From Atomic’sÂ news release in January of 2014:
Amplifire is an amp tone and multi-effects pedal years in the making. A powerful and portable device, it is small enough to fit in a gig bag pocket yet potent enough to fill up an arena with tonal bliss previously only achievable with bulky and much more expensive rigs.
We designed Amplifire as an instrument that we, as guitar players, wanted for ourselves. This meant it had to sound/feel authentic and amazing while being easy to use, transport and be road rugged.
Amplifire is equally capable of being a complete rig replacement or part of a larger pedal board and/or outboard processing rig.
A year later and it looks as though the product may finally come to market. It offers the following features:
- Amp modeling based on Studio Devil’s patented technology
- Dual-DSP powered hardware
- Stereo 1024 point cabinet impulses with ability to upload 3rd party IRs
- Effects including drive, modulation, delay, reverb, eq, gate
- Dedicated, physical amp control knobs for tone adjustments
- Various i/o options including Â¼” Hi Z input with proprietary processing, separate stereo Â¼” and XLR outputs and user programmable effects loop
- 3 configurable footswitches
- PC/Mac editor
- 128 MIDI controllable presets
- Field upgradeable firmware
Based on the above set of features, I had signed up for the reserve list. And it looks as though the invitations might finally be coming out over the next few weeks.
These get great reviews. Did you ever get hold of one?
You know, I signed up for the reserve list and then I backed out. I guess I am just too old school. I love the sound of tube amps and, in a strange way, I love the ritual associated with packing them up, lugging them around and getting them to sound just right. One day, though, I will break down and give one a try!
I know what you mean about the sound of a tube amp. Nothing will ever really compare!