After the successful line of Model T replicas, we decided to go ahead
and create something on our own with our new amp designer Jens Zander of Zander Amps. Jens has over 25 years of experience when it comes to tube amps and is a well-known tube aficionado in northern Germany that specialises on modding amps and designing custom circuits for his clients.
We started from scratch and collected everything we would like
to see in a high-powered amp with high preamp gain and tidy, thick lows but also featuring a clean channel that works great with tons of pedals in front. First, we ditched the 150W-ultra-linear-idea because we wanted more power, more dynamics and more musicality, so we went for a classic 250 watt circuit with four KT88 power tubes. The power stage is ridiculously powerful and moves more air than any amp we played in person. It's for people that like the over-the-top sound. It's the limit of what most cabs can handle.
When designing the preamp stage we tested a ton of Jens'
creations, multiple amps next to each other and selected every feature that must be included in the perfect amp. All of Jens’ designs have a special sound. A blend
between old school rawness and high gain, keeping every frequency intact and having a switchable EQ section to alternatively give the amp a mid-focused or a more modern feeling
We wanted an extremely clean pedal platform but also the JPTR typical gain we are known for.
To not sacrifice any tonal capabilities, we decided to divide the gain
two channels. That way channel 1 is very clean like in non-master
volume amps and channel 2 is voiced after raw British amps which might
feel familiar. To make the amp more flexible, both channels have separate deep- and bright-switches to make the channels work for you. As an example, you can run channel 1 super clean and use the bright boost to get a sparkly clean sound. You can then switch to channel 2 with the deep boost engaged to achieve an
absolutely massive, heavily distorted sound.
This is the Titan's bias control where you can adjust the tubes on
your own without help of an amp tech. If the power tubes are running
properly, all indicator lights are off. In case one or more LEDs light up, please check the bias setting: simply turn the
trimmers until all control lights are off. If this does not work, the
power tubes must be replaced. During the first hours of operation, the characteristics of new tubes change, so the setting
should be checked and adjusted more often. If you can't get the lights
to turn off, the power tubes need to be replaced.
Pictured here are the speaker outputs as well as the resistance selector where you can set the Titan's output resistance according to your cab setup. The power attenuator is located here as well. It is possible to adjust the amps power and switch it down to
50W or 15W according to your needs. Obviously you can also just leave it at 250W for maximum power.