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    Sonic Farm/MAS Bass Amp

    Post by mikearnopol on Sat Jul 25, 2015 11:38 am

    New Project---Sonic Farm/MAS Bass Amp.[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.][You must be registered and logged in to see this image.][You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
    I'm doing a joint project with Zoran and Boris of  Canadian high end studio gear company Sonic Farm. It's based on their incredible 2di4 direct box/preamp. (which is the best bass pre I've ever heard). We're adding a 1200 watt switching amp and the best, most comprehensive tone circuit in the biz. We're also trying some extras in the first prototype---if we dig 'em--they stay--if not---they don't. We finally got the printed circuit boards---the most complicated part. Zoran (of Sonic Farm) says that he's very confident of the design and eliminating stuff is easier than adding later. These guys make the best studio/ high end pa gear. My feeling is that this is a major step up from even the best bass gear. It has a switch to change from pentode to triode mode. The pentode mode is really amazing. Geddy Lee apparently thinks so too. As does Marcus who chose the 2di4 over all other top DI boxes . Some pcb pics---just so you guys know that things are progressing.[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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    Re: Sonic Farm/MAS Bass Amp

    Post by MarkA on Sun Jul 26, 2015 2:56 am

    Cool. I don't necessarily know what I'm looking at, but there appears to be more going on there than with the boards I've seen in other amps. That's my considered opinion.

    Don't know if this would be possible - and I know the pentode/triode thing is more fundamental than an eq or an effect - but if there's a way to safeguard against a huge pop, should someone (no one in particular) forget what they're doing and switch sides whiles there's juice to the speaker, that'd be cool.
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    Re: Sonic Farm/MAS Bass Amp

    Post by Steve Cooper on Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:59 pm

    OK, got Mason Jar with screw top lid.  Cut slot in the top.  Vacuuming couch so I can look for coins that fell out of pockets.  Cleaning the cup holders in the car...yahooie!  Quarters!

    Lemme look in my gear closet.  Gotta be some stuff I can unload...

    Srsly, though.  If this comes in at a price I can afford, Ima gonna get me one.
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    Re: Sonic Farm/MAS Bass Amp

    Post by Feral Feline on Tue Oct 20, 2015 3:39 am

    Update for this thread? (please not a link to FecalBrook).
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    Re: Sonic Farm/MAS Bass Amp

    Post by MarkA on Tue Oct 20, 2015 6:22 am

    There is a separate thread about the prototype - and then one for the artwork on the faceplate. Have you seen those? Maybe one or botb of those could be combined with this one.

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    Re: Sonic Farm/MAS Bass Amp

    Post by 8vb on Wed Dec 30, 2015 8:50 pm

    Any updates on how the Sonic Farm collaboration is going?
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    Re: Sonic Farm/MAS Bass Amp

    Post by Steve Regier on Fri Jan 01, 2016 12:22 pm

    Mike is currently gigging the prototype looking for anything that needs to be done before production begins.


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    Re: Sonic Farm/MAS Bass Amp

    Post by mikearnopol on Mon Jan 04, 2016 1:31 pm

    Actually, the prototype went back to the Sonic Farm guys. All is done with testing and now they are working on interior layout, integrating the power amp, and metal design and fabrication. Should have a completed pre-production full amp within two months and production should start in the spring.
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    Re: Sonic Farm/MAS Bass Amp

    Post by mikearnopol on Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:53 pm

    Talked with Zoran at length last week. It's funny---if you look at the Sonic Farm thread you'll see that he was initially a bit hesitant about integrating the amp and preamp but now he's pretty stoked. Final dimensions are about 3 3/4 high (the best we could do--they're using a very big toroidal transformer and we found that we could save some depth by standing it upright on the back. 15 !/2" wide and a tad under 10" deep. We gained 1/2" on the width because Zoran and Boris got super-into the overdrive circuit and added an additional stage so you could go from a mild tube saturation to a Jack Casady Versatone to--as Zoran describes it "a Larry Graham Dance To The Music fuzztone" There is another switch on the overdrive circuit to enable the second stage. He was speaking Greek to me saying how the original circuit was chopped and not smooth on the ocilliscope and now he likes it. Also there will be a switch on the front panel to enable or defeat the effects loop. He didn't like the idea of a jack that switches it in and out---he thought that it could lead to poor contact.

    And now it will be switchable on the rear panel from 120/240 volts. With the Ice 1000 to change voltage you have to remove the cover and switch out the fuse to change voltage/. We thought that a lot of guys tour between the US and Europe (and they'd be willing to part with some Rupees) and having to remove the top is too much of a pain. The name will be Tantra which we both agreed on. The best news for me is that after integrating the amp into the case there was no nasty noise or hum interactions with the power amp. This is what we were both worried about. So no need to put a cage around the power section. It's in metal fabrication and we're working on the silkscreening.

    I think that that is everything.
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    Re: Sonic Farm/MAS Bass Amp

    Post by Steve Regier on Tue Jun 21, 2016 6:23 pm

    Mike stopped by the BigE Loudspeakers R&D facility on his was to Summer NAMM in Nashville. He brought in the new Sonic Farm/MA Soundworks Tantra bass instrument amplifier. He tried out some prototypes currently under development and his amp sounds amazing with many useful features. We saw the van load of loudspeakers he is bringing. Everyone at NAMM and Mike's scheduled listening events afterwards is in for a treat.
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    Re: Sonic Farm/MAS Bass Amp

    Post by Steve Regier on Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:35 pm

    It looks like Mike and the Tantra are getting noticed.
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    Re: Sonic Farm/MAS Bass Amp

    Post by Steve Regier on Sun Jun 26, 2016 12:14 am

    Video interview with Mike sould be posted here soon.
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    Re: Sonic Farm/MAS Bass Amp

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    Re: Sonic Farm/MAS Bass Amp

    Post by mikearnopol on Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:29 pm

    thanks, Steve
    The head of nominations for NAMM gave his personal nomination for the best in the musical instrument amplifier. Damn, I should have gotten a picture of Roy Vogt playing through it. He said that he wanted one
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    Re: Sonic Farm/MAS Bass Amp

    Post by mgrewe on Tue Aug 02, 2016 12:37 pm

    Hey, is this thing going to be easily rack-mountable?
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    Re: Sonic Farm/MAS Bass Amp

    Post by mikearnopol on Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:15 pm

    yes---rack ears will be available

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    Re: Sonic Farm/MAS Bass Amp

    Post by mgrewe on Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:04 am

    Great. Thanks Mike.

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