Boss Katana Mk II

Discussion in 'Digital & Modeling Gear' started by turntable_blues, Oct 3, 2019.

  1. BenoA

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    I had at one point, could not have both amps MkI and MkII connected at the same time. But when I did my "stereo expand" video, they both worked fine. BTS MkI and BTS MkII and both amps connected too. Weird. Running Windows10.
     
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  2. JiveTurkey

    JiveTurkey Trumpets and Tants Supporting Member

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    @BenoA have you compared using the fx return set up "properly" with a modeling front end vs. using the power amp input with the same device?
     
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  3. BenoA

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    Good question and let me quote myself from the long thread about the Katana amps:

    It's in my plan to compare them in a video. Just not enough time to do all of these.
     
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  4. JiveTurkey

    JiveTurkey Trumpets and Tants Supporting Member

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    Thanks. If there isn't much difference between using the FX return on the old Kat (when set to post reverb) and the power amp input on the MKII; it won't work for me.
     
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  6. TimeSnow

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    Direct comparison between mki and mkii at 10:30...big difference in the sound which he says is down to a different speaker... Hmm....
     
  7. Moe45673

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    That doesnt make sense. Boss said there was no change there.
    Guitargeek said the channel variant sounds all sounded better than original, but that's pixie dust, not hardware
     
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  8. Deuterium

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    The guy didn't actually state that the MkII uses a different speaker, per se. He stated (according to his own translation captions) that it employs a different speaker replacement, giving the MkII a more open sound with greater presence. He also noted that this feature is not indicated in any BOSS marketing material. So, he may have meant that the MkII changes the speaker "placement", i.e., that it is the same speaker, but mounted in the cabinet enclosure differently. Or, it may in fact be a completely different speaker. Hard to tell, and it could be an issue lost in translation.

    Edit: Whoops, at timestamp 11:52 he specifically states that the speakers are different between the MkI and MkII:

    "...and yes, the speakers are different from Mark I to Mark II"
     
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  9. OPENYOUREYES

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    interesting. Alot of guys complained the k100 was too shrill and lacked bottom end. So....is the mk2 even more shrill? I like that boss didnt jack up the mk2 price too much like other companies di on mk2 versions(blackstar silverline(mk2 id amps))
     
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  10. OPENYOUREYES

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    they mystery deepens
     
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  11. TimeSnow

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    That's what I thought.... But it seems like he claims that it's not documented... Who knows I guess.
     
  12. TimeSnow

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    Yeah I should've mentioned that timestamp as well.. Thanks for adding that.
     
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  14. BenoA

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    So much bull crap out there. I have direct confirmation from Boss that the speakers are the same. Only the sticker was changed as in @TimeSnow pics above.
     
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  15. OPENYOUREYES

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    ok so they must have just revoiced the preamps then. makes sence if the speaker is same.
     
  16. BenoA

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    The "without" variation button activated are the same as the MkI.

    The "variations" are revoiced of the original channel. I have done all MkII channels on my Youtube if ever it can help.
     
  17. OPENYOUREYES

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    wow thanx....i expected the variations to just have eq changes from the mk1 basic preamp tones. thanx for the verification that mk2 voices(not variations) are same as mk1.
     
  18. TimeSnow

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    Thanks for that!

    I was really surprised by that claim so very happy to have the facts!
     
  19. MikeRI

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    They're different... Notice that little white speaker connector: one has one rivet and the other has two (and the mounting angle there is different as well), so for sure at least that (albeit) minor thing was changed. And they changed the sticker. Something tells me they did not refrain from tinkering with it in other ways too... The Japanese just can't help it; it's called Kaizen (continuous improvement)... It's in their manufacturing / engineering / product development DNA.
     
  20. TimeSnow

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    It would great to have a mki and mkii next to each other and see how different they sound. If at all.
     

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