The SV3015 offers a choice of 15- or 30-watt operation, with each output section independently selectable. Thus, one channel can be set up at 15 watts for overdrive sounds, giving more output stage compression and harmonics, with the other simultaneously providing a clean 30-watt sound with more headroom. The SV3015 design incorporates two distinct gain stages, starting with a clean tube preamp stage, followed by a traditional tube output. Operation is intuitive, with separate Volume, Presence, and “PUSH” controls for both channels. The PUSH function is a 3RD Power innovation that provides low-frequency enhancement for a richer, fuller tonality.
“Basically, the SV3015 takes all the flexibility and tone found in the power amp section of our flagship HD100 tube amp and puts it in a rack-mount design,” notes 3RD Power founder and designer Jamie Scott. “With so many artists now using computer-based and modeling systems, we saw a need for a pure tube design to bring more warmth and classic tone to digitally-based guitar rigs. The SV3015 helps modern guitarists get the best possible tone out their rack-based rigs.”
While the SV3015 is optimized for use as the output stage of a rack-based system, it does have a traditional ¼-inch mono input jack to allow direct plug-in for those who prefer a pure analog tube experience. In addition, each output features a Phase switch, making it possible to match the very different tones of traditional Fender and Marshall style amplifiers – simultaneously! The amp’s 30 watts of tube-based power is perfect for rack-based guitar rigs and is the perfect complement to the company’s new Switchback 212 speaker cabinet.
3RD Power designed the SV3015 in a rugged all-steel chassis just 2RU tall and with plenty of ventilation. Its projected retail price is $1699, and the first units are scheduled to ship in Q1 of 2010. The SV3015 will make its world debut at the winter NAMM Show. TSI Distributing is the exclusive global distributor of 3RD Power Amplification.