Amt SS-20

Amt SS-20 Effect Pedal

  • Tube Guitar series
  • 3-Channel tube preamp with a solid state 12AX7
  • Separate sound control for clean and overdrive channels
  • Gain-controllable Lead boost
  • 2 Outputs Amp Out and Cabinet Simulation Out
  • Power supply with 12V power supply included
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  • Blues
  • Metal
  • Rock

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Practical little preamp

Andrew4413, 23.04.2016
The AMT SS-20 is a surprisingly compact preamp being only 12cm long. On delivery I did notice that the single 12AX7 tube was not seated correctly and had to take the tube grill off and reseat it. I did that before powering the unit on and subsequently experienced no problems.

I have been using the SS-20 in combination with a Two Notes Torpedo C.A.B. for speaker simulation. The two devices seem to work very well together and overall I?ve been pleased with the results. Usage has been limited to a home studio environment.

Of the 3 channels I have found the clean and crunch channels to be the most usable. The clean channel seems to take distortion-type effect pedals well enough and I?ve been using it with a variety of fuzz type pedals to good effect. The crunch channel offers plenty of gain and works for most metal and rock applications. I haven?t needed to use the gain beyond the 2 or 3 o?clock positions (about 60% of maximum).

For my uses the lead channel is over the top and there are very distinct harmonics being introduced into the signal at higher gain settings. The overtones really sound quite artificial to my ears.

If you are intending to use this pedal as a genuine stomp box you may have issues. Often pedals with a number of knobs and switches will include a metal rail to stop your foot from accidentally touching them as you activate the foot switches. The SS-20 doesn?t have such a device and I think it would be easy to damage or inadvertently move the knobs in a live scenario.

Overall I?ve been pleased with the SS-20 which offers me a compact and convenient way of accessing clean and distorted tones in my home studio. Price may be a factor in your choice. In my opinion it's slightly over priced.
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The top of the home studio amp

Tom Volante, 29.05.2011
lamp preamp, 1 clear channel, 1 crunch / distortion channel

an effect loop

one equalization per channel

I use it mostly in simu of hp directly in a multitrack recorder, and this preamp is a killer!

The settings are very precise

The clear sound is straight, crystalline, 3/4 of the gain knob rendering is very hot, the lamp is not figurative, the clear channel accepts very well the distortion pedals, and the still gain knob allows you to sculpt the sound at best to insert it into a mix

the crunch channel is also very good, very consistent, excellent definition, its gain can go to the big rock, by engaging the lead channel we can go to grunge heavy enough, or make solos with a huge sustain , while keeping the heat of the lamps, very very good, however its grain is a chouilla too rough to give in the metal, for that the ideal is a pedal connected in the clear channel

A very versatile and robust preamp in mini format (very compact), THE TOP
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