. choice of so many high-profile rock players, programmable bass amp (see right), Ashdown preamp (the AL-ADRP-1) perfectly complements sophisticated programmable bass preamplifier Ashdown Engineering has established Ashdown arrives at Winter NAMM 2006 with a series of a new range of active Ashdown Labs bass and powerful 500-Watts RMS power section Drive Labs as a new division, concentrating on groundbreaking Ashdown Labs designs, setting cabinets, powered by the same remarkable into a compact bass amp head that weighs in Plus innovating new breakthroughs in bass new standards for performance, versatility and digital power stages. With controls for input and at just 10 pounds. A product of the innovative The Bass Drive Plus pedal amplification technology. ease of transportation. master level, shape and pad switches, line Ashdown Labs development programme, the generates a wide range of bass distortion effects from a slight in/out, DI out and built-in illuminated VU meters, Superfly is gifted with a powerful, grunge through to no holds barred, authoritative sound with a strong, controlled high-gain overdrive. The Drive control the 1000-Watt 4x10" and 8x10", and 600-Watt sets the amount of distortion, Distortion 1x15" cabinets feature European-manufactured, bottom end and clear, precise highs, all Tone adjusts its character and Distortion Level balances the amount of the effect with the clean bass signal. custom Ashdown BlueLine courtesy of an advanced digital power amp Neodymium bass speakers, section. Programming the preamplifier is an delivering stunning performance intuitive and straightforward process, either Envelope coupled with exceptionally light from the front panel or the supplied PC editing Filter weight. Indeed, the digitally software. The user can store 69 programmes The Envelope Filter is capable of a wide range of effects from powered Neodymium Ashdown comprising of input level, 7-band graphic auto-wah through to auto-triggered funky tones. The sweep of the filter Labs 4x10 cab weighs-in at less equalisation and compression settings, with a can be either up or down with a further 30 factory settings also available. Any selection of band-pass or high pass filter New Ashdown Labs AL-D600 and AL-D1000 than a conventional, passive, modes. A peak control is provided and the depth of the rack-mounting bass amp heads combine ultra- Ceramic-speaker 4x10 bass MIDI compatible pedal can be used to switch effect is controlled by the volume of each note played. light weight, high-performance digital power amp cabinet. Finished in a tough, shaping and masses of between programmes on stage, achieving an stages with an advanced preamplifier featuring PA-style spatter paint finish power on tap for stunning exceptional degree of live performance Sub-Octave 12-band graphic EQ and Harmonic Emphasis, a with no protruding parts (for dynamics. The result is the control. The mechanical design of the Superfly Plus unique circuit which synthesizes a top end ‘zing’ easy flight-casing), the new AL-MK500 Mark King is every bit as innovative as its electronic This earth-shattering pedal Signature Series Bass Amp design. Precision engineered from ultra-light generates a note one octave – like permanently playing with new strings. Ashdown Labs cabinets are also available in below the note being played, at the In addition to a conventional balanced DI output, passive versions. Head – a funk powerhouse featuring the classic weight magnesium alloy, the chassis features same volume and based on the waveform of the original signal. By the new heads also feature a USB digital Ashdown Labs facilities including low-impedance a foldout carrying handle blending the sub-octave note with the instrument input, illuminated VU meter, which also doubles as a original signal, bass players can move from a subtle recording output for direct interfacing with Also part of the Ashdown Labs program, we reinforcement of the sound to truckloads of bone-crushing tone. computers and laptops. worked in close consultation with British bass Harmonic Emphasis, 12-band graphic EQ, tuner stand to incline the front legend Mark King to build an amplifier which output with mute and much more. “This amp panel at a convenient Pictured left: New Ashdown Labs 1000-Watt meets his very exacting requirements for takes my sound to a whole new level – it’s so operating angle, and lugs powered 4x10 Neo cabs are lighter than conventional passive 4x10 bass cabinets. absolute fidelity and clarity, precision tone dynamic, so alive” reports a delighted Mr King. for a removable carrying strap (supplied).
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