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Color Amps

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?

Zvukofor coloring amps: C-A, CS-M, MC-LA. Also shown: coloring DI-boxes

Custom designed colored amplification/sound sculpting devices are the key to the new 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 series are inspired by an old (often tube) musical gear, when the gear was working more like a musical instrument rather than engineering equipment. Less numbers, more psychoacoustic goodies.

Demos… i’ve always hated demos on youtube or whatever, and always thought it would be great to hear a device demo using my own instruments, or sound samples.
So, here we go — 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?

Zvukofor CS-M

Zvukofor CS-M color amp
Coloring amplifier – DI-box. Almost a coloring channel strip. Inspired by an old instrument tube amps and old small mixers.
– 2 gain stages for more control on fattening (or overdriving) character
– passive 3-band EQ, very musical and really character-changing (think guitar amps)
– 30dB boost, if the levels is low or you need a massive crunchy overdrive
– 2 different amp feedback styles, for even more variations on drive character
– 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), so you don’t need any wallwart… we all hate wallwarts.
But if using it in the middle of a chain or just need basic line out you can power it from…USB!
Any phone adapter or free USB port on a laptop is good, just add a basic USB-B cable (as used for MIDI keyboards or printers).

9V power socket (Boss-style) is an option too.


Zvukofor SG

This is an example of custom designed device based on the previous ones.
The guy just wanted it all plus 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.

2-channel custom made preamp. Mic channel with limiter, instrument chanel with EQ, compressor and limiter. Custom painting: enamel and etching.

– 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.

More to come!