About the Komet AmbiKab

November 8, 2017

What is the Komet AmbiKab?

WHAT THE KOMET AMBIKAB IS:

The Komet AmbiKab is a self contained, powered stereo Wet/Dry/Wet system that allows the user to employ ambient, time-based effects such as reverb and delay (wet signal) to the guitar sound independently from the straight guitar amplifier tone (dry signal).

WHAT THE KOMET AMBIKAB DOES:

When you plug your guitar amplifier into the AmbiKab's Speaker Input, the amplifier is connected directly to the internal 12” guitar speakers.
From there, a small portion of the signal is sent back out of the system via the adjustable Line Level jack. This signal is sent to the effects, and then returned to the AmbiKab's Effects In, either in mono or in stereo. The AmbiKab’s internal dual channel Class D power amp amplifies the effects and powers its own pair of 10” speakers. As a result, the amp never “sees” the effects and thus sounds and reacts exactly as if there were no effects used at all. The all important: guitar-amp-guitar signal chain - remains pure and unaffected.

This new innovation provides a unique solution to the age old problem of applying ambient, time-based effects to an amplifier’s sound without degrading the original sound in any way. Most guitar players are familiar with the issue: when applied time based effects such as reverb or delay applied before distortion, the sound “washes out” and becomes indistinct. The proper way to apply these types of effects is after the distortion – much as you would in the mix down stage in a recording studio.

Some amplifiers employ an on board effects loop for this, but that only works as long as the amplifier’s output stage itself does not contribute to the distortion. Most classic vintage amplifiers and many non master volume designs such as our Komet amplifier lineup do employ output stage distortion as part of the sonic recipe. It is part of what makes these amplifiers so extraordinarily responsive and rich sounding. Effects loops do not work well in those amplifiers.

The AmbiKab features a send level control to accommodate a variety of effects from floor pedals to studio quality rack units. On the return side, a volume control for the internal stereo amp governs the proportion of effects signal that is being added to the guitar sound.

The AmbiKab can be used with mono effects (both stereo channels bridged) or in full stereo mode. The sonic results of this new cabinet system are astonishing! The amplifier reacts to the player’s input as if there were no effects employed at all (as the amplifier never actually “sees” the effects). Additionally, the ratio between wet and dry signals always stays constant, in other words - as the guitar player “rolls down “ the volume to clean up the amplifiers sound, or varies their picking dynamics, the effects signal changes proportionally to the amplifiers output signal. Players who have used traditional amplifiers with built in reverb, will be familiar with this problem. If you set your reverb level for your lead sound, the reverb disappears when you roll down your volume for rhythm, and vice versa. The AmbiKab solves this age old problem.

The AmbiKab gives you a true, studio quality effects sound anywhere, without the hassle of a traditional wet/dry/wet rig requiring additional speaker cabinets, amplifiers, mixers and cables. You just need your favorite amplifier head, effects unit/pedal board and the AmbiKab.