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United Kingdom (January 17, 2012) – New for 2013, Ashdown launches the all-new ABM NEO range of cabinets and combos. Using the iconic ABM preamp coupled with a very special, 400-watt, lightweight power section, bass players can enjoy pure Ashdown ABM tone in a compact and lightweight package.
Handmade in the UK, Ashdown introduces the ABM-NEO-210 Combo and NEO-115 combo, both fitted with Ashdown high-frequency horns and custom Italian Sica Neodymium drivers, making the iconic line now a little bit easier to transport between shows. All combos are sized to be matched with an extension cab from the range making it easy to expand your rig.
For the bass player who craves lightweight but won’t compromise on tone, Ashdown introduces three new NEO cabinet options - the ABM-NEO-408 (4 x 8”), ABM-NEO 210 and ABM NEO 115 cabinets. All ABM NEO cabinets are handmade in the UK using marine quality premium 15mm Latvian birch ply and are front-ported for maximum forward dispersion.
The ABM EVO III pre amp was designed to satisfy both bass purists and tech-heads alike. Three straightforward rotary tone controls provide 20dB of cut and boost at 60Hz, 660Hz and 5kHz, and are supplemented by two pairs of additional sliders, giving 15dB cut and boost at 180Hz, 340Hz, 1.3kHz and 2.6kHz. The EQ can be switched in/out by a footswitch, enabling players to go from a flat, fretless sound to a boosted sound via a favorite EQ setting. A single input is switchable for passive and active instruments, with a blend of solid state and dual triode tube preamp stages which can be pre-set and selected by footswitch, providing access to a massive range of clean, warm and overdriven tones.
Also footswitchable is the on-board compressor and the mighty Ashdown sub-harmonic generator, which precisely tracks the main signal and reproduces it an octave lower. A sub-harmonic level control enables the player to add just the right amount of low-end reinforcement - everything from a subtle, thickening of the sound to unbridled, bonecrushing tone. The ABM EVO III preamp features a front-panel mounted, balanced DI out with pre or post EQ switching, a sub-bass output, a tuner output, an FX loop and a line input for the connection of an external sampler or sound source. Output muting cuts the signal from the DI output but leaves the tuner output ‘live’, allowing the player to tune up in silence.
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