BOSS KATANA 刀 amplifiers

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  1. campfirehero

    campfirehero Supporting Member

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    No boss katana cabs delivered yet??
     
  2. RLD

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    You can move them but not all are saved in their positions after power down.
     
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    I suspect my actions here impacted the purchase decision for a few new owners as well ;)


    Boss Katana Amps - FAQ

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    No it does not change any of the existing amp characters, the sneaky amps are an extra selection of amps hidden within the Katana, the standard knob panel amps are always there when the amp knob is used.
     
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    Elantric Silver Supporting Member

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    this might help
    Katana - How to install the Firmware update, USB driver and Boss Tone Studio

    Katana - USB Drivers

    Katana Boss Knowledge Base articles
     
  5. Sinster

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    I haven't been able to get clarification from scanning the 613 previous pages of this thread. Most likely missed it after zoning out ..

    I have the 50 and for example if I change the effects settings on the BROWN via Tone Studio and write it to the amp. Does the adjustments I made stay the same throughout the AMP Type I picked. For example if I use the Blues Drive and set my DRIVE to 12.. if I select CRUNCH and then select the Blues Drive are settings the same as the BROWN amp? Or is it individual? Or is it I can only use the 4 channels to save the presets. In others words I can't setup a custom sound for each amp settings? Once I tweak the effects to what I want and write. How do I start without them enabled? Lets say I have a clean channel and I use the T-Screamer. I dial in the tone I want and I write (Ch A-1) it to the amp. When I select clean the T-screamer is enabled, but I want to be able to have disabled until I enabled it. How do I go about doing this? Is that the function of the pedal? Where I can turn on/off without adjusting the knobs on the amp itself?
     
  6. joeshmoe69

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    Im at MY HOUSE!!!!!!!!
    Thanks Elantric for all of you awesome contributions to this knowledge base
    on these unbelievable Katana amps!!!

    I have played for 37 years but only about 50 or so live gigs.

    Ive built and owned a hand full of 60's Marshall clone amps.

    Now I am a 99% at home player and the Katana 100 1x12 is the
    very best amp Ive ever had for this.

    I want a Marshall lead/jcm800 early live Zep/AC/DC tone,
    this amp does an incredible job at giving me that tone!!!!!!

    Then we have the GA-FC footswitch which lets me choose 9
    presets and effects on and off within each preset, that's great!!

    When my cash loosens up I will try some cabs.

    I am gonna wire in a speaker jack for that.

    Jimmy
     
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  7. carolinaeasy

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    That is the same setup I am running, I have a Mojotone 1x12 lite with an 8ohm V30. I just took it to band practice for the first time the other night and it sounds really good.
     
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    Sorry if this has been discussed but are many people having hardware failures with these amps, especially the head? My Kat head works great but am concerned over reliability. I have ordered a Quilter Micro Block as a backup but I would hate to have the head crap out on me. My settings, foot controller setup, etc. is perfect now. Love this amp with my Friedman Runt 112 cabinet.

    Thanks,

    Tom
     
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    Roland have generous warrantie if anything happens. There will be lemons like in all factory manufactured goods but if it works for a certain amount of time after the initial power, you're good for probably many years. Hence the generous warranty, accountants must have calculated the failure rate risk over time ;) It's based on a (vaguely) similar technology than those of the Cube series and they where very reliable.
     
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    House of Guitars in Rochester NY just got some in today.
     
  11. Spray14

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    Ok. I just did the firmware system check per BenoA replay on pg. 613. Passed witb reverb not lighting up. Installed USB driver adobe air and tone studio. When Tone studio fires up it gives me alert box to update latest firmare and two options. A download button as well as a work offline button. My system passed the test from the video posted. Isn't the work offline for when the amp isnt connected? I can't get the alert box to go away unless I click work offline.
    James
     
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    My Kat 100 Combo has been humping along in the back of my SUV to gigs the last 11.5 months -- no issues.
     
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    Watched the Andertons sound alike Bryan Adams/Keith Scott. Both guys used a Kat 100 and got great tones.
     
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    Funny discovery. Finally got around to pulling out this old Randall 2x12 cab I had to do a speaker swap and something told me to try it out with the Katana head first, and I am glad I did! It's a great match WITH the Jaguars in it. Was going to swap them out with a pair of Celestion G12h50's I had laying around but the Jaguars pair better with the Katana than the Webers in a Seismic cab that I was using. I didn't think this amp could sound much better than it already does but I'll be damned it sure does. Very chimey with no spikiness and good low mids with no woofiness at all even with the bass knob cranked on the crunch channel and it only sounds better and better the louder I go.

    This Katana continues to blow my mind on how good it is.
     
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    Im running an MS-3 into my Kat heads clean channel and the combination totally kicks ass.. plus its an excellent midi controller as well.
     
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    I figured it out. The "how to tell which firmware version" videos are outdated. I have a new amp (< 1 week old - ver 2) and the indicators light up to pass the tests but I still had to update the firmware to get everything working. This despite the instructions not to update if your amp passes the tests.
    James
     
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    #metoo, and they really are great together!
     
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    Does anyone know what ohms the speaker is on the mini and what output jack i would need to turn off the internal speaker and send to a cab.
     
  19. Gregster

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    Hi, new to the forum and first post. I just bought the Katana 100W combo last Monday. So far I'm very impressed with it! However, I'm confused about whether the firmware is up to date or not. First of all the amp came with template card on the top (which says "Version 2") and indicates all of the factory installed effects. The card says to hold down the "Panel" button to access the other set of effects in Bank B. The Panel indicator blinks slowly when bank B is selected. However, this does not work when I try it and I'm unable to access any of the Bank B effects. So I assumed a firmware update is needed.

    The test for the most current firmware version on the Boss site says to hold the tap tempo button down while powering on the amp. The "Delay/FX" button should be lit when the power switch switch is set to 0.5W and when set to 100W. When I do this test the Delay/FX button only lights when in 0.5W mode and not in 100W mode which indicates the firmware is not at the latest version according to my understanding.

    I watched the video posted a few pages back in this thread about how to check the version and if a firmware update is needed. It says that when powering on with the tap tempo button held in 0.5W mode if the Reverb button lights then a firmware update is needed. When I do this the reverb button does not light but the Delay/FX button does. So I'm confused here as the behavior of mine doesn't match any of these results.

    Any help with this would be much appreciated, thanks.
     
  20. ucnick

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    My Katana 100 1x12 rig at a holiday party with Jukebox Heroes at The Palm Event Center in Pleasanton CA this past Wednesday evening. It sounded great. People loved the tones. The stomps are a Turbo Tuner and a J Rockett The Dude, which I didn't even use, just lived on the Katana onboard efx. Stayed on 50 watt setting the whole time and had volume to spare.

    To the left of my amp you can see the edge of our singer/rhythm guitarist's Kat 50. I had bought it first but sold it to him when I bought the 100. He loves that amp. He is not a preset guy, does everything from the panel, so it's perfect for him.
     
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