It's a drive.
It's a pre.
It's a DI.
It can do clean.
It can do dirty.
Micronaut is an incredibly musical and usable mini head. For tone shaping you'll find a tilt EQ tone control and a voice switch with two options. 'Mode I' is a cleaner, slightly scooped voice - very pretty & sweet with enough headroom to run a full pedalboard. 'Mode II' is the dirtier setting and changes the whole response of the amp. This is where the insane harmonic texturing comes out to play. You'll get increased touch sensitivity and an effortless transition from clean to dirty. It has the most complex distortion tones in our lineup ranging from light drive to shoegazy wild fuzz. It's so much fun here.
The really special part of this amp is it's unique line out. It's not taken from the preamp stage or resistively off the speaker tap like other amps - this one has a whole dedicated winding on the output transformer isolating it from the rest of the signal and it's own level control. The line out works together with an isolated reactive load whether a speaker is plugged in or not so you get the full power drive signal and response of the amp with all the natural EQ peaks and dips no matter what you plug it into (another amp, a pedal chain, a mixer, a DAW, etc)
One of our favorite uses is to run it in sort of a pseudo wet/dry stereo setup. Run your instrument into a cranked Micronaut feeding a dedicated 8 ohm speaker cab for 'dry' -- then take the line out and use it to drive a pedalboard full of modulation effects into another amp for 'wet'. It's crazy good.
Whether you're using it for DI as a perfect desktop pedal platform or to blast your favorite amp into huge power tube fuzz territory - it will be tons of fun.
Output: ~4W @ 8 Ohms
Tubes: 1 x 12AX7, 1 x EL84
Controls: Gain, Tone, Voice switch, Line out volume (rear)
Dimensions: 9" x 7.75" x 6" @ 6.5 lbs
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At the heart of the Silktone Fuzz are two germanium transistors in the classic fuzz face topology, tweaked to get a huge array of tones and fix all the annoyances you get with a typical germanium fuzz. We wanted to nail the awesome tones everybody knows and loves when these transistors are biased to their sweet spot… and also when they’re not. With our active bias monitor you can easily hit them all. Want that oh, so sweet sweet sweet spot? Dial it to ~4.50. Prefer some fat sticky fuzz? Dial it past 7.50. Want spitty gated fuzz? Cool, me too - dial it to ~1.10.
Combine this with the onboard pickup simulator to place this fuzz anywhere in your chain without the normal issues and a cleanup knob to get you into drive territory that rivals the best overdrives out there with beautifully musical germanium color - and you have one of the most useable, versatile fuzzes to date with sooo.. much.. texture.
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Harmonic retention and ultra-low noise are the stand-out design feats with this one - allowing all of the good nuanced stuff that is lost on other amps to really come through in focus. The overdrive is soo thick and textured and the cleans are sweet and full even at lower volumes.
A huge range of tones are available with the silktone amp - “Chiffon” mode offers a variety of refined tones from it's TMB tone stack with wide-range Mid control. Cut the mids way back and you get a nice spongy American scooped tone – push the mids and your tone fattens up to the stylings of a bold & dynamic JTM. Push the volume to break up and get a harmonically complex & musical overdrive. “Raw Silk” mode bypasses the tone stack for a huge gain boost – you'll get an incredibly sweet and transparent sound at lower volumes showing off the nuances of your guitar and pedals – push the volume and you can get anything from raw crunch to thick fuzz-like distortion. All of this with a tube driven spring reverb that is as rich as it is versatile. With the combination of the 'Dwell' and 'Mix' controls you can get anything from a smooth & gentle echo to a huge drippy surf effect.
Output: ~12 W/~0.5 W switchable @ 8 ohms
Controls: Vol, Treble, Mid, Bass, Reverb Dwell & Mix, Tone switch for Chiffon (EQ Mode) and Raw Silk (Bypass EQ, Boost)
Tubes: 1 x 12AX7, 2 x 12AT7, 1 x KT66 , 1 x 5AR4
Speaker: 12" Silktone Ceramic
Dimensions: 21.25” x 18.5” x 10.75” @ 41 lbs
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