I wrote all about the forthcoming HoTone Ampero back in October last year, which you can read about here. Now it looks like it is finally being released, and we also have a price and date. NAMM visitors should be able to check it out as well.
HoTone MP-100 Ampero
Touted as an all singing and dancing floor pedal unit for guitarists, the HoTone Ampero is aimed squarely at the Line 6 Helix and LT models.
I see that Thomann now has them showing up as being in stock within a few weeks and we now have a listed price of EUR 399, which is near what I projected back in October.
Everything in one pedal?
Ampero can handle up to nine effect modules simultaneously and has a built-in looper to keep you occupied as well. With CDCM HD and HoTone’s proprietary F.I.R.E modelling on board, it has 64 amp models with 60 cab models and over 100 pedal models to choose from.
The unit also models both mic position and various microphone types. Combine this with the built-in facility for loading your own IRS and it gets pretty powerful, especially at this price point.
I own a Helix LT myself and find it is great for many things, it is easy to use and good in the studio for recording as well. It links up nicely with my Macs and I can use Helix Native to easily build patches in my DAW as well. It all just works.
So is the Ampero MP-100 a Helix killer? Again, like I said last year this will all boil down to how good it sounds and how easy it is to set up. Lime 6 also a well-constructed floor unit with the Helix and I know bands touring the world with them are happy with their build quality.
So the question is, can the new HoTone Ampero MP-100 be able to match all this?
RRP – EUR 399