Boss Releases New Nextone Amps and Waza Tube Amp Expander

Today, Boss is announcing the release of two new amplifiers—the Nextone-Artist and Nextone-Stage, which offer tube amp tones through digital technology—and the Waza Tube Amp Expander, which can bring the wider sonic possibilities of digital amp tech to your existing tube amp setup.

The Nextone amps are made with Roland/Boss' tube-emulating Tube Logic DSP circuit. By offering digitally recreated responses, the Nextone series lets players choose between the sonic characteristics of 6V6, 6L6, EL84, and EL34 output tube sections. They also offer built-in delay, reverb, and tremolo, an attenuator-like "integrated power control," and the Nextone Editor software, which lets you customize your amp settings and effects via USB through your computer.

Boss Nextone Amps

While the Nextone-Artist is 80-watts and the Nextone-Stage is 40-watts, both come with one 12-inch speaker, with more outputs for additional speakers, a phones output, and a line out for going direct into a PA. The amps, through their USB jacks, can also function as recording interfaces. In coordination with the Editor software, users can fine-tune settings and choose cabinet responses before tracking.

The Waza Tube Amp Expander offers Boss' simulation and recording technology for those players who prefer their traditional tube amps. The Expander is a variable reactive load box that offers players the chance to crank their tube amps (up to 150 watts) while relying on the attenuation of the Expander to keep the volume down. From there, they can choose, through the Expander, to make their amp emulate the characteristics of one of 16 different speaker cabinets.

Boss Waza Tube Amp Expander

Players can tweak and save up to 10 "onboard setups" of their favorite settings, Boss effects, and use the unit as a USB recording interface. An optional footswitch can help you navigate through your setups and settings, or you can recall your rigs with a knob on the Expander's control panel. The interface has a 32-bit AD/DA converter and a 95kHZ sampling rate.

After finding your sound, you send your signal to up to two speaker cabinets, or through balanced mono and stereo outputs to plug directly into PAs or other recording interfaces, and a headphones out.

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