Blackstar Amps have just announced 2 new all tube combo amps called the Artist 15 and Artist 30. Both amps feature a 2 channel design with 6L6 output tubes and a single Celestion V type speaker in the Artist 15 and two Celestion V type speakers in the Artist 30. The combos feature Blackstar’s ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) control which works in conjunction with the Tone control to allow you to choose between a more American sound with a tight bottom end and more aggressive middle, and fully CW is a British characteristic which is more ‘woody’ and less aggressive.
The clean channel is beautifully simplistic with a single volume and tone control while Channel 2 includes a gain control, 3 band EQ and the ISF control. It also appears that the digital reverb (which has 2 reverb types available from the back panel) and master volume are for channel 2 only. Finally, the amps include an effects loop, speaker emulated output and footswitch.
Blackstar are touting the Artist Series amps as perfect platforms for pedalboards but thanks to the clever design of their effects loop you can switch to either +4dBV or -10dBV, which enables you to use it with either pro rack equipment as well as pedals.
With all the modelling and busking amps Blackstar have been releasing in recent years it is great to see them get back to what made the company famous in the first place which is building great tube amps.
The new Blackstar Artist Series Combo Amps
Source: Guitar Noize