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It seems that more and more rock bands are feature acoustic guitars in their live sets, and Ashdown Engineering have responded with the launch of a new acoustic amplifier designed specifically for this application â€“ the AAR212
Based on Ashdownâ€™s twin-channel Radiator 2 (AAR2), the new amplifier replaces the original speaker configuration of 2 x 8" drivers (each with dual tweeter arrays), with a heavy-duty 12" speaker complemented by a horn. Sacrificing only a small amount of the tonal sweetness of the original, Ashdown tell us that the new amplifier moves much more air and is capable of cutting through the higher on-stage volume levels of a rock band in full flow.
Amplifier features are the same as the original Radiator 2, with a hi-fi 160-Watt power stage and a twin-channel preamplifier with inputs for active and piezo pick-ups on Channel 1, and both jack and balanced XLR phantom powered low impedance inputs on Channel 2. A comprehensive range of facilities includes dual 5 band EQ, notch filters and phase switching for the elimination of feedback, built in digital reverb and delay effects and a balanced DI output.
Befitting a backline amplifier thatâ€™s very much built for the road, the new amp is available only in a tough vinyl-covered cabinet, with none of the usual polished wood versions available.
Ashdownâ€™s Mark Gooday had this to tell us, â€œThis is what our customers asked us for. Acoustic players love the tone and facilities of the Radiator 2, but guitarists in louder bands want even more volume. The new AAR212 fits the bill perfectlyâ€�.