Fortin Amplification Releases NATAS Tube Guitar Amplifier
The NATAS was designed with the metal player in mind, providing tones from the early ''80s to present day metal.
Whitby, Canada (July 22, 2010) -- The NATAS is an all tube, dual channel, blisteringly high gain amplifier that has been designed with extreme metal musicians in mind. Like its namesake, NATAS was designed to assume many forms and provide diverse metal tones. Classic early '80s English crunch to ultra tight late '80s thrash to demented and down-tuned '90s death metal to the most over the top technical excursions of the last decade are all forged into this amplifier. The amp also serves 8-string and extended scale length guitar players who require an amplifier to handle the full range of their instruments. This amplifier will retain all of the detail of your instrument even when using front-end stomp boxes and FX units plugged into its all tube buffered effects loop. The NATAS features state-of-the-art transformer sets and circuit design, allowing dense and dissonant chords to retain full clarity at peak gain and volume levels.
The NATAS front control panel L to R: Input, Girth, Grind, Gain, Kill switch, Volume, Bass, Middle, Treble, CH channel select switch, Gain, Bright switch, Volume, Bass, Middle, Treble, Depth, Presence, Master, Standby & Power switches. The Kill switch is a 2-position footswitchable feature that revoices channel 1. Both modes have ample gain for soloing as well as extreme definition for all styles of riffing and chording. Along with the frequency selective gain controls (Girth & Grind), and overall Gain control, these features allow the player to dial in any gain structure. Channel 2â€™s clean tones are very warm, bouncy, and possess tremendous sparkle, which is further enhanced with the Bright switch. Designed to be a pure clean tone, a touch of overdrive is possible in this channel with its gain control set high.
The rear panel L to R: Mains Input, Footswitch jack, 4-Bias controls and test points, Series/Parallel effects loop with Send Level, On/Off switch, Send jack, Series/Parallel switch, Return jack, Return Level controls, Line Out jack, Level control, and 5 Loudspeaker jacks. The individual Bias controls are a powerful feature and tool for exploring more tonal possibilities with the NATAS amplifier. User can mix and match different tube types together for an almost unlimited range of tones and dynamics. Stock power tube compliment is 2-EL34 + 2-6L6 SED Winged C tubes.
Chassis mounted components are wired, "flying lead" style, to a 1/8" thick, 4oz weighted FR4 PCB. High quality tube sockets, stainless steel shafted pots, metal switches, metal jacks, custom designed precision wound power, choke and output transformers are mounted to a 14 gauge brushed stainless steel chassis. The front and back panels are red anodized brushed aluminum with white laser etched lettering that will not wear off. Its housed in a 3/4" birch-ply enclosure and accented with custom black aluminum anodized metal grills and a 1/4" thick machined red aluminum logo plate.
- World Mains 100/110/120/220/230/240 VAC 50/60HZ
- 4x BIAS locking pots
- 5x 12AX7s, 1 - 12AT7, & 4x Power tubes in any combinations of EL34, 6CA7, KT77, 6L6, 5881, KT66, 6550, KT88, KT90, KT100. Class-AB, 100 to 200 + watts RMS, depending on types of power tubes used
- Fully regulated preamp DC heaters for an ultra low noise floor
- Marriage of PCB and Point-to-Point assembly
- 5 button Footswitch is included (CH1/LOOP/CH2/LOOP/KILL)
- Street price: $3799
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Source: Press Release