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The Revelation V2 is one of the most versatile and well thought out amps on the market. Period. There are other amps that do certain things as well than the Revelation, but nothing compares to how in depth and how versatile the Revelation is. Also, if looking for the best overdrive and distortion sound in that price range, don’t look any further, here’s the Revelation Version2 !!!
The gruelling design process for the Revelation (which took place over a 4 year period) involved dividing the guitar amplifier up into its constituent parts, and optimising the features and functionality of each section. Each section of the amp had to be world class. Finally, the various sections had to form a cohesive, organic whole. There’s no point having a great preamp and a great power amp if the two don’t work well together!
Each Revelation amplifier preamp features:
* Four completely independent channels, featuring Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble and Volume.
* 3 Gain levels per channel (low, mid and high), so any channel can run as clean, crunch or high gain.
* Each channel is independently voiced with unique design architecture, with no repeated channel voicings, giving you 12 distinct guitar tones.
* Each channel’s unique voice means is that when you change channels it feels like you are changing amps, not simply adding more or less gain to the same basic sound. This has to be experienced to be believed!
* Dual master volume for solo boosts.
* MIDI switching capability for channel, gain mode, FX loops and master volume.
Mated to this amazing preamp is an equally impressive power amplifier with the following features:
* Dual master volumes to give you the options of setting up 2 stage levels.
* Presence and Depth controls, as well as selectable power amp feedback to control the frequency response and feel of the power amplifier.
* 3 selectable power levels, 100%, 60% and 30%. Variations in output power are achieved by varying the internal high voltages of the amplifiers.
* Triode/Pentode mode for further variations of power amp feel and headroom.
* Three levels of negative feedback (High, Low and Off)
* The ability to accept most common octal based power tubes, such as KT66, KT77, KT88, KT90, KT100, 6550, EL34, 6CA7, 6L6, 5881, 6V6, and 6K6.
* Output power anywhere from 100W down to 1W by choosing the appropriate tube and power amp configurations.
* External bias points for easy tube swapping.
Oh, and did we talked about the FX Loops and the operating mode of the Revelation Version2 ? As the amp is fully MIDI, here are what you get :
* A world-first, 4 FX loops, which can be assigned to any channel.
* Ultra low-noise buffered circuitry per loop, creating the most transparent loops in the world.
* Each loop cab be individually set to guitar or line level for perfect matching to any effect type.
* Send Level for adjusting the volume of each loop individually. This allows the guitarists to add an automatic cut or boost when a loop is engaged.
* Mix control, allowing the full range of 0 to 100% wet/dry mix. This means each loop can operate as series (mix set to 100%) or parallel (mix set <100%)
* Each channel ‘remembers’ which loops are assigned to it, and automatically activates these loops when the master FX switch is toggled.
* Standard Mode – Uses the optional 6 button foot controller where you can switch to any channel and toggle between master volumes. Finally intelligent FX loop switching means that you can assign any number of FX loops to a channel. ($289 rrp)
* MIDI Mode– In MIDI mode you can store up to 128 programs. For each channel you can set the channel, gain mode, master volume, FX 1 to FX 4 on/off and global FX on/off
For those who prefer to get into deeper editing, or who run a MIDI controlled system, the Revelation can be used in MIDI mode. Once again, despite the amazing flexibility of the Revelation, programming the amplifier is an extremely simple procedure. There are no menus or complicated esoteric sequences of button presses. Simply:
– Send a MIDI program change message from your MIDI controller. This will load up the settings from the corresponding program in the Revelation’s internal memory.
– Choose channel, gain mode, FX loops, Global FX on/off and Master volume as you like.
– If your choice of options is different from the program in memory, a blue “Program” LED will flash to indicate this.
– If you want to store this combination of options in memory, simple hold down the program button for a few seconds. When the blue Program LED stops flashing, the program is stored.
And that’s it. The scary high-tech world of MIDI programming, which has purists clucking their tongues disapprovingly 😉
And what about the amp and sound ? You’re right, this is a nice thing to talk about, as the features are so amazing, you can expect the same astonish quality in the sound.
Channel 1 (Green) is inspired by the traditional American preamp designs from 50’s and 60’s. One of its unique defining characteristics is the position of the tone stack, which is at the beginning of the preamp as opposed to the end. This channel has the lowest gain of all 4 channels, and is aimed more at the vintage side of things:
– Low Gain mode: This is a pristine shimmering clean. It is the most balanced of the clean modes in the Revelation, and LOVES pedals. Depending on how you adjust the powerful EQ and gain control, this mode can produce anything from glassy, 3D tones, to fuller more muscular clean tones.
– Mid Gain mode: This fattens up the original tone, and starts to overdrive gracefully as you pick harder. With the gain cranked, this mode will take you to vintage crunch territory.
– High Gain mode: Not really high gain per-se, but more of a vintage purring blues/lead sound. The unique position of the tone stack means that variations in settings affect the character and response of the overdrive sound.
Channel 2 (Yellow) is decidedly British in nature. The mids are a lot more forward, and the position of the tone controls (at the end of the preamp) completely changes the character of this channel, compared to channel 1. This is another channel which we would consider to be ‘vintage’ voiced.
– Low Gain Mode: A wonderful clean counterpart to Channel 1’s low gain mode. The forward mids really accentuate the elastic nature of this channel, and helps to put the guitar more forward in the mix. This mode also loves pedals, and can give your OD pedals a very different sonic ‘highlight’ compared to Channel 1. It’s almost as if you’ve re-voiced your pedals!
– Mid Gain: This is one of my favourite sounds on the amp. This mode purrs. Lovely, glowing amber tones,… touch sensitive and sonically wide. This is also an awesome mode for creating high gain tones when you run the power amp into overdrive, using one of the lower power modes (the power amp can run as low as 8W if you like)
– High Gain: In order not to overlap with Channel 3’s tight precise character, we made sure that this channel’s high gain mode was fat and spongy, a beautiful responsive vintage lead sound.
Channel 3 (Blue) is what happens when you take Channel 2, and mod it to the max. It’s definitely a ‘modern’ channel. Inspired by the hot-rodded, custom amps of the 80’s and 90’s, this channel exhibits a tight controlled low end, a precise high end, and huge midrange response for cutting through the mix.
– Low Gain Mode: The tight low end of this channel, when applied to a ‘clean’ sound results in a very percussive and focused clean, with a lot going on in the mids. It’s certainly a very different clean to the previous channels, and makes an awesome funk channel. It’s also a great tight channel when the power amp gets cooking, and very decidedly ‘brown’
– Mid Gain Mode: It’s also here that the controlled low end of this channel’s architecture starts to pay serious dividends. The response of this channel when overdriven is perhaps the ‘fastest’ found in the Revelation. Also, the note definition is amazing. Complex chords ring true, with wonderful note separation and clarity.
– High Gain Mode: This is high gain lead heaven. Amazing saturation, sustain, definition,… and all delivered with precision. The tone is deep, complex, woody, and blooming. Its top end response is smooth, and stays wonderfully musical regardless of how much gain is used.
Channel 4 (Red) is the alter-ego to Channel 3. Also a ‘modern’ channel, it’s everything that Chanel 3 is not. At every stage of the preamplifier circuit, the signal is handled in the opposite way to Channel 3. This creates a sound, which in every mode, is the counterpart of Channel 3. Instead of ‘thin’ and detailed, the Low gain mode is dark and moody. Instead of focused and fast, the Mid gain mode is fat and momentous. Instead of cutting a controlled sonic path, the High gain mode forces its way through with sheer brute power, pushing aside anything in its way.
– Low Gain Mode: This is a surprisingly wonderful clean channel. It’s actually great for Jazz, and really helps to tame brighter single-coils.
– Mid Gain Mode: The dark character of the low gain mode gives way to a sharper, more abrasive sound. Remarkably, the huge low end of Channel 4 remains in tact, producing a powerful rhythm guitar sound, with a very wide sonic footprint. Due to the architecture of this channel, and the broad frequency content of the sound, this mode does not lend itself well to subtle and complex chord voicings. But then again, this channel is anything but subtle!
– High Gain Mode: There is nothing tame, polite or civilised here. This is pure aggression. The tone produced takes up a lot of space, and stamps its authority in any setting. This is a sound with a lot going on,… a lot of lows, a lot of mids, and a lot of highs.
The Revelation is arguably one of, if not the most feature packed valve amps in the world. However, despite this apparent complexity, great thought was given to the usability of the amp. Looking at the front panel, you can see that we’ve resisted the temptation to add a host of voicing ‘options’. There are no bright switches, mid scoops, bass boosts etc. Each channel has been painstakingly tuned, leaving the user with a simple set of standard controls. Setting up your sound is simply a case of choosing a channel, a gain mode for that channel, the FX loops you want to use, and the master volume.
To use the amplifier, select each channel in turn with the footswitch (or front panel channel select buttons). Adjust the Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble and Volume for that channel to taste, as well as select the Gain Mode. Next, choose which FX loops you would like to activate with the FX footswitch by pre-assigning them. Each channel will remember it’s pre-assigned loops. Finally, set the two Master volume levels. The only extra step involves setting the global settings for the power amplifier, namely presence, depth, feedback level, output power and tube configuration (triode/pentode).
And, thanx for reading…
Leadmusic’s price includes the optional 6 bouton Footswitch
The Revelation is arguably one of, if not the most feature packed valve amps in the world.
* Preamp in depth
* Power amp in depth
* FX Loop in depth
* 2 x 6L6GC power tubes
* 4 x 12AX7 preamp tubes
* 4 unique channels with independent EQ (GBMTV) for each channel
* 3 modes per channel (Lo,Med,Hi Gain)
* 20dB of additional gain for both channel 3 and 4
* 4 x Series FX loops
* Dual Master Volumes, Presence & Depth, additional gain trim control
* MIDI(128 programs) and standard operating mode
* 3 power levels
* triode/pentode switch
* 3 position selectable power amp feedback
* fixed biased
* selector switch for different power tube types (accepts most octal
power tubes such as 6V6, 6L6GA, 6L6GB, EL34, 5881, 6CA7, KT77, 6550,
KT66, KT88, KT90, KT100, etc.)
* Leadmusic’s price includes the optional 6 bouton Footswitch