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NAMM 2018 – Boss Products Announced – GT-1000 : Katana Artist : Katana Air

So far, this year at NAMM has been pretty spectacular, with Fender announcing some brand new effects pedals, from the Mirror Image Delay effects pedal, to the Santa Ana Overdrive effects pedal, as well as Elektron announcing their brand new Digitone synthesizer!

But most importantly are the Boss products that have been announced. These include the GT-1000 Guitar Effects Processor, the Katana Artist 100W combo amplifier, and last but not least, the totally wireless Katana Air amplifier!

GT-1000 Guitar Effects Processor

  • Flagship guitar amp/effects processor with uncompromising sound quality and unmatched expressiveness
  • Industry-leading 32-bit AD/DA, 32-bit floating-point processing, and 96 kHz sampling rate throughout
  • Next-generation BOSS DSP engine, custom designed specifically for music applications
  • AIRD (Augmented Impulse Response Dynamics) technology realizes BOSS’s acclaimed Tube Logic concept in a digital guitar processor, delivering natural feel and optimized integration with all types of external devices
  • Highly expressive amplifiers, meticulously crafted with AIRD
  • Massive selection of onboard effects, including BOSS MDP effects and algorithms directly ported from the DD-500, MD-500, and RV-500 pedals
  • Amps and effects can be routed in numerous series and parallel combinations
  • Ultra-fast patch switching and delay/reverb carryover
  • Innovative Stompbox feature greatly simplifies using common effects settings in many different patches
  • Easy operation with large display and six user-assignable switching knobs
  • Ten footswitches and integrated expression pedal with user-configurable assignments and LED colors
  • High-resolution tuner with two display modes and mono or polyphonic operation
  • ¼-inch main outputs and XLR sub outputs with independent AIRD Output Select settings; loop for external stereo or mono effects
  • Support for external control via footswitches, expression pedals, MIDI, and USB
  • Built-in Bluetooth for wireless editing from iOS and Android mobile devices
  • USB audio/MIDI interface for computer-based recording and editing

As you’d expect from a flagship BOSS processor, the GT-1000 is loaded with all types of outstanding effects, from overdrives and distortions to specialty effects like Slicer, Slow Gear, and a host of others. Many selections harness BOSS’s MDP tech, which intelligently adapts to your dynamics and playing register to achieve the perfect sound. Advanced algorithms from the renowned DD-500 Digital Delay, MD-500 Modulation, and RV-500 Reverb pedals are included too, along with sophisticated Acoustic Resonance processing inherited from the AD-10 pedal for acoustic/electric guitar.

The GT-1000 is BOSS’s most advanced amp/effects processor to date, built for no-compromise audio performance. To start, it’s the first-ever guitar multi-effects unit with 32-bit AD/DA, 32-bit floating-point processing, and 96 kHz sampling rate throughout. There’s an all-new DSP engine as well, specially designed for music applications and featuring over three times the power of previous generations.

The GT-1000 is loaded with immensely expressive guitar amplifiers, all meticulously crafted with AIRD. In contrast to traditional modeling methods, AIRD reproduces the complex internal component interactions of tube amps in every way, from guitar input to speaker output and everything in-between. The result is a complete interactive system that’s a living, breathing instrument, just like your favourite high-end tube amp.

This effects processor is a perfect edition to those players who want unparalleled performance, as the GT-1000 is equipped with top of the line equipment and software, to give you the most bang for your buck.

 

Katana Artist Combo Amp

  • Professional 100-watt combo amp with enhanced tone and all the latest Katana features
  • Tube Logic design approach produces class-defying power, authoritative punch, and cutting presence for any performing situation
  • Robust analog class-AB power amp section delivers the authentic tone and highly musical response that Katana amps are noted for
  • Custom Waza 12-inch speaker realizes classic British stack speaker tone and response with increased power handling capacity
  • Newly designed cabinet with ultra-solid construction and semi-closed back for tight, focused tone with rich low end
  • Five unique amp characters, custom-tuned for optimum performance with the Katana-Artist’s cabinet and Waza speaker
  • Choose from 58 customizable BOSS effects and many effect routing configurations with BOSS Tone Studio editor software
  • Eight Tone Setting memories for storing and recalling all amp and effect settings
  • Power Control for achieving cranked-amp tone and dynamic response at low volumes
  • Dedicated panel controls for Cabinet Resonance and Line Out Air Feel functions
  • Effects loop with position, gain, and series/parallel operation configurable via BOSS Tone Studio
  • Support for external control with optional footswitches (GA-FC, FS series) and MIDI
  • Stage-ready patches for all music styles available at BOSS Tone Central

Built for pro players, the 100-watt Katana-Artist combo features a new cabinet design with front-facing controls and a premium Waza 12-inch speaker. The semi-closed back is ideal for rock tones, and the tight, rugged construction produces rich, full sound with impressive projection. You can further tweak the response for your touch with the dedicated Cabinet Resonance control, which customizes the dynamic interaction between the amp’s output section and speaker. In addition, the sound and response of the Katana-Artist’s five amp characters have been fine-tuned to work in perfect harmony with the Waza speaker and new cabinet.

Newly refined specifically for the Katana-Artist, five selectable amp characters offer everything from organic vintage tones to modern high-gain sounds. Clean is natural and transparent, while Crunch offers satisfying grit and response. Lead has a wide gain range to suit many styles, from fat, stinging blues solos to fluid legato shredding. With DNA inherited from the Waza amp, Brown delivers refined high-gain tone sought after by the world’s greatest rock players. The Acoustic character further enhances the Katana’s versatility, providing optimized tone that makes acoustic-electric guitars sound stunningly natural.

The new Katana Artist is perfect for those gigging players due to the powerful 100w power output from this powerhouse, or those who don’t like to play a set style of music, due to the amp’s five selectable characters, giving the player from organic vintage tones to modern high-gain sounds.

Katana Air

  • Totally wireless guitar amplifier with newly developed BOSS technology delivers rock-solid sound with ultra-low latency
  • Custom wireless transmitter plugs into any electric guitar and charges while docked in the amp
  • Transmitter provides 12 hours of playing time on a single charge, and automatically enters standby mode to conserve the charge when no activity is detected
  • Always ready to play, with motion sensing technology in the transmitter that instantly wakes the amp from power-saving standby mode
  • Premium tones derived from the Katana stage amplifier series, with five unique amp characters and access to over 50 world-class BOSS effects
  • Six onboard memories for storing favorite amp and effects setups
  • Powerful stereo speaker system with full-range sound and up to 30 watts of power*
  • Edit and organize tones wirelessly with the BOSS Tone Studio app for iOS and Android mobile devices
  • Play along with music streamed wirelessly from a mobile device via Bluetooth®
  • Amplifier powered by eight AA-size batteries or included AC adapter
  • Aux in for connecting wired devices, plus headphones/recording out for silent practice and music production*The Katana-Air produces 30 watts of power when connected to AC, and 20 watts of power when running on batteries.

With its premium Katana sound engine and wireless operation, the Katana-Air makes it easy to enjoy rich, dynamic guitar tones—complete with advanced BOSS effects—anytime and anywhere. And that means you’ll play more often, improve your skills, and have more fun. When you want to jam at home, there’s no need to set up your big rig or rely on the dry, boxy sound of a mini practice amp. Just plug the Katana-Air’s transmitter into your guitar and riff with great sound from anywhere in the room! Thanks to its portable size and ability to run on batteries, the Katana-Air is an equally great companion for travel, parties, jam sessions with friends, and more.

The Katana-Air features new low-latency digital wireless guitar technology developed by BOSS, providing transparent sound and ultra-quick response without any lag or dropouts. The included custom wireless transmitter plugs into any electric guitar, and has indicators for power and battery status. A convenient docking port in the amp charges the battery in the transmitter, providing up to 12 hours of total playing time per charge.

The new Katana-Air is perfect for the players who are willing to sacrifice power for portability, but don’t want to lose performance quality. Perfect for the home gigs or even just using it as a speaker to connect your phone to, the Katana-Air is an incredible new addition to the Katana series.

Conclusion

So far so good. The new additions to Boss have been nothing short of amazing, and there is a lot more to expect from both Boss and other manufacturers over the next few days.

If I had to choose between these three new additions, the GT-1000 would be my pick. With it’s incredible range of effects available, making a whole pedalboard worth of sounds while using a fraction of the space normally needed, this processor is perfect for gigs where space is limited, but sound is premium.

 

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