Is the Revv Generator MKIII the most flexible all-tube amp head around?
Billed as “the world’s first stereo-direct-output reactive load and impulse response guitar amplifiers“, Revv Amplification’s new Generator MKIII series of amp heads are packed with a shed-load features. Could this be the most flexible all-tube amp around for both live and studio sessions? Let’s have a closer look at what’s on offer (yup, it’s a lot).
Revv Amplification Generator MKIII Series
Red and/or Purple plus Blue and Green
Revv has decided to offer the MKIII series in three formats: the 120, 100P and 100R.
The flagship (and most expensive) version is the 120 head. This 120-Watt model has four channels in total. Two channels, the Purple and Red, are high gain, while additional clean (Blue) and crunch (Green) channels offer softer tones. The 100R and 100P versions each have 100 Watts of power and three channels. The 100R features the Red channel from the 120, while the 100P has the Purple channel. Both have the Blue and Green. Simple, innit.
All three versions are 100% tube, with independent EQs per channel and multiple voicings on offer, too. But we’re just getting started. Among the many functions the designers have spec’d in here are a Wide switch on the Blue channel that adds more lows and lower mids to fatten up your clean tone, and three drive modes for the Green crunch channel. Then you have dual master Volume controls, Presence and Depth controls, a new noise gate and an onboard digital reverb, plus an aptly named Aggression button that gives the amp a bit more oomph when required.
Powered by five 12AX7 preamp tubes and four 6L6GC output tubes, these heads have plenty of power in tap, but you can also knock them down to 10 Watts if you need to. Combined with the Torpedo stereo XLR outs, the option to take the power down to 10 Watts makes these amps great tool for studio work.
And in a way, it’s the Two Notes Torpedo stereo XLR outputs that set these amps apart from the crowd. They let you plug in your amp straight to an FOH mixer or DAW via an interface with relative ease. You can also control the heads via MIDI. The Two Notes speaker emulated outputs can be edited using Bluetooth. So all three of these heads make it easy to capture your tones without any fuss, which is super useful in a studio environment.
All the virtual cabs and mics are easily accessed, either via a MIDI footswitch or from the front panel via a rotary dial. The Twin Tracker facility thickens your sound by sending a mono signal to the left channel and a slightly delayed version to the right, combining the two for a thicker tone. Sounds like a nice option to try out on heavy riffs and rhythm parts.
The upshot: While these amps have you covered for tight high gain tones, it’s all the added features that make them very versatile indeed. It isn’t a huge jump in price from the 100-Watt versions up to the 120 MKIII. If you’re seriously considering one of these, so you might want to go crazy and buy the big 120 version. But I think all three offer good value for money, so there’s no wrong approach here.
Check out the video below for an overview of what’s on offer. Let’s be clear: it’s a lot.
- 120 MKIII USD 3299
- 100P and 100R USD 2699 each
- Revv Amplification Generator MKIII Series 120: Revv Amplification
- REVV MKIII Series 100R with Red Channel: Revv Amplification
- REVV MKIII Series 100P with Purple Channel: Revv Amplification