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Designed to provide you with gig-ready rock tones while minimizing your reliance on a pedalboard, the Katana-100 Combo Amplifier from BOSS provides 100W of power and features one custom-designed 12" speaker, making it quite suitable for large venues. The amp gives you access to 55 BOSS effects via BOSS's Tone Central. Using a USB connection, you can port any 15 effects into the amplifier at any one time, with three separate effects available for simultaneous usage. Once you select among these effects—as well as among five different onboard amp characteristics and EQ/presence controls—you can store your tone into one of four recallable Tone Setting memories. In this manner, you can easily change your tonal array onstage without a complicated tap dance routine.
Turn your attention to the rear of the amplifier head and you'll notice quite a few connective possibilities, such as a headphones/recording output that provides the ability to direct your sound to headphones and recording devices with a minimal amount of maneuvering. Additionally, a line out jack allows you to route line-level signal to mixers and PAs. An effects loop affords you the opportunity to use outboard gear, and an auxiliary input jack lets you play audio from compatible players through the amplifier.
But wait, there's more! For external control, there are two different footswitch inputs, one for channel selection/expression pedals, and one specifically tailored to the all-encompassing GA-FC foot controller.
5 Distinct Amp Characters
The Katana offers five amp characters with tones ranging from organic vintage to modern high gain; Clean is natural and transparent, Crunch offers a small amount of grit, Lead has a wide gain range to suit many styles, Brown delivers a refined high-gain tone, and the Acoustic character provides a tonality geared toward acoustic/electric guitars
Pedalboard Sounds without the Pedalboard
Via BOSS's Tone Central, you can choose from 55 effects to load 15 different modules into the amp at any one time, using three of them simultaneously; four Tone Settings let you store custom amp and effects setups for instant recall, and you can always jump to the current panel settings at the touch of a button
Extensive Footswitching Possibilities
External control is possible with an input for optional footswitches and expression pedals, as well as a dedicated input for the GA-FC foot controller
Dedicated knobs for multiple gain stages, the three-band EQ, and presence control allow you to dial in tones by ear, just as you would with a standard tube amp; essential effects parameters are adjusted with a simple knob twist, and Tone Setting memories can be stored with a brief button hold
A Power Control selector lets you reduce wattage, allowing you to lower the volume for small stages and home-playing without sacrificing tone
You can send a simultaneous direct feed to PAs, mixers, and recording interfaces via the headphone/recording output, while the line out provides the mic'd up tone of the Katana-100 in all of its power, fullness, and dynamics; a dedicated effects loop can also be utilized to loop in outboard gear
You can send mix-ready sound to your DAW via the USB port, recording directly to your computer without having to take an analog DI
Tone Central & Tone Studio
The Katana-100 gives you access to Tone Central and Tone Studio; Tone Central provides a plethora of free amp and effect setups created by seasoned professionals and downloadable by you, while Tone Studio gives you a convenient way to organize your Katana presets for different gigs, recordings, and practice sessions
100W combo amplifier
One custom-designed 12" speaker
Five distinct amp characters: Clean, Crunch, Lead, Brown (derived from the Waza amp), and Acoustic (for acoustic/electric guitars)
Choose from 55 customizable effects with BOSS Tone Studio editor software
Store 15 different effects on board, with three effects available at once
Dedicated gain, EQ, presence, and effects controls for adjusting sounds quickly
Four Tone Setting memories for storing and recalling all amp and effect settings
Power Control for achieving cranked-up tones at low volumes
Line Out and USB jacks provide mix-ready direct tones
Preset effects available at the BOSS Tone Central website
In the Box
BOSS Katana-100 - 100W 1x12 Combo Amplifier for Electric Guitars