Positive Grid BIAS Rack is the latest incarnation of the company’s virtual amp software, this time you get a 19″ rack-mountable 600 Watt head. Earlier this year, the regular amp head version was released and this new model appears to be an extension of the series whose aim is to put software amp simulations into real-world hardware form.
The software itself can run on either PC/Mac or an iPad or iPhone running iOS, the latter would attach via Bluetooth. The software itself allows you to create virtual amps and tailor them to you needs. It also has a cloud-based sharing system for obtaining and backing up your virtual models.
The rack itself has a full complement of ins and outs as you would expect, including USB, XLR balanced outputs and quarter inch jack unbalanced ins and outs. You get an effects loop, MIDI functionality and external pedal inputs as well.
The BIAS Rack can run at either 600 Watts RMS at 8 Ohms or 300 Watts RMS at 16 Ohms, so you could use it with a variety of different cabinets in a live situation. Of course it will be a solid state amp, so those seemingly high wattages will be needed to keep up with real valve amps.
Software and Hardware
The bundle includes a copy of the BIAS Amp Pro for Mac/PC which allows you to edit, create and load up all your virtual amp models.
As I mentioned earlier, you can edit on the fly using an iPhone or iPad. This could be really useful for tweaking your live sound at a venue before the gig, as it connects to Bluetooth and so you could get out in the room and see how your virtual guitar rig sounds in the audience area for example. The range on Bluetooth is around 10 metres and so ample to go wandering whilst playing your guitar.
You get 25 included amp models with all the typical amps; Plexi style amps, Rectifier etc Of course you can always download more from BIAS Amps’ ToneCloud.
So, with some careful amp choices and then some judicious tweaking this could be a useful solution for some guitar players. I am not sure I would want to risk being without a backup at a gig, though.
RRP USD $1299 with an introductory offer for early adopters at $999
Positive Grid BIAS Rack: site