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Channel 1: Gives a classic valve amp sound. Ideal for rhythm guitar.
Channel 2: Extra volume for breaking into a solo, with harder distortion. Very raunchy sound. (Set gain control for amount of distortion required.
Channel 1: Produces a clean bright sound.
Channel 2: A similar sound, but with extra volume for solos.
Channel 1: Gives a cutting overdriven sound.
Channel 2: Echoey sound with lots of reverb. Very reminiscent of the New Wave era.
In the late '60's, when acoustic guitars began to compete with the projection of electric instruments Ovation rose to the challenge and developed the 'six crystal in bridge' system that allowed musicians the creative option of an acoustic sound in an electric world.
Development has continued over the years, and the latest Ovation acoustic electric guitars have state-of-the-art electronics. The Ovation OP-24 three band active equaliser represents the latest advance in acoustic-electric amplification, and can be found on all Legend, Custom Legend, and Legend Elite models.
The FET-3 preamp featured on Ovation's Custom Balladeer models shares many of the listed benefits of the OP-24 preamp but is a passive system. So the three bands of bass, mid, and treble can be filtered (but not boosted as well, like the OP-24) to give precise tonal adjustments. Obviously, the active electronics offer greater tonal variety, but the passive FET-3 system is definitely a new advance for Ovation who have led the field from the start in amplified acoustic guitars.
The Korg Midi Pedalboard MPK 130 is a 13 note pedal keyboard that can be used to play any midi equipped keyboard. Its octave range is switchable (by foot) during performance and any midi channel can be selected. The MPK can be used with a synthesizer, an electric piano or any home keyboard which has midi. Many musicians have learnt to play on an organ and the Korg MPK allows you to extend your playing.
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