With the Ampli-Firebox, the New Jersey-based folks at Atomic and Studio Devil were the first ones to release a high-end amp and cab modeler in stompbox format – followed suit by a series of bigger names in the pedal world.
The new Mark II improves on the original device, which was well received by many tone connoisseurs, with (even) better sounds and extremely useful features – here’s a shortlist:
- Next-generation amp modeling engine including dynamic resonance control
- New amp models
- New Speaker Impulses (IRs)
- Headphone jack
- New streamlined operating system/UI
- Simplified 3-way toggle switches (one each to control amp, cab and presets)
- FX level knob
- Both footswitches completely assignable (turn on/off any effect simultaneously, select/toggle between presets or tap tempo etc)
- Dedicated save function
Key features from the previous version are still there, like 9 presets instantly accessible via 3 toggle switches, channel switching mode that lets you toggle between any two custom presets, built-in effects like overdrive, delay, reverb, compressor, EQ and gate, USB connectivity for deep editing and XLR out.
A quick glance at the controls is enough to understand the depth of options delivered by the Atomic Ampli-Firebox Mark II. You can hear how it sounds in the video below, by The Andertons. We added it to our article about the Best Amp and Cab Modeling Pedals.
AMPLI-FIREBOX MK II
Introducing Atomic’s all new Ampli-Firebox Mark II – The follow-up to its original Ampli-Firebox, the world’s first high-end amp modeler in a stompbox.
The MKII contains all the key elements that made the original an award-winning, genre starter: Elite level amp modeling, user IRs, suite of core effects (drive, delay, reverb, comp, gate, eq), 1/4? and XLR outputs, customizable interface and editor app.
Building on the success of the Ampli-Firebox Mark I, Atomic continues to evolve the platform with innovation both from our research and from customer feedback. The result includes refinements and enhancements making it even more powerful yet easier to use.
THE MKII FEATURES:
Next generation amp modeling engine including dynamic resonance control
New amp models
New streamlined operating system/UI
Simplified 3-way toggle switches (one each to control amp, cab and presets)
Both footswitches completely assignable (turn on/off any effect simultaneously, select/toggle between presets or tap tempo etc)
Dedicated save function
Control lock function (so accidentally knocking a knob or switch doesn’t unintentionally change sound)
Knob position locator (LEDs temporarily flash when knobs are turned, locking solid when the preset value is reached)
New Speaker Impulses (IRs)
FX level knob (individually control or blend reverb and/or delay)
Load mode (lets user choose whether pedal boots to favorite preset, WYSIWIG or last state)
The Ampli-Firebox MKII is the perfect amp-modeling centerpiece to a guitarist’s pedal board or standalone solution into an amp, direct to front-of-house or for recording. It’s also an ideal portable silent practice solution and no compromise backup rig.