Does anyone make motorized amp control?

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  1. chameleon101663

    chameleon101663 Member

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    Is there any way to control an amp's knobs via motorized remote control?

    Especially if you can program preset settings via midi,etc.?
     
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    talk to Neil Young ;)
     
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    Hmmmm...have to research that...cool!
     
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    Neil used something called 'the whizzer' to control his Deluxe (iirc). Dunno if that was a homebrew thing or not, but the Soldano/Caswell preamp has motorized pots in it, and at one point, Caswell was coming out with his own amps that used that setup. Check the link below.

    Chris

    http://caswellamps.studioelectronics.com/
     
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    Soldano made a preamp that was motorized... fun stuff!
     
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    Yamaha did too with their DG series
     
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    All great info! You guys rock. :)

    But I'm looking for something that can be added on to an existing amp...

    I find that when need I need to boost the gain I often have to cut back on the volume and treble a bit.
     
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    Both of these functions could easily be implemented via relay switching (if you don't mind having mods done to your amp). Or, you could run two amps, each set up for the tones you like. As long as we are talking about just two different tones here....

    What kind of an amp do you use, if you don't mind my asking?

    chris
     
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    A volume pedal in the feedback loop works like a variable master volume, that is pretty much what I find I need, the range on a lot of pedals is adjustible. may not be contributing to the thread if you looking more indepth contol, pretty common on the solid state amp I beleive, fender cyber twin or what ever.
     
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    The Fender Cyber-Twin has motorized controls and midi-switching, IIRC.
     
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    I have a Bogner Shiva, and my good friend has the new Komet 19. I find that a gadget that could rotate knobs to preset positions would be extremely valuable during gigs where your hands are busy, but you want to change the amp's gain, volume & tone on-the-fly.
     
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    That's the idea Austinrocks!

    I'll look into that.

    I would think more people would find a use for this besides me...hmmmm
     
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    There are mixer boards for studios that allow you to save and recall mixer settings and they change the board mechanically. Of course, mixers have a huge number of settings, so this is an essential feature these days for saving time.

    But I'm quite surprised nobody's designed a purely tube/analog amp that has pre-amp controls that can be saved and retrieved a foot switch and/or MIDI. It would be quite handy I would think.
     
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    I saw the caswellamps link earlier; but that only applies to amps they build right?

    In other words, it doesn't work with your existing amp by what I see...
     
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    I have the Komet 19 as well. The whole concept/design of the Komets (and it is true in my experience) is that a good volume and tone pot on the guitar will change the amp's volume, tone and gain on the fly. Throw in your own playing dynamics and you are set.
     
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