Bugera Power Soak PS1 Passive 100 Watt Power Attenuator
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POWER SOAK PS1
Passive 100-Watt Power Attenuator for Guitar and Bass Amplifiers with Emulated Mic Output
- Passive 100-Watt Power Attenuator allows you to get the ultimate overdriven tone at any volume
- Multi-impedance input connectors (4, 8 and 16 Ohms) to match virtually any amplifier
- Line output with dedicated Level control
- Emulated Mic Output mimics a microphone in front of a speaker cabinet
- 3-Year Warranty Program
- Designed and engineered in Germany
POWER SOAK PS1
You love the sound of your 100-Watt all-tube amp when it’s cranked; that sweet, crunchy sound supporting you as you soar into the tonal stratosphere! But now, back down to Earth...
Wouldn’t it be great if you could get that same amazing tone at a reasonable volume level – or at any volume level?
The Bugera PS1 POWER SOAK is the answer for tone-craving guitarists everywhere, letting you drive the output tubes of your amp hard enough to squeeze out every drop of tone at any volume.
The Bugera PS1 works with virtually any tube amp up to 100 Watts (4, 8 or 16 Ohms) and your favourite speaker cabinet, plus provides a Line output with dedicated level control and an Emulated Mic output to send your signal to the mixing console.
The Bugera PS1 POWER SOAK is designed to be inserted between your tube amp and your speaker cabinet.
Just run a speaker cable from the output of your amp to the corresponding PS1 Amp Input jack that matches your amplifier’s operating impedance (4, 8 or 16 Ohms), and run a second speaker cable from PS1’s Speaker Output to your cabinet.
Power up your amp and dial in your favourite sound, then adjust the large Soak knob to the ideal volume level.
All the tone, without all the volume – it’s just that easy!
Dedicated Line Output
On PS1’s rear panel you’ll find a convenient Line output jack for connecting to an external power amplifier for running additional speaker cabinets, or to effects processing gear in professional applications such as the recording studio.
The signal from the Line output does not have speaker/ mic emulation, but does feature its own dedicated Level control.
Built-In Direct Box
Now that you have your stage volume under control, you can stick a mic in front of your speaker or better yet, use PS1’s built-in Emulated Mic Output to get all that great tone to the front of house (FOH) or recording console.
This balanced XLR output mimics the sound captured by placing a microphone in front of your speaker without the need for any additional gear.
Real Tone – Real Value
The PS1 POWER SOAK respects your tone, delivering it to your ears at any volume level you choose, and it delivers that same great tone to the mixer – whether you’re on the stage or in the studio.
Easy to use and extremely affordable, the PS1 will make the club owner, sound man, and even your bandmates love your playing all the more.
Due to the popularity of these units it was difficult to get one, but eventually I did. Very straight forward to setup, I have this Bugera PS1 connected to a Fender Hotrod Deville (60W), and for home use it was virtually useless, as the volume is so loud on 1, so you've had no hope of driving the Valves to get some decent sounds. However, the PS1 has solved this, can have it on 7 or 8 on the volume and get some decent overdrive.
Like a lot of others who have done reviews on the Bugera, you need to mess around with your EQ to tweak a sound you may be after, but that's no biggie!
Overall mine is showing a lot of promise, but I need to spend a bit more time fiddling with the Volume and EQ to see if there's an optimum setting, but I can overdrive the amp without annoying the neighbours now. :)
The PS1 is an amazing little unit and QLD Sound & Lighting had my order shipped within an hour of me placing it. I got the PS1 the next day and I love it!
Brilliant product!!! I bought this attenuator to take a bit off my evh 5150 lbx and my Marshall origin heads as they are very loud in the smallish room I play in and it does exactly that. With a little adjustment on the eq settings you can basically dial in what ever tone you need. I have also tried it on my Marshall jcm900 and friends 5150 50w head with great results. I also have a Marshall powerbrake and a thd hotplate for these amps and found the bugera works very well indeed. The only thing that could potentially be a drama for some people is that the unit does not have a bypass function and as soon as you plug in you basically loose half of your volume which was ideal for me but might be a bit restricting for some people. The product it well built and doesn’t get hot even after 2 hours of playing.