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21st century bass amplification

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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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