Carl Martin has unveiled the Acoustic GiG – a multi-effect and preamp for acoustic guitars condensed into one portable package.
The product stemmed from Carl Martin’s counterpart to the Acoustic GiG, the Quattro. Martin himself explains, saying: “I could really use that same sort of high quality, straight forward, simple to use package for my acoustics as well”.
The unit functions with a set of effects in series: first, your signal encounters a compressor/limiter, with a simple pair of controls governing the amount of compression and volume level. Next in the chain is an echo, with controls for level, tone, repeat and tap-tempo, plus a switch to enable a dotted eighth note delay. For more space, there’s also an analogue/digital hybrid reverb, tailored after vintage-style spring reverbs. At higher settings, this reverb begins to introduce a modulated texture into the trails.
For a quick increase in volume to let solos cut through the mix, there’s also a boost section, with up to 15dB of clean, flat-EQ’d gain on tap. The final step in the signal chain is a semi-parametric EQ, the same as found in Carl Martin’s 3-Band Parametric Pre-Amp, allowing for detailed tone shaping.
Some extra, gig-focused features appear for good measure, including a phase-shift switch to avoid unwanted feedback, alongside a tuner and a mute switch.
I/O-wise, there’s a quarter-inch input, an unbalanced quarter-inch output, a balanced XLR out with a ground lift, as well as a loop that lets you insert extra effects between the boost and the EQ. The unit takes a standard 9V DC input, and boasts a direct DC output for powering an extra pedal.