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Mesa/Boogie Releases the CabClone Cabinet Simulator DI

July 11, 2014

Petaluma, CA (July 11, 2014) -- Mesa/Boogie is excited to announce the addition of the new CabClone Cabinet Simulator DI and Compensated Headphone Driver, expanding its line of award-winning guitar amplification products hand-built in the company’s Petaluma California shop.

Aimed at taking guitar cabinet simulator performance to a higher level, Mesa’s team set out to address the needs of the professional studio, home, and gigging guitarist or serious “silent” guitar practitioner. When given all options, a large percentage of guitarists still prefer the natural sound from their amplifier of choice and a mic’d speaker cabinet. Many would benefit if provided a way to capture true amplified guitar sound without the need for a mic or a cabinet, and often the resulting volume in noise restricted environments. The CabClone has been developed to meet this objective with pro studio grade sound quality and realistic feel, offering some unique features in this category and price range.

Usable with or without a speaker, as a combined power load soak (On-Board Load defeated when speaker connected to thru jack), the CabClone captures the signal from the amp’s speaker output and simulates the sound of a mic’d cabinet without damaging the amplifier. This Internal Load feature is essential but lacking in many other products in the category and price range. For the recording or home artist with limited space, restrictive volume considerations, or simply those who want to experiment with speaker cabinet options, the CabClone offers three popular cabinet style and tone options including open back, closed back and vintage 4x12.

In a studio setting, initial reviews of the CabClone indicate Mesa has hit the mark. “Mind blown! The CabClone sounds just like a mic'd up cabinet. If you need your sound to be DI'd but retain all of the tone, warmth and character that made you go Boogie in the first place, the CabClone is the perfect solution for a DI tone that sounds completely real and satisfying. Plus, your tone is recallable, reliable and rockin' in any situation ... no question it's 100% Boogie,” said Richard Chycki, mixer, engineer for a long list of high profile artists including Rush, Dream Theater, Aerosmith, and Skillet.

Other powerful features include a phase flip for combining with other sources, 1/4” line out, a 3-pin male XLR balanced direct out to consoles, rotary front panel D.I. level featuring unlimited signal adjustment across the full range of destination Input requirements, thru jack for those who also want to run a live speaker while going direct to console, and unique to the CabClone, a headphones Output which Mesa believes will be very popular with home guitarists. This allows for the sonic shaping and feel of the CabClone's direct balanced out through a set of quality headphones for personal entertainment with the guitarists amplifier of choice, no speaker required. This means guitarists, in any environment, have the option to play through any amp (big or little) “silently” late at night when the rest of the world is asleep and still have the desired tone of their setup.

“We're very excited about the CabClone performance. Without a speaker connected, the internal load provides an excellent representation of the amplifiers’ feel and is rated for 100 Watts @ 8 Ohms standard. Our 4 and 16 Ohm versions allow proper impedance matching with other MESA - as well as non-MESA vacuum tube amplifiers,” said Dan Van Riezen, Research and Development at Mesa/Boogie.

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