Amt Electronics E1 Engl Fireball
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Amt Electronics E1 Engl Fireball

E1 Engl Fireball, Guitar Amp Simulation Pedal from Amt Electronics in the Legend Amps series.

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iamqman 06/04/2011

Amt Electronics E1 Engl Fireball : Recensione di iamqman (content in English)

"not a fan"
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I am just not a fan of this series of pedals from AMT. They seem to be only good for one thing and that is direct computer recording. And even then if you are in a situation for recording, chances are an engineer is going to have real high gain amps to record with not some hundred dollar pedal. I just think these things are pointless. They are more expensive than the classic series from AMT(not by much), but are so limited in operation that it doesn't make sense to me to own one. You need an effects loop because it is designed to run there or cab simulation into a computer. However, most people run pedals in front of an amp. Effects loops by and large suck tone and unless they are tube driven coming from a boutique builder then they generally are garbage.

- The AMT Legend Amp Series guitar pedals provide excellent dynamics, nuances, and characteristics similar to that of tube driven amplifiers.
- Tube-like range of volume control provides great sound density, playability, and power when playing at full volume and also in conjunction with your guitars volume knob.
- TRUE BYPASS. The preamps of the Legend Amp Series pedals use passive true bypass circuitry, therefore no loss of guitar signal is noticed in your pedal chain. Similar to if no pedal was there at all when bypassed.
- Features high level of output signal (+10dB in extreme position of Level knob) corresponds to the output levels similar of tube preamps. Thus, you have adjustable signal level allowing to hook up your preamp AND direct input of a power amplifier.
- Controls include LEVEL, GAIN, LOW, MID, and HIGH.
- TWO signal outputs: DIRECT AMPLIFIER OUT for guitar amplifier use and CAB SIMULATION OUT for mixer, or studio use.
- Power saving mode. When the speaker simulation output jack is not in use, the pedal automatically switches to power saving mode. Current consumption (from 9V power unit) is less than 6mА (in power saving mode it drops to 4mА).

UTILIZATION

This is a very easy pedal to figure out. It has five control knobs consisting of three band EQ, volume level, and gain. Just like an amp in its configuration. It will take you about 5 minutes to trial and error this thing into sounding the way you want it to. AMT makes it pretty clear in the layout of the control knobs.

AMT is going for an Engl type tone. If you aren't familiar with them they are a high gain amplifier company that generally lends itself to the hard rock and metal players. So this is going to be a high gain pedal that will get you a lot of gain and saturation. It is good for low tunings and drop tunings guitars. Not sure how it sounds with a seven string.

SOUND QUALITY

I am coming with this review from the front of the amp situation which most people use pedals for. It is the front of an amp that this thing sounds horrible. It is tinty and fizzy with a gain staging that is unpleasant to listen to. It is designed for humbucker style guitars and unless you use it in the computer or an effects loop it is pretty pointless. And even going into the computer it doesn't sound like an amp...it sounds like a pedal trying to be an amp.

OVERALL OPINION

Bottom line is if you want to sound like you own an Engl than buy and Engl. If you can't afford one then get one of AMT's classic series pedals and they will be a lot more useful to you.

I wouldn't recommend this pedal to anyone. I can't stand cab or amp simulation because there really isn't any for a pedal to sound like an amp no matter what you do. At new they come in at around $130 which to me is cheap for a pedal but not for something that is one trick pony and nothing else. I recommend getting AMT's Extreme lll. If you want a high gain pedal that sounds just about as natural as your going to get than that is the pedal for you.