Shift Line A+ CabZone X
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A+ CabZone X is the new generation of our digital IR-based cabinet simulator. The Impulse Response Convolution technology provides a realistic sound and preserves the unique character of the cabinet and microphone used to record the impulse. We have taken into account user feedback to create a new version of a simple and convenient device that would allow you to play and record without having to use unwieldy cabinets and complex signal chains.
Simply put, the CabZone X is a part in your signal chain responsible for the overall sound of your instrument. The device can replace the power amp, cabinet and microphone all at once. Plug it directly into any receiver (e.g. mixing console, audio interface, headphones or monitors) and get your preferred tone without having to worry about the amps and mics available at the venue.
The CabZone X still has a very simple UI, although it has been substantially expanded from the CabZone LE.
First of all, the CabZone X has a fully functional XLR balanced output with ground lift, which will come in handy at live gigs. With this option, you don't need to worry anymore about using a separate DI box to transmit the signal over many meters of cable.
Another important addition is a set of 10 power amp emulations that will let you sculpt your tone even further. The device now allows you not only to emulate the delicate response of a clean power amp but also to add the characteristic harmonic distortion of various overdriven power amp types. Besides, you can now control power amp gain via input volume.
The CabZone X features an updated headphones amp, revised universal power intake (it can now work with Power Bank-type power supplies), extended dynamic range, and improved signal to noise ratio. Impulses are now uploaded via USB, so there is no need to buy a microSD card. The device now also features a sturdy aluminum enclosure with recessed knobs. Best thing is, the CabZone X has become only marginally bigger in size!
- A simple and intuitive UI which doesn't require any external devices to use the key functions.
- 10 stock impulses selected by a single knob.
- Third-party impulse upload via Micro-USB to the internal Flash memory.
- 10 stock power amp emulations for guitar and bass.
- Great sound quality and signal to noise ratio.
- Unprocessed THRU output for sending the dry signal to a different processing chain.
- Fully functional XLR balanced output and Ground Lift switch to eliminate ground loops.
- AUX input for sending audio to headphones only.
- High-quality headphones amp with a separate output (for silent practice or monitoring).
- The possibility to use all of the device's outputs simultaneously and connect it to up to 4 signal receivers at once.
- Input overload indicator.
- Compact and convenient input and output layout: all audio jacks and their control knobs are placed on the same side.
- Small size and recessed knobs which allow to place the device at any point of the pedalboard (including under the pedalboard with no risk of messing up the settings).
- Universal power intake (9–12V DC) and comparatively low current draw (150–200mA); autonomous work from USB power, including Power Banks.
- Open architecture which allows you to create your own patches and upload them via Micro-USB.
- IN — signal source input (with a PAD switch to control input volume).
- THRU — unprocessed parallel output that duplicates the signal from the IN jack.
- OUT — mono output for processed signal (to go into the PA, audio interface, mixing console or powered speakers).
- AUX — input for external audio (the signal from the AUX input only goes to the headphones output).
- PHONES — headphones output.
- BALANCED OUT — XLR balanced output (with ground lift option via the GND switch).
- POWER IN — power supply input (9–12V DC).
- Micro-USB — a port to connect the device to a PC for impulse upload or firmware update. This port can also be used for USB power including Power Banks.
- The CAB knob selects the impulse.
- The VOLUME knob controls the OUT and PHONES volume.
- The AMP knob selects the power amp emulation.
- The PAD switch selects input sensitivity:
- INST — instrument level (0dB, input resistance at 500kOhm);
- LINE — line level (-6dB, input resistance at 20kOhm).
- The GND switch helps to eliminate ground loops that may occur when using balanced connections. In the bottom position, the grounds of the cabsim and the sound receiver are connected; in the top position, they are disconnected. The optimal setting is the one where you hear the least amount of 50Hz hum and harmonics.
- The LED displays the device's current mode. In standard mode, it is green. When USB connection is used, the LED is blue. The same LED indicates input overload: if it turns yellow, decrease the volume of the incoming signal.
- When set to OFF, the CAB knob disengages the cabinet section.
- When set to OFF, the AMP knob disengages the power amp section.
- When both the CAB and the AMP knobs are set to OFF, both sections are disengaged. In this case, the incoming signal is passed to all outputs, and its volume is controlled via the VOLUME knob.
By default, the 11 positions of the CAB knob are as follows:
- OFF: the IR section is off.
- 01: impulse of a 1973 Fender Twin Reverb combo amp cabinet with two JBL D120F speakers, recorded with a Lomo 19A19 mic using the combo's built-in power amp.
- 02: impulse of a Marshall 1960 cabinet with Celestion G12T-75 speakers, recorded with a Shure SM57 mic using the power amp in Marshall JCM800 MkII.
- 03: impulse of a VOX AC30 Custom combo amp cabinet with Celestion Alnico Blue speakers, recorded with a Royer R-121 mic using the combo's built-in power amp.
- 04: impulse of a Supro Thunderbolt combo amp cabinet with one 15-inch speaker, recorded with a Shure SM57 mic using a neutral power amp.
- 05: impulse of an Orange PPC412 cabinet with Celestion Vintage 30 speakers, recorded with a Royer R-121 mic using a neutral power amp.
- 06: impulse of a Peavey 5150 cabinet with Peavey Sheffield Model 1200 speakers, recorded with a AKG C414 mic using the power amp in Peavey 5150 MkII.
- 07: impulse of an Engl E412SGB cabinet with Celestion Vintage 30 speakers, recorded with a Shure SM57 mic using a neutral power amp.
- 08: impulse of a Mesa 4x12 Recto Standard cabinet with Celestion Vintage 30 speakers, recorded with a AKG C414 mic using the power amp in Mesa Dual Rectifier.
- 09: impulse of a SUNN 200s bass cabinet with two 15-inch speakers, recorded with 3 different mics with some EQ to make it sound great. A neutral power amp was used while recording the impulse.
- 10: impulse of an AMPEG SVT-810E bass cabinet, recorded with 3 different mics with some EQ to make it sound great. A neutral power amp was used while recording the impulse.