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Black Widow Audio Designs Unveils the MGP-1A Modeling Preamp

Black Widow Audio Designs Unveils the MGP-1A Modeling Preamp

The unit features 18 preamplifier models which are derived from the most iconic guitar amplifiers in history.

St. Louis, MO (November 3, 2016) -- Black Widow Audio Designs is proud to announce pre-production of the revolutionary MGP-1A All-Tube Modeling Preamplifier has begun. To celebrate, we are making 20 units available for pre-order starting November 3rd, 2016 at $200 off the MAP price. These units will be the first to ship and come with our 18-day satisfaction guarantee.

The revolutionary MGP-1A is the result of almost eight years of research and development and is the first preamplifier to offer guitar preamplifier modeling with an all-tube, all-analog signal path. The unit features 18 preamplifier models which are derived from the most iconic guitar amplifiers in history. Each model comes complete with its own unique gain and volume controls, 3-band tone stack and various selectable voicing switches.

Modeling is accomplished by the company’s patent pending VEnuM All-tube Modeling Technology which reconfigures the internal vacuum tube circuitry for ultra-realistic tone; realism that cannot be achieved through digital or other means.

Designed to be easy for anyone to use, the MGP-1A takes the form of a three-channel preamplifier where every feature and option has a dedicated front panel control. The MGP-1A’s clean channel takes its cue from dual input vintage amplifiers with bright and normal channels and even allows you to bridge them internally, recreating the old “jumpered input” trick. The crunch and drive channels take a more modern route with switchable bright and deep voicing options. All channels feature an EQ shift and alternate tone stack that is unique to each model, bringing the number of pristine analog tones available to 264, before touching a single knob.

Since the MGP-1A Modeling Guitar Preamp prototype was introduced at NAMM ’14, we’ve been hard at work making improvements based on the public’s suggestions. The MGP-1A’s styling was improved and the unit is now housed in a smaller 2U rackmount chassis. New models have been added for improved sound quality and greater tonal diversity. Our new MOSh™ Regulated Heater Supply provides a controlled soft-start which protects the tubes while providing the lowest noise possible. MIDI was added allowing you to instantly recall 128 settings with any MIDI foot controller or DAW.

MGP-1A Feature Set:

  • 3 channels, 6 models per channel
  • VEnuM All-tube Modeling Technology creates the most authentic models on the market
  • “Dual Input” Clean Channel with Bright, Normal and Bridged (jumpered inputs) Modes
  • Warm LED indicates when vacuum tubes are ready for use
  • New: MOSh MOSFET Regulated Heater Supply ensures extremely low noise and protects promotes long tube life
  • New: MIDI added with 128 internal presets
  • Front and rear inputs, 1/4” unbalanced outputs and ground lift switch

The MGP-1A will retail for $2,699 ($2,299 M.A.P.). However, the unit will be available for a limited time at $2,099 + shipping directly through the Black Widow Audio Designs’ website.

For more information:
Black Widow Audio Designs