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AMT Electronics Legend Amp Series II D2
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Introducing the next generation of the Legend Amp Series of pedals, the Legend II line. Guaranteed to be the most versatile distortion pedals on the ...Read More
Introducing the next generation of the Legend Amp Series of pedals, the Legend II line. Guaranteed to be the most versatile distortion pedals on the market, offering huge tube-style saturated tone in the styles of all of your favorite high gain modern and classic amp heads. The Legend II pedals will accompany the original series, as an enhanced upgraded "PRO" version.
* D2 of the Legend Amp Series II represents the response, characteristics, gain, and tonal nuances similar to that of Diezel Amplifiers.
The new II Series adds a handful of great new features to the standard version I Series.
AMT has added a third output jack for the ultimate in routing flexibility. The Legend II series includes a speaker simulated cab output (for recording), a preamp output (for routing to a power amp), and a drive output (for using in front of a combo amp or head). All three of these outputs can be used simultaneously. Use the different outputs for recording direct and micing at the same time, run different effects through different outputs, or record three DAW tracks all at once. The routing and recording options are endless. The Legend II Series of pedals are a studios engineers dream come true.
Another feature added to the II Series, is the clean level gain knob, and clean volume boost switch (used only when pedal is in bypass mode). This feature can be used in either of two different ways. 1) As a bypass buffer to maintain proper signal strength through long pedal chains, or 2) As a 2-channel style preamp.
When used as a bypass buffer/booster with other pedals in the signal chain, the user is able to dial in the amount of buffer gain that is added to the output signal. The higher the level of the clean level knob, the stronger the buffered output. This is helpful with long cable runs where signal may be lost/degraded, or even useful for adding that extra kick of boost to your amp. Keeping the knob at 1 o'clock keeps the signal at normal unbuffered level. The second example is using the Legend II pedal as a 2-channel preamp, where the bypass signal will be the clean tone and the overdrive channel will be the engaged tone. By adjusting the clean level knob and by engaging the boost button, the clean signal will be comparable in dB level to the overdrive channel; thus turning the single pedal into a switchable 2-channel preamp.
- OD LEVEL adjusts the overall loudness of the pedal output
- OD GAIN adjusts the amount of distortion and drive
- HIGH controls the amount of high frequency in the signal
- MIDDLE controls the amount of mid frequency in the signal
- BASS controls the amount of bass frequency in the signal
- CL LEVEL adjusts the buffer output of the bypassed signal, 1 o'clock positioning represents standard -10dB level
- CL BOOST SWITCH engages a boost of clean signal up to +8dB when the pedal is bypassed, making the pedal a 2-channel preamp
Tube-style saturated tone in the styles of your favorite high gain modern and classic amp heads.
- Three outputs (CAB SIM OUT, PREAMP OUT, DRIVE OUT)
- Simultaneous use of all three outputs at once
- Optional clean level and clean boost controls when bypassed (only with CAB SIM OUT and PREAMP OUT)
- LED indicator when effect is engaged
- 9-12V DC power negative center (-), adapter or battery
- Low power consumption
- Small size: 110mm x 62mm x 58mm
Grab this versatile distortion pedal for stage or studio. Order today.
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Comments about AMT Electronics Legend Amp Series II D2:
I have owned 45 high end tube amps in the last 10 years, always in search of that perfect tone. I always seem to come back to a Mesa Triple Rectifier, I am on my 6th Recto now. I also have a JCM900, several stock and modded ADA MP-1 preamps, and a host of other amps and preamps. I have owned tons of Marshall, Peavey, Fender and Mesa amps, and now my main amp is a Jet City JCA50. I just love it, the perfect mix of everything, a Soldano SLO-100 with a slightly darker less happy tone. I love the Marshall hot rodded JCM900 tones I have heard on countless recordings, and I like the bottom heavy Godsmack tones as well. The higher gain tones I am typically trying to nail would be similar to Tool, Chevelle, Alice in Chains, etc.
I have always been very interested in a Diezel VH4 or Herbert Amp based on what I have heard on recordings, but I have never had a dealer close to try one out, so I have never plugged into one. Based on that, I simply can not lay out $4100.00 to try one out by ordering it blindly. Also, I can not tell how close the D2 pedal sounds to the amp it is intended to emulate. So this review is based on how it sounds to me in general, based on the above info.
It sounds absolutely amazing! I also reviewed the M1 pedal, and I have to offer the same bit here. The D2 is very sensitive to the amp you are running it with. The preamp out (for bypassing guitar preamp and running directly into the effects return), and the cab emulated out (to run directly to the board) are both outstanding and usable features. But, if you are looking for the grail tone, the one you want to sound like all the time, I have found the best results running this as a drive pedal in front of a Marshally voiced amp (Marshall, Bogner, Soldano, etc, not a Fender type clean channel). When run in front a Fender clean channel, the pedal sounds embellished and bass heavy, it sounds scoopy. It will get you a usable high gain sound, but not the grail. When used in front of the clean channel of my Triple Recto (Recto clean channel has a clean marshally voicing)it sounds amazing. When run in front of the Normal Rhythm channel of my JCA50 with the amp gain set to about 2.5-3, also amazing. It is my new high gain tone. I typically have all the EQ knobs set at center detent, the gain at about 8 or 9. It is a great high gain tone with lots of clarity and definition. It responds well when rolling the guitars volume off. The clean channel of the pedal sounds great to me. It is a strong clean channel, not overly bright or thin, strong and great sounding.
For use as a preamp running into the effects return of an amp, I boost the mids a little and roll the bass off to keep it natural sounding. I am playing high gain in drop D or Drop C#, so I am not looking for a classic rock sound here. It just starts to sound like an embellished modeling amp with too much low end if I do not make some adjustments. For this same reason, it works well to fill out the bass when run as a drive pedal in front of my JCA50 which like all soldano voiced amps do not have a ton of low end like a Recto. This pedal just works so well with amps to fill in voids that you were missing, but not overdo it like a lot of metal master type pedals. The midrange sounds very natural. A lot of high gain pedals mid control sound almost like a wah pedal when you sweep them. This sounds like an amp.
The Cab Emulated out is a useful feature, especially for practice where you can plug into any MP3 speaker or stereo. It is like an amp in a box. That is awesome. I prefer the tone of it through my amps, so that is normally how I will record it, but the cab emulated out is great, and I will use it.
When using a Les Paul style guitar, I always have a boost pedal on for a slight mid and treble boost to help get a cutting tone. In my case, a Barber Direct drive, and it is always on. I find with this pedal, I do not need the barber in front of it. It sounds good and well defined without a boost in front of it. That is awesome!
While I do not know how it directly compares to a VH4, it does sound great and is a permanent part of my sound and pedal board now. I will likely buy another to have as part of my other setups. Consider what amp and channel you are plugging it into, but I would strongly recommend this pedal if you are looking for a great sounding high gain tone. I cant believe I am using a pedal to get my main tone now.
My one and only complaint. The pedal color is grey. The text that labels each of the knobs is slightly lighter grey, and extremely small font. As you are tuning in your sound, you will have to get really close to the pedal with your cell phone flashlight right on it to read any of the text to make adjustments. I am sure I will remember where the EQ buttons are, etc, in time, but you simply can not see the label text at all. I am going to have to put labels on the knobs or something.