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When it comes to vocal amplification, it is always good to look for an amp that can give a good and clear sound with a flat response. There are countless amps on the market that come in a whole new variety of sizes, shapes, and quality. Not that each of this amp is good. As a matter of fact, most these guitar amps will produce a thin sharp frequency that hides the Singer’s signature voice.
However, to help you pick the right amp that offers a mid-range frequency – ideal for most of the vocal work – I have compiled top three best Vocal amplifiers you should check out now. With my 15 years experience as a vocalist in our local band, I believe this article will be of great help to you.
Featuring a 10 Fender Special Designed speaker, Super Champ X2 comes compact with a wide range selection of 16 different digital effects. Super champ X2 has a glazed cabinet finish that mimics the tenor from ’60s ‘Blackface’ era. And just like its 80s namesake, super champ X2 is powered by two 6V6 output valves and a single 12AX7 pre-amp tube giving the X2 a vehement Combo amp tone.
These Mexican made platform boasts of two switchable channels with a channel switching capability. The channel one has a mid-range constriction ideal for the vocal practice while the sweet treble and smooth bass reduces the sharp voicing. Channel two features 16 digital effects that include the compressed tweed Deluxe, Reverb/delay and ’65 deluxe voicing. Tweaking and re-voicing of sounds to your personal test is easy as it can be done by simply fine-tuning the FX adjustment knob, to cover different parameters.
– One 10 special designed speaker.
– Two channels.
– XLR line out.
– Effects loop with send and return.
– 2* 6V6 output valves and 1* 12AX7 pre-amp tube
– USB output for computer and external speaker connection.
– 16 different amp types including Blackface, Tweed, Metal, British, etc.
– An optional footswitch
– Power Rating: 15 Watts
– Amplifier Type: Tube
– Channels: 2 (with channel-switchable format).
– Inputs: 1 input (1/4″ mini jack stereo Auxiliary) + XLR.
– Output: 1/8 headphone output jack
– Speakers: 1 x 10 fender special designed speaker.
– Controls: Volume 1, Voice, Gain, Volume 2, Channel Select, Treble, Tap, Bass, F/X Select and F/X Adjust
– Weight: 23 pounds
– Dimensions: 14.8 x 8.8 x 17.5 inches
Quality and Versatility are the two words that aptly describe the unique feeling of using this Mexican machine for vocal practice. The Fender Fuse software (can be downloaded freely from internet) allows deep editing of tonal effects and customization of Amps voicing.
Super champ X2 is an easy to use amp, Compact, Rugged and user friendly.
Just like any other product, Super champ X2 could not please everyone in the market. Some customers found the volume to be a bit lower as compared to their expectations. One customer wrote: “Like the amp. Would be good for practice or recording. Would just need to be a little louder. Maybe go to eleven!”
But since we are talking of a practice amp and loud sound is not priority. It is the quality and a library of digital effects that play a critical role in Vocal amplifications and thus Super champ X2 was made to fulfills these.
The bottom line is that the Fender Super Champ X2 is a great amp that is not only amazing to use but also offers fun of its own. For the Vocalist yearn to be the best, Fender super champ X2 is an easy recommendation.
Yamaha THR 10 is one of the finest TRH series that has managed to employ the Yamaha’s Virtual Circuit Modeling (VCM) by combining 5 different amp simulations and placing it in a single disposal. Due to the portability of this amp, the controls have been made compact and logically arranged for easy to use. The Switch knob control helps in calibrating amp simulations from Modern, Clean, Lead, Brit Hi and Crunch. Additionally, this control has the settings for, acoustic electric input (ACO), bass and flat input.
When the THR10 is plugged to the power, the model circuitry renders a warm and natural realistic tone. For vocalist practing using the THR10, experience is worth remembering as the Cubase AI6 software that can be installed in the amp produces a low-end mid-range frequency that is ideal for vocal amplifications.
– 2*8 cm full range speakers.
– Steinbergs Cubase AI6 software and THR editor.
– VCM technology that work to bring realistic tones.
– 4 channels.
– 3- Band EQ.
– Headphone output.
– 4 Modulation effects plus an independent reverb/delay effects.
– 5 guitar tube emulation settings.
– Power Rating: 10 Watts
– Amplifier Type: Solid State
– Channels: 4 (2 for recording to computer and other 2 for playback from computer).
– Inputs: 1/8″ mini jack stereo Auxiliary + 1*XLR out.
– EQ: 3-band.
– Output: 1/4 headphone output jack
– Speakers: 2*8 CM full-range speaker.
– Controls: USB/AUX Output, Gain, Master, Bass, Middle, Treble, Switch x5, Guitar Output, Tap/Tuner Switch controls and DLY/REV
– Weight: 9.6 pounds
– Dimensions: 17.1 x 9.1 x 10.1 inches
– Voltage: 230
When it comes to offstage practice, TRH10 is the go choice. Together with its wide range selection of realistic digital effects, the amp has also been fitted with the Yamaha’s cutting edge technology of VCM and Cubase AI6 that altogether give an incredible loud but clear sound at mid-frequency.
Furthermore the amp is lightweight, portable, Versatile and easy to use. Out of 267 Customers who bought THR10, over 86% rated it with 4 stars and above. One customer wrote “I’ve enjoyed many of the best amps over the years and none of them has made me as happy as this little gem… Every single day this last month since I bought it, I’ve played it several extended times”
There are few customers who complained about the difficulty in using this amp. One buyer wrote I may be just an old fogey that hates technology. If that’s the case so be it. BUT, when a piece of equipment is too difficult for me to use with relative ease, then I can’t rate it good”. However, continuous interaction with the amp will help you familiarize with the different controls.
Remember, practice makes perfect!
The great sounding, Versatility, easy to use and a lot of digital effects makes this amp a perfect choice for vocal amplifications. The mid-range voice is an added advantage that cannot be found in other small amps.
At 120 watts, the Fishman Loudbox amp comes with robust features that work to perfect the Fishmans amps legendary of great sounds. The two versatile channels; each with a clip indicator and 10 db pads, allows connection of the peripheral devices and mic to the amp.
Fishman loudbox also features two panels; a front and a back panel. The front panel comprises of a Master volume control, Auxiliary level, headphone jack, tweeter level switch, Channel Mute and an effects section with two reverbs, flanger, delay, slap echo, two choruses, and Echo. The back panel encompasses a pre and post EQ Mix DIs, on/off switch, power cord input, optional footswitch pedal and two Aux inputs.
– One 8 woofer and 1 inch soft-dome tweeter
– Two Channels mic and instrument channel.
– Mute switch for the two channels.
– Three band EQ in the input channels.
– Headphone output.
– Two digital effects with effects level and independent channel.
– 24 Volt phantom switch
– Aux input
– Reverbs, flanger, delay, slap echo, two choruses, and Echo. (Switchable foot pedal)
– Resonant-style bass and midrange
– Reverb/Delay effects.
– 24-volt phantom power for condenser mics
– Flanger, Slap Echo, Chorus.
– Power Rating: 120 Watts
– Drivers: 8 inch woofer and 1 inch soft-dome tweeter.
– Channels: 2 (mic and instrument channel).
– Inputs: 2* 1/4 XLR for mic and instrument, 1*1/8 , 1*1/4 (aux in)
– Output: 1*1/4 Headphones.
– D.I. Output: 3 Balanced XLR outputs on each input channel.
– Controls: Main switch control to alter Master volume control, Auxiliary level, tweeter level switch, Channel Mute.
– Weight: 1 pound.
– Dimensions: 11.5x 15.5x 16 inches
The vocalists who have used this amp have found it great.
Fishman Loudbox weighs 25.5 pounds and measures 13.5″ × 15.5″ × 11.5 making it light and portable. Additionally, the pre’s mic input, tweeters, in-built digital effects and versatility makes this amp and ideal tool for Vocal amplifications in the band rehearsal and performance.
Perhaps, the only issue I found with the Fishman Loudbox is lack of power code pocket. There is one customer who found this problem and she wrote “This works as advertised, but I only gave it 4 stars because it doesn’t have a pocket in the back to store the power cable”
However, this is a minor case that cannot discredit this amp from our list.
If you are looking for an amp that will perfectly bring out your voice while retaining quality, then it will not be fail if you go for Fishman.