Built to fill larger venues, Blackstar's HT Stage 60 projects 60 watts of clean or distorted guitar tones through dual 12" Celestion speakers. The HT Stage is configured with three channels, one clean channel and two overdrive channels, each with two voices for a total of six modes for crafting tones. The clean channel has boutique and modern voicings as well as dedicated bass and treble controls. The boutique mode mimics a "Class A" power amp with increased middle and top end and can be overdriven at higher settings. The modern mode has a tighter sound with greater bass response and clean headroom, more akin to a "Class AB" power section. For distorted sounds, the second and third channels share a traditional 3-band tone stack consisting of bass, middle, and treble controls. For more versatility, each OD channel has its own voicing switch. When the voicing switches are in the out position, the sound will take on a classic crunchy tonality with a tight response. Press the voicing switches in, and the amp will apply more mid-band gain for a heavier, looser distorted sound. The OD2 channel is different from the OD1 channel in that it has more gain on tap.
To complement the traditional tone stack on the OD channels, the HT Stage has Blackstar's ISF (Infinite Shape Feature) for an additional layer of tone control. The ISF shifts the response of the tone stack, between a US-type response at one end, and a UK-type response on the other. And then, between the two extremes lie an infinite number of alternative tone choices. Each OD channel has its own ISF so your tones can "cross the pond" from the US to UK and back on a whim, just by switching channels.
Finally, the HT Stage features a natural-sounding digital reverb that enhances the clean and crunch tones of the guitar amplifier. A dark/bright switch allows the overall reverb characteristics to be modified and adjusted for different tastes and playing styles. Additional amenities on the rear panel of the amp include an effects loop which can be configured for -10 or +4 dB depending on the type of equipment being run in the loop. For studio recording and larger venues, a cabinet-voiced direct out sends a line-level signal which can be routed to an audio interface or a mixing board precluding the need for a microphone.