The world of music has changed and the world of guitar playing has changed along with it.
It is becoming normal to not see the full guitar rigs of the 70’s 80’s and 90’s, and just
see guitar players with minimal systems to achieve their signature sounds.
Introducing the Carl Martin Ampster…. from the company that has shone the single analog
light down that deep digital tunnel. The Ampster, a single tube driven amp/speaker simulator
that can either supplement your amp, or replace it. A fully analog unit with controls that
are the same as your amplifier with the addition of a mute switch, a speaker selection switch
and a voicing switch. What’s more important, the Ampster reacts to your playing in the same
way your full size amp does, giving you the same organic feel with zero latency!
The Ampster is housed in a solid metal box with the standard EQ (Bass Middle Treble), pre
and post volume/gain controls (Master Gain) plus a Presence Control. There is a Mute Switch
for obvious reasons and a Cabinet Switch with an LED Indicator light ( Red for a 2x12 Open
Backed Cab, and Green for a 4x12 Closed Back Cab).
On the back of the pedal you will find a Ground Lift and a Voicing Switch (a subtle low end
cap controlled voicing adjustment). Input, Link (output to your amp) Balanced DI (XLR output
to go to a mixing or recording console), a Send and Return for those specific effects that
shouldn’t be in front of the amp, a Remote Input (cabinet sim) for use with digital or analog
effect controllers like the Carl Martin Octaswitch ‘The Strip’, and your standard 9v 1A power
input. It couldn’t be simpler!
Plug your guitar straight in, or plug your pedal board into the input jack, choose your output,
and open your ears to a surprisingly big round clean sound. By adjusting the Gain, you can get a
hint of that decidedly British Overdrive sound for which Carl Martin has become so well known,
depending of course on the guitar and pickup configuartion. Our test players have fallen in love,
telling us the Ampster reacts just like their standard amps, organic and responsive to your playing style or attack. In fact, the Ampster sounds just like a full size amp, but it fits on your
- Battery: The Ampster does not run on battery.
- Power consumption: max. 600mA.
- Power supply: 9 V DC (regulated), 1A minimum, 2.1 mm female plug, center negative (-)
- ATTENTION: Please Use DC Power Supply Only! Failure to do so may damage the unit and void the warranty.
- PLEASE NOTICE: PSU not included.
- Input: 1M Ohm Send impedance loop. 1 K Ohm
- Output 1/4” unbalanced: 1 K Ohm Return impedance...... 100K Ohm
- Output DI Balanced: 600 Ohm Dimensions ................ 145 (W) x 120 (D) x 70 (H)mm
- S/N Ratio: 56dB 5,7” (W) x 4,7” (D) x 2,75” (H)
- Weight: 0,80k