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BOSS announces Version 2 update for Nextone Artist and Nextone Stage guitar amplifiers

Free firmware update adds deep sound customization tools, accessible via the nextone editor software.


With the free Nextone Version 2 update, BOSS brings a host of new sound customization options to the stage-class Nextone Artist and Nextone Stage guitar amplifiers. Combining classic tube sound and feel with next-generation tonal diversity, Nextone amps offer instant panel re-voicing via four Class AB analog power amp types, plus advanced internal tone shaping using the Nextone Editor for Mac and Windows. The Version 2 update adds numerous sound tools to the editor, allowing Nextone players to personalize their amplifier’s voice at a very deep level.

One of the most potent Version 2 features is Character Shape, located in the heart of the power amp. This allows players to adjust the amp’s feel and response along with the tonal characteristics, providing circuit-level customization with just a few mouse clicks. An Extra Headroom switch is also available, bringing added punch for loud gigs and clean playing styles.

Separate pre/post preamp EQs are now available (including a new 10-band graphic), letting players re-voice the sound and compensate for the gain and tone variations of different guitars. Seven more boost types have also been added, and Nextone’s built-in delay, tremolo, and reverb types can now be set independently for custom mode channels. A graphic EQ option has been added to the system EQ section as well.

Version 2 also brings new usability enhancements to the Nextone Editor. Import/export and librarian functions have been added, making it even easier to work with different Nextone setups. In addition, 20 new presets replicate the behaviors of many classic tube amplifier types, taking full advantage of Nextone’s selectable tone stacks and variable analog power stages.

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The Version 2 update is available as a free download and can be installed by connecting a Nextone Artist or Nextone Stage amp to a Mac or Windows computer via USB.

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By our press release coordinator Thursday June 27, 2019