Positive Grid have been in touch to announce Spark, a smart amp and accompanying app for iOS/Android, which, they inform us, is "driven by intelligent technology to offer real-time Smart Jam accompaniment, Auto Chord detection and intuitive practice features for players of all levels."
The unit also functions as a 40-watt combo and features tone-shaping options plus amp and effects modeling built upon the company’s award-winning BIAS engine.
Users can practice using the Spark’s Auto Chord feature to access popular streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and Apple Music. The Spark app automatically analyzes and displays chords for millions of songs in real time, and its controls let the player slow down the song’s tempo or loop a difficult section to practice.
Players have access to over 10,000 guitar and bass amp-and-FX programs from famous guitarists, session players, studio engineers and producers from around the world via Positive Grid’s ToneCloud community.
For added versatility and authentic feel, Spark also has bass, mid and treble tone stack controls; dedicated knobs for mod, delay and reverb effects; a built-in tuner and tap tempo; plus Bluetooth connectivity for streaming music in hi def audio via the Spark app. You can easily load up to four custom amp-and-FX setups into the Spark amp’s user program locations for instant access to your favorite sounds.
Spark can be used as a USB audio interface for recording on a computer. It also comes with PreSonus Studio One Prime recording software. We'll be interested to see how it performs for bass players.
High value early bird pre-order limited specials for Spark are available at positivegrid.com/spark.