Adding some color, sculpting and flavouring the basic, raw instrument sound, being it a guitar or a synth, is a very important thing. What is guitar sound without amp, or a synth without fat channel strip?..
Unfortunately, most modern mixers/consoles or channel strips works good only in “repairing”, almost surgical mode — good to cut unwanted resonances, to make levels more сonstant…trying to “push” them — and you’re failed, unpleasant overdrive is all you’ve got.
No wonder that there’s such a big demand on a “vintage-styled” hardware. But vintage became boring too. How can everybody use the same stuff?
Colored amplification/sound sculpting devices are the key to the good sound and music exploration, a key to more interesting, rich sounding, more textured music (electronic music especially).
Just look at the guitar amps world for example — plenty of flavours to choose from!
Zvukofor color amps are inspired by an old (often tube) musical equipment, when the gear was working more like a musical instrument rather than engineering stuff, so musicians could really “grab a knob” and get the sound they want. Less numbers, more psychoacoustic goodies.
I’ve always thought it would be great to hear a device demo using my own instruments, or sound samples/sequences/whatever.
So, here we go — now you can send me an audio you want to run through an amp, and i’ll send you back it already treated, on different modes, with comments. Isn’t it great?
CSM Color Amp
Coloring amplifier – DI-box. Almost a channel strip.
Inspired by an old instrument tube amps and old small mixers.
– 2 gain stages for more control on fattening (or overdriving) character
– 9 saturation modes for a lot of variations on drive character
– passive 3-band EQ, very musical and really character-changing
– output tape-style soft-clipping limiter
– built-in DI-box, based on old schematics from ’70s, like a cherry on top.
This amp is powered by +48V phantom (just like any DI-box) or from USB port — any phone charger or laptop is good, just use USB-B cable (as for MIDI keyboards or printers).
9V power socket (Boss-style) is an option.
This is an example of custom shop device based on a Color Amps series.
A singing bass player asked for CSM amp plus compressor plus colored mic preamp in one box to use on stage. Also he wanted a custom appearance, so i did a little etching and enamel, pseudo-psychedelic mixed with a little black metal.
The mic preamp in this device is a “classic transformerless” class A input transistors plus opamp. Many consoles used this in late 70 to mid 80. Not so clean, yet clean enough, not harsh, and pretty good even overdriven. Think of old Ramsa, Tascam, Sony, various broadcasting consoles.
– 2 channels — instrument and mic, with separate outputs
– mic pre with phantom
– instrument channel with bypassable compressor, colored preamp and passive EQ
– output soft-clipping limiters on both channels, tape-style
This one is powered by a separate custom PSU.