Video: Atomic's New Ampli-Firebox Brings Amp Modeling to Familiar Stompbox Format

Amp modeling has gotten more and more popular in recent years, and with companies like Atomic and StudioDevil doing what they do, it's not hard to see why. The amp and cabinet emulations available to the common guitar player have expanded and improved, and the hardware to deploy them has become more varied and approachable.

But with the new Ampli-Firebox, Atomic has done something new. Built around StudioDevil modeling tech, the Ampli-Firebox offers the vast possibilities of modeling in a tidy and familiar stompbox format.

But what's especially cool about this pedal is that it offers a wide range of amp modeling tone right out of the box. If you just want to plug and play, you are totally set to go with a rich palette of classic amp tones. If, however, you want to more finely tune your experience and sound, you can do so via a USB cable and a dedicated app that allows you to control every imaginable parameter, from channel assignments to effects and more.

As Atomic founder Tom King explained:

"Studio Devil Founder, Marc Gallo, and myself are especially excited to reach a whole new audience with Ampli-Firebox. We feel that many players have not yet embraced modeling because either they didn't like the 'all-in-one' approach of traditional modeling processors, the complex menu systems, or lackluster sound and feel. Ampli-Firebox solves all these issues and makes it simple to sound amazing."

The pedal's layout goes something like this: eight large knobs are basically your amp controls. You get EQ, Presence, Gain, Master, Reverb, and Level. There are then three three-way switches in the middle that control presets and amp modes.

There's also a boost switch that can be used to engage different effects, like compression and delay, in addition to five base reverb modes. This pedal outputs to both XLR and 1/4-inch main, which can run simultaneously. In this video, everything was recorded via the XLR out.

Atomic is currently selling this new pedal along with some old favorites, like the larger AmpliFIRE pedal, through their official Reverb shop. If you're interested in dabbling in the world of modeling, this is a fantastic place to start.


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