Ashdown at the Guitar Showcase 2023: The LB 30 2.N bass amplifier – a fusion of classic valve tone and modern precision

Ashdown LB 30 2.N
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GUITAR SHOWCASE 2023: In the world of bass amplification, the Ashdown LB 30 2.N. stands as a testament to the harmonious blend of classic valve amp warmth and cutting-edge dynamic response technology. For contemporary bassists seeking an all-encompassing solution, this amplifier is the ultimate choice.

With a power rating of 30 watts, the LB 30 2.N. strikes a harmonious balance between power and portability. It's ideal for small gigs, ensuring your audience enjoys the richness of your bass without being blown away. Plus, its design won't break your back during transportation. The LB 30 2.N. boasts a preamp stage equipped with ECC83 and ECC82 tubes, featuring both Active and Passive gain inputs for versatile performance.

Ashdown has ensured that the LB 30 2.N. offers unparalleled tonal sculpting capabilities. The front panel proudly showcases Effects Send and Return, along with rotary controls for Bass, Hi & Lo Middle, Treble, Volume, and Gain Trim. 

Ashdown LB 30 2.N

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This comprehensive array of controls allows you to finely craft your bass tone to perfection. Additionally, the LB 30 2.N. features a balanced DI output, further enhancing its versatility.

The LB 30 2.N. relies on a selection of high-quality valves to deliver its signature sound. The preamp stage harnesses the power of 1 x ECC81, 1 x ECC82, and 2 x ECC83 tubes, while the power section boasts 4 x EL84 valves. These valves infuse your bass playing with the warmth and depth that only genuine valve technology can provide.

To ensure that the LB 30 2.N. offers realism and playing comfort, Ashdown has partnered with Two notes to incorporate groundbreaking Torpedo technology. This innovation is based on convolution techniques, commencing with the meticulous measurement of actual cabinets and microphone setups. The embedded Two notes Torpedo accurately reproduces this system, even replicating the microphone's precise position in space.

Ashdown's commitment to sonic diversity is evident in the selection of six emulated cabinets available, spanning from the renowned ABM range to the bespoke CL-310 cab designed for Guy Pratt. 

Whether you prefer the ABM-810H-EVO IV, ABM-410H-EVO IV, ABM-210H-EVO IV, ABM-115-EVO IV, RM-212-EVO II, or the CL-310 DH, you'll have the power to select your preferred cabinet sound with a simple six-way rotary knob. For added flexibility, four of these cabinets can be enjoyed with the inclusion of horns/tweeters, offering a total of ten cab options.

The LB 30 2.N. houses the Two Notes Torpedo, granting you access to IR cabinet emulators modeled on six distinct Ashdown Cabinets. Additionally, it functions as a load box, eliminating the need to connect the valve head to a cabinet while in the studio.

Ashdown LB 30 2.N

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This amplifier caters to all your connectivity needs. It provides two inputs for active or passive instruments, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of bass guitars. USB input allows you to edit and update your on-board IR cabinets, while the USB CHARGE socket conveniently charges your devices. 

With a direct balanced Torpedo IR output, you can seamlessly connect to your studio interface or front-of-house system. MIDI in & Out ports enable control of your amp IR's and effects using a MIDI foot-switch (available separately). For speaker compatibility, the LB 30 2.N. offers both 4 and 8-ohm outputs. 

Furthermore, the direct DI output and headphone out options are included for added convenience. Finally, the Torpedo line in XLR allows you to re-amp recordings back into the Torpedo, making it an invaluable studio tool.

In conclusion, the Ashdown LB 30 2.N. Bass Amplifier is a game-changer for modern bassists. With its exquisite valve-driven sound, versatile tonal control, and innovative Torpedo technology, it provides the ideal solution for gigging, recording, and studio work. 

Whether you're a seasoned professional or an aspiring bassist, this amplifier is your gateway to achieving a rich, authentic bass sound that resonates with precision and power. With the LB 30 2.N., Ashdown once again demonstrates their dedication to crafting amplifiers that redefine the boundaries of bass performance.

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