Every month, we’ll compile a list of announcements, releases and rumors from amp and speaker makers big and small. Here are our favorites from the past month.
Mackie FreePlay LIVE
The portable PA system packs in 150 watts of power, a six-inch woofer and two tweeters—all in a package that weighs just under nine pounds. And it doubles up as a Bluetooth speaker, too.
These made-in-America 50-watt tube amps are available in two main voices: a roaring Plexi-style rock tone and another ‘looser,’ American-style sound. They’re available in both combos and heads.
It’s a closed-back 2×12 cabinet—measuring 30 inches long and 15.75 inches wide—that’s designed to be used either standing up vertically or laid down horizontally, with different tonal properties for each orientation.
Yamaha’s Ampeg acquisition
Okay, it’s not an actual product, but it’s still major amp news. Yamaha’s takeover of the legendary bass amp brand is sure to pique the interest of gearheads the world over.
Orianthi joins Orange
Joining the British brand’s roster as an ambassador is the guitar goddess, who will now call the likes of Mastodon’s Brent Hinds and Slipknot’s Jim Root colleagues.